Friday, 28 April 2017

Assignment Reflection Question

Assignment Reflection Questions

  1. What are three things you have learned from your assignment?
I myself didn't learn that much from this assignment. Most of the information and data that I placed into my assignment was information I have learned before. The little things that I learned was where my father attended university or where my mother worked before reaching Florida or maybe the fact that my grandparents travelled all through Europe. I might not have learned much from my assignment but I learned a lot about others. Their family history and their journey to Ottawa. I think it was a great assignment to learn more about your family and to get to know others better.

  1. Why would someone want to settle in Canada? Give three reasons and explain your answers.
There are many reasons why someone would be looking into settling in Canada. One reason is that they’re escaping a war zone or an unstable area. They think it’s unsafe to live there for themselves or their family and want to live in a more peaceful area. Another reason can be for your occupation, a better opportunity to find a job or a better job financially. Finally, larger country. A larger country can settle into many different categories. Larger community, more things to do or even better schools for your children. These reasons are why I think people would want to settle in Canada.

  1. What would three obstacles be for someone new to Canada? Explain how they could overcome these obstacles.
For someone who has just arrived in Canada from an outside country there would be some obstacles as they’re settling. Language barrier is the main obstacle that people have been interacting with. As they are new to the country the may not speak English. With this, it will be very difficult to find a job or for children to attend school. A solution that may be thought of is language school for themselves and their family. The language school will teach them the necessary parts in the language to help them.
Another obstacle someone might face is finding a job. For someone new into the city and may not speak the language, it's difficult to be employed as people in the 21st century in Canada are looking for English and French speakers who have attended a University they are familiar with. A solution that most people are doing now is attending school. They are attending school to get the credentials they need to become employed as the people are looking for any opportunities to take.
Access to transportation can be essential in that it will make access to education and employment far easier. The driver’s licence may not be recognized in your new country and once again language barrier can make understanding or even finding useful local public transit services a hard task. The good news is that in most major cities transport companies often provide multilingual information services and timetables. It's a good start!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Geography Day1

Something that stuck with me today in our "Day1 of Gr9 Geography class" was not being able to utilize out phone during class. We were supposed to figure out the population of many countries. It's not the easiest when technology is not by your side. I learned that Saint John and St. John's are two different cities in Canada. After day1 in geography I can tell it will be a LONG term.

Monday, 5 December 2016

The Adventure of 21st Century Literacy, Summative

The Adventure of 21st Century Literacy

This year, I, Harout Karamanokian took a grade 9 English and Business course called 21st Century Literacy. This is a great course that works on two courses Business/Tech and English which are composed to teach high school students the literacy skills needed in our modern century. During our course, we have learned and incorporated many skills aside from Business and English. We acknowledged our classes skills and worked on writing, oral communication, media studies and design software. We have created a digital portfolio to keep track of our work throughout our 21st-century literacy course.
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During this course, I believe my creativity and discipline helped me obtain strengths as a learner in an orderly fashion. Not only did I gain strengths, I also worked hard to obtain my weaknesses, and to transform them into strengths. With our teacher, Shauna Pollock’s help, I got to work on contributing to class ideas and to reach into other classmates minds in our school. I got to work on the aspect of contributing to class ideas from an excellent idea, a reporter at random. The teacher would then assign a random classmate/reporter to answer a question given. The aspect of reaching into other classmates minds was to separate from a “group” and to join others that we have not contributed ideas with.

Looking back, every week on our weekly task lists would have a theme for us to retrain to. These themes would help us stay organized and to improve the specific skillset/theme that was assigned. For example, themes we had throughout the course were responsibility, initiative,  respect etc.. The themes helped set goals for other students who were lacking some of the skills set for the week. I, for example, wasn't too great with individualism. A reason why I had an individualism goal was because the time I spent with two specific classmates. Rather than learning new things and picking out of other classmates minds, I would stick with the comfort zone and not reach “outside of the comfort zone”

Our class worked a great amount on a tragic book called King Lear. Written by Shakespeare, but by being known as the best tragic book to be made. We didn’t have enough school time to have a unit on the topic but it was a great way to bring out special skills needed. We worked on our poetry, and poem analysis for this unit. I never had the confidence to speak out loud in class. Whenever we would have an open read aloud, I would never be the first to jump into character. However, I think that our presentations on our specific scenes addressed to each student in the class helped gain my confidence into speaking more clear and fluent into an open scenario.

   Cedar Ridge also had a unit on All-American Boys, which was integrated with Globe Read Aloud Slow Chat. This was a very inspirational and emotional book about police brutality involving two teenagers, one happening to be an African American. Rashad: an African American who was brutally beaten by a cop after accusation of theft and assault on women. Quinn, a white teenager who was a witness to the beating and pretended to have never seen it. The book itself brought many emotions during the read aloud. Listening to the feelings of the characters and the charisma used to infiltrate the book was amazing. Our teacher, Shauna, would have us answer questions in a tweet format (140 characters) and share it with other classes amongst North America.

   I think 21st Century Literacy has helped me in many ways, from corresponding ideas differently to just overall completing my goals I have assessed for this term. I have learned many things and different strategies to use in my later life. Looking back, 21st Century Literacy wasn’t just a course, it was reality and this reality changes me. I can highly recommend this course to many others and was grateful for attending and completing an amazing course known as “21st Century Literacy”.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Survey Report (access to clean drinking water)

21st Century Literacy
Survey Report
Access to clean drinking water around the world


Access to clean drinking water is a major problem that occurs in our world. The problem has grown dramatically over the past years making it lead to many results including people in unmodernized countries become very ill. I decided to set an awareness for this topic by creating a survey and placing on my blog to show the problems that are set in our world, that some people don’t even know about.


  1. What do you know about life straw so far?

  2. Approx.. How many children die each year due to dirty drinking water?
  3. Write 3 facts about lifestraws and how they can help us around the world


Many results came in after the form was made and some answers came out very interesting. For the first question “What do you know about lifestraws so far?”, many people didn’t know they exist or had the smallest knowledge about it. This shows that this dangerous world problem hasn’t been addressed enough for people to notice. Now moving on to the second question “ Approx..How many children die each year due to dirty drinking water?” with a marvelous result 88.9% answered correctly, however the last 11.15 were wrong. The pie chart below shows the statistics of the answers my classmates have responded with.

On the third and last question “Write 3 facts about lifestraws and how they can help us around the world,” the understanding of this utility increased dramatically showing the clear understanding of the lifestraw and the use/benefits with the impacts on our world.

It has been proven that the people who filled the survey understanding on the lifestraw grew and figured how we can use them to help the unmodernized countries around the world. Those people seem interested and have a strong belief of helping the problems with access to clean drinking water.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Tragically Hip Essay

Gord Downie becoming an influence to many people,
and his background story
“Music is the ultimate medium for expressions of love, and those expressions find a beautiful backdrop in the environment. Music is also a popular rallying point — at its central core, it’s a way for people to get in touch with the best parts of themselves and to voice the love in their hearts. And the environment is one of the great loves of our lives — when we think of the best parts of ourselves, the environment is always there, informing us, as a backdrop.” — Gord Downie
Gordon Edgar “Gord” Downie is a major Canadian rock  musician, writer, and on some occasions an actor. This man was part of a very famous band formed in Kingston, “The Tragically Hip.” He was not only one of the most famous Canadian artists, he was also an influence to many people. His story brought all sorts of emotions to his fans such as joy, anger, and depression; this list can go on forever. When listening to his songs and the rhythm or beat, you would at times think it was made to dance and have a good time. However, the moment you sit back and listen to the lyrics a story filled with all sorts of imagery and allusions is formed and you understand the real meaning of the song.
Downie was born in a suburb in Kingston, ON where he met friends to form this band, Tragically Hip. Originally the band started off performing in coffee shops and bars which later resulted into them signing a Record Deal and performing on  real stages. Downie has made several albums with his group including their first album Death Cab

On the 24th of May, 2016, The Tragically Hip shared news that shattered many of their fans hearts. This lead to social media going viral and much more. The famous singer of The Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Doctors from different hospitals have said that it is terminal cancer and he will pass away soon. Hearing this horrible news, Downie thought of it as something to gain from.

He insisted to continue playing and to not stop his career. Many people around the world have felt truly strong with this story of how he never gave up. This is influencing people around the world and showing them that no matter what obstacle lies ahead, you can still continue to pursue your dreams. Many Tweets went out on that day: “Stay Strong we will always love you” , “You are my hero and will always be” , “You truly are the fighter in my heart.” Once the news broke out, they created a new album for this event and to support Downie, this album was called “Man Machine Poem.”
Ever since he started battling cancer he was obviously going through a rough time but he was always battling hard. The past months he was diagnosed were the worst but he still performed and will perform for many people around the world. He continues to touch people with his music and to continue his dreams from his childhood. He just wanted to do it to share great music. As he once said, “We want to bring good music to the people. That’s what it’s all about.” — Gord Downie, 2012. Not only did he inspire others, he inspired me. He showed me that no matter what, never give up no matter what comes into your way;there is always a way to dodge the obstacle.
I strongly believe we should respect for all that he has done for us.

Thank you Gord Downie.