I enjoyed this experience of commenting on five peoples videos. I am very glad that this is the type of final that we had, because I need to study for all of our other finals. I had a great year this year in English. I could not have had a better experience this year, in all of my classes. I had a great year, and I am ready for Summer.
"Songwriting's a weird game. I never intended to become one - I fell into this by mistake, and I can't get out of it. It fascinates me. I like to point out the rawer points of life."
This week in English class, we had to write a song. It didn't have to be good, but like a boat, it just had to float. We started to process by making 8-bars of music using Garage Band. Some groups wanted to use a real guitar. But my group, composed of myself, Hal, and Chewy, wanted to go the KISS route. (Keep It Simple, Stupid) We needed time to write and record the lyrics. Sadly, we don't have our song recorded yet. But as soon as we do, I will have it up on this page.
The most challenging part of writing a song for our group was finding lyrics that work together and make sense. If that wasn't a problem, we would be golden. A group that the process appeared easy to was the duo of Ben Sackett, and Clem "The Voice" Tarpey. They wrote to songs in the period of two days, their first was about a awful rip-off of Google Drive, called Quip. Their second, which was much better than their first was about the struggles of a man named Johnny King. It is a great ballad type song. It tells a sad story, but has a great rhyme pattern.
The easiest part of the project was finding a good beat to sing to. Since we used Garage Band, their was a setting that allowed the user to press a cord and the IPad would play a per-recorded beat, only using that cord. It was a very intuitive tool that helped out our group a lot.
The funnest part of writing this song was listening to all of the hilarious lines that would never work, but the way Chewy and Hal we saying/raping the lines almost made me want to use them just to make everyone else laugh.
I would not like to do this project again, just because of the time and effort that it took to write and record our song.
" I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older; then it dawned on me - they're cramming for their final exam."
As we wind down this school year, there is one more obstacle between us and summer, finals. They are very kids worst nightmare. They pop up just as you start to see the months that you have off. So close! Yet, so far! But these tests have a major impact on us 8th graders, but not so much on the 9th graders, because they are already in to a school. Whether it be private of public, the have been accepted and have decided to go there next fall. Ever since 6th grade we have had finals at Fenn. But in 7th grade we had language finals added on to the three other exams. Now, as a 8th graders, we have five exams, English, Social Studies, Science, Math, and Spanish. The exams include everything after the middle of the year, where we have mid-year exams. So they are not everything that we have covered this year. Just all the info we have learned after January. Which is a lot of info that we have to "review." It more like cramming for your future.
This year in English, I have no idea what the test is going to look like. For the mid year exam, we had to make a portfolio with all of our writing from the past term and a half. But, for the end of year exam, Fitz said that there would be something different. We will have to wait and see, but I think that it will entail a large writing piece and lots of commenting. That is what most of this year has been, learning how to write, while using different techniques, and giving feedback through commenting on other classmates posts.
In Spanish, the mid-year exam was hard. It was on what we had already covered, but I didn’t do a great job preparing for it. This time around, I plan to do a much better job studying, while I think that it will be a similar style of test with new info.
Science appears easy, because you can use your lab notebook, but is hard because it is not just spitting the info back at the teacher, it is drawing the correct conclusion. It is knowing how to relate certain topics in a larger scale view of everything. It is thinking outside the box. The test is usually one of the loner exams. I think that it will be similar but, not identical.
Social studies has a lot of writing in it about your views and answers to global based questions, but it depends on what you are studying. In Mrs. Mott's class we are studying the eras that include WWI, WWII and the time in between the two time periods. In our most recent test, there were two parts. The first was fill in the blank type question while the second part was paragraph answers. I think that the final exam will be something like that.
Math, for the midterm there was only 13 questions, so I don’t think that it will be too long of a test. But, Never underestimate. It could be a very short and difficult test. We will have to wait and see.
To wrap things up, I am both nervous and excited for the exams, one, it will affect how you will do next year, and two, it means that summer is around the corner!!