Cartulina- Eportfolio

Después de leer El coronel no tiene a quien le escriba Del amor y otros demonios de Gabriel García Márquez, Cami nos asignó un trabajo práctico sobre estos libros y Latinoamerica. Nos dividimos en 5 grupos distintos y cada uno debería tratar con una característica de Latinoamerica, explicando cómo se hace y se hizo presente en América Latina y como se relaciona con estas novelas. Nuestro grupo se conforma por Tomás Braun, Juan Elía, Francisco Montoya y yo, y la característica con la que tratamos fue “La pobreza”. Nosotros, comenzamos nuestra presentación y cartulina hablando de la pobreza latinoamericana en 1950, en Colombia. En esta época, Colombia y Latinoamerica vivía en una extrema pobreza, y como dijo la Secretaria ejecutiva de la Cepal, el 55% de Latam vivía en pobreza. Así, relacionamos esto con lo que narra Márquez en El coronel no tiene a quien le escriba, ya que muestra como el coronel y su esposa casi ni comían y su única fuente económica y esperanza para salir de la pobreza era el gallo. Luego, mostramos cómo se hace presente la pobreza actualmente, en Venezuela, dónde alcanzó el 80% y también hablamos del resto de los países latinoamericanos.

Esta es la cartulina que realizamos:

Este trabajo práctico fue muy importante y me ayudó personalmente. Primero, porque al trabajar en grupo podemos compartir distintos puntos de vistas y opiniones. El trabajo en grupo nos sirve para poder complementarnos y cada uno aportar distintas ideas. Además, el trabajo me permitió ver cómo fue evolucionando la pobreza en nuestra historia y poder ver la realidad que atraviesa Venezuela. Finalmente, la cartulina sirvió mucho para poder ver visualmente y analizar distintos aspectos de la pobreza. También es una forma creativa de presentar algo, ya que nos permite salir un poco de los textos para presentar fotos, con flechas que ayuda también a entender.

Finalmente, esta actividad se puede relacionar con una que hicimos hace un par de semanas con Pat en literature. En esta, debíamos hablar sobre un conflicto actual, hablar sobre los participantes, mostrar una foto o un poema y encontrar una solución. Yo elegí la inestabilidad actual en Venezuela. A pesar de que hablé principalmente de la dictadura del país, la pobreza y el hambre en Venezuela cada vez aumenta más, tal como describo en la actividad. Esto se relaciona con este trabajo que realizamos en Lengua, en el que explicamos y presentamos a la pobreza como una principal característica de Latinoamerica, teniendo como ejemplo a Venezuela y sus problemas económicos actuales.

 

Creative process – Art

This are the artworks from which I inspired of to make my drawing.

 

The author is Cinta Vidal, who made both in 2018. The technique she uses in her works makes us see the world and place we live, combining everyday spaces and objects, often natural and inner dimensions. In many works, she uses natural structures to show tranquility and calmness. Finally, Vidal often does her works in a way that it can be seen straight or if we turn it around.

Firstly, I chose this drawing for it’s attractiveness. The first time I looked at it, I was fascinated for the way in which she connected every single part lf the drawing and how this one could be seen from different perspectives and sides. I also liked the fact that she included nature all along the painting, trying to transmit tranquility and calmness as it is shown by the people in it. Moreover, the fact that she included a dark background to emphasize the importance of nature, shown with lighter colors. Finally, from the second drawing I really liked the way she used perspective and bright and dark colors in the middle structure to show where light was coming from. I tried to do something similar to Vidal. First, I took what she did in the second drawing and drew a common base, using bright and dark colors to show where was light coming from. Then, I drew natural objects that would highlight and standout with the dark background, as Vidal did. Moreover, I did these trees, cactus and bushes from both sides of the base structure, in order for the drawing to be seen from both sides. Finally, I painted the natural structures with green and brown colors. I think I managed to apply her techniques, making the drawing to be seen from both sides and highlighting the importance of nature. I also managed to show the perspective of light. However, I think that I could have made the natural structures like the tree or the cactus better.

This is my drawing

The Cuban Missiles Crisis

After reading about the Cuban Missiles Crisis, we had to do a task, which involved three questions. In the first one, we should produce a mindmap including the causes of the crisis. In the second one, we should create a Venn diagram comparing how resopnsible Cuba, Usa and the Ussr were for the start of the crisis. In the third one, usinf the diagram, we should answer which country is most responsible for the crisis. This is my work:

The Berlin blockade

In the previous clases, we read about the Berlin Blockade. Lenny, our History teacher, adked us to complete a chart and answer some questions using the information gathered. This is my chart and my answers:

HISTORY QUESTIONS

  1. What was life like in Berlin in the post-war era?
  2. How did Soviet policy towards Berlin differ from that of the West?
  3. Why was reform of the German currency a key issue for both sides?
  4. Why was the airlift such a major feat?
  5. In what respect can the USSR and US be responsible for further increasing tensions during the airlift?
  6. Why did Stalin eventually agree to talks over the airlift?
  7. Extended question: Who was more to blame for Berlin becoming a major flashpoint in the Cold War, the Soviets or the Americans?

ANSWERS

  1. The second world war had included also civilians. Berlin, as a consequence, had been entirely destroyed. Everything had been lost, so people’s lives in the post-war era was poor and devastating, as everything had disappeared. Casualties were much more than in the first world war. Berlin people who had survived were very needy and their were shortages of all goods.
  2. The difference between the soviet and the west policies was that Stalin did not want  Berlin to recover too fast and to keep control of it. He was willing to cripple it. On the other hand, the west was recovering thanks to the US Marshal Plan, which used a new currency and loans precisely for the west recoverement. By doing this, the consequences of the world war two could be confronted and solved.
  3. The new currency was vital for capitalism because it united them against the soviet. The sharing of the same currency would allow them to achieve prosperity while the USSR didn’t. Also, it allowed USA to strengthen it’s policy of containment and stop the communist spread.
  4. The airlift was a major feat as it brought a lot of tension between the two rivals. It showed again that Stalin was desperate to expand and spread communism. On the other hand, it also showed that truman was strong enough to confront Stalin and that he would not be easily beaten. It showed that USA was also serious. Suspicion and grew from both sides thanks to this event.
  5. The USA and the USSR can be held responsible for the increasing of tension as they both, during the airlift, performed suspicious actions. ON the one hand, the USSR cut off over two million population of west berlin from receiving goods from western Germany. Canals and vital roads were closed by Stalin so that he could force USA out of Berlin. This increased tension as it threatened the USA, because if they acted it would be an act of war. On the other hand, the USA, confronted Stalin and sent supplies through the air. It showed Stalin’s defeat and Truman’s strength. It created tension and suspicion between both sides.
  6. Stalin, in the end, decided to reopen communication and transports, canals and vital roads were now available. He did this as he realised that his plan had failed. He understood that he wouldn’t be able to force USA out of Berlin and that Truman was strong and suspicious enough to give up the city.
  7. From my point of view, the soviets were more to blame for Berlin becoming a major flashpoint in the Cold War. The americans had a strong and firm reaction, but it was what it was needed. The citizens needed to recover economically and it wasn’t fair that they lost their part of Berlin, as it had been previously discussed at Yalta. Truman, although it created tension and was a suspicious act, did what it was correct, as he deserved West Berlin’s control. Stalin, on the other hand, had no right to close the roads and canals. His ambition impulsed him to keep wanting more territory that it did not belong to him. He is more to blame than the USA, as he knew his limits. However, he wanted all Berlin under communist influence.

Video de Lengua

En clase de Lengua, realizamos un Mock Paper 2 de Cambridge para Spanish. Este consistía de un trabajo de compresión de texto y de redacción según lo que uno había entendido. Para escribirlo precisamos del uso de varios sinónimos para, entonces, no repetir las palabras.

A raíz de eso, la clase se dividió en grupos de a cuatro. Cada uno de estos tuvo que hacer una presentación explicando 2 palabras y sus diversos sinónimos, hipónimos y palabras relacionadas. Yo tuve que trabajar sobre “apariencia” y “envidia” y lo hice junto con Anouk Laferrere, Oliverio Llobet y Francisco Montoya. Este es el siguiente:

Biology Notes

Today, we started a presentation about biomolecules. These are my notes:

  • Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy and they contain Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen.
  • If two monosaccharides join together they build a disaccharide.
  • Many sugar joining together form a polysaccharide.

Región de NEO- TP

En nuestra clase de cívica, comenzamos un trabajo práctico. Este consistía en separarnos en grupos y resolver una consigna. Nuestro grupo estaba conformado por Mora Lemos, Olivia Obligado y yo. La actividad consistía en buscar los senadores y diputados nacionales de cada región. En nuestro caso, nos tocó la región de NEO.

 

Language task, celebrities

Our Language teacher, Pilar, gave us our first task which consisted on answering different tasks about celebrities. These ones, had already been posted in her blog. Firstly, we should begin with the first task, which is this one:

  • In a world of celebrities, who do you admire? Why? What do these celebrities in the picture have in common? How do they do for a living? What do you know about their early childhood?
  • Write a paragraph answering these questions and post it in your blog.

My answer:

To begin with, I will start talking about one of the people I admire the most. He is a professional football player playing for the spanish team «Barcelona», named Luis Suarez. One of the reasons of why admire him is because he didn’t have his life made. This means, that he had to overcome different obstacles in his life to achieve who he is nowadays. For example, when he was young he suffered severe economic problems due to his family’s poverty. So, he helped and supported them by washing and cleaning cars and by doing what he will always love, playing football.

Moving on, we can see three celebrities in the picture. These are Jon Hamm, Owen WIlson and Winona Ryder. What they first have in common is that they all three are American actors. Moreover, these three huge celebrities had to overlap and battle the same thing, depression. However, these happened for different reasons and was solved by them, as well, by different methods and ways. Owen Wilson, tried to commit suicide due to his obsession of consuming drugs. Furthermore, Jon Hamm suffered it due to his father’s death. Finally, Winona Ryder was so sensible that due to her personal conflicts she suffered depression. However, due to their amazing and outstanding skil of acting, they managed to move on with there lives.

To begin with, I will talk about Jon hamm’s childhood. When he was only two years old, their parents got divorced leaving him with his mother. Later, more problems would appear in his life. When he was ten years old, his mother Deborah, died of colon cancer, which had been scattered all over and throughout her body. He went to live with his grandmother and his father. Unluckily for him, his grandmother died when he was in Texas University. Later, in his second year of university, his father got ill and could not overlap his illness, leaving now, the poor adolescent alone.

Compared to Jon’s childhood, we can tell that Winona Ryder’s childhood wasn’t so harsh. However, after she moved to California, leaving her home in minnesota, she was home-schooled due to she was bullied in school. Moreover, she had three brothers from the same mother(Laura) and from the same father(michael).

Finally, Owen Wilson was born on November the 18th of 1968 in Dallas, Texas. Before joining the Jefferson school, he was expelled from the St. Marks school. This happened due to his misbehavior. Finally, we know that Owen was sent to assist the New Mexico military institution later when he was older.

To conclude and end, we can observe that this famous world of celebrities is much difficult as we think it is. Not only because of the problems they had but because of how hard celebrities have to work and train to get over these situations.

 

 

Relato de un náufrago- Descripición de tripulantes

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¿Qué es «Relato de un náufrago«?

El Viernes 7, en nuestra clase de lengua, realizamos con Carol una actividad la cual consistía en leer el primer capítulo del libro «Relato de un náufrago» de Gabriel García Márquez y realizar un cuadro informativo sobre los tripulantes caídos en el desastre. Para realizarla, nos dividimos en 8 grupos y cada grupo se encargó de 1 de los tripulantes. Finalmente, en este cuadro, incluímos el nombre, las características, los gustos y que hicieron en la última noche estos marineros.

Este es el slideshare que hicimos con la información de los tripulantes: