Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Aside from the idea of governmental oppression and public burning I do not see many similarities between these two events. With the Monk Burning he had clear political motive, and had the support of an entire religion backing him. He was clearly going for a cause and not just acting irrationally, not to mention against human instinct, like the fruit vendor. The vendor had been insulted and his pride was hurt; In my mind when I am angry I don't think regularly, I do foolish things. Also being a monk he probably was of trying to help than just cause trouble. In adition the monk's burning simply lead to changes in public policy while the vendors established new people in power in his country.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Option 1

1. Bismarkian system of Alliances
The Bismarkian system of alliances is the system started by German chancellor Bismark. It is a system where where Germany tried to seem like the good guys while neutralizing any enemy by either forming an alliance with them, or becoming to imposing oof a force to even think about attacking them.
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2. If a man says half himself in the light, adroit
Way a tune shakes into equilibrium,
Or approximates to a note that never comes:

Says half himself in the way two pencil-lines
Flow to each other and softly separate,
In the resolute way plane lifts and leaps from plane:

Who knows what intimacies our eyes may shout,
What evident secrets daily foreheads flaunt,
What panes of glass conceal our beating hearts?
by: A.S.J Tessimond

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3. There are many ways this ties to the theme of the Bismarkian system which often led to betrayal,
such as, when it says “Way a tune shakes into equilibrium, or approximates to a note that never comes.”  It is clearly referring to situations when you expect someone to do some thing and they don’t. This applies to the system because many times when there were these alliances people wouldn’t follow through with what their treaties said they would, such as how, Russia made a treaty with Germany saying they wouldn’t attack them. Germany violated the treaty by attacking Russia later in the war. Another supporting line is “Who knows what intimacies our eyes may shout,” this talks about how people always appear one way but often act another way. This applies in many ways, like when France was attacked they had no idea what was coming and how hard Germany would hit them. The last quote I would like to talk about is “What panes of glass conceal our beating hearts?” This applies to Germany because when it asks this question I think of Germany trying to act the “good guy” regardless of its bad intentions.


1. Determine what Kipling means by "the White Man's Burden."

In this poem the white man’s burden means the job of the white people to spread their education and, in their opinion, superior culture. “The silent sullen peoples Shall weigh your God and you.” Here it is making reference to the people they took over; They use silent because they do not speak their language and “ Shall weigh your god and you” because many of these take overs were in the name of their religion and its talking about the natives judging your religion.

2. Does Kipling justify imperialism? How so?

He is justifying imperialism and you can tell because of the following information. “Take up the White Man's burden- Ye dare not stoop to less- Nor call too loud on Freedom To cloke your weariness.” In this quote from the poem it is saying that someone has to be controlling these “so called” uneducated people and savages. It is saying that their shouts of wanting freedom really isn’t what they want because they are not able to live as easily if they don’t have European influence. “The blame of those ye better The hate of those ye guard” In this quote it clearly says that the nations they took over ridicule them and hate them even though, in their opinion, They are guarding their people and helping them out ; when in reality they are oppressing and hurting their people.

3. Why might such a justification might be so appealing?

It may be appealing for many reasons such as: They arent really doing anything bad and they are helping this country. They needed this justification because if they did not there would be a chance that they would have to stop the take overs for public appeal but if they stopped there growth would slow and they would be at both economical, social, and military risk.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Self Reflection: Reconstruction Debate

Self-Reflection Questions
Reconstruction Debate

1.How did I feel during planning this presentation? Why did I feel this
          A. I felt unsure and worried because I didn’t know if we would all be successful.

2.How did I feel prior to presenting? Why did I feel this way?
          A.I felt anxious because we did not make many references to documents and we had low content.

3.How did I feel while I was presenting? Why did I feel this way?
          A.  I felt dumb because I knew I had had a short unnoticeable unmemorable part.

4.What did I personally do well?

          A. I got my work done on time.

5.What did not go as desired in this presentation?
          A. We didn’t have very much content, some if our slides were slightly childish and we did not present well for most of us.

6.On a scale from 1-10, how well do I think I understood the content? Explain.
             A. 8 I understood in PvOnline but had trouble articulating it back.

7.How do I think my group members perceived me? Why do I think this?
         A. I think they thought of me as monotone since I didn’t show much of what I can do in this project.

8.How do I think the 8th graders perceived me? Why do I think this?
            A. I don’t think they really noticed me because I don’t think anybody was paying attention during my part.

9.Knowing that I can only control how I act and react, if I could do this presentation again, what would I change about my actions to make it a more ideal experience?
        A. I would spend more time referencing documents and adding more content.
What are my strengths in groups?

        A. I work hard and usually do what I can to the best of my ability.

What areas do I need improvement?

        A.I need better communication with peers and I need to be more productive rather than mostly planning while trying to interact with others.
What is the most important thing I learned about myself? Why is this so important?
        A.I learned I need to actually do rather than think and its important because it will lead to a more productive life.
Are there any other things that I need to express?
        A. umm… I don’t think so

Friday, December 17, 2010

Grayson's Reflection

1.Through out my time in DLC I feel I have grown in many ways. I have defiantly become more familiar with technology, and how to use it. I have started trying to get my work done with quality and quickness together rather the one or the other. I have also tried to start learning for myself rather than being taught everything by my teacher because sometimes you need more information then what they give you. I also enjoy being in groups now than just relying on myself.
2. I am most proud of my Industrial Revolution slides because they helped me try to begin working with movement and helped me along my way with integrating in technology. I am also proud because I’ve been able to work with others better and to enjoy being in groups.
3. The most challenging things for me have been the technology because I came in with little experience in that field and I was also challenged with competing with not only 4 or 5 kids at a gifted level but an entire class who is equal to my intelligence or higher. Also working in groups was at first.
4. My favorite assignment/project was probably the Lorax because I got to base a project on my own creation.
5. I hope that in second quarter I will be able to focus less jumping the technological gap and more on the content and my ability to create a pleasing project

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Miss Bailin's :)DLC7 Homework Blog: 10/12 Homework

Miss Bailin's :)DLC7 Homework Blog: 10/12 Homework: " Below you will find our brainstormed list of causes for the Civil War. Feel free to add anything that you feel is miss..."

Causes of the Civil WarCauses of the Civil War

4. Different Economies: industry v. agriculture, taxes/tariffs, labor forces

3. Opposing Social Views: social classes, etc.

2. Slavery

15. Dred Scott Decision

16. Frederick Douglass

14. Nat Turner Rebellion in 1831

13. Fugitive Slave Act

17. Compromise of 1850

18. Uncle Tom’s Cabin published

19. King Cotton….Christy publishes proslavery Cotton is King

5. Election of Lincoln in 1860

9. Abolitionists

20. Mass. Senator Sumner v. S. Carolina Senator Butler

10. Emancipation Proclamation

11. Missouri Compromise of 1820

8. Kansas/Nebraska Act…Bleeding Kansas

6. States’ Rights v. Federal Govt.

7. Land from the Mexican American War & Louisiana Purchase

12. John Brown (all inclusive of what he was involved in)

1. The South Secedes