Sunday, June 1, 2014


For my Masterpiece, I worked together with Taylor DuguranHannah Savaso, and Kylie Sagisi to create a project that fully covered our "Senior" experience and how we worked together, and with other peers, to finish off our high school experience with as much positivity and adventures as we could.

Here is a link to our blog:

Here is a link to our Prezi which we used to showcase our experience to the class:

And finally here is a link to our Youtube video that we put together (with major thanks to Taylor!) to really sum up what we learned from our experience:

If you have a chance I would recommend checking out our Masterpiece, especially the Youtube video link!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Active Reading Notes of ACT V (MACBETH)

Scene i:
-The Doctor and a maid watch as Lady Macbeth sleep walks and talks to herself
- They can tell that Lady Macbeth is troubled and feels guilty, and how she continually tries to wash her hands of "blood"
Scene ii:
- The Scottish lords prepare for battle  and talk about the approaching English army, led by Malcolm, who will meet the Scottish army near Birnam Wood
- Macbeth is fortifying troops at Dunsinane Castle
Scene iii:
- Macbeth and his men are confident going into battle because “none of woman born” can harm Macbeth
- Seyton, his servant, confirms that an army of 10,000 are approaching the castle, and Macbeth wears his armor though the battle is not for a while
Scene iv:
-Near Birnam forest Malcolm prepares his men, saying that they should hold a bough in front of them to throw off the Scottish about their true numbers
Scene v:
- Macbeth is confident until he hears news that Lady Macbeth has died
- He goes into a panic when he hears that "Birnam wood is advancing too Dunsinane," which in the prophecy is when he will fall
- Macbeth accepts what will happen in the battle
Scene vi:
Preparing for battle
Scene vii:
- Macbeth is confident in battle and slays Lord Siward's son
Scene viii:
- Macduff searches for Macbeth in the fight

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Active Reading Notes of ACT IV (MACBETH)

Scene i:
- The three witches are mixing the cauldron when Hecate stops and congratulates them on their work
- A witch warns "something wicked this way comes" and Macbeth appears, demanding to hear a prophecy
- The first one is of a head warning him against Macduff, which he says he already knows
- Second a bloody child appears and says “none of woman born / shall harm Macbeth”
- Third a crowned child holding a tree tells him that he is safe and secure until "Birnam Wood moves to Dunsinane Hill"
- Fourth a line of 8 kings walks by, with Banquo in the end and carrying a mirror. Macbeth demands to know the meaning but the witches do not give him any hints
- The witches vanish and then Lennox appears, telling Macbeth that Macduff fled, whose castle Macbeth plans to attack and kill his women and children and anyone else
Scene ii:
- In Lady Macduff's castle, Lady Macduff asks Ross why her husband has fled, which he responds that she needs to just trust his judgement
- Lady Macduff does not respect this response, and after Ross regretfully leaves asks her son how he will live without a father. The son is clever and knows that his father is not dead, and answers this
- A messenger enters and tells Lady Macbeth she needs to flee, but she refuses to, saying that she has done "no wrong"
- Murderers enter and ask where Macduff is and Lady Macduff answers "I hope, in no place so unsanctified/ Where such as thou mayst find him."
- One murderer insults Macduff and his son stands up for him and gets stabbed and begs his mother to run away
- Scene ends with Lady Macduff running from the murderers
Scene iii:
- Malcolm tries to test Macduff's loyalty by telling him every reason that Malcolm feels that he himself is unjust to govern Scotland, saying that he is even worse then Macbeth
- Macduff first disagrees with him, saying it is not possible for anyone to be more evil then Macbeth but eventually cried "O Scotland, Scotland" after Malcolm continues to list his vices
- He says that Malcolm is not fit to govern, or even fit to live
- Macduff's loyalty to his country makes Malcolm trust him and he no longer fears that Macduff was secretly working for Macbeth
- Ross arrives and tells them of the state of Scotland, saying it gets worse every minute because of Macbeth
- When asked, he tells Macduff that his children and wife are well, but later goes back on his word and tells Malcolm and Macduff that both their families have been slaughtered by Macbeth's men
- Macduff starts to greatly grieve and Ross recommends that he turns his grief into violence so that he can take down Macbeth

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Active Reading Notes of ACT III (MACBETH)

Scene i:
- Banquo notes that so far the witches prophecy has been correct, but fears that some foul play has been involved
- He next wonders if because the first part became true, if it will be true that his son will become King
- Macbeth and Lady Macbeth invite Banquo to dinner that night, and he says he will be horseback riding before
- We learn that Macbeth feels that Banquo is a threat to him and that Macbeth wants to kill him because Macbeth feels guilty and is slowly loosing his mind. He is also jealous that Banquo still has a clear conscience
- Macbeth now seen as a bad/diseased person who sees the world with violence that is not there
- Macbeth hires murderers to go after Banquo, trying to bring them to action by telling them wrong doings Banquo did against them
- Macbeth sends the murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance 
Scene ii:
- During a talk between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, Macbeth says that he is still not content with their work because there are still threats to eliminate
- Macbeth states that he has planned “a deed of dreadful note” for Banquo and Fleance and tells his wife to be jovial with Banquo at the feast to he slips into a false sense of security
Scene iii:
- The murderers wait outside the castle walls for Banquo and Fleance and are able to kill Banquo, but his son escapes
- As Banquo dies he yells for his son to avenge his death
Scene iv:
- Macbeth and Lady Macbeth enter the hall and Macbeth hears from a murderer that Banquo has been slain but his son escaped
- This sets Macbeth into a type of frenzy because he feels even less secure; the word "safe" is used repeatedly to mean "dead"
- Macbeth enters the feast and is the only one that sees Banquo's ghost in his seat
- He makes such a scene that Lady Macbeth is led to insult him by asking him if he is a man
- It is Macbeth's guilt that leads him to see Banquo, for he says "Avaunt! and quit my sight! let the earth hide thee!/ Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold;/ Thou hast no speculation in those eyes/ Which thou dost glare with!"
- Lady Macbeth encourages Macbeth to go to sleep and he promises in the morning to find the three witches and learn more about his future
Scene v:
- Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft, comes to scold the witches for making contact with Macbeth, saying that they did not show him the full potential of their power, but plan to the following day when they know he will come to visit them
- In Hecate's speech you say that there is a rhyming scheme where the last word of two lines at a time rhymes
Scene vi:
- Lennox and a lord talk about the status of the Kingdom
- Fleance has been blamed for his fathers deaths, but Lennox feels that Macbeth may be guilty for both Banquo and Duncan's deaths
- Macduff and Malcolm, Duncan's sons, have gone to the King in England and requested help for defeating Macbeth, which has led to Macbeth preparing for war

Monday, April 7, 2014


The book I chose to do my literature analysis on was The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.

1) This book is divided into four different sections with women from four different families narrating a chapter in each section. In the first chapter of section one you learn about the origin of the Joy Luck Club, which was started by Jing-Mei Woo, who is planning on going to China to meet her half-sisters. Next, you meet An-Mei Hsu who stays with her grandmother after being abandoned by her mother. Her mother returns only to leave again because she is unwelcome. Next, there is Lindo Jong who is at a young age given to another family so that she will marry their son. After getting married, Lindo manages to break up the marriage and escape to America. Next is Ying-Ying St. Clair, who attends the Moon Festival as a child but falls off the boat. In the next two sections you meet these four women's daughters,  Waverly Jong, Lena St. Clair, Rose Hsu Jordan, and Jing-Mei Woo. You learn about how Waverly was a chess master as a young girl, but abruptly quit after too much pressure form her mother and about her struggle to share with her mother her new relationship with a man named Rich after her failed first marriage.  Lena has to cope with her mother's failed pregnancy and high tension level in the family following, along with a controlling husband who does not treat her as his equal. Rose must deal with the tragedy of her younger brother Bing being swept into the ocean, and later with a divorce suggested by her husband that she later realizes is because he has a new woman in his life. Jing-Mei deals with her over-bearing mother who tried to force her into learning the piano and later in life with her general feeling that she is a failure. In the last section we learn about the mother's perception of the events going on in their and their daughters lives, as well as what happens when Jing-Mei goes to visit her half-sisters.

2) The theme of this novel can be identified as "The Challenges of Cultural Translation."

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Active Reading Notes of ACT II (MACBETH)

Scene i:
- Fleance and Banquo are walking around the castle at midnight, because Banquo can not sleep, when they run into Macbeth
- Banquo says he dreamed that the witches "revealed some truth" to Macbeth but Macbeth claims to not be in contact with them, and they agree to discuss the witches at a later time
- Macbeth sees a floating dagger appear in the hallway pointing towards Duncan, but comes to the conclusion that is it a figment of his imagination saying "A dagger of the mind, a false creation,/ Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?"
Scene ii:
- Lady Macbeth takes pride in her part of the murder (she laid out the daggers) and says she would have done it herself if the sleeping King hadn't "looked like her father"
- Macbeth kills Duncan and comes out of his bedroom nervous and fearful, holding the daggers and with blood on his hands
- He claims to have heard a voice say "'Sleep no more!/ Macbeth does murder sleep' "after killing Duncan
- Lady Macbeth chides Macbeth for not leaving the daggers next to the watch guards and goes to do it herself, exiting the bedroom saying "My hands are of your colour; but I shame/ To wear a heart so white"
- Macbeth and Lady Macbeth hear a repeated knocking and decide to go to bed to escape suspicion
Scene iii:
- Macduff and Lennox enter the house late at night by the Porter, and Macduff asks to go see Duncan
- Lennox makes several comments to Macbeth about how bad the storm was that night, and 
Macduff comes rushing out of Duncan's bedroom saying he has been slain
- The rest of the lords are awoken and Duncan's sons (Malcolm and Donalbain) arrive
- Macbeth claims that he killed the two guards, who had the daggers, in rage, which Macduff finds suspicious
- Macbeth says "Had I but died an hour before this chance,/ I had lived a blessed time; for, from this instant,/ There 's nothing serious in mortality:/ All is but toys: renown and grace is dead;/ The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees/ Is left this vault to brag of" toward the event
- Duncan's sons make plans to flee, fearing that they will be targeted next
Scene iv:
- Ross and an old man talk about the strange occurrences since the King's death
- Macduff arrives and shares how Macbeth has been chosen to be King, and that there is suspicion that it was Duncan's sons that hired the guards to kill Duncan because they fled after

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


I feel that in the last two weeks my group and I have really started off our Masterpiece project off strong. We created a blog on Tumblr ( ) and already have 50+ posts, most of them pictures and quotes of past memorable events in our lives, but as time has been progressing our posts have became a lot more current. We are yet to meet together for one of our planned activities, but I am hopeful that we will in the distant future. Though we are really starting to get together the content and posts for our project, I hope that soon we will be able to take the next step and plan out "adventures" together, while influencing the community positively.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Active Reading Notes of ACT I (MACBETH)

Scene i:
- Three witches appear and plan to meet again to discuss Macbeth
- Leave with "Fair is foul, and foul is fair: / Hover through the fog and filthy air."
Scene ii:
- At a military camp King Duncan of Scotland asks wounded solider about battle
- Soldier says that Scottish generals Macbeth and Banquo fought with great courage and violence, and goes into detail how Macbeth violently killed the traitorous Macdonwald
- The thane of Ross enters and tells the king that the traitorous thane of Cawdor and his Norwegian arms have been defeated 
- Duncan decrees that the thane of Cawdor be put to death and that Macbeth given Cawdor’s title
- Ross leaves to deliver the news to Macbeth.
Scene iii:
- Three witches meet near battlefield, meet with Macbeth and Banquo
- They declare Macbeth the thane of Glamis (original title) and thane of Cawdor, which surprises Macbeth
- Also declare that he will be King someday
- Banquo asks for fortune and witches tell him that he is “lesser than Macbeth, and greater,” and “not so happy, yet much happier”
- Also tell Banquo that he will never be king but that his children will
- Ross arrives and tells Macbeth about his new status as thane of Cawdor
- Macbeth and Banquo are skeptical of their prophecies and promise to discuss them later
Scene iv:
- When Macbeth returns to the kingdom he is greatly thanked by Duncan for his heroism, and invites him to have dinner at his castle
Scene v:
- In the castle, Lady Macbeth reads a letter from Macbeth talking about his new position and the witches prophecies 
- Lady Macbeth fears Macbeth is too full of “th’ milk of human kindness," though she knows he is ambitious, and decides to take whatever steps she must so that Macbeth gets the crown
She makes the comment that “you spirits / That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, / And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full / Of direst cruelty,” so she can become less feminine and take the necessary steps for Macbeth to become King
Scene vi:
-Duncan arrives and comments positively on the castle and Macbeth himself
Scene vii: 
- Alone, Macbeth ponders the idea of killing Duncan saying "He’s here in double trust: / First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, / Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, / Who should against his murderer shut the door, / Not bear the knife myself."
- Macbeth realizes that his actions would set off a terrible chain of events, and really only driven by his ambition
- When Lady Macbeth enters Macbeth says he calls off the plan
- Lady Macbeth reacts negatively, saying he is a coward
- When Macbeth asks her what will happen if they fail she promises that as long as they are bold, they will be successful. 
- Lady Macbeth says her plan is that while Duncan sleeps, she will give his guards wine to make them drunk, and then she and Macbeth can slip in and murder Duncan. They will smear the blood of Duncan on the sleeping guards to make them appear guilty

Monday, March 31, 2014


Macbeth is indirectly/directly introduced through two men talking about his actions during a battle. They talk about his violent actions and the brutal way he finished off his enemies, but use a positive word, "brave," to describe him. Later when Macbeth and Banquo are greeted by the three wishes is Macbeth more indirectly characterized as hesitant and unwilling when greeted with his new future as a king. Shakespeare's characterization of Macbeth sets an untrusting and dark tone to the play, along with the witches hint that "Fair is foul and foul is fair." From Macbeth'd conduct you get the idea that he may he unwilling to carry out his fate and more soft-hearted and repenting than his character is initially introduced to be.

Thursday, March 27, 2014


I think it would be most beneficial to my Masterpiece and myself to ask my mentors more questions about what exactly it is they specialize in. All of my possible mentors have field that they excel in, like knowledge about hiking or putting events together, and hopefully they will pass on their knowledge to myself and my other group members so that we can put our Masterpiece project into full swing.