Mitosis Stopmotion Video

My lab group, consisting of Alia El-Kulak, Doha Ali, Alex Barnhart, and myself, created a stop-motion video of the process of mitosis, where nuclear replication occurs. We began by rolling our Play-Doh (the material used) to different parts of the cell that are depicted in mitosis. The brown is the cell membrane, the green the nuclear membrane, the yellow the spindle fibers (lengthier) and centrosomes (round), and lastly the pink chromosomes. After DNA is copied during interphase, the cell goes through the process called mitosis, beginning with the prophase. In this phase, the nuclear envelope breaks apart and the chromatin (thread-like material in nucleus) compacts itself in chromatids. These chromatids join with one another through bonding with a centromere, and the chromatids, once bonded, are called sister chromatids. The centrosomes in the cell begin moving toward opposite poles of the cell. The next phase is metaphase. Chromosomes align in the middle of the cell, called the equator or metaphase plate. They move through the spindle fibers from centrosomes attaching to the centromeres that sister chromatids are joined by. After metaphase is anaphase, the separation of sister chromatids. Spindle fibers (attached to centromeres) pull sister chromatids apart. Once separated, they are chromosomes. The final phase of mitosis is telophase, in which two nuclear membranes form and spindle fibers break down. The chromosomes and centrosomes, at this point, are at opposite ends of the cell and are pulling away from one another. In animal cells, a cleavage furrow forms as the cell begins to divide. In plant cells, the membrane can’t be pinched off to separate, so vesicles form a cell wall that splits the cell in two. The process by which the cells split from one another is called cytokinesis. To recreate this process, we assigned a color to each part of the cell we needed to represent. After that, we created the necessary pieces for the cell and began recording the process in order (prophase, metaphase, anaphase, telophase). I enjoyed creating this project and I am glad I had a great group to work with.

Defining Self Personal Narrative

Through the first quarter, the English classes have worked on dissecting and analyzing literature and have focused on determining the themes of stories. After this, we were assigned to write about a time in our lives that changed us as a person using various writing techniques. My final product can be viewed here.


I believe that the product that I’ve produced is satisfactory. I attempted to incorporate as many writing techniques that we learned into my piece, and I think I did a decent job at using them. I’m proud of the work I’ve completed, though there are a few things I wish I would’ve edited or changed to make more sense or sound better. Throughout my story, my use of repeated time jumps I find can often be hard to follow, and an improvement in transitions would help to bridge these paragraphs together. In addition, I could’ve gone through my writing and reworded or rearranged multiple sentences to build the paragraph better. One writing element I could improve on is dialogue. I always struggle finding places where dialogue could fit rather than a sensory description, but I also feel that the writing stations beforehand helped me improve me writing greatly.

There were many steps throughout this writing process. The checkpoint I found most useful was the Brainstorm Narrative. It allowed me to recall any changing moments in my life. What amuses me is that I missed a big time of my life, which I ended up writing about. I didn’t think of said moment until I started my first draft, and I surprised myself by how long it took me to think of it. Of the checkpoints, I personally enjoyed the drafts, as I got to be as creative as I wanted and incorporate numerous writing techniques. My favorite is imagery/sensory language because using an extensive vocabulary to describe a setting is simply enjoyable to me. The least helpful checkpoint was the Narrative Outline, not that it wasn’t useful, but that I hadn’t decided on something to write about, so my outline was vague. I believe all the steps in the writing process are vital, but some are more helpful than others.

The Fairview Advantage skills that I used in this project were Collaborate, Create, Investigate, and Reflect. During the writing of our first and second drafts, our class buddied up to revise, review, and edit one another’s work. By collaborating with my buddy and discussing ways to improve our writing, I used the Collaborate skill. Create was used in the creation of my final essay. I created multiple drafts in order to get to the final, as well as many steps beforehand in brainstorming and outlining. I used Investigate and Reflect mostly when I was brainstorming. I had to reflect on myself as a person to see what moments of my life really changed me, and investigate a few moments to see which one I thought was best suited for this project. Lastly, I’m reflecting on my work as I write this now. There are many other skills that went into this project, but these are the main four that I can reflect on.

Holocaust Photograph Webquest

Recently in our English class, we read a portion of the Diary of Anne Frank. Written in the same style as the playset from Broadway, students volunteered to read specific parts of the diary, myself being the narrator. Through this project, we were able to see actual photographs taken from those times, as well as some modern day pictures of the same places. It was interesting to look through the images, and to see how conditions really were. Here you can view the galleries of images, and here you can view my responses to four of those pictures.

Expansion and Conflict Group Project

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For this group project, I believe the most important piece of information to take away is the desire of the United States to expand. The country overcame any issue that they faced head-on, and used that passion to gain land all the way to the Pacific Ocean. I believe this because a large part of our American history is based off of these events that took place while achieving the Manifest Destiny. One thing I believe I did well on in this project is managing my time well. I completed all my tasks within time, and I didn’t have to rush at the last minute to complete my portion of the project. However, on thing I could’ve improved on is including more detail, and generally more information into my tasks, specifically task three. Despite that, I think I completed this project well, and I enjoyed working with my group to accomplish it.

Photography Reflection Week Two

These are my top 3 edited photos of reflections, vintage, and “things that make noise,” our photo assignments for this week. The fourth photo is our Picasso-inspired portrait, in which we took pictures of ourselves from different angles, and overlapped them to create a bizarre portrait, as well as changing color and brightness of the edited features. To be clear, my laptop and Gameboy Advances are for things that make noise, and the Gameboy Pocket for vintage. Finally, there is the reflection photo. With that photo, the sun was perfectly aligned with the tree in my front yard, and the photo was taken off the side-mirror of my mom’s truck. I’m pleased with my work on edited photos, however there is some possible improvement on my portrait.