Hannah leaves and edible roots of the potato plant.








Hannah Kim

Ms. Gibson

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English I Pre-AP –
Period 7

22 January 2018





Event: The Irish Potato Famine

Date: 1845 – 1849

Description: The Irish Potato Famine was an event that occurred
in Ireland in 1845 through 1849. Potatoes became a staple crop in Ireland by
the 18th century. This happened because potatoes were hardy, nutritious,
calorie-dense, and fairly simple to grow in the Irish soil. The demand was very
specific and resulted in the high production of only two types of potatoes
which then affected the genetic diversity of potatoes. As the rate of risk
towards famine began to increase, Late Blight (a disease) started to spread
across the potato plants. This disease caused damage to the leaves and edible
roots of the potato plant. The leaves on potato plants turned black and rotten because
of a fog that entered in through the fields of Ireland. This resulted in a
famine that caused about one million deaths and resulted in the immigration of
almost three million people. The population of Ireland dropped at a rate of
50,000 per year.


Major Players: Ireland, Potatoes, Late Blight


BIG IDEAS: Famine, Poverty, Disperse, Starvation, Prosperity













Event: Monroe Doctrine

Date: 1823

Description: President James Monroe proposed the Monroe Doctrine
during his annual Presidential Speech, stating that the U.S. would not allow
any European country to create new colonies nor interfere with affairs in South
and North America. The doctrine stated that, in return, the U.S. would also
stay out of European affairs. President Monroe wisely quoted George
Washington’s Farewell Address where President Washington also hinted that the
United States should avoid entangling alliances. To influence more political
agreement, President Monroe also quoted John Hay’s Open-Door notes concerning
China. The Monroe Doctrine was created out of fear against the idea of European
colonial expansion in the Americas. Britain believed that Spain would attempt
to reclaim its former Spanish colonies in the Americas. Much of the doctrine
was influenced by the ideas of John Quincy Adams. Political cartoons began to
display and broadcast the doctrine. Often showing either a stop sign in front
of the Americas or some type of border guarded by Uncle Sam. This was the
turning point for America since the U.S. thought of itself as a world power.


Major Players: James Monroe, George Washington, European
countries, John Hay, and John Quincy Adams.


BIG IDEAS: Policies, Separation, Political, Tensions, Cartoons
and Equality.










Event: Chicago West: Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West name their

Date: 19 January 2018

Description: Kim Kardashian West, one of the biggest reality
stars, gave birth to her two children known as North and Saint. But just as she
wanted a third child, doctors advised her against getting pregnant again due to
possible medical hardships. Kim suffered from pre-eclampsia, which could have
caused serious complications such as seizures and even death. Another medical
condition Kim struggled with was Placenta accrete, which occurs when the
placenta attaches itself too deeply to the wall of the uterus and stays
connected after the birth of the child. Kim and her husband made a difficult
decision to use a gestational carrier which would make the child biologically
related to the West family. Although many people viewed this choice as a method
to avoid physical changes, pain or complications, Kim still experienced moments
of hardship since she wasn’t carrying her own baby, even after carrying North
and Saint. As Kim met and bonded with the surrogate, she stated that she
“trusted her completely throughout the entire process.” The reality star
publicly broadcasted that her daughter was born on Monday at 12:47 am and
weighed seven pounds and six ounces. Kim is shown giving many thanks to her carrier
for making her family’s dream come true.


Major Players: Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West, Surrogate, and


BIG IDEAS: Pregnancy, Babies, Surrogates, Medical, Seizures,
Complications and Diseases.










Event: Maisie Sly is the star of a short film

Date: 20 January 2018

Description: Maisie Sly is a six-year-old child who is
profoundly deaf just like her parents. She comes from Swindon and begins to
head for Hollywood after a film she starred in, known as The Silent Child. Her
goal was to promote awareness about hearing impairment. The film she is
starring in has been shortlisted for the Oscars in March. Maisie Sly plays a
deaf girl who struggles to fit in due to her lack of communication. But a
caring social worker teacher begins to teach Maisie the gift of communication
using sign language. The Silent Child is described to be a 20-minute short
movie which has already won critical acclaim and awards during international
film festivals. The movie was written by Rachel Shenton, a former Holyoake
actress who was inspired by her experiences with her Late father. From there,
the short movie has traveled to the Rhode Island International Film Festival,
where the film also won the Best Live Action Short award. During this year’s awards
ceremony, the film has high hopes to be nominated as the top presentation.


Major Players: Maisie Sly and Rachel Shenton


BIG IDEAS: Oscars, Movies, Actors, Deaf, and Awards.













Event: The Brutal Bread Wards in the book: Night by Elie Wiesel

Date: 1945

Description: During a stop in Aden, Elie Wiesel witnesses brutal
disputes over food. Spectators and workmen throw bread into the train wagons as
a source of entertainment. As the workmen throw the bread inside the train
wagon, the men inside fight desperately for the piece of bread. Like “beasts of
prey” and “creatures ready to kill” just for the crust of bread. They trample,
tear, and maul each other into severe injury and death, while workmen and
passersby observe. Elie Wiesel notices an old aged man dragging himself on the
floor with a hand pressed against his heart. Elie first mistakes the hand
gesture as the result of a painful blow to the old man’s chest, but quickly
comes to the realization that the old man is hiding the piece under his shirt.
In one swift motion, the old man pulls out the piece and throw it in his mouth.
His eyes light up with glee as a smile begins to peak around the corner,
illuminating his ashen face. But in little time, the short-lived happiness was
extinguished as a shadow hurled his body over him. The man began to cry,
stunned by the blows to his body. Elie registers that the shadow is the old
man’s son. The old man screams out that he saved a piece for his son (Meir)
too, but Meir is blinded by the hunger raging through his body and continues to
pound his father with punches and kicks till the old man lays limp. Meir takes
the crust of bread and begins to “devour” it but two men, who had also been
watching the scene, jumped him. When the men withdraw, there are two dead
bodies next to Elie. Both the father and son had died aside each other.


Major Players: Old man, Meir, Elie, workmen and the two men who
jumped Meir.


BIG IDEAS: Hunger, Blinded, Selfish, Love, and Violence










Event: The Golden Crown in the book: Night by Elie Wiesel

Date: 1944

Description: During Elie Wiesel’s stay at the Buna concentration
camp, Franek, the foreman, noticed the gold crown in Elie’s mouth. During this
time, the golden crowns were sold for money and benefits, often taken from the
prisoners inside the camps. Franek ordered Elie to give up his golden crown,
but Elie politely refused and stated that he cannot eat without the tooth. Franek
tried to persuade Elie once more by threatening him with more punishment and
struggle. Elie saw the once pleasant and intelligent young man transforming
into a man with a greedy glint in his eyes. Unsure of what to do, Elie told
Franek that he will ask his father for advice and Franek gave him one day to
make a choice. After explaining his situation to his dad, Elie’s father decided
that they should not give up the golden tooth. The time following their
decision to keep to golden crown proved to be very consequential since Franek
already knew Elie’s weakness: his father. Elie’s father had never served in the
military and struggled time after time to march correctly. This presented
Franek with the easy opportunity to torment him and “trash him savagely” on a
daily basis and ended up beating him physically. Elie decided to help his
father by giving his father lessons in marching and they began to practice in
front of their block. Yet despite the efforts, the father did not make
sufficient progress and the torment continued to rain on him. And soon Elie
could not just stand by and watch his father take so much pain, so he agreed to
give up his golden crown. Franek began to boast about his win and told Elie
that he waited too long so it would cost an extra ration of bread to pay the
famous dentist, from Warsaw, to pull out the crown. Elie is outraged by
Franek’s temerity to ask for an extra ration of bread and asked, “What? My
ration of bread so that you can have my crown?” Franek answered by proposing
another more violent method which consists of breaking Elie’s teeth out
instead. That day, the dentist pulled Elie’s crown with a rusty spoon. Franek became
pleasant again and even gave extra rations of soup to Elie and his father. But
it was not long until all the Poles were transferred to another camp and Elie
had lost his golden crown for nothing.


Major Players: Elie Wiesel, Elie Wiesel’s father, Franek, and Dentist
from Warsaw.


BIG IDEAS: Greed, Bribery, Threats, Torture, Holocaust, and Judgement




PERSONAL EXPERIENCE (Experience that has had a profound effect
on you)

Event: New Mexico Abuse

Date: July 18, 2017

Description: New Mexico stands out among all the other memories I
have. The Navajos are natives who were relocated to New Mexico when
colonization was first occurring. Out of the poverty came so much pain and
heartache for these people. I remember our first night there, serving at the
church with other youth children. We sat in a circle facing one another as we
shared our life story and struggles that came with them. The purpose was to
open up and pour out everything, so we could feel free from all our sufferings.
On the first day we began to share, one girl stood out to me. Her response to
everything we asked was “I don’t know” or she wouldn’t talk at all. But then
came the second day and soon the third and fourth. Within our small group
discussions, she had been the only one to come every day and I came to realize
how much pain she was holding back. Through each “I don’t know” or silent
answer, I sensed her struggles and emotions. Something about her kept me
interested and even after the missions I continually texted her to check up.
Slowly, as she began to unravel her heart, I was able to look inside. New
Mexico is known for countless drug addicts, alcohol addicts, abusers, and much
more. The children lacked the love they deserved and often didn’t know how to
react towards the love we tried to share with them. Their automatic response
had been to close off and keep to themselves. I learned how many girls had been
sexually and verbally abused by their fathers. Boys physically getting hit by
their parents. Children using drugs, sex, and alcohol to get rid of their anger
towards their abusive parents. So many broken families were scattered
throughout New Mexico. Innocent children only wishing for love, not toys or
clothes. Their pain was causing so much suffering that they didn’t know right
from wrong. Missing parent figures often were the cause. These Navajo children
only wished to experience love and have parent figures instead of materialistic


Major Players: Navajo Indians


BIG IDEAS: Poverty, Love, Parents, Drugs, Alcohol, Abuse,




PERSONAL EXPERIENCE (Experience that has had a profound effect
on you)

Event: No Job, No Money

Date: July 24, 2017

Description: I always grew up with both my parents having jobs
and working all the time. Money had never been a problem in our household until
July 24, 2017, when things began to change. I noticed that my mother had not
gone to work for a few days. To check up and make sure she was healthy and
fine, I asked her what was wrong. She turned to me with tearful eyes and told
me she had been laid off. The oil industry was struggling, and they could no
longer support all the staff. I stood there, shocked, unsure of what to do.
What would we do with all the bills? How would we pay to eat food? Questions
began to pile up in my mind. The days after were harder. The clothes I wanted
and any other object I yearned for could not be bought. We spent our shopping
days within the sale and clearance section to save our money. Day after day we
struggled to pay bills and stay afloat in our home. My dad worked long hours to
provide more money and we barely got to see his face. Our family was beginning
to separate as we began to provide only enough for ourselves. All the medical
insurance provided to our family by my mother’s old job slowly began to expire
and we started to rush and get our checkups and shots in order to be covered by
the short-lasting insurance. But luckily, throughout our path into sorrow and
pain, our efforts began to result in the better. The fights between my brother
and I slowly began to cease, as if we were entering into a phase of peace and
happiness even under our circumstances. Money, I realized, does not describe
the Kim family and our happiness.


Major Players: Hannah Kim, Kim Family, Money


BIG IDEAS: Money, Struggle, Yearning, Happiness, Peace, Sorrow,










·       History.com Staff. “Monroe
Doctrine.” History.com, A Television Networks, 2009, www.history.com/topics/monroe-doctrine.


·        Message of President James Monroe at
the commencement of the first session of the 18th Congress (The Monroe
Doctrine), 12/02/1823; Presidential Messages of the 18th Congress, ca.
12/02/1823-ca. 03/03/1825; Record Group 46; Records of the United States Senate,
1789-1990; National Archives.)


·       Mokyr, Joel. “Great Famine.” Encyclopædia
Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 19 Apr. 2017, www.britannica.com/event/Great-Famine-Irish-history.


·       Office of Historian. “Monroe
Doctrine, 1823.” U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of
State, 2017, history.state.gov/milestones/1801-1829/monroe.


Current Events

·       Entertainment & Art.
“Profoundly Deaf Maisie Sly Is the Star of a Short Film Which May Be Nominated
for an Oscar.” BBC News, BBC, 20 Jan. 2018, www.bbc.com/news/av/entertainment-arts-42746612/profoundly-deaf-maisie-sly-is-the-star-of-a-short-film-which-may-be-nominated-for-an-oscar.


·       Duerden, Nick. “Declan McKenna: ‘I
Worry That What I Do Is Just Mediocre’.” INews, INews
Https://Inews.co.uk, 3 Jan. 2018, inews.co.uk/culture/music/bbc-introducing-winner-declan-mckenna-sudden-fame-finding-voice/.


·       Entertainment & Art. “Chicago
West: Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West Name Daughter.” BBC News,
BBC, 19 Jan. 2018, www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42744919.



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