Clase de Español

Throughout the three years in Spanish class, I have become much more acquainted with the Spanish language and culture. It is a pleasure to be in Spanish class and I am glad I chose Spanish as my language. I started Spanish when I was in sixth grade. At that time, I was quite shy and I could not get used to spontaneously conversing in Spanish. However, throughout the years I felt more and more at ease in Spanish class and I felt more confident in speaking Spanish. In my opinion, I think 8th grade was the best year as I loved the topics Ms. Gancedo covered, such as holidays and food. It was so sweet of her when she brought edible carbon and cake to class for Christmas. At first, I had thought it was real carbon and she tricked us, so I was fairly disappointed but when Gry decided to eat it, I ate it as well, and it was sugar. I was amazed because it was very realistic! The last unit we just concluded was exploring Spanish food and we learnt about pinchos and vocabulary connected to it. Our task was to create our own pinchos and my group made a pincho with fried potato, avocado and canned tuna as the main ingredients. Our other pincho was based on gyoza and we included cheese, spinach, onion, gyoza wrap and bacon as the main ingredients. It was very successful and I enjoyed it! I loved being in Ms. Gancedo’s class and learning Spanish with my fellow classmates throughout the three years and I hope to continue Spanish in high school!

Photo on 6-3-16 at 9.30 AM #3


The Lost Thing Artist’s Statement

For our last unit, we looked at the film adapted from “The Lost Thing”, a picture book written and illustrated by Shaun Tan. The Lost Thing is a dystopian story about a dark, colorless society where everything is in complete order and everything looks the same. One day, while collecting bottle caps for his collection, the boy comes across a strange creature but cannot find the identity or the source of the creature. When the boy seeks help from a government agency, a creature tells him that the agency will only try to hide and make him forget about unusual things or things out of order such as the strange creature, and gives him a card with an arrow on it. After a lot of searching for the sign, he follows it to fine an utopian land for lost things where it was colorful and had many different creatures unlike the city where everything was gloomy and was in perfect order. I think the message the book was trying to telling us was that diversity and uniqueness should be embraced and we should not be afraid to be different. Using the creatures in the picture book as inspiration, I designed my own creature.

Photo on 5-30-16 at 2.38 PM