Today is the official last day of PBL class in 10th grade.

Quiz: Citing Evidence and Drawing Inferences

Assessment: Quiz. Demonstrate an ability to cite the most supportive evidence from texts and make inferences.

I took a test on my ability of citing evidence, and how to find the main arguments that support a main idea in a passage or a story. Since it is one of my weaknesses, because I will have to re-read what I read in order to comprehend it more.



So today for one of my last practices of English reading skills, I had to take a mini test that consisted 5 questions. They were supposed to be short, but they weren’t really short at all, and they also needed some thinking. Fortunately I got a 4/5 which is pretty great. I expected to get something lower than what I got, since some of the questions that they gave me were very tricky, since it was mostly about inferences in the passages that they gave me, and also it was about main ideas in the story plots that they were giving me. Questions were also somewhat long, so it took me a while to answer them completely.

Wood Carving- PBL #Project 3

Wood Carving Wood, Carving - Free images on Pixabay

What is it?

Wood carving is a type of art where they use wood and they make figure or graphic designs with specific wood tools.

Wood Carving History

Wood carving has probably been around about as long as man has been upon the earth. So the history of wood carving begins at the beginning. Man has always used and manipulated wood. Adam was probably the first wood carver. He must have used wood as one of his first tools, maybe for a club or a walking stick. He could have even tied a rock to a stick of wood and used it for a hammer. When he found a way to make an instrument sharp enough to hunt with, an arrow head or spear head may have been first but if so the knife couldn’t have been far behind. What do you think a man with a knife living in the forest or jungle who is surrounded by standing and fallen trees would do to pass his time? Woodcarving just got its beginning. Was the date recorded in a book? There probably were no books. Besides, carving was so much fun who would take the time to write it down. He probably started out whittling or maybe carved other tools or utensils out of wood. After a while he must have discovered he could carve or make just about anything he wanted out of wood. Carving could have been his favorite pastime, at least until Eve came along.


There’s no such thing as one type of wood…

Obviously the most important thing we need for wood carving is wood. But there isn’t just only one type of wood. There are actually many types of woods, and many are from all around the world. It also depends on how strong the wood is, sometimes the harder the wood is, the harder it will be to wood carve, but would most likely have a better outcome, and it will be more valuable. For this project I will be using Basswood most likely which is more softer wood and easier to use to wood carve. Since I’ve only wood carved for about one year and i’m not that experienced; it would be so much simpler to use.

(Different types of Woods)

The Tools

Mainly there are 3 materials we need to make a wood carving.

The wood. The gouges, chisels, v-tools, and the mallet.


       (Whole Wood Carving Kit Set)


#1 and #2 are known as chisels and they are usually to carve lines, you can pull out wood inward or outward.

Most carving tool manufacturers use #2 to describe a skew chisel. Beveled on one or both sides like a #1, the cutting edge is skewed or angled at 60°. When it is used with a slicing motion—think of a guillotine—it easily pares wood away and fits into tight corners that a #1 can’t reach. If the bevel is on only one side, you will need a pair that comes right-handed and left-handed.


Gouges are the most common pieces used in wood carving, they will also be the ones that I will use for my wood carving project. Gouges are shaped like spoons, they curve out and are from #3 through #11. They mainly work to scoop out the wood from the wood carving. Sometimes people use a mallet on these types since sometimes it is very hard to pull out hard         wood like White Oak.

The V-Tool

In the Sheffield number system, V-tools range from #39 into the 40s. Some carvers say that the V-tool is just two chisels joined to form a V. That makes sense because the tool can perform as a chisel if held so only one cutting edge is doing the work. But the primary function of this tool is to separate areas when outlining, adding detail, texturing, or undercutting. It is also called a parting tool. The difference between the V and the gouge, even a #11, is that the V gives you a wall rather than a valley.

Since nearly all V-tools have two straight edges, measurements are based on the angles of the V. Angles are usually 30, 45, 60 and 90 degrees. Occasionally a toolmaker produces a smaller angle such as 24°, which results in a very fine line.



Supported Practice: Citing Evidence and Drawing Inferences

Supported Practice: Practice citing the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what a text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Today I did this practice, It was pretty easy, getting all of the questions answered correctly. It was about an excerpt of how the government is doing many things to come up with resources for having a healthier environment. It gave me two multiple choice questions which were pretty easy, since i answered them quickly. The last question gave me a statement. Then it told me to chose 2 out of the 5 sentences that they provided me to chose which ones were the ones that related the most to the statement given to me. I wanted to at least get one right, but surprisingly I got both of them correctly, which is showing that I am growing in my English reading skills.


Instruction: Citing Evidence and Drawing Inferences

Instruction: Instructional Video. Learn how to cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

This video is an instructional video, and it just basically shows you how to cite evidence better. It makes you not read a passage before you read it all over again, in order to truly understand the passage.

Supported Practice: Citing Evidence and Drawing Inferences

Supported Practice: Practice citing the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what a text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

This practice gave me information about citing evidence, then it later just gave me a passage about Obama for me to read, and answer questions to.



So it looks like I am back to where I originally started. It looks like my score increased again, and my spot is on task again. I read the story once again of the necklace, the story of the french woman who just wants to be luxurious, attractive, and be better than anybody else. I read it again, just to remember it very well again. Once again, the details of this story are very well explained


Figurative Language I

Identify and distinguish examples of figurative language: metaphor, simile, hyperbole, and personification. Keywords: figurative language, writing techniques, literary elements, literary devices, metaphor, simile, hyperbole, personification, language arts, reading comprehension

This has so far been the easiest assignment of all time, figurative language is the easiest thing to understand, they just went over what personification is, also with a hyperbole, and the differences between a metaphor and a simile.


Quiz: Citing Textual Evidence

Assessment: Quiz. Demonstrate understanding of citing textual evidence to support analysis of informational text and inferences drawn from the text.

Today with odyssey, I did a quiz on citing textual evidence, and happily I got 5/5 which it was actually pretty easy, I didn’t think it was that hard. Something I am happy about. They asked me 5 questions where I had to read about one paragraph of an informational text, cite it and find evidence and details to answer the question.

Instruction/Practice: Plot, Character and Setting

Analyze and interpret characters and plot events by reading fictional passages and answering questions.

I did another assignment related to the same thing I have been doing for the previous day, I had to read a story about a girl who is concerned about her summer job in a crime lab. They asked me three questions. One of plot, one of characters, and one of the setting, I got them all right, not surprised since it was actually very easy.  I’m just hoping I can go back to the 900’s-1000’s range in STAR testing since back down to the 700’s in reading again, and I felt pretty confident on this last star test, so I have no clue what happened.


Plot, Character and Setting: Quiz 1

Apply and demonstrate knowledge of plot, characters, and setting by answering questions related to grade-level appropriate fictional texts. Remediation is answer specific and includes hints and strategies.

So I took reading skills on this assignment, and honestly I don’t think it was very hard. It was a test of five questions. I got 5/5 correct, so I don’t think that was that bad at all. It gave me 2 passages to read, and a lot of it was pure straight up easy questions where I can just answer them very quickly. It was mostly all done in like 10-15 minutes in total. The quiz wasn’t hard, so i’m very proud of myself for that, I did good.

Today I will be working on Project #3. Which is just gathering information about wood carving designs on wood for now, and the basics about the tools, since I’ve only wood-carved for a year, I feel like I still need more experience to do some graphic design or architectural design on wood. I am planning on using basswood on this project, since it’s easier.


Instruction/Practice: Plot, Character and Setting

Analyze and interpret setting and characters and gain an understanding of how one element of fiction affects another by reading fictional passages and answering questions.

Today I spent the day doing this activity, it was actually the easiest activity I have done. This assignment just showed me how to understand how the plot connects with the character and setting. It gave me questions of word definitions and very easy questions of understanding the plot with some of the characters in the story. Especially just picking out the ideas from the story, connecting them to the story plot to get the answer.