End of E-portfolio activity

The end of the year is almost here and our literature teacher has asked us to do one last activity for closure. This year I have learnt many things, not just in literature, where I have learnt to interpret things in different ways in order to get to a conclusion, but things like what I want to do when I finish school and things that I enjoy doing, something I didn’t know when the year started. I have explored things in my mind, things I didn’t know were there, and I have come to understand that there are many different ways to see things. My favorite topic to study was “ode on melancholy” and the “destructors” because They are the pieces that taught me the most: how our sad moments are overcome and how to understand the society we live in. My favorite activity was the e-portfolio because I got to connect every literature piece in my life or mind, something I always did but never had the chance to put in words or write about it openly. There’s nothing I haven’t enjoyed or that I regret, I believe everything that I haven’t liked this year taught me something I can apply to my future, for example when I will see myself forced to work with someone that I don’t share the same thoughts about something or like the way he or she works. I don’t need another way of learning things, because I believe I am very privileged to go to a school where not only do I learn important facts about history or maths, but at the same time I am taught other values as working as a team, respecting my pairs and always searching for other possible ways of interpreting situations. I feel like there wasn’t one day where I haven’t learnt something new. Senior 4, 2018 was a great year for me and I would definitely do it again.

“Rooms” and “Home is so sad”

I could really relate to these two poems because I have moved several times along my life. I was born here in Argentina, at he age of 3 I moved to Atlanta, Georgia in the United States, I lived there for 4 years and a half where my family moved houses several times and changed me to many different schools. I came back at the age of seven and again moved to many schools and houses in Argentina as well. All along my life i have felt at home, even though I have had many homes and in different continents. I believe what makes this possible are the rooms. I remember every room I’ve had in every house I’ve lived in. I truly believe every human that passes through a room leaves something , a vibe, the person that last was in that room leaves one, but when you get there you transform it to what you like, rooms have your things and the way you look at them. In home is so sad the author mentions how the room always stays how the last one there left it: “

 It stays as it was left,
Shaped to the comfort of the last to go

”. I loved all my rooms because they were mine, I loved them because I could be myself inside them, I closed the door and it became into my own world, I could dance until I couldn’t move anymore, I could dress up, talk to myself, draw what I wanted with the colors I wanted. I made my room mine, the way I feel in my room is only mine and that won’t change unless that room that was once mine has another owner. The rooms in Atlanta aren’t mine anymore, somebody else is feeling them.

Soldier rest” and “Dulce et Decorum Est”

I will first talk in this post as how I cannot connect these poems to anything in my life, I feel like I haven’t suffered for something for so long that I am relieved to be finished with, and even if I did, it would be nothing compared to the deepness these poems carry, only soldiers of war can relate to it, and I respect that. 

Anyway, as I have to write something about them, the first thing I have come up with is the end of the school year. Today we have finished our IGCSE exams and I feel a huge relief, because I have given the most of me during the year, and from today, I don’t have to worry about it anymore. When Scott says “soldier rest”, although it is a very poor comparison if we take into account the dimension of the poem, I think about summer, it is time for us soldiers to rest from school, into a time where there is no stress or worries about what was in our minds before usually compared to heaven by teenagers. I connected “Dulce et Decorum Est” to how some of our friends fail tests and we see them down, thinking about how they will be forced to come to school even when the rest has finished, hard to watch, because we can’t do anything more than try to help them, but at the end its just them and their minds, just how at the end there is just a soldier with a beating heart, deciding wether to keep beating or just give up. Summer is a time when we can do the things we want to and enjoy with our friends, our own heaven in life.

Ode on melancholy

One morning  two weeks ago I found myself walking to school listening to this song. “Pastillitas del olvido” by Tan Bionica.

I had already read ode on melancholy at that time, and its message was still running around my head, and i got to connect it with this song.  I put the parts of the song that connect the most with the poem.


“En la esquina de mi barrio hay una tienda que vende unas

Pastillas para olvidar.

Los vecinos aseveran que su efecto prolifera pero yo no las

Quise ni probar.

Pastillitas del olvido, tengan el recuerdo vivo de la noche

Que la vi bailar.”

  • The voice comments that in a block corner of his neighborhood there are some pills, that apparently make its consumer to forget everything. His neighbors assure that they work, but the voice has decided that he will not try them, because although he might be in pain, he doesn’t want to forget the night he saw “the” women dancing. I believe the women represents all the good things that happen in our lives, like a symbol for those little things that we cant see when something goes wrong. I connected it to the poem because it suggests that we shouldn’t go to poisonous methods to forget everything because the bad moments are the contrast of the good ones, and you need them to feel happy later. It is okay to feel bad sometimes, but we should always recover and get up, and never let go of everything.

“En un rincón de mi memoria, sobran noches de tristeza,

Poca gloria, y soledad.

Y en el hueco de los años más dorados caben tus ojos

Prestados y un adiós para olvidar.

Pastillitas del olvido, tengan el recuerdo vivo de la

Noche que la vi bailar.”

  • The voice again shows clearly that in the middle of the storm, he can find “her” eyes and asks the pills to let that memory live. But we all know it is impossible, if we go to these pills or Wolf’s-bane, they will kill every memory, and we will never again be able to feel happiness, because they kill the bad moments as well. It is the bad moments that allow us to enjoy the good ones, if we know what it is like to be down and sad, we will make the most of the good times.

CELL DIVISION: Conparing mitosis and meiosis

1) The purpose of meiosis is to reduce the normal diploid cells (2 copies of each chromosome / cell) to haploid cells or gametes (1 copy of each chromosome per cell).

2) In animals, meiosis takes place in the testes and in females, the ovaries.





5) red blood cells cannot undergo mitosis because they no longer have a nucleus or chromosomes. New red blood cells must develope from cells which still have their nuclei & chromosomes, and are capable of mitotic reproduction.

“The destructors”

Hi! I’ve been working with Martina Ibarbia, Victoria Landolfo and Rosario Vago on these questions on “The destructors”


Rite of passage


  1. An object of desire
  2. Trespassing (Defying authority)
  3. “Dare/Challenge (Construction of identity)
  4. The mischief (it should be owned up and dealt with in a mature way)
  5. Atonement (Confesion and regret, acceptance)



1.The desire of the kids is to destroy Mr. Thomas’s house, and the reader can notice this when it “reads: “ ‘We’ll pull it down,’ he said. ‘We’ll destroy it’.” And “ It’s proposed that tomorrow, and Monday we destroy Old Misery’s house.”

2. The kids defy the authorities (authorities being the owner of the house, their parents and the law) when they enter “Old Misery’s” house without any kind of permission. “Blackie climbed the door into Misery’s garden.”

3. Trevor wanted to prove that he could be more than just another member of the gang. He wanted to show that although he came from a high class and had a fancy name, he could still be like the others, in fact he believed he could be the leader of the gang. “ ‘I don’t want to pinch anything’ T. said. ‘I’v got a better idea.’” , “‘It was the end of his (Blackie’s) leadership’” and “ T. was giving his orders with decision” show us that the idea T. had allowed him to prove that he could be a great leader.

4. The kids show no kind of regret after being caught by Mr. Thomas, we can see this when they lock him in the loo and intend to leave him there over night. “‘There’s nothing personal,’ the voice said. ‘We want you to be comfortable tonight’” and “‘You wouldn’t be comfortable, not in your house, you wouldn’t. Not now’”.

5. The kids don’t confess or show regret with actions after destroying Old Misery’s house. “‘ What do you mean, boy?’ but the footsteps receeded.” After the disaster the kids made at the house, they left, leaving Mr. Thomas aline the whole night in a garden loo.

  • Find quotes to prove the following themes:


  1. The individual affected by the social crisis. (Post war).

  • “‘I got some chocolates’ (…) The gang were puzzled and perturbed by this action and tried to explain it away”. The kids don’t trust the man, they seem to believe that too much kindness isn’t normal in people, so they choose to find an explanation to why somebody would do this extremely rare gest and make it go away. There is no trust in society either, every day there are less persons willing to do an act of true kindness towards the other, so when we do receive one, we find ourselves puzzled and can not believe it.


  • “‘Let me out’ he called, and heard the key turn in the lock. ‘A serious crash,’ he thought, and felt dithery and confused and old.” The man is clearly affected by the problem the kids are causing, although he hasn’t done anything to them or anyone else. We can see this in society, bad things happen to people that haven’t done anything to deserve it (As in war: horrible deaths just because they tried to save the country).


  1. The aftermath of he war: How destruction leads to more destruction.

  • “‘we’ve done enough anyway.’ ‘Oh, no, we haven’t. Anybody could do this’ (…) ‘We’ve got to finish.’ This quote shows how they had the chance to stop and leave the house, but they decided the destruction they had caused wasn’t enough. If they had already got there, why were they to stop? They found no answer to this question and kept on destroying. People often find that the damages that they have caused arent discovered or caught, so they keep on doing what they’re doing at higher risks and causing more destruction to society.


  1. The evil nature of man.

  • “‘I don’t mind you playing round the place Saturday mornings. Sometimes I like company.’ (…)  ‘Let me out’ he called, and heard the key turn in the lock. ‘A serious crash,’ he thought, and felt dithery and confused and old.” The kids tricked Old misery into the loo, even after he told them they could come over on saturdays and play in his garden. We can see how evil the kids are even after the old man offered an act of kindness.


  1. Loss of compassion (as a result of war).

  • “His eye lit on the remains of a bath and what had once been a dresser and he began to laugh. There wasn’t anything left anywhere.” The man’s home had been destroyed along with everything he cared about and had to listen to a man laugh about the misery he was left in. This man that helped him get out of the loo had a significant loss of compassion.


  1. Class struggle.

  • “There was every reason why T., as he was afterwards reffered to, should have been an object of mockery- there was his name (and they substituted the initial because otherwise they had no excuse to laugh at it), the fact that his father, a former architect and present clerk, had ‘cone down in the world’ and that his mother considered herself better than the neighbours.” We can see how the kids had to replace Trevor’s name for “T” because they would otherwise laugh at it all day because it was a rich person’s name. Trevor was at a higher social class and his new friends mocked him for it.



1. Mr Thomas’s house: this house was a symbol of strength and hope, that was the only thing that survived the war.

2. Mr Thomas and the children: they represent the fragmented society, on one hand, Mr Thomas conveys the goodness that survived the war, and the children the damaged part of society, that lose all hopes.

3. Old Misery: this name was how the kids called Mr Thomas, it conveys the impossibility of seeing good in people and kindness, that how everyone must be buried in misery after war.

4. Money burning: it symbolizes what the kids wanted, they were so affected by war, everything they wanted was to destroy, to take away people’s belongings to put them in the same position as they were.

5. The debris of the house: it symbolizes the ruins of war, how destroyed was London town.

6. The laughter of the driver: this showed the lack of compassion people had, the destroyed society after war.


2) I believe that the theme of this story is lack of compassion, cruelness, destruction, war and society. We can see the lack of compassion and cruelness when the kids lock Old misery in his own loo and destroy his house, without thinking for a second that they were ruining his life, we can also see it when the man in the truck laughs about the destruction of a home and a life. Destruction is presented in the house, Old misery’s life and the kid’s childhood and innocence. The society is shown as a wrecked one, because the innocent lives of the children have now become into souls of evil and with no place for feeling anything but anger and desire of destruction, who will grow and will be the future of the society, while the owner of the truck laughs at a life getting ruined with not a little pity for the man in order to even try to control himself and show some respect in front of a destroyed home. All these can be compared with war and the pain and destruction it causes: lovely lives destroyed along with territory, in such cruel manner


4)  The story is set in London since London was extremely damaged after World War Two. The story complains about the consequences of war. Firstly, because it explains how war destroyed every house placed there. Secondly, because it affected people emotionally. In the story, the children did not trust that something good could happen and wanted to destroy the only house that survived the war. The story does not tackle the causes of the war since it is placed after the war.


7) At the end of the story, the gang ended up destroying the whole house. When Old Misery was able to escape, he was devastated because of the destruction of the house. We believe that the author ended the story in that way to prove that nothing good could stand after a war.


8) At the end T. Reaches his goal. Old misery cannot escape the loo all night and only gets out when it’s too late. In the morning, a man came to get his cab from the car-park in front of the old house, and began to drive away not knowing what effect it would have. The car came to a jolting as if being pulled from behind, resulting in a disaster. The house falling in pieces to end having debris all over the place.


9) yes, it is true that on a deeper level the story is about delinquency, war, and the hidden forces which motivate our actions because it is strange to see some kids of 9-13 years in these kind of situations.


10) Ibelieve the destruction of Old misery’s house was more senseless than the destruction brought about war. The war had an aim, citizens fought together as brothers for the well being of their country, they gave their lives for their people, while what the kids did with Old misery’s home had no sense or aim, their only target was to destroy, and they took a life along with it.


11) Nihilism means the rejection of all religious and moral principles, in the belief that life is meaningless. The gang actions of the story demonstrate a kind of nihilism since the same protagonist are the ones who reject any belief or faith in something good. Plus, they do not have moral principles either. We can assume that because they destroyed the house of an old man who did not deserve what happened to him.







“Dulce et decorum est” War poetry

Here is what i’ve been working on with Gonzalo Criniti and Silvestre Braun!


“Dulce et Decorum Est”

Look for information about Wilfred Owen
Characteristics of war poetry
Explain each stanza with your own words
Which images predominate? Quote and explain
What does the title mean? Lo

Wilfred Owen:
Born in 1893 died in 1918
War poet
English soldier who fought in the WW1
He was homosexual
War poetry:
Rhetoric of honor
Early war poets focus on the causes of the war and the emphasize the abstract notion of honor
Late war poets are visibly anti-war. Focus on the details of their war experience and the hard reality of war.
1st stanza:
Soldiers are backing up, growing away from the battlefield. They are in very poor conditions. They are exhausted and upset because things aren’t going as planned (ex: “disappointed shells that dropped behind”).
2nd stanza:
They throw gas to them. They ran away. People started dying. He saw a man die in front of him, drowning and in agony.
3rd stanza:
the man keeps dying and his mind; the voice can’t save him and is clearly hurt because of it.
4th stanza:
It starts describing all the bad things about the war, all the suffering, and showing the true side of the war. There is an irony, when the government explains to the new young soldiers entering the army what war is (pride, honor, defend the country), but in fact they are hiding the truth.
The images that predominate are auditory and visual:

“like old beggars under sacks”: they have the same poor conditions as a homeless person.
“coughing like hags” the author wants to portray their bad physical condition.

“still was yelling out and stumbling”: Chaos and shouting plus the sound that the boots and the falls made together with the ground.
The exact meaning of the title is “it is sweet and honorable”. But this really makes sense to the reader when it is followed by “pro patria mori”, which means “to die for one’s country”. This is the real idea that the author wants to portray throughout the poem: how the people made it sound like in the attempt to encourage them to sign in, but it was really horrible, they died in awful conditions and humiliated.

First Stanza:
What is the main emotion expressed in the first stanza (verse)?
Write an example of a simile used in the first stanza
Why were the shells ‘disappointed’?

Pity, fury towards the government, sadness and sorrow
“like old beggars under sacks”: Simile undermines stereotypes image of soldiers as young and fit. Suggests they are filthy and weak
The metaphorical meaning of the disappointed shells, is that the enemies throw the soldiers bombs, but they were “disappointed” because they never got to their target.

Second Stanza:
How does the emotion change at the beginning of the second stanza?
What were the soldiers ‘fumbling’ for and why?
Owen uses a metaphor to describe what the gas looked like. Write it here:
The main emotion changes from sadness and pity to shock and madness. We can see this because there is a new unknown element for the soldiers, and they are surprised when they see the effect in people (gas bombs): “GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!” the exclamation mark suggests that something important is happening, and as gas is new for them, they are surprised and scared, so they must act fast.
Fumbling: move clumsily in various direction using the hands to find one’s way. Soldiers were fumbling to find their way through the mist, and trying no to tumble over bodies on the ground.
“through the misty panes and thick green light, As under a green sea”.

Third Stanza:
Why do you think the third stanza is only two lines long? Think about the dramatic effect and the emotion:
We think that the stanza is two lines long because the phrase is one of the most importants and shocking from the poem. The writer vividly transmits how he was perturbed by the death of his friend, dying in front of him “choking, drowning”, maybe in his own blood.

Fourth Stanza:
What is the main emotion expressed in the fourth stanza?
Name three parts of the body that are affected by this sort of gas:
Explain the final lines.
The main emotion expressed inthe fourth stanza is anger towards th government and the way they tried to persuade people into signing in for tye war. He describes it as “The old Lie”.
The three parts are:
The face (eyes): “And watch the white eyes writhing in his face”. The sight of the men was suffering, both from the gas and from the horrible view.
The lungs/respiratory system: men were fighting to breath, as they suffered. Also the blood they were throwing up didn’t let them breath, and they started choking.
The stomach/digestive system: soldiers, because of the bitter smell of the gas, started throwing up the blood wich “Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs”.
The meaning of the final lines is: Owen tries to makes us re-ask ourselves, after giving us another completely new point of view of the war, if it is worth to die for our country or not, by repeating the title and completing the phrase.

Extended question:
The poem transmits anger, sadness and fury from the voice, he is clearly upset that he was forced to see a friend die, and it makes him feel desperate for not being able to do anything. The voice is also angry because he was forced to fight in awful conditions: with few hours of sleep and with heavy and uncomfortable clothing.
Similes as: “Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud” show us how dark, filthy and bitter the situation was. We believe the author wants to make the reader understand how awful war was, the things that it does to you, the hard time of having to see a friend die and the despair of not being able to do anything about it. Another thing the author wants us to understand is the fact that gases were unknown at the time, so people were surprised by them and killed due to the damage these provoked.

Write an essay. Compare and contrast 2 of the poems you have worked on. Comment closely on the themes, tones and how the writers convey their message.

Soldier Rest

Themes: War, sleep, freedom, closure and death.
Tone: free, urging
Literary devices:
Metaphor of death; “sleep the sleep that knows Not breaking”. The “death that knows no breaking”
Auditory/ visual image; “squadron tramping”
“Armour’s clang”these literary devices help the Reader understand how tormenting the war was and encourage the soldiers to fight and die with no fear and honour

Personal opinion: through this very descriptive poem, Sir Walter Scott wanted to portray and protest about the war and about society. He thought that soldiers were mistreated and didn’t have to fight. Wars were caused because of the mistakes and bad decisions of their leaders/kings. But in consequence, soldiers had to work very hard and fight for a purpose that maybe they weren’t even interested in. So we after reading the poem, and think about it, we can see that humans repeat their mistakes again and again, we can’t learn nothing about them. This means that no matter what, there will always be wars, and poor soldiers fighting, without stopping, only resting when they die.

The death bed:
Stanza 1:
The poet presents a dead person “unshaken as the steadfast walls”. He is so immobilized that he is compared with steady walls in the previous simile.
Through the alliterative “s”, the poet is able to emphasize the fact that he is in silence, because he is dead: “Silence and safety”. In the previous alliteration we can see the emotion emphasized.
Moreover, we can relate the fact that he is dead in the following metaphor “soaring nd quivering in the Wings of sleep”. Here ‘sleep’ is personified and it is covering the man, meaning that death is coming.
“moonless waves of death”, the man is at the border of the “shore”. He is between life and death
Stanza 2:
“Someone” symbolizes death. Death was holding water to his mouth because he was drowning. So death is personified.
The poet illustrates how dead the man is by comparing what he saw with what he sees now. “Through crimson gloom to darkness”, this metaphor is related with the fact he used to see colours, such as red, but now, because he is dying, he only sees black colours, darkness.
By presenting the following auditory and tactile image, the poet is able to express the pain the man was suffering, “The opiate throb and ache that was his wound”. He was in such pain that he heard his own agony.
The repetition of the word “water” emphasizes the fact that he was drowned.
the “Bird-voiced” alliteration together with the “sky” and the “weir” are used to emphasize the fact that he was outside, in the nature, and not in a swimming pool. It suggests that the man was drowned from a boat.
Through this alliterative phrase we know he is dead, sleeping, since he emit a long, deep audible breath expressing sadness: “oars, and sighed, and slept”
Stanza 3:
The next alliteration is used to emphasize how painful he was that now is at the hospital, “With a gust of wind, was in the ward”. We can sort of feel his grief through that tactile image as it causes in the reader shivers
The repetition of “night” contributes to the repetition of its symbol, death
The poet suggests that something ghostly was taking the man to death, “glinting among the wraiths of wandering cloud”
“purple, scarlet, green” this visual image presents dark colours that symbolize death, if they are obscure.
“drowning eyes” in this visual image we are directly informed that the man was drowned.
Stanza 4:
“Rain- he could hear it rustling through the dark” In this auditory image, rain symbolises sadness
The auditory image, “passionless music”, makes reference to something sad and dead (as dead as the man who was drawn). The music has lost its life, so as the man
“gently and slowly washing life away” makes reference to death
Stanza 5:
“Pain” is personified
The following simile shows the agony that the man is suffering and it is compared with a monster, with a beast: “pain leaped like a prowling beast”
As the man is dying, he won’t be able to achieve his “groping dreams”
Death is personified as it came towards him, it “paused and stared”
Stanza 6:
“Light many lamps”, light is a symbol of life and hope
The poet announces that the man could be saved and he transmit that in the next images.
“lend him your eyes, warm blood and will to live”, the visual and tactile image tells us that there might be an opportunity for him to be alive
“Speak to him; rouse him; you may save him yet” There are possibilities for him to be saved
The voice is begging death not to kill the young man who hates war
Stanza 7:
In spite of the fact that someone or something begged not to kill the man, it did it. So “Death replied: “I choose him” So he went”.
“Silence in the summer night” So the auditory image reflect his death as there is silence at night. “silence and safety”
Auditory image: “thudding of the guns”

Theme: war poetry, death, dreams
Tone: The tone in this poem is 
Structure: We believe the lines of the finishing veres are shorter to emphasise how the an is slowly dying, as the poem itself.

Task 3:
The Kiss: Siegfried Sassoon (http://studylib.net/doc/8065689/siegfried-sassoon–the-kiss–%E2%80%93-the-essay-of-analysis-and)

To these I turn, in these I trust—
Brother Lead and Sister Steel.
To his blind power I make appeal,
I guard her beauty clean from rust.

He spins and burns and loves the air,
And splits a skull to win my praise;
But up the nobly marching days
She glitters naked, cold and fair.

Sweet Sister, grant your soldier this:
That in good fury he may feel
The body where he sets his heel
Quail from your downward darting kiss.

Themes: war, death, loyalty
Tone: maniac, adulating
Literary devices:
Alliteration: “Sister Steel”
Oxymoron: “To his blind power I make appeal”
Imagery: “darting kiss”
Personal opinion: Siegfried Sassoon, through this poem, wants to transmit that war is crazy and that can turn a man into a crazy person, that only wants and loves killing. In this poem, the voice is a soldier who is speaking about his gun: “Brother Lead and Sister Steel”. Brother Lead is the bullet, and Sister Steel is the barrel. In his first sentence he says “in these I trust”. We can see that the has a complete sense of trust over the gun. He gained this from using it a lot of times, so we can assume he killed a lot of people. Then he shows his admiration for the bullet, but also he has a bigger admiration for the barrel, which he keeps “clean from rust”. The second stanza he admires how the bullet goes through a skull. And in the third stanza, the voice talks of killing a man with the barrel, putting his feet on him, and then giving him a darting kiss from the barrel. In conclusion, this poem shows how people can go mad during war, as the voice in this poem, who is adulating the weapon, and he also feels he is in “heaven” when he kills with it.

Everyone sang: Siegfried Sassoon

Everyone suddenly burst out singing;
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom,
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark-green fields; on – on – and out of sight.

Everyone’s voice was suddenly lifted;
And beauty came like the setting sun:
My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
Drifted away … O, but Everyone
Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.

Themes: freedom, hope, liberty, happiness, life.
Tones: hopeful, encouraging, happy, positive.
Literary devices:
simile: “As prisoned birds must find in freedom”
Alliteration: “setting sun”
Imagery: “dark-green fields”

Personal opinion: We understood this poem as happy one, we interpreted it as the end of the first world war in 1914, but at the end, we perceive a severe disappointment from the voice, claiming that the war hadn’t ended quite yet. We understand this in the last stanza when it says:
“My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
 Drifted away … O, but Everyone
 Was a bird; and the song was wordless;
the singing will never be done.”
We believe that the voice refers to the treaty of versailles, when the allies were very harsh on Germany, there were many people that disagreed with the big three end were very afraid of the second world war.

Virtual Period: Chromosomes and mitosis

1) The difference between the body cells is that the one which contains one chromosome cell is a daghter cell, which has already gone through the cell division process, while the cell which contains one chromosome before cell division, duplicates its DNA in order to allow bopth of the daughter cells  have the same amount of chromosomes. 

2) On the one hand, body cells,go through a process called mitosis. Mitosis is the process of cell division where the parent cell divides to create identical daughter cells which have the equal number of chromosomes as the parent does. A body cell contains a complete number of chromosomes and is called a diploid cell. Gametes on the other hand go through a process called meiosis. Meiosis is the process of cell division wherein the parent cell divides its chromosomes into two sets and gives rise to germ cells. A gamete contains only half the number of chromosomes of its parent cell, and it is called a haploid cell.

4) Mitosis takes place when we cut ourselves, where new skin cells are made to help heal the wound and close the scar.


★ Male: I will show you the drawings at school because I am having problems with my phone.

Virtual period: Male reproductive system



Testes: Where spermatogenesis (the creation of sperm) takes place. Process has to happen at a temperature lower than body temperature, which they do by being located in the scrotum. It Creates testosterone.

Scrotum: Regulates the temperature of the testis by retracting upward towards the body or descending depending on the temperature, using the cremaster muscle and the dartos muscle

Epididymis: Set of tubes where sperm is stored and gains more mitochondria.

Vas deferens: Drains the epididymis of sperm and transports it to the urethra.

Urethra: In women, the urinary tube serves only as a passage for urine from bladder to the region near clitoris and vagina, while in men; it is involved in dual functions that are the transfer of urine out of the body through penile opening as well as the ejaculation of seminal fluid. The process of urination is controlled by both voluntary and involuntary actions where the exter

Seminal Vesicles: Contributes fluid to sperm.

Penis: The penis serves as the male organ used to deliver semen to the female during intercourse and also houses the urethra, which is used to transport semen and urine.

Bulbourethral glands:   Produce a clear fluid that lubricates the urethra for semen transport and to reduce any acidity in the urethra that is harmful to sperm.

Prostate gland:  The prostate gland produces fluids that make up semen. These fluids also supply nutrients to the sperm.


4)  Semen:  Sperm-containing fluid called semen

Sperm exist to unite one half of the man’s DNA with one half of the woman’s. Since it only has a half set of DNA, sperm cells are referred to as haploid, meaning half. These DNA halves combine when the sperm fertilizes a female ova (egg). This creates a complete set of DNA in the fertilized egg, which grows into a human fetus.

It contains sperm cells, which are capable of fertilizing the female eggs. Semen also contains other liquids, known as seminal plasma, which help to keep the sperm cells viable

5)  The head contains genetic information and an enzyme to help penetrate the egg cell membrane. The middle section is packed with mitochondria for energy. The tail moves the sperm to the egg.

(I cant take a picture because I am having trouble with my phone. I will take the drawing to school)

The Hollow of the Three Hills

I would like to connect this short story with a thought of mine, something that I thought of as a little girl and know strongly believe.
To start with, I think it is important to clear something up. I dont know if I belong to a set religion, I believe in the general idea that the bible predicts, the love of god and that we are all brothers and sisters and we should love eachother with the same intensity that he did, but I dont believe in the texts in the bible nor the prayers, whenever I need to talk to god, I just do.
As a child, I have always wondered what the situation would be like after we died: if we disappear, we come back in a different body or we just stay in a better place. One day, I was watching a tv show called floricienta, where one of the main characters died, and later could watch all his loved ones from heaven.
My grandfather passed.away recently, and I`ve heard many times from people trying to make things better, that he is in a better place and sees and protects us from up there. This led me to start believing that people that go to heaven or whatever place they go to, can really see us in everything we do, they are always with us
When I read the hollow of the three hills I could see this idea clearly, although the lady is actually alive when she visits her family, but the atmosphere can create a deadly image of the place she was in, that gets close to her death. This short story and my grandfather’s passing made this image of people protecting and watching us from another dimension very clear.