ReadaGator: Quick Update

In Uncategorized on April 1, 2014 at 2:50 pm

We’re charging along with ReadaGator these days, with 2nd Grade banking 4,000 minutes already and the entire school well over the 10,000 minutes mark. How far might we continue to charge? How many stories/poems/magazines might we continue to explore?

More updates soon!

Team Tapir Awesome Reflection

In Uncategorized on May 16, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Part A. Works Cited

Clark, Phillip G., Robert W. Siviski, and Ruth Weiner. “Family Relations.” Jstor. National

Council on Family Relations, 2007. Web. 29 Apr. 2013.


Heflick, Nathan A. “How Does Death Awareness Relate to Mood?” Psychology Today. Sussex     

Publishers, 28 Sept. 2010. Web. 29 Apr. 2013.


“Healing Emotional and Psychological Trauma.” Emotional and Psychological Trauma: Causes,

Symptoms, Help. Helpguide, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2013.


Kastenbaum, Robert. “The Psychology of Death.” Google Books. Springer Publishing Company,

n.d. Web. 07 May 2013.


Lamia, Mary C. “Grief Isn’t Something to Get over.” Psychology Today. N.p., 01 May 2011.



“Psychological Responses To Loss.” Psychological Responses To Loss. National Caregivers

Library, n.d. Web. 30 April 2013.


Umberson, Debra. “Effects of a Parent’s Death on Adult Children: Relationship Salience and

Reaction to Loss.” Jstor. American Sociological Review, Feb. 1994. Web. 30 Apr. 2013.


Unruh, David R. Death and Personal History: Strategies of Identity Preservation. Rep. N.p.:

University of California on the Behalf of the Society for the Study or Social Problems,

1983. Jstor. Web. 28 April. 2013. <;


Jackson, Pamela Braboy. “Negative Life Events and Psychological Distress among Young

Adults.” Jstor. N.p., June 2002. Web. 30 Apr. 2013.




You Cried While Watching a Sitcom. Digital image. ChaCha. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2013.


Arboleda, Raul. The relative of a Medellin, Colombia, landslide victim cries during the funeral on

June 2, 2008. Digital image. How Stuff Works. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2013.


Part B. Summary of ideas derived from the activity and discussion

From our activity, we discovered that everyone reacts differently to death in a somewhat predictable way. The reaction depends on the person’s personality, their relationship to the victim, and how old they are. In the activity, we went over the various variables in someone’s reaction and how that reaction may look.

From our discussion, we discovered that it was somewhat easy to predict how a character would react to the death of Santiago Nasar. For example, due to her close relationship to Santiago, Maria Cervantes had a reaction close to that of immense sorrow.


Part C. Description of the obstacles and solutions to your group’s success

One of the obstacle in our group was that due to several reasons, group members were sometimes not present, which kind of makes it hard to keep everyone on pace. However, our group members were responsible in completing tasks and tried to help other members with what they had missed. We were an efficient group. Although members were missing, we all took responsibility in finishing our own task. Then, we worked on google docs to make sure that we communicated and understood our goals. I was really happy that I could be part of the group because everyone not only completed their tasks but also helped one another to catch up what they missed.

Also, because we knew that our group members would be missing, we worked really efficiently and did not practice a lot of maintenance. However, we still had a great experience working with one another. Our group was more of a working group, we defined our goals and then completed our tasks. That said, we mostly finished the project separately and then combined each other’s. We did this by working on a Prezi separately and recording together. We did not have much group talking but we still had an understanding of what others were doing. Thus, we really enjoyed the working experience. There was no disagreements in the group that were brought forward, and we all worked together very well.

From these so-called ‘obstacles’ I think we can all come to a consensus that we seemed to work individually and come together when it was necessary. It definitely takes a certain personality for this kind of group work to be completed and fortunately all of us seemed to have this kind of trait. We learned to work efficiently and get our tasks done in a timely manner that would benefit the entire group even when we were working on our own. We worked very well together and it was quite evident when we completed our project early!

B-ness Group Reflection

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2013 at 4:40 am

We’re group B-ness and our presentation was focused on the values of virginity in Latin American culture.

Summary of Ideas

-Virginity was valued in the Latin American culture for different reasons according to people’s ages, and this was reflected by how the different age groups reacted to Angela. Angela reflected her generation by losing her virginity and valuing the truth more than having honor. Her older brothers felt more duty bound and responsible for their younger sister. The older people like her mother, had no tolerance for this act without honor.

-A woman’s value often coincided with her social status, virginity, and wealth

-The Catholic religion valued virginity for it’s spiritual aspects and purity

-Many people in Latin America were Catholic, thus followed Catholic views and placed value in virginity

-Angela’s dress was a symbol of either femininity or marriage.

-When this dress was ripped up, it symbolized the violence or opposition towards what it symbolized.

-When the narrator stated that the “disaster had already been consummated,” he said it in the way that people usually refer to a marriage. Yet we do not know how it was consummated because only Pura Vicario knows what happened between the hours when Bayardo returned Angela and when the rest of the family awoke to find Angela at home.

-Colombian people had a hard time deciding between what they thought was morally correct versus what they believed to be religiously correct.

-People had a lot of different reactions to Angela being returned home, and it seemed that different people felt they had different responsibilities that they did not really want to follow through with. The twins felt the need to get back Angela’s honor although they tried to get people to stop them from killing Santiago. Bayardo was dejected, but he still returned Angela to her home. Angela’s mother beat Angela but she never told people what she did, almost as if she were ashamed of how bad she acted although during the moment she felt she had to punish her daughter.

-The narrator stated that there was nothing more humiliating in the eyes of the public than a bride being left at the altar. Yet wouldn’t the returning of a bride also be humiliating? The public eventually finds out why and how, thus this becomes a public affair as well.

Our obstacles during the group project included:

-We had a hard time with the timing aspect and tended to wait until the last minute.

-Organizing meetings together was difficult due to different schedules we had.

-The time given in class was also limited.

-We spent a lot of our time choosing a topic because we had so many ideas. This process didn’t allow us much class time to do the rest of the project. If we had just stuck with a topic we would have been fine but eventually we were all just spreading ourselves too thin.

-We would set assignments to do but a lot of the time people didn’t carry through and we were stuck with no material to work on.

-All of our schedules were really busy, and some people forgot meeting times

-In order to record our prezi presentation, we had trouble figuring out how to make the video and the processes in making the video; therefore, we had wasted our time.

We overcame many of our obstacles with these solutions:

-To organise our schedules we often emailed each other and utilized shared documents

-Because we were so short on time it was sometimes easier for us to split up the work and do things individually when our schedules allowed. We just made sure to do all of our work where other people could see it, so we were still coordinating with each other.

-We eventually figured out the technology by searching google for advice and directions

-We decided on a topic by voting for our favorites on google docs

Works Cited

Arriagada, Irma. “Changes and Inequality in Latin American Families.” Journal of Comparative Family Studies , Vol. 37, No. 4, FAMILIES IN THE THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES (AUTUMN 2006), pp. 511-537. JSTOR. Web. 5/1/2013.

Fitts, Alexandra. “The Persistence of Blood, Honor, and Name in Hispanic Literature: “Bodas de sangre and Crónica de una muerte anunciada”.” Confluencia , Vol. 22, No. 1 (Fall 2006), pp. 133-143. JSTOR. Web. 04/20/2013.

Jones, Robert. “Four Churches in One: Latin American Catholicism .” Christian Century, 22 Feb 1984. Web. 1 May 2013.

Lehfeldt, Elizabeth A. Religious Women in Golden Age Spain: The Permeable Cloister. Aldershot, Hants, England: Ashgate, 2005. Print.

McKendrick, Melveena. Woman and Society in the Spanish Drama of the Golden Age: A Study    of the Mujer Varonil. London: Cambridge University Press, 1974. Print.

Schlegel, Alice. “Status, Property, and the Value on Virginity.” American Ethnologist , Vol. 18, No. 4 (Nov., 1991), pp. 719-734. JSTOR. Web. 04/26/2013.

Streicker, Joel. “Sexuality, Power, and Social Order in Cartagena, Colombia.” Ethnology , Vol. 32, No. 4 (Autumn, 1993), pp. 359-374. JSTOR. Web. 04/26/13.

“The Role of the Catholic Church in Latin America.” Study Mode. N.p., July 2005. Web. 1 May 2013.

Roman, Yoselin . “Survey of Latin-American Culture Through Literature .” Yale University. Web. 1 May 2013.

Vermeersch, Arthur. “Virginity.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 15. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912. 1 May 2013

“Why Is Sex Before Marriage Wrong?” GW Catholics at the Newman Center. GW Catholics, 2013. Web. 1 May 2013.

Evaluation of Sources

     First of all, Religious Women in Golden Age Spain by Elizabeth Lehfeldt was a valuable source because it was a printed source, which suggested it had been evaluated through other people. This source was also available on a credible website called Jstore. In this source, the author is not trying to persuade anything but analyzing the roles in the society. The author of this book, Elizabeth Lehfeldt, is a Professor and Chair of the History Department in Cleveland State University. In her major, she focused on the religion, gender aspect of the society. Her topic of this book very relevant to her major. Therefore, we could positively suggest that this book is a good source to use due to all the information given above.

    The article Survey of Latin-American Culture Through Literature was a reliable source because of the research that supported all of the claims that the article made. Additionally, the credentials of the author are verified within the article. The information presented in the article was extremely relevant in regards to our topic and allowed us to draw conclusions from the article without directly adapting the article’s view.