Hamilton: Dear Theodosia DOL

A) Character Development

In “Dear Theodosia”, Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton serenade their children. Burr sings to his daughter, Theodosia, and Hamilton sings to his son, Philip. They sing lyrics of wanting their children to stay safe, live healthy lives, and grow up in a better world. Throughout this song, we experience irony, foreshadowing, and plenty of character development.

To start off, let’s look at Aaron Burr’s character development. Burr is portrayed as the antagonist throughout the musical, mainly because he is Hamilton’s enemy and ends up killing Hamilton. However, in “Dear Theodosia”, we see his softer side and begin to humanize him. Burr plans and prepares all of his actions with caution. As a very calculated man, Burr rarely takes risks or allows room for mistakes. Due to this, we see how Theodosia causes a major shift in Burr’s mindset when he tells her, “I’ll make a million mistakes” (Hamilton). Theodosia opens up a softer side of her dad.
Burr also sings, “when you smile, you knock me out, I fall apart” (Hamilton). This line ties into one of Burr’s lines from the song ‘Aaron Burr, Sir’ where he says, “talk less, smile more, don’t let them know what your against or fighting for” (Hamilton). In ‘Aaron Burr, Sir”,  Burr associates smiles with calculation, strategy, and manipulation. Theodosia’s pure smile is stark in contrast to this, which is most likely why it throws Burr so heavily. 

In the song ‘Dear Theodosia’, we also see a few key personality traits of Hamilton. When Hamilton sings, “I’ll do whatever it takes” to his son about creating a better world for him, it reveals his forwardness in his actions (Hamilton). Through this line, Hamilton evidently believes that he can and will succeed, which, in comparison to Burr’s line about making mistakes, reveals Hamilton’s arrogance and confidence.

Despite all the personal character developments, the main element of this song is its ability to showcase the similarities between Hamilton and Burr. As they serenade their children, we see their softer sides and their motivation behind their fights for the American Revolution. They just want to create a better world for their children. We also see their difficult pasts with absent fathers, which further fueled their want to be present in their kids’ lives. This common ground and similarities between Burr and Hamilton are very important due to their dislike for each other.

This song also contains some foreshadowing irony (spoilers ahead). Burr and Hamilton sing of protecting their children from no harm, but their children both die before their fathers. Burr’s daughter, Theodosia, dies at sea when she is 29 on a trip to see her father. Hamilton’s son, Philip, dies in combat with a man that makes fun of Hamilton, thus, aggravating Philip to fight him. As you can see, it is quite ironic how Burr and Hamilton sing of protecting their children, yet, Theodosia and Philip die to causes surrounding their fathers. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr sing to their children, “you’ll blow us all away,” which foreshadows to their children literally being blown away and killed later on (Hamilton).

B) Connections to Historical Elements

While “Dear Theodosia” contributes more to character development of the musical than the actual American Revolution, but we do gain insight on why many people fought so hard. People poured blood, sweat, and tears into this revolution so that their children and the next generation could live better lives. Another perspective to take on is female rights. Burr sings to Theodosia about creating a world where she can shine (he follows through and educates her on many men dominated topics such as arithmetics). At the time that this took place, women had very few rights and were seen as inferior to men.

“Dear Theodosia” connects mainly to the Big Idea that says “disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.” Injustices and disparities in power drove the American Revolution to occur, but if looking at “Dear Theodosia” specifically, we can take on the female angle. Aaron Burr serenades his daughter saying he wants her to have a better life where she can thrive. In the late 1700s, women had little to no rights. They were seen as possessions of men, and had many educational, economical, and social regulations. Burr sings “we’ll give the world to you/ and you’ll blow us all away” showing his beliefs and wants for Theodosia to be given the world (Hamilton). She drove him to fight which altered Burr’s relationship with her and with society.

C) Guided Question

You will come of age with our young nation

We’ll bleed and fight for you

We’ll make it right for you

These lines from Hamilton and Burr reveal their motivation to make the world right for their children. To break it down, let’s start with the first portion of the line “you will come of age with our young nation.” They strived to make a world where their children did not have to experience the British oppression or the negatives of living in a society with colonies. They wanted their children to grow up with a new nation of freedom, stripped from all the difficult conditions that currently existed. The next section says “we’ll bleed and fight for you.” The American Revolution was very difficult to say the least. Blood was shed and people threw their lives in disarray for the revolution. In order to fight relentlessly, many need external motivation such as, fighting for their children and loved ones. The last section, and most important in my opinion, says “we’ll make it right for you.” In that section, Hamilton and Burr show their want to create a better society for their children to grow up in. Since the American Revolution held many hardships, people needed to keep an end goal in mind to keep persevering. Hamilton and Burr portray that perfectly in fighting to make the world right for their children.

The American Revolution forced many to drastically change their views on life and the way they approached everyday. For example, Burr learns to make mistakes and fight relentlessly for Theodosia to live a proper life. While the American Revolution did not make much of an impact in female rights, parents fought for their children to grow up in a better society. The American Revolution was messy and it took away some privileges and easy luxuries in many people’s lives, but it was in hope for a brighter future. Overall, the American Revolution forced people to throw their lives into disarray for their loved ones.




Ecological Footprint

The Plan:

My ecological footprint is 5.54 hectares. Compared to some, like Kate who got 7.2, this is a decently good score. However, compared to Amanda who got 3.742, this is quite a high score. Depending on what perspective you look at my ecological footprint from, I think I have an average score.

There are many actions keeping my score high. For starters, transportation, play, and living space are both quite high due to the sports I play. With transportation, after school I have back-to-back extracurriculars, so I have to be driven to them. This spikes my transportation score, despite my dad driving a hybrid. My score for play was quite large because, again, of the sports I play. I play in a gym and field, which is quite a bit of land, and I use a moderate amount of equipment. Of course, the use of gyms, fields, and social outings at the mall, increase my living space score. Fields are quite large and the amount of people on our team does not compensate for the land. Some controllable aspects are my water usage and clothing. I took 10 + minute showers, did not wear the same clothes everyday, rarely wore second hand clothes, and wore matching socks. I bought my lunch for two of the three days and bought plastic/paper wrapped food.

I chose to aim on reducing my shower time, re wearing my clothes, wearing second hand clothes, wearing mismatched socks, and packing my lunch in advance. I chose these because they are achievable. For example, transportation, living space, and equipment would be difficult to reduce due to my extracurriculars. Reducing my shower time is an effective and realistic action to take. I will change from 10+ minute showers to 3-5 minute showers. I will do this by setting a timer on my phone or playing a song. Once the timer/song is over, I will end my shower. I plan to re wear my clothes on multiple days because this will create a more minimalistic routine, while remaining an achievable goal. I will do this by rotating between two different pairs of pants and two different tops most days. Correlating to re wearing my clothes, I will wear mainly second hand clothing. I find joy in thrift shopping so I own a few tops and bottoms from Value Village. I own one pair of jeans, one sweater, and two t-shirts. I will make a conscious effort to wear at least one of these items everyday- unless an external force prevents me, such as, an all-day sport tournament. Still on the clothing topic, I plan to wear mismatched socks. I chose to do this because individual socks often go missing, and instead of throwing them out or shoving them to the back of my dresser, I can still make use of them. I aim to wear mismatched socks in any occasion where I have them in my dresser, thus, utilizing all my clothing. Finally, I will pack my lunch in advance. I chose this action to prevent the unnecessary amount of buying outside food. By doing so, I save money and reduce my ecological footprint. I am vegetarian, so I don’t have to worry about meat consumption affecting my ecological footprint at all. On top of this, I will pack my lunch in reusable tupperware containers. In order to achieve this action, I must wake up around 20 minutes earlier to prepare my lunch. I will grocery shop to get food to pack for myself, then pack my lunch for the next few weeks (and potentially more).

The Reflection:

Wearing mismatched socks and reducing my shower time proved to be quite easy and effective tasks. Wearing mismatched socks was a simple, straightforward task that did not require much effort. Instead of neglecting the single socks at the back of my drawer, I wore them. Reducing my shower time required more work, but still easy overall. Despite my longing for a long shower, I motivated myself to follow through by remembering my end goal. It was more difficult to pack my lunch every morning. I have to go to school for block 1 every morning because my older sister has block 1. Between the 25 minute commute and arriving to school for 8 AM, I found it more difficult to find time to pack a nutritious lunch. However, I still followed through and packed my lunch every morning. Sometimes my lunch was quite sparse and lacked nutrition, but I got into a habit of waking up earlier and creating lunch. This became a natural part of my mornings. I also found it more difficult to wear the same clothing everyday. I succeeded in the pants, wearing one pair regularly and sometimes wearing a second. However, I am not the tidiest person and my top would get dirty, so I rotated to different items in my closet. The weather also changed irregularly, so I had to adjust my clothing. An obstacle I encountered was wearing second hand clothing. I found my sweater was too heavy for the weather, but I had outgrown my t-shirts. This threw a rut in my plan. I still wore my thrifted ripped jeans regularly, but did not succeed in wearing solely thrifted tops. However, I went to value village and bought a Beatles t-shirt. I wore this quite a few times.

In the end, I plan on continuing to make my own lunch on most days. This saved the money I earned from refereeing and helped control how healthy I ate. Putting lunch making into my morning routine started my day off to a positive, productive start. I plan to continue to utilize all my clothing/socks and shop from thrift stores more regularly. Despite my like for slightly longer showers, I understand the importance of shorter showers and plan to imply that knowledge more. Overall, all the actions I focused on proved to be achievable, effective, and rewarding.

In-Depth Post #6- Beautiful Mind

Over the past few weeks, we have overcome many stepping stones and have begun the process of making our final, and best, film. We have edited, reviewed, and completed our practice film, ‘Kate’s Life’. This relied heavily on the concept of patience. As expected, when doing any electronic-based work, we encountered technological problems. The editing software, DaVinci Resolve, broke down multiple times. This was very frustrating as I lost my hard-work and time spent, but I learnt to persevere despite unforeseen obstacles. Instead of forgoing editing, I searched for alternative solutions. With the knowledge that “progress […] is based on the search for alternatives,” I researched and contacted my mentor to find a solution (p. 124). The concept of patience kept my brain moving instead of shutting down in frustration. I had downloaded a faulty version of DaVinci, and simply uninstalled it and installed the real one. I discovered the concept of patience permits calm, critical thinking and perseverance in difficult situations. 

After reviewing and analyzing our film with our mentor, Elyjah, we began brainstorming about our final film. Our concept, or general idea, was to plan our last film. Taking out a piece of paper, we began to list the less vague tasks we needed to complete in order to do so. Elyjah gave the intellectual piece of advice that, “writing down a list of everything you need to do helps with organization.” After writing down the list, we discovered that we overlooked many small tasks. Through our mentor’s advice and our concept, many roads began to open in the possibilities and steps towards our final film. Since our final film was to be done as a group project with Ethan, Kate, and I, we couldn’t advance too much into the detailed planning aspect. However, with Elyjah’s help and the list of tasks we needed to complete; we were prepared to plan somewhat autonomously. We closed the meeting at that, with Elyjah’s advice to, “begin organizing meetings with [only Ethan, Kate, and I] to brainstorm storylines for our final film.  

Ethan, Kate, and I have held one meeting thus far in our planning for the film. I facetimed into it due to my sickness. This held us back because we couldn’t have a proper sit-down meeting, however, we still made progress. The meeting acted more as a discussion session, but it still evoked progress and planning. The concept we used was teamwork. We brainstormed different genres of film, ideas, and possible storylines. We decided on creating a film with an obscure theme- a more independent film that didn’t necessarily fit into one genre. We began researching independent films and this allowed us to “breed other ideas” from the concept of an independent film (p. 109). After deliberation and conversation, we decided on an independent film intended to be a mind twister and keep our viewers thinking. We drew inspiration from the TV Series, ‘Black Mirror’. We aim to complete all planning this week, including the script, actors, formulated idea, schedule, etc. We have schedule 2-3 meetings in this week alone to complete our planning process.  

For in-depth night, we plan to present our final film in the MPR. For my learning center, I plan to bring in my camera and equipment to give visuals into the behind the scenes. I plan to play the final film at my learning center. I will have some key skills I learnt put on a poster board. I will include pictures, examples, and stills, to give a detailed account into some important aspects of filmmaking. I will also have our practice film available, so the progress is evident. I plan to make my station visually pleasing and informative. 

Digital Literacy Portfolio Assignment

Assignment #1: English ZIP Project

Link: ZIP Project- Naked Reality

For my ZIP Project, I decided to create a book that integrated photography and poetry. I aimed to explore their correlation and how they could enhance one another. This assignment caused me to explore the grounds of photo editing and digital book formatting. I relied heavily on technology for this project. For starters, I used a Nikon D3500 Camera for the photos. I used the internet in research about photography and poetry, as my I lacked quite a bit of knowledge. I learnt how to convert photos into digital copies without losing most of its quality. Formatting a book proved to be more difficult than I anticipated and I ended up watching youtube videos and researching. Overall, this project was based off of digital sources.

3 / 4. Digital Literacy Criteria

Creativity, Innovation, Technology Operations

  • I challenge myself to increase my technological literacy by working with apps, software, or mediums that I have not used in the past.

Before ZIP, I had little to no camera experience. Photography constantly intrigued me, but I never found time to focus on it. Through this project, my knowledge of camera controls and photography grew immensely. I learnt about different controls such as ISO and aperture- words I didn’t even understand before ZIP. When I was researching photography, the internet became a huge source of information and help for me. I used YouTube, examined professional photographer’s websites, and read through many articles. I challenged myself and, needless to say, my technology literacy increased.

  • I design my work with consideration given to aesthetics and design, such as consistent colour schemes, symmetry or organization of visual elements, and overall layout.

When creating a book of photography and poetry, it is important to create an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. The colours and ‘mood’ of the photography had to correlate with the specific poem for my vision to succeed. I analyzed every poem I wrote and brainstormed the perfect colour scheme and ‘vibe’ for the photograph. If a poem had a more cheerful, optimistic tone, the picture would have brighter colours and more saturation. If a poem had a more upset, defeated tone, the picture tended to be darker and more dull. Aside from simple colour schemes, I spent hours deciding the title and creating the cover. I handmade the cover of my book through digital editing, and although it took lots of time, it portrayed my desired vision more than any google image. I formatted my book in a sense where there was enough room for the picture and the poem. I ensured they had pretty equal space so one wasn’t empowering another.

Communication and Collaboration

  • I constructively build upon or synthesize the ideas of others.

Before I began this project, I scoured through pictures taken by photographers and read articles written by poets. I took their advice and work and used it to better mine. One author’s work I found particularly helpful was the book Kissing the Sky, by Cristina Olsen. In her book, she integrated the use of photography and poetry. Her book provided me hope and a belief that my vision was possible, since hers was so successful. Kissing the Sky inspired me through its beautiful writing and gorgeous photos. Her book and mine have different tones, vibes, and messages, but the same concept. I turned to this book whenever I needed inspiration or an extra boost!

Assignment #2: Socials Current Events Presentation

Link(s): Current Events Powerpoint
Current Events Script/Lesson Plan Outline
Article #1
Article #2

As a socials assignment, my partner and I had to come up with a 40 minute lesson to be presented in front of the class. We had one week to create this lesson. The lesson had to be about an event currently happening in the world that we feel passionate about. My partner and I decided to base ours off of felons’ voting rights in Florida. We created a PowerPoint, collaborated on the script through Word Online, and designed an interactive activity. We used many news articles and other research to thoroughly learn about our topic; we handpicked two of the articles to show to the class. We used technology for its software (PowerPoint and Word), for collaboration, and for research.

3 / 4. Digital Literacy Criteria

Research and Information Literacy

  • I identify and discuss bias in research sources.

A major part of this assignment was selecting two articles with different bias and acknowledging it. We did this provide our classmates with both sides of the debate. The first article clearly holds a stance against the bill making it more difficult for felons to vote. The second article holds no clear bias, but it provides points and arguments from both sides. We researched the authors of the article and checked their credentials and if they would have any bias. We aimed to present an informative, unbiased presentation.

Communication and Collaboration

  • I use digital spaces to plan and execute collaborative projects with others.

This was a partner project. My partner, Chanel, and I both have very busy schedules, preventing us from meeting in person. We used FaceTime to talk, share ideas, and organize plans. This allowed us to have full conversations without the hassle of meeting face-to-face. We used Word Online to simultaneously work on our script and organize our lesson plan. We used PowerPoint Online so we could edit the same powerpoint together, and work on separate slides; this helped us manage our time and collaborate fully.

Digital Citizenship

  • My work demonstrates a positive, productive, and empathetic worldview.

When speaking of controversial and/or political topics, it is important to tread with caution. We acknowledged that and worked to create a presentation that evoked an open environment. We talked about the felons rights with empathy, while still acknowledging the other side’s viewpoint. We felt passionately about the topic, but we did not allow our opinions to cloud the presentation. Through empathy, caution, and non-bias, we presented a positive presentation.

Assignment #3: English 17th Century Letter

Link: 17th Century Letter

Despite the fact that this assignment does not hold the most digital interaction, it is one of my favourite writing assignments in English class so far. It was a small, overnight written piece, but I poured hours into it (which resulted in me having to stay up until 3 AM to get my other homework done, but it was worth it). The assignment was to write a letter of a day in the life of a 17th century citizen. We were to write in the perspective of either a lower class citizen, middle class citizen, or upper class citizen, and the letter was to be addressed to someone from a different class. The lack of strict criteria intrigued me and allowed my creativity to travel. I researched the King in power, the rules, and the laws of people living in the 17th century. After using the internet to research, I used Word to
type out and edit the letter.

3 / 4. Digital Literacy Criteria

Research and Information Literacy

  • I view issues or topics from multiple perspectives.

In this letter, I assumed the perspective of a lower class citizen. In class, we learnt quite a bit about King James I and King Charles 1, both upper class citizens. I decided to assume this role as a lower class person to see the less luxurious parts of the 17th century. Lower class people were perceived as lazy scum. The political issues in the 17th century often concerned the middle class and higher class people, rarely taking the lower classes opinions into account. To further my depth of knowledge of this generation, I wrote and researched about the lower class addressed to someone from the upper class.

  • I use databases to find scholarly research sources.

While researching the 17th century, I used different scholarly research sources in an attempt to get as many primary, or good secondary, sources as possible. I used JSTOR, which is a reliable, academic database. I also used Google Scholar. With these two, plus the packages and information my teacher gave me, I expanded my knowledge on lower class citizens in the 17th century.

Digital Citizenship

  • My work demonstrates a positive, productive, and empathetic worldview.

This writing piece is very blunt in the sense that it is not sugar coated. It is quite emotionally harsh, and the treacherous events that occur are described in vivid detail. While this piece of writing could be interpreted negatively, I believe honest reflection is the most productive way to look at history. When we look back on the brutality of history, it teaches us not to make the same mistake. Some philosophers believe that humans are destined to make the same detrimental mistakes over and over again; but through learning with history, we can ensure that we learn from our mistakes.

Assignment #4: Science ‘Factors Affecting Rate of Dissolution’ Lab

Link: Science Lab- Factors Affecting Rate of Dissolution

This lab was done in groups of four and we all had a seperate lab to work on, but all our separate labs joined together to create a big, multi-dimensional lab. My job was to focus on if the surface area of the solute would increase or decrease the rate of dissolution. We did research beforehand, then collaborated on a word document to write out the lab. I came to the conclusion that if the surface area increases, then the solute will dissolve at a faster rate.

Communication and Collaboration

  • I tailor my work to appeal to my intended audience and use language and visual design elements appropriate for them.

When writing science labs, there are many different phrases we must remember. For example, when talking about results and a hypothesis, one must say, “seems to accept,” or, “seems to refuse.” This is important as with one lab, we cannot determine whether the hypothesis is accepted or not. We must remember to start every procedure step with a verb and never use personal pronouns. Instead of saying, “I saw the solute dissolve faster,” one should say, “the solute dissolved faster.” These key terms, phrases, and rules are essential when speaking through a science lab.

  • I respond to the work or ideas of others in a way that is compassionate and productive.

Within my group of science team members, I was paired with some extremely skilled students (just like all my other classmates). They were all very intelligent and could offer great advice. When one of them would constructively critique my work, instead of getting offended, I took their advice in mind. I acknowledged their ideas as valuable, and that helped better my own work. I would never interrupt anybody, and waited my turn to speak. It became a collaborative environment.

Creativity, Innovation, Technology Operations

  • I determine and use the most effective medium to present my work.

Science labs should always be professional, as they reflect on a set of data and experiments. Any reader should be able to read the points and data without being distracted by miscellaneous aesthetics. We chose to write out our lab in a Word Online document, so we could collaborate together. We used a simple font of Calibri in size 12- instead of, perhaps, Comic Sans. We bolded, italicized, or underlined keywords, but refrained from changing the word colour or font.

Assignment #5: Science Breast Cancer: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Research PAper

Link: Science Research Paper

In class, we had to pick a medical condition that intrigued us and do one double-sided page on it. I chose to focus on breast cancer, specifically invasive ductal carcinoma, because it is a leading type of cancer in women. I wanted to learn more so I could educate myself on such a prevalent matter. I researched using the internet and academic databases. I wrote out my report on Word and use a automatic bibliography creator to cite my work.

Digital Citizenship

  • I attribute credit to ideas that are not my own by preparing a Bibliography/Works Cited and by using intext citations.

For this paper, I did quite a lot of research. I cited all the major sites I used using an online bibliography creator. I cited six different websites using APA format. Here is an example of one of the sites that I gave credit to:
“Breast Cancer (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma) Information.” MyVMC, 24 May 2018, www.myvmc.com/diseases/breast-cancer-invasiveinfiltrating-ductal-carcinoma-idc/#Statistics. 

Communication and Collaboration

  • I tailor my work to appeal to my intended audience and use language and visual design elements appropriate for them.

One of my favourite middle school teachers told me to write a paper as if your audience doesn’t know a single thing about your topic. This really stuck with me. Whenever I introduce a large word, concept, or condition, I must remember that the audience probably doesn’t know what it means. I thoroughly explained every keyword or concept that I included. I didn’t expect my audience to understand what the ErB2 gene was or what BRCA1 stands for. I explained as best as I could and put together a solid research paper.

Research and Information Literacy

  • I critically assess research sources for Currency, Reliability, Authority, and Purpose.

Since breast cancer is a serious, scientific topic, finding reliable sources proved to be an easy job. I used mainly sites that were from well-known hospital’s cancer centers. I checked all the authors and ensured all dates were relatively recent. All the sites I used were very professional with clear informative purpose. None of the websites information contradicted each other, further proving my belief that they were all filled with correct information.