Altaira Wallquist Favorite Scoop

Altaira Wallquist’s insight:

This article shows a creative idea of a floating farm. It discuses the idea in depth and provided images and plans to give a better impression of the farm and what it can do.

This connects to the TEK on environmental degradation because it proposes a new solution to the soil depletion, drought and pesticides by having it right over the water. It also talks about smart technology to counteract the environment degradation occurring in the world.


Altaira Wallquist: Kiva Vote

This is Ali.


He is married and has a 6 year old kid. He earn money and income through the grocery store he owns. His neighbors describe him as kind and hardworking. If he receives the loan he would use the money to expand his grocery store and purchase the items that are high in demand and expand his store.

British Imperialism-Altaira Wallquist


Above is a map of all of the countries Britain has invaded by force. Britain has invaded over 90% of the 200 or so countries on the planet.

The first thing you need to understand about British imperialism is that there have been two British empires. They are one in the same, although one comes after the other. They are commonly referred to as the “First” and “Second” British empire. The British Empire was nicknamed the empire on which the sun never sets. This was due to the many colonies that the empire had, so many that the sun must be shining on at least one of them at any given time.


The British Empire made its mark in influencing and developing the world by colonization.  The first british Empire was mainly focused on the thirteen colonies that existed in America. The British had travelled to America in the Age of Discovery that took place throughout the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries. They travelled there and establish what soon came to be know as the thirteen colonies. The british were also trying to colonize Asia at this time. Fights and wars broke out between England, France and the Netherlands during the seventeenth to eighteenth centuries. England came out on top and became the dominant colonial power in India and  N. America. There were a variety of factors that led to the downfall or decline of the first British Empire. The beginning of the end began with the independence of the thirteen colonies in 1783. The First British Empire was from 1583-1783.


The thirteen colonies, these were the main focus of the First British Empire.

The Second British Empire was quite different from the first. With the lost of the american colonies, britain was forced to colonize other places. Britain did manage to gather a variety of new colonies. The british did however still fight with America, There were a variety of fights that broke out. one of the most important and deciding fight was that of the war with Napoleonic France. At the time the only rival to the british was Napoleon. The british were forced to use  many of their resources to fight this war over ideology. THe war was a tugh and trying one but the British finally won in 1815. The last defining characteristic of the Second British Empire was the beginning of the abolition of slavery with the Slave Trade Act in 1807. The Second British Empire was from 1783-1815.


Napoleon, the focus of the second British Empire was the war between them.

The next thing to take place was the world wars. They had a resounding negative effect on Britain and practically left them bankrupt, hover they managed to pull through. Britain made it through however it lost its title as a major power in the world, Many of their colonies soon gained independence however Britain still owns territories throughout various places.

My suggestions for peace are to just let them be for now. They have not fought violently and appear to be working well with the territories they have and they have not invaded areas trying to colonize them violently.

United Kindom


Folk Culture Pop Culture
Food* An example of UK folk food is fish and chips. It is french fries with fish. it is a common food that can be found almost anywhere in the UK. An example of pop culture food is Wendy’s and Taco Bell. In a variety of surveys, people said these were their favorites.
Art/Music Some examples of UK folk music are blues rock, heavy metal, progressive rock, hard rock, punk rock, Bhangra, electric folk, folk punk, acid jazz, trip hop, shoegaze, drum and bass, grime, Britpop and dubstep. A few genres of pop culture music in the UK are progressive rock, and alternative rock.
Clothing The folk dress in the UK is similar to the US i that they wear suits, dresses, various jackets, pants, shorts, and shirts. Pop culture clothing items in the UK include jeans,  t-shirts, and various accessories such as over the shoulder purses.
Shelter Houses in the UK are varied in size and shape. They can be two stories and rectangular with few additions or extremities, they can have many additions, more than 2 floors, two chimneys, but they are generally made of brick or something similar to it. Pop culture housing in the UK is brick housing, with two floors. Beyond that, the houses are varied in their layouts and looks.
Technology Most houses in the UK have access to televisions, and many people in the UK have smart phones, tablets, and e-readers. Pop culture in the UK is mostly technologically advanced with a few exceptions. People are walking around with iPods, tablets, and things, with their biggest concern being WiFi strength.
Beliefs At the moment the most common form of belief in the UK is Christianity. Following Christianity is Islam along with various other religions. Pop culture beliefs mainly center around Christianity with lower level of other religious practices

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Chapter 4: Benchmarks

My name is Altaira Wallquist. I am in 9th grade. I was born in Austin, and have resided here ever since. Since I am 14 this will be my 14th year in Texas. I have travelled to a variety of states including Louisiana, Missouri, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, New Mexico, Michigan, California, and Alaska. The only foreign country I’ve been to is Canada but that was just on my way back from Alaska.

This chapter starts with Jennings in the Library of Congress. He meets the chief of the map division John Hérbert. Jennings is there to view the extensive collection of maps. “But this library is different from any I’ve ever seen, a seemingly endless expanse straight out of a Borges story. I can follow the florescent-lit lines of shelves almost to a single vanishing point in each direction,”(57) he observes. Hérbert tell him it’s the largest collection of maps in human history. Jennings and Hérbert discuss the amazing collection of maps. “The number of mind-blowing items like this one in the library’s collection is powerful testimony to the omnipresent Zelig-like role that maps have played,”(59) Jennings remarks when looking at the incredible maps. Hérbert tells Jennings of the amazing maps they have received in the past. Jennings later is disappointed to hear that there are no records of treasure maps. Jennings then moves on to discuss the importance of borders and the thrills of them. Jennings makes a few final remarks about interesting named roads and closes the chapter talking about the discovery of America.

I thought hat this chapter was very interesting, I was amazed to learn about all the fantastic maps at the library of Congress. It was so interesting to hear Jennings discuss the enormity of the library. I was also shocked at the variety of amazing maps. It was fun to read about all of the odd and peculiar road names too. The overall book was fantastic and I would definitely recommend it. It inspired me to learn more about maps and the world, and was a pleasant reading  experience. I am happy I had the opportunity to read this book.