The last unit for grade 10 English was ” Mass media.” In this unit, students had a chance to explore the usage and influence of various types of media. Students were assigned to research a controversial topic with 5 different sources of media, and discuss the features, and perspectives. The media fair, held on Wednesday, the 8th of June by the grade 10 english classes was a chance for students to present and share what they had researched amongst themselves.
Topic: Kate’s topic was the novel “Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger, which was the most censored and banned young adult book in the 21st century. She had explored 6 different types of media : comic, video, magazine, journal, book review, and a blog. Interestingly, she said that most of the media had negative attitudes and perspectives, criticizing the book for the violent content. However, we had a interesting discussion and both agreed that “Catcher in the Rye ” was not as violent as other books, and we were both quite upset that people had misconceptions about a great novel.
Topic: Toshi’s topic was President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima. Recently, President Obama was the first American president to visit the Hiroshima after the bombing. However, this event resulted great debate as to President Obama’s attitude during his speech and the fact that he never apologized for the actual bombing. Toshi looked at 4 different types of media: image, news article, and twitter. I thought it was quite interesting that many Japanese people were complaining about President Obama’s attitude because Toshi and I both felt that they should appreciate the fact that he visited. Also, we thought that it was reasonable for President Obama not to apologize for the bombing because in the context of bombs, Japan had bombed pearl harbor as well so they should not merely blame the US
Topic: Yudai’s topic was the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. There are a considerable number of people who were against Japan hosting the 2020 olympics because they felt that they should be more focused on recovering from their economic crisis after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. Yudai explored 5 different types of media: Opinion column, poster, blog, news article, and social media. I was surprised that so many people were against hosting the olympics because I thought that the olympics was a sporting event everyone wanted to host. However, it also gave me the chance to explore other perspectives and reasons why some people were against the olympics. Yudai and I were both for hosting the olympics and discussed that the olympics does contribute to recovering the economy because there will be an increase in tourism and more spirit. We also discussed with Ms.Barbour that Japan should consider being more foreigner friendly by having more signs in english.