Monologue Video Choice

Why did you choose this particular performance? How was my character portrayal?

I chose this performance because I was most confident in this video than all the others and I think  explained and performed most accurately.  I have remembered all my lines and my voice was a little off I think, but I believe this performance is the right one.  I also used good gestures, and proper movement that fit the scene.  I represented my character, the Captain the way that I wanted to, a proud person, but also a little comical.  The other two performances didn’t fit my expectations.

 

Human Plutonium Injection

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What’s the Story?
In April 10, 1945, a fifty year old patient was in an automobile accident, got a bone fracture from the accident, and sent to Manhattan Project Army Hospital. He was taken to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and was injected by 4.7 micrograms of Plutonium by Wright Langham and was supervised very closely for more than thirty days. He was taken urine samples almost everyday to check the amount of Plutonium in his body. Also, he had his teeth pulled out a few years after the injection to analyse how much plutonium was contaminated in his bones and teeth. After eight years of the injection, he died of heart failure, which was unexpected.

What were they trying to find out?

The 1940’s was a nuclear age where scientists were trying to make an nuclear weapon.  They wanted to figure out what was the discharge of plutonium in the bone and the tolerance of plutonium (Moss).  This data helped make models that showed the diffusion of elements inside the human body (Rolston).

Was this ethical? 

The patient wasn’t told that he was injected a dosage of plutonium so technically, there was no consent on the experiment, so it can be said that it was unethical.  It was for certain that the experiment was beneficial.  He wasn’t noted on any of the kinds of danger that could’ve been exposed to him from the radiation of the plutonium.

How else could the information can be gathered?

It is really hard to think of a way to find human data without actually testing it on them, but they may have done this experiment differently by asking for consent with some kind of reward.  Maybe, if in the future, if there was a perfect model of the human body, that could be very useful for all kinds of human experiments.

 

Sources:

Moss, William and Roger Eckhardt. “Human Plutonium Injection Experiments”. Los Alamos science. 1995. Web. Apr 18, 2016.

Rolston, Nick. “Human Plutonium Injection Experiments.”  Stanford     University. Mar 16,  2015. Web. Apr 18, 2016.

 

Drama Journal #1: Seminar

During the last two weeks of Drama, we reviewed the elements of Drama. We looked at how they are important in theater and which one is the best one of all. Elements of Drama includes of many things that help make the piece much more interesting and engaging for the audience. It includes things such as: Tension, Time and Place, Space, Movement and Focus. Tension makes sure that the audience is interested and will want to continue watching. If there is no tension, the audience will find it rather boring as there is less to be interested in and looking forward to. For example, in books, there are parts called cliff-hangers which makes the reader want to keep reading in order to understand something interesting. Focus is an important element because it needs to be clear to the audience where the main focus of the performance is and what the actors are focusing on doing (main objective).

We participated in many different activities and discussions in order to reemphasise the importance of the elements of drama and clarify what they are. For example, we talked about each of the elements during class as a circle and discussed the importance and significance in theater. We also performed a short seminar in which we explained an element of drama to the class in order to make it clearer. Tsuyoshi and I paired up and created the seminar on Movement. We had to briefly explain the element to the class in order to make sure they understand what it is. After completing this, we had to perform an activity in order to emphasize the element and make the seminar interesting. Tsuyoshi and I decided to introduce ‘Night at the Museum‘ and ‘Wink Murderer‘ to the class. Night at the Museum was greatly related to movement as it is controlling the way you move so that you aren’t spotted by the night guard. Wink murderer was related to movement because you had to move around and be aware of the murderer.

My PSA

In this project, I am creating a public service announcement about a problem at school. The topic that I am going to create about is lack of sleep.  It doesn’t seem to be a major problem, but it can be if you don’t keep sleeping enough. This is the main reason.

 

The symptoms of lacking sleep:

According to NHS, if you don’t sleep enough, the following symptoms may happen to you. If don’t sleep enough for a day or two, nothing much will happen to you. For example, loss of concentration and short temper. However, if continued, serious problems can happen. For example, fogging brain, very hard to concentrate and make decision. If you still continue, more serious problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and even heart diseases! So sleep early and stay healthy.
I sent a survey to all YIS ninth graders asking for the average sleeping hours per night. According to WebMD, an average fifteen year should have about eight to nine hours of sleep, but an average of about seven hours with a large range of an answer of “under 1” to “9 to 10 hours”. Obviously there isn’t enough sleep happening.  As I wrote above, having not enough sleep is a dangerous thing and we don’t want anyone having heart diseases, so sleep more than eight hours and stay healthy.

Book Trailer

In semester 1, I read a book called Maze Runner by James Dashner.  It takes in a maze as the title says. My main character is Thomas, and wakes up in a dark cage shooting upwards. Thomas doesn’t have any memory.  THe elevator stops and people open the top and into a clearing with many people and houses. Huge walls stand around.  Many things becomes a surprise. They are in a huge maze, without a way out found.  please enjoy.

Drama Journal Week 2 (Tension)

This week in drama we learned about tension. Tension is a felling of “mental or emotional strain; intense, suppressedsuspense, anxiety, or excitement” (dictionary.com).  It is really exciting how this works. It makes the audience nervous or excited and makes the performance more interesting.

First, we use tension to make someone scared. So there is a pair. One person stands in the middle. The other holds a knife who is able to choose when to stab ( the knife is fake). As long the person with the knife waits, the person in the middle is scared, and creates more tension in the audience. It was very tense when watching the act because no one except the one with the knife knew what was going to happen.

Second, we played a vampire game using almost same concept of scaring people. So, everyone is blindfolded. The teacher chooses a vampire. The point of the game is that when the vampire bites a person, they scream the loudest that they can and turn into a vampire. To “bite” someone, they use to fingers and tap in on someone’s neck. If you bite someone that is already a vampire, then they moan like they love the bite.  The game doesn’t end until everyone is a vampire. When it ends, everyone takes their blindfolds and tries to find out who the original vampire is. The original can’t tell that he/she was the vampire.  It was quite complicated, but it created lots of tension.

Drama Journal Week 1

Before, I thought it was just going on stage and acting, but now I think there is a lot more to it. We use games to help us think of what we need to do when we are performing for like purposes. Helps me think of being in character more and stay focused at all times.

This week, we did games, role play and purposes.  First, I will explain role play. In role play, we choose a partner with one person A, and the other person B. The person A knows which role he needs to do, but B won’t know.  A will start its role, and B must follow along. It was quite hard guessing what A was trying to be and what I was suppose to be as B. After that we did it with the class. So, A chose a random person from the group and performing. It was quite hard because some people didn’t make the role obvious.

After that we did purposes. In purposes, we chose a partner and one of them was older person and the other was a younger person.  The younger person had to have some kind of problem and need some kind of help, the older person tries to helps him, but a more important problem happens to the older person and the younger person tries to the older person. For my group, I’m the older person and my partner, Carlos, he is younger. He needs a ride and some money, but I start losing memory and he tries to help.  It didn’t take much time to complete it.

Last, we practiced rank, or status. We chose a partner and one had to be a master, and one had to be a servant. We took turns being the master and the servant, but my partner, Tsuyoshi, insisted on being the servant, because he was bored not being able to think any commands and keeps repeating some.  I don’t we did so good, because he didn’t make his plan clear.

Well, I can’t forget the games. In one of the games Mr. Meiklejohn was the captain, and we needed to follow. It was really difficult because his commands were so quick that it was really hard to follow. Also, if you are the last one to do it, you are out. Everyone else is quick too, so its hard to be not last. Last of all, there were about ten commands, so it was hard to remember them all.

This week was a really fun week, and I am ready for the next.

Criteria Summary and Challenges

Inquire and Analyze (Criteria A)

Inquire and Analyze is a criteria where you mostly research about the solution and explain how to get to the solution.  You bring out the important information to find the solution and think of a statement to show what you brought out.

Developing Ideas (Criteria B)

Developing Ideas is a criteria where you think of realistic ideas which thinks of the time given and the supply that you can get, and make sure other people can understand it. You will share it with other and  compare it with others so that you can choose the best.

Creating the solution (Criteria C)

Creating the solution is a criteria where you create a solution (the name explains most of it).  It includes building a plan with lots of information to create the solution and changes made to it.

Evaluation (Criteria D)

Evaluation is a criteria where you test the product and see if it is functional. Also, you need to test if it meets the instructions given to you. If it was wrong or not functional, check what was wrong and improve it.

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