YIS Grade 10 – Media Fair

What is the Media Fair?

On June 8th 2016 the grade 10 class of 2018 at Yokohama International School displayed their posters about media. What We (the students) were to do was choose a topic that has some controversy around it a show examples of different text types and their attitudes towards the topic.


Mr. Kew’s Class

IMG_0331 copyThe first of the posters I looked at was made by Alex Jones and was about eSports. The text types he had included were a web article, blog post, op ed, video, and a logo. The main controversy was the argument of whether eSports can be considered a real sport or not. The range of text types helps to show that this topic is almost everywhere now but we can see from the content of the texts that it shouldn’t be so much of a problem. I think that the use of a logo is especially interesting as the Major League Gaming (MLG) logo is a clear parody of the Major League Baseball (MLB) logo and that idea can cause mixed responses. On a side note I really liked Alex’s MLG Kew-chans all                                                                                                             around the poster, a really nice aesthetic touch.IMG_0334

The other poster I looked at from the same class was by Jared Sorensen and was on BMX. Mainly focusing on whether BMX should be in the Olympics or not. Jared’s text types were a web article, video, photo, and a magazine article. I think the idea around the controversy is complicated and it makes sense why there are certain opinions on the sport. I think that the biggest drawback of Jared’s poster was simple organization because it is very text heavy.



Ms. Barbour’s Class

From the other class I looked at Yudai Kato’s poster on the Tokyo IMG_03352020 Olympics. Yudai used opinion columns, a poster, social media posts, and a blog post about the event. The main controversy lies on the cost and the supposed need of the olympic games as well as other problems surrounding the future event. Yudai used many Japanese sources but had translations which I think doesn’t show much range but the opinions are very conflicting and I find that interesting.


(You might want to turn down the volume)



Zeffirelli vs. Lurhmann: Romeo and Juliet

One of Shakespeare’s most well known plays, “Romeo and Juliet”, has been adapted to the screen many times since the year 1908. But the focus now is on two of the more successful, or well known, adaptations, Franco Zeffirelli’s “Romeo and Juliet” (1968), and Mark Anthony “baz” Lurhmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” (1996). Some people prefer one over the other, and they have some significant differences, but the question is which one is better? Some may argue that Lurhmann’s film, being set in a modern day (or dystopian futuristic) version of verona, is not a very good adaptation as it is not so faithful.

In 1968 Franco Zeffirelli released the movie “Romeo and Juliet”. This movie followed the play very accurately and many people watch it when studying the story. The characters all seemed to match the ones in the play and the setting matched as well, being 1300’s Verona, Italy. The plot followed almost exactly accoriding to the original, only leaving out a few parts but still leaving the movie seeming complete. Overall the movie followed the original story very well and is of course the more faithful adaptation of the two movies.

Many other Romeo anf Juliet film adaptations were created after Zeffirelli’s one, but in 1996 Mark Anthony “baz” Lurhmann released a more modern version of the story as “Romeo + Juliet” which had a slight twist at the end, and may be a better movie. This modernized version did not have swords but instead had guns, despite guns seeming more powerful than swords, there was not as mutch tensions during fights because swords are close quarters and there is lots of parrying and dodging, which are things you can’t to with guns. The characters in this version were similar to those of the original play and the only main differences are the setting and the end. The thing that makes this movie a slightly better one than Zeffirelli’s one is that the end, and the events leading up to it, seem more serious. There are many small things that Lurhmann put into this movie, that when noticed, make a lot of sense and make the story a bit more interesting to think about. Something that he changed that improved the story a lot was at the end, when Romeo drinks the poison Juliet wakes up and they see each other, she then shoots herself and they both end up dead, just like the original. What this did was it “broke” the dramatic irony of the story when Romeo saw that Juliet was alive, since the audience knew she was alive the whole time this gives them hope that the story might actually end well, but this is not what happens. The effect of this is that it seems almost like a new story because the audience would have expected the same ending as all the versions of Romeo and Juliet, but this plot twist made it more exiting and unexpected, which is why it may be considered a better movie than Zeffirelli’s.

The question is not which movie is more faithful to the original story, but which is a better movie. Zeffirelli’s movie is no doubt the more faithful of the pair, but the way that Lurhmann made his version made it better as a movie. It did have strange scenes that were not very well done, but near the end it is more exiting, and the very end is shocking to anyone who has not seen the movie. Lurhmann’s version of the story is more creative, and despite being a bit weird, is a better movie than Zeffirelli’s

Seeing Is Believing: The Graphic Novel

In this unit in English we looked at comic, how they are structured, the techniques used in them and what they can be used for. We read the book Anya’s Ghost which has a consistant theme of teenage issues, we analysed a few pages from the book for the visual techniques used in the pages. I learned a lot about comics from this unit and I think that comics are a good way to tell that written stories can not.


TRES BIEN FINAScreen Shot 2015-01-26 at 11.33.29 PMI looked at Sumin’s comic which is about the dangers of drug use and how it affects people. The images in the comic are very abstract, the abstract images seem like they do not make sense, but they are showing the hallucinations you see whilst on drugs, how it scrambles your brain. The text also shows the thoughts of character and they are very simple things that are being said but they make a large impact.

The reason why I think this story is best as a comic is that Instead of directly telling the reader what the character is seeing and what the images are, it shows them without explanation, this adds to the very “high tension” like effect of the comic instead of written.

Poetry or Prose

Prose is literal lanuage, it is exactly what you say. Poetry is the opposite prose, unusual, extraordinary, figurative language.

Poetry is an artistic way of expressing emotion.

Poetry is emotion, Poetry is like a chirping bird, We are poetry.

The difference between these two is that poetic is not direct, it uses figurative language but prose is direct and it is exactly what you say.

Poetry is an artistic way of expressing emotion, like the chirping of a bird

We should be poetic when talking informaly with friends and when we feel it would add happiness to our converstion. We should ve prosaic when eing formal, during an oral assesmant, unless it is about poetry.

Field Studies

Day one.

We ate lunch and left all our luggage at canyons then did some team building activities in groups made by the teachers. When we got back inside we found our rooms and ate dinner.

Day two.

We ate breakfast then went rafting and after canyoning, but canyoning was two team building groups together and the rafting wasn’t.

Day Three.

Our group went mountain biking first, then paragliding. The dinner was barbeque/Yakiniku.

Day Four.

Our group went geocaching then canoeing, wich was actually two person kyaking.

Day Five

We all packed up our stuff and got our luggage downstairs, we ate breakfast then my class (8B) was split between the two busses.

DEAR Reading journal entry 1

In the end of the book Blood Ninja II by Nick Lake, the main character Taro has a thought about when he used to imagine a magic sword would appear that would allow him to battle a dragon. This reminds me of myself because I used to have very imaginative ideas, but now they sound childish to me.

In the second to last page the main character, Taro, sums up his adventure and thinks about all that happened throughout the first and second book in a short list of happenings.