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Le Comte de Monte-Cristo Chapitre 1

1) 3&a, 6&b, 2&c, 4&d, 5&e, 1&f

2)
1: Parce que le capitaine antérieur est malade
2: L’île d’Elbe
3: Napoléon Bonaparte
4:  Envoyer le lettre à M. Villefort
5: Parce qu’il y a un information que quelqu’un était mort.

3)
1)  Caderousse a dit a, d, f, et h
2) Danglars a dit c, e, g, k, l
3) Fernand a dit b, i, j

4)
1. Une chaloupe
2. l’équipage
3. Capitaine
4. Marines
5. Cadons
6. Tâm

 

 

Drama Journal: Working on skit with Neil Farrely

After the winter break we worked on making a devised theatre with a man called Neil Farrely. He is from a drama group (?) called Nose to Nose, and he came to YIS to help us with drama skits. We made a short skit that promotes current 8th graders to come to drama when they became 9th grade. I learnt how to effectively express our emotions through drama, and that there are many types of drama; such as physical, narrative, and symbolic.

We started off with a simple warmup. The first one was to move to different spot  in a circle, and as the time went on we stated screaming while moving around, which helped us out with breathing, and breathing helped us a lot when expressing our emotions. After several exercises, he randomly chose our groups and we were told to create a short piece to promote 8th graders to take drama class. At first I was a bit nervous because I was expecting this activity to be very hard, since we had to condense a lot of things in short piece. However, it turned out easy, and we decided to do a narrative piece, which there were a lot of speaking, but no movement. In the piece, Olle was narrating in emotional (?) way, and I was trying to get a basketball from Leo, Takumi,  and Kent, but they all declined my request in variety ways. We tried to make our scene as simple as possible, and I also tried to speak as dramatic and loud enough as possible so that I can effectively express my emotion and situation.

I think that the piece went quite well. I was able to speak clearly, and loud enough, so that everyone could hear what I said without any confusion. However, it look me a bit long time to get used to speak louder, since I don’t normally speak loudly in drama (maybe because I get nervous?). Maybe the issue with my play is that since there was no movement maybe it was a little boring for audiences, and also maybe it was also hard to imagine what happened in the piece mentally. However, I still think that I did well and contribute to group, and I’m glad that I got to work with Neil.

I can connect this experience when I wanted to express my emotions. Tone and the way I breath is very important to show my emotions, and this will be useful in drama and it also become realistic so that audiences can enjoy our piece. I would like to make a full use of this experience in future, and become better at expressing my emotions through words, body. However, I still need to be more relaxed while performing, so that I can easily act out very well and the drama would be much better.

Drama: My room is my ??????

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Recently we looked at how to represent our room on a sheet of paper by using images, which was “My Room is My …”. I believe that my room is my office. This is because my room looks fairly simple and normal, and there is nothing special, but there are my desk, chair, devices, bookshelf which are for my works but there are also some collections of some scaled models, my tennis equipments, and poster and calendar, which makes my room cooler. Before making my room on a sheet of paper, I came up with some ideas in my rooms; such as what things are there, what is the color, and the mood being created. After thinking about those, I found out that there are my studying and tennis equipments, and since the wall is white, this makes my room calm and relaxed. The mood being created is calm, and chilled since there is nothing in my room that have loud colors.

I tried my best to use the minimum amount of images in order to show the calm and chilled mood of my room, and I also tried to leave out the white space so that I can emphasize the mood even more. However, I tried my best to find cool images of things I have in my room, in order to make my room look cool even though there’s not much things. I also put some books and devices so that I can show the office atmosphere. By putting quite a lot of books, I can emphasize that my room is my office. The balance in my room is quite normal, since the images are scattered all over the sheet of paper. By doing that, there’ll be no too much white space on a paper where there is nothing, which will make the balance bad, but I can feel that there are some fun in my room even though it looks quite like an office. On the other hand, I don’t think that there’s a good unity in my poster, because the images are scattered all over the place, and images are next to thing that doesn’t relate to it at all. However, it was fun making my room, and I would like to do this again. Next time I would focus on making a good unity, so that it looks more organized.

Le Petit Nicolas: Chapitre 9

1) Parce que Nicolas mangeait beaucoup de gâteaux, de bonbons, de caramels, de frites et de glaces.

2) Le docteur était chauve.

3) Nicolas a pris un livre et il a commencé a lire.

4) Alceste.

5) Oui.

6) Parce que Nicolas avait écrasé quelques chocolats sur les draps.

7) Nicolas mis un pyjama propre, le bleu à rayures.

8) Nicolas a dessiné des bateaux de guerre qu se battait contre des avions qui explosaient dans le ciel et châteaux forts.

9) Parce qu’il n’avait plus de propre.

10) Non.

Le Petit Nicolas: Chapitre 8

1) Parce que les élèves sont vilaines

2) Ils agiteront des mouchoirs et crier youp-la

3) Son père n’a pas voulu acheter une télé non plus

4) Le rôle de cow-boy

5) Il a cherché ses frères

6) Il n’a pas voulu pas la queue

7) Quatre élèves

8) Il a enlevé ses lunettes

9) Non

10) Il y a aussi le Marquis de Carabas et un ogre qui veut manger les frères du Petit Poucets.

Drama Journal: Mood

Key Idea:
Recently, we have been working on movement, which is one of the most crucial components in drama. Movement is useful when you want to show your characteristics. For example confident or rich man can walk expanding his chest with a big stride, while unconfident or poor man can walk bending his back with a little steps. Movement is also useful when you want to change the situation, to prevent some complicated explanation, but it’ll also be effective to increase or decrease the tension.

Approach:
For the first activity, we (Takumi and I) chose one word, which is isolation, and make a frozen image. While we are making the image we had consider about distance between each of us, hight, proximity, and symmetry.
And for the second one, we (Takumi, Lea, Mee-Linn, Moe, and I) had to create a 4 frozen image of path of human life, which is birth, childhood, adulthood, and later years. We had to consider about the gestures, for example to show the characteristics of childhood we need to look a bit curious about anything, and also for the later year we had to bend our body. We also had to create a scene that connects those 4 images.
For the third activity, we had to create a scene that uses multiple movements, and our group (Takumi, Olle, Solon, and I) decided to create a scene that Solon and I walk while expanding our chests to show we are rich, and that Olle and Takumi sneaks behind us, and catch us, and kill me by cutting me in pieces.

Outcomes:
In the first activity, I laid myself on the floor, while Takumi turned his back on me. Many people answered “isolation” when the teacher asked, so I found that movement is also very easy to show the stereotypes as well. Many other groups did isolation, and they all had quite a similar pose as ours.
In the second activity, Moe stretched herself to represent the birth of new life, and Mee-Linn tried to go to look for something to represent the childhood, while we were trying to stop her, and Lea making a fashion pose (not sure about this) and us getting surprised to show the adulthood, and Takumi and I going to heaven to show death. We struggle with connecting all 4 movements in a scene, but we made changes for death part. While Lea, Mee-Linn, Takumi and I were going away from Moe to show we are dead, Moe catches Takumi’s hand to join us.
In the third activity, we used walking, sneaking in, catching, killing, and falling etc. While I was watching other groups’ scene, I realized that many movements are used in one scene, even we didn’t consider about them at all.

Connections:
While working on movement, I realized that movement, tension, and mood are deeply connected to each other. This is because if we changed the movement, for example if I started moving smoothly and slowly, this lowers the tension, and makes a relaxed mood, while when I started moving quickly this increases the tension and makes a hurrying mood. In this way, if I wanted to change the mood and increase or decrease tension, and change the situation of a scene, I just need to change the body movement, so there’ll be less confusion rather than start speaking quickly or slowly to change the mood, since it’ll be hard for the audience to hear what we are saying.

InS 9: Why didn’t they help?

On February 2 2005, a 21 years old man Matthew Carrington died after getting intoxicated while doing pushups after drinking tons of water during ritual in a fraternity called Hell Week. The main reason why he died is that he drunk too much water, in the cold basement of the now-defunct Chi Tau fraternity house at West Fourth and Chestnut streets, which is located Chico, California. After drinking water, he was doing pushups, but suddenly fainted, since water started going into his lunges. However, his 3 friends (Gabe Maestretti, J.P. Fickes, and Jerry Ming Lim) did not take it seriously, since they thought Matthew was just sleeping, so they didn’t call ambulance for an hour. However, he died after 27 minutes after arrival in Emergency Department. By this case, J.P. Fickes and Jerry Ming Lim were sentenced to six month, and Gabe Maestretti for a year.

I think that they did not call the ambulance because they all thought that Matthew was just sleeping, since he was just snoring, because he was drunk right after he fainted, and also no one else was taking any action. However, after an hour they started hearing some strange snoring sound from him, but it was too late, and that’s the most serous reason of Matthew’s death. If they called ambulance as soon as he fainted, then his life might have been saved. If I were them, then I would immediately call the ambulance as soon as he fainted, and if didn’t respond to my voice. By watching and knowing about this video, I strongly learnt how important is it to take action when someone was in critical situation, even though no one is taking action, to help the person who needs help.

Le Petit Nicolas: Chapitre 7

1) La visite de M. Le Ministre
2) Il n’y a pas eu le raison.
3) La Marseillais
4) Rufus
5) Bleu, blanc, et rouge
6) Parce que le directeur s’est passe la main sur la figure et il a demande à la maîtresse s’il pouvait continuer.
7) Non
8) Parce qu’ils sont impolis.
9) Non
10) Non

Le Petit Nicolas: Chapitre 6

1) Le directeur
2) L’après midi
3) Non
4) Parce que il s’est mis à pleurer.
5) Agnan
6) Car il a fait mieux sur son carnet.
7) Il les a perdu dans le déménagement quand il s’est marrié.
8) Ils disait qu’ils saignaient aux quatre veines pour lui donner une bonne éducation.
9) Oui
10) J’espère que j’ai pris un bon observation, mais je ne sais pas du tout.

Drama Journal: Symbols

Key Idea:
For the past 2 weeks, we have been learning another crucial components of drama, which is “Symbol”. Symbol is something that represent some deeper meaning, such as organization, process, and material object representing something abstract. For example, diamond ring would represent love, marriage, luxury, and expensive, while question mark would represent mystery, future, and wonders. By using symbols, this makes actors easier to represent something without explaining longly. For example, when one man wants to propose his girlfriend, it’ll be easier if he just showed a diamond ring in stead of talking to her, since he might get very nervous while talking to her about that. However, there’s also another way to use symbols in drama as well with deeper meaning. For example in a play if one man says to his girlfriend “we’ll be together eternally”, this represent he wants to get marries with her. These are very easy way to quickly change the situation of a play, and this would create tension since actors show, not tell what they want to say.

Approach:
In order to experience some deeper meanings of symbols, first we (me and Takumi) wrote some words that we thought while looking at a diamond, and we wrote words like luxury, love, and so on. Also, our group paired up with Solon and Kent to create a play that includes our symbol (diamond) and their symbol (light bulb). The play was about a couple (Kent and Solon) broke up, and after Solon went into the cave, he found a light, and there was Kent apologizing about the conflict, and I was in charge of welcoming Solon to the spot where Kent was waiting for him. We also made a second play, that we have to show the symbols less frequently. This play was about that after the marriage between a couple (Kent and Solon), their relationship started getting worse, and Kent asks the priest (Takumi) and Solon asks his father (me) for help how to deal with each other. After suggesting them, there was an argument again, but they got reconciled after seeing at the wedding ring (diamond ring).

Outcomes:
While me and Takumi were writing words we thought of while looking a the diamond ring, I realized that diamond ring actually represents many things, so it turned out that symbol is not a representation of one thing, but many things. And, I really felt that symbol can change the whole mood, situation, and tension of play while acting out our play. Also, I really felt that by suing symbol, we can reduce the amount of talks and explanations, so that we can make our ply more exciting and enjoyable. However, in order to improve my acting skill, I strongly felt that I still need to relax more while acting our play.

Connections:
Symbols can be used in many ways in drama, in order to create a tension of a play, by showing rather than telling, and this also makes actors easier to play since this reduces more talking in the play. Also, I really felt that this technique can also be used in English story writing, while writing a creative story, or essay, so that this also makes writers easier, since symbols reduce the amount of words by showing something deep and important.

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