Fiction or Fact?

Our last unit of the year in english class was a group presentation focusing on “Why do people choose fiction over fact?” The group members that Ms.Clifford assigned for me were Ayana, Emily, and Oliver.

This is my presentation:

The book we focused on was “The Clay Marble” by MingFong Ho. During the presentation we each had to choose a topic to talk about. The topic I chose was “Context” and my other group members chose “Perspective”, “Setting”, and “Communication”. The main task of the unit was to convince the audience to read the book but most importantly to answer the unit question.

What I learned from this project is that when you’re doing speeches, you should know your script and present as if you’re having unscripted conversation with the audience. This makes the audience want to listen to the presentation.

I choose fiction over fact because it is easier for me to understand the historical context in the book and I get to relate to the characters. And that I also get to think more about the people who lived during the time. Which will you choose? Fiction or fact?

My Playlist

My 5 characteristics and 5 songs that represents it:

  1. Sad: 
    This song is unusual because when I first listened to the rhythm I thought it was going to be a happy song, but after I listened to the lyrics I realised that it was the complete opposite. 
  1. Happy:
    This song for me represents happy because the strumming of the guitar seems very calming, and the voice is really cheerful. The lyrics also makes me think of the bright side of life and to never give up.
  1. Calm:
    The tone of her voice is the reason why I chose this song as calm because Priscilla’s voice is so soft and gentle that it almost made me go to sleep!
  1. Caring:
    The lyrics of the song helps me get through rough times and it has also helped thousands of people and thats why I think this song represents caring in my playlist.
  1. Peaceful: 
    The guitar and both of their voice was the reason why I chose this for peaceful. and that the title says “Peace sign”. The guitar strumming pattern also makes the song peaceful.

Comparison of Western, Chinese, and Japanese Instruments

 After looking at the three different country instruments using these cites:

Chinese Instruments
Instruments of the Orchestra
Japanese Instruments

I can see that most of the Chinese instruments are similar to Japanese ones. Maybe because some of the instruments from China was imported to Japan long time ago. The most similar ones were Koto(from Japan) and Zhen(from China) and Biwa(from Japan) and the Pipa(from China). I watched some video clips on the Zhen too see if it had similar sound to the Koto and they sounded exactly the same. Although, the chinese Zhen has 21 strings and the Koto has 13 strings. Thats quite a difference!

I also looked at western orchestra instruments and what I realised was that they both looked a bit like the string instruments like Violin, Cello, etc. The Japanese instrument Shinobue(bamboo flute) and the Shakuhachi was very much similar to the woodwind instruments such as flute, clarinet, etc. Although the japanese ones were made by wood.
There is not much different between the families and the looks, but how there are used makes them special and belong to their own country.