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?

English Fotobabble

We just finished the book “The House On Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros that we read in class. Ms.Clifford gave us new books but this time, we were separated in groups so she gave each group different ones. Here is a short fotobabble that I created which I talk about my first impressions of the book “The Clay Marble”

My Journey

What is your Journey? We all have been in or participated in a Journey once, or more in our lives. Some journeys are challenging or longer than other ones but thats what journey’s are for, to explore and learn. During the past few weeks, I have explored a fascinating journey about people. This journey has taught me more about the world we live in and human relationships.

Our current unit question in english is “What is the relationship between the text and the real world?”. We first did our research on Nelson Mandela, then we made a blog post about the unit question and the book we were individually reading. Then we read Journey to Jo’burg and made a creative piece of writing. Lastly, we watched a movie “Power of One”.

At the start of the journey I only knew the country South Africa but I never knew what happened there because I didn’t know what apartheid and soweto uprising were and how it affected people who lived in South Africa at that time. But now I know that both apartheid and the soweto uprising affected numerous people who lived in South Africa. I learned this because as I mentioned earlier, in class we wrote a biography in a magazine article about Nelson Mandela. During research, not only I learned about Nelson Mandela but also about what he did that made him have a good impact on many people in South Africa and all around the world. 

What I also learned is that the environment you live in can influence or impact you. Shane Charnas, who lived and grew during apartheid came and talked about his experience. At that time we were working on Nelson Mandela so our grade thought he was a great, and powerful leader. But when Shane Charnas was kid, he was taught that Nelson Mandela was evil, a murder, and an anti-christ. When we all heard about this, we were shocked because it was much too different opinion from ours. I think he was taught like that because he was white, and his family had different beliefs from the black people. He also said that people worry too much about all the small things that’s happening around you when there are other bad situation happening all around the world. While he was telling his speech, I thought to myself that the environment you live in can really change how you think or act.

Nothing like a great book can make your day. As I mentioned above in the introduction, in class, we read an amazing book Journey to Jo’burg by Beverly Naidoo. If I summarize the book shortly, it is about two black children going on a journey to find their mother working for these white family at Johannesburg because their baby sister was sick. As a class, we focused on one part of the book where one of the character name Grace, tells a story from her experience during the protestation of the soweto uprising. In this assessment, we re-wrote the story into present tense and add more detail by putting in more feelings as if you were Grace. What I learned after doing this creative piece was to write in someone elses perspective and to show feeling as if you were that person in that situation. I think this assessment was a good experience for me, and also for the whole class because I usually write in past tenses but I not very often in present tense.

And lastly, I learned that one person can make a huge change and difference to a certain group of people when we watched a movie The Power of One. The movie included how white people treated black people back then during apartheid in South Africa. The main character in the movie P.K, had a good impact on thousands of blacks who were living under apartheid because he helped them stand up for their rights, which were freedom and because he was brave and had great understanding and knowledge. There were both some happy and sad moments, and even shocking parts during the movie. What I liked about The Power of One was that it had a thoughtful meaning, and it made you think about it.


In conclusion I would like to say that at the start of the unit I didn’t know that people could treat other people in various ways. Both negative and positive. But at the end of the unit I knew that there are cruel people in the world and also loving, and kind people. And if even if you looked a lot different on the outside, such as having different race or culture we’re all still human and also very much equal. What I enjoyed the most during the journey was to learn about South Africa and apartheid because if we hadn’t have this unit, I would be clueless about apartheid. In my opinion, because there was apartheid, I think people became together and worked as one. Although I wouldn’t want to live in the country with segregation and racism. I think before we do something, we should ask ourselves why we do it and whether it’s important or not because after its done, you can’t replace it with something different.


What is the relationship between your novel to the real world?

I have just read “The Invisible” by Mats Wahl and this post will explore the connections between this book and the real world.



The Review of the Book:

The book is written in Swedish and Translated in English. This book is about an ordinary high school student Hilmer Eriksson one day finding out that he is invisible. No one could see him or hear him. But one day a detective, Harold Fors investigates his disappearance by interviewing people who knew Hilmer. And as he collects the all information, he finds out something surprising that has happened to Hilmer.

So how does this book connect to the real world?

This book relates to all kinds of things in life. An example is teenagers making bad choices and decisions in life which leads to Juvenile Crimes(Young people killing other young people) and violence, such as murder. They are all connected to one topic. This book mostly talks about murders and crimes. This connects to the real world because murder happens everywhere around the world and between young people such as teenagers, adults, anyone. An example from the book is that Hilmer gets kicked in the face twenty times and buried in a leaf pile.

An example from the book is that there is a girl name Anneli and her parents are alcoholics. And one day, Anneli gets dumped by her boyfriend and she gets drunk. While Henrik was riding is bike, Anneli and her friends pushed him to the ground and she kicked his face twenty times. By reading the example, alcoholic parents can cause bad impacts on children. Being alcoholic can also affect your health by causing Anaemia, Cancer, Depression, High blood pressure and etc.  




Values Oral Presentation


What is the purpose of today’s oral presentations?

What I think the first reason of the oral presentation was to prepare us for future presentations, especially in front of people we don’t know. I think this is important because when you graduate middle school and go to high school you have more responsibility and have more presentations. I think middle school is the time to learn and take challenges.
The second reason was learning more about your values. What I mean is that before we know our values and where they come from, we need to know more about it and how it helps us. During the past few weeks, I have learned a lot about my values and  actually use them.

How well did I communicate? 

I have communicate well by explaining my values by projecting my voice(Loud, Clear) and also being confident sharing my values. Although I would like to improve more on having eye-contact with the audiences because I should have remembered most of my Q-card.

My English Wordle

Where do our values come from?

First of all, what is Values? Values are principles or standards of behaviour, judgement of what is important in life. During english class, we discussed the unit question “Where do our values come from?” but what I personally think is that values come from ourselves because, for example the person’s personality might actually be Positive-thinking.

Also, we had to make our own wordle  but before, we individually had to think of values that should be on the wordle. These are the words that are included in my wordle: Caring, Friendship, Peace, Positive-Attitude, Respect, Trust, Perseverance, Supportive, Honesty, World peace, Positive thinking, Manners, and Patience. I think the most important value in the wordle is world peace because if there wasn’t world peace, there wouldn’t be any of the other values.

This is a link about values which really helped me! You can know more about the definition, how it helps, tips, and more —>