“Apartheid” was a time when many black South Africans suffered living their life’s.
Starting the unit of apartheid in English class, we started out by a unit question :
What are the relationships between the text and the world
This is where the journey begins.
It was when Ms.Cox showed us pictures of the apartheid in South Africa. She told us all that the journey is going to make your research skills better. The pictures she showed us were a really good key pictures for the start of the journey.
We kept walking and walking through the path until we walked into pages…..pages meaning the app that the apple owns on a macbook. So we made a magazine article about South Africa apartheid. Which needed a lot of research to do, and it actually improved my researching skills.
My magazine article actually turned out to be one of the shorter ones, but I thought I did a fine job researching and writing about the apartheid in South Africa on my magazine article. I think I could have improved on being more organised with the lay out of where things go in the article so it would actually look like an article.
We kept walking the path… then we finally could take a break. We were gonna watch the movie “invictus” This movie was about what happened after Nelson Mandela got freed from prison in 2/11 1994. The movie really showed me how powerful it was and during the time in South Africa even though the movie was only based on a true story. http://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_garland/4727829740/
Right after that around the corner, the book called “Journy to Jo’Burg” was waiting for us.
This book was also based on true events during the South African colonisation.
The book, was about when Nelson Mandela was still in prison and wasn’t freed yet, so people were really mad and had a time of fire. I actually had a little late start of reading the book, so I had to catch up and read it in one day. The book really showed me how much difference there was between the non-whites and the whites and how the non-whites kids were only learning how to be a maid, because they only have two choices what they want to be when they grow up, either a gold miner or a maid for working at whites houses.
Reading and watching were only the fun ones…developing a part from the book and rewriting it was right on the building straight ahead. There was a woman in the story called Grace. She was the one who helped the two children that went to Johannesburg to find their mom. The two children were called Naledi and Tiro. Once Grace brought the two kids to her home for them to stay, Grace told them a story that she never ever told anyone except for her children. It was about the Soweto uprising. So we had to develop that part of the story to your own words.
Right at the last path we were going through, this actually was a surprising story. My homeroom teacher had a friend from South Africa. He was white and he was a P.E teacher in Taiwan. This was I think the most interesting part of this whole history and was unexpected. His name was Shane Chaunas(shãnus). We had to think for a couple of questions to ask when we listen to him. He explained about his life in apartheid life and when he was working and training in the army. I think the whole grade was really lucky that we could listen to a actual guy that went through apartheid.
This is basically what we did and what we went through for this assessment. It was kind of sad that Nelson Mandela died right after we finished the South African colonial history magazine article. I thought of this after all, what would it be like, when you were divided by the government and was in a demonstration with others. This was a question that was asked to Shane and he said, “I’ve never actually thought of that.” I first thought he was going to say something interesting but I guess the whites just lived how they were and never actually thought of something like that.
After all, I think the relationships between the text and the world is, what is true or not. This might seem really obvious, but I think this is really important because when the South African government lied to the world about how many people died in the Soweto uprising, it can make people from other countries think there was no such big deal.
The text world can almost write anything, but that “anything” can affect the real world, for example the book called Black Beauty
This book was banned just because of the word “Black” in it.