THE BREAKDOWN : Nurse Angelica reveals unspoken secrets behind Verona incident

For those who were curious as to what really went on last month in Verona, we looked into Nurse Angelica, who knew and understood Juliet and how she felt about Romeo better than anyone else. To dig deeper into the big time Capulet and Montague incident, we were able to get in contact with the nurse and had agreed to talk to us about it.


A single teardrop   –   Photo by Anil Kumar    (source)

Q. Tell us about how you grew up, and how you ended up working at the Capulet house.

“As a child I grew up in a very poor home as a single child with a single mother. I’ve always wanted a child of my own but it was quite hard, suffering from lack of money in hand even during my youth and post-youth ages. One day I met a man and I gave birth to a child. I could not be happier until he had left me after an argument, and not long after my daughter had passed away from illness. From that point and on I almost gave up on life and even considered taking my own life, until a few years later I decided to wonder off and expose myself to the outside world a little bit. I visited Verona and there I saw a man in the streets advertising a new job as a caretaker of the new coming baby of the Capulets.”

(follow up about Juliet? – focus on childhood – she was joyful… story in play about J playing in the garden)

Q. How did you feel about Juliet later on when she grew into her youth years, compared to when you first started working at the Capulets. 

“I’ve always adored her and loved her by who she was from the moment I held her in my arms, regardless of how others like her mother wanted me to treat her.”

Q. How would you describe how your relationship was to Lady Capulet? Did you truly have a close relation?

“To tell you the truth my friend, I never really liked her although I tried not to let that idea stick to me because I obviously worked for her and Juliet was all I had in my life. I wish not to get into any more detail about that.”

Q. Rumors have said that the Capulets didn’t have the best reputation when it comes to employment, what were your thoughts on that? 

“Yes, in fact that rumor is one of the very rare rumors about the Capulets that are actually true, and gladly for me it was not as bad as how it was interpreted in the “rumors” but I did my best to keep a living here because for one thing I did not want to lose this once in a life time opportunity to work at the Capulets and to be with dear Juliet.”

(After hesitating to finish her sentence, a single tear ran down her expressionless face)

Q. Were you satisfied with where you were in terms of your work position? If you had the chance of changing your position of employment, would you have taken it? 

“How could you be so insensitive? Did you really just ask that question after answering all those question before? I have absolutely no comment.”

– Do you mind if I ask you just one more question related to Juliet?

(She had stared into space for around 10 seconds)

“Yes, you may..”

Q. We heard that you were against the idea of Juliet marrying Romeo at first. Can you explain what was wrong, and what made you change your mind? 

“I was against them at first… but I changed my mind.. for the sake of Juliet and her true love for him”

(Nurse Angelica then dropped on her knees and started sobbing with her hands on her face)

Creating a found poem

In English class, we have created our own ad / poem using pathos – words that emotionally affects one’s feelings or mind. After finishing our unit on this, we have been assigned to choose two pages from a book we’ve read or we are currently reading, and create a poem using sentences and lines directly pulled out from the two pages.

I have chosen to use a book called The Body by a famous writer named Stephen King. This book is about three close friends who are ready to challenge themselves to do anything, and are adventurous. These three adventurers hear about a dead body that has been seen in the forrest near their town. They decide to go look for it, but they discover how cruel life can be.

The theme for my poem is : There are times in life when you cannot resist using violence. The mood is depressing, furious and horrific. Followed by the mood, the tone I have chosen is a traumatic or  traumatising tone.

The sun had begun to sail in and out

I liked the heavy way it sat in my hand

I pointed the gun and squeezed

the gun jumped in my hand

it felt as if my wrist was broken

my heart was in my mouth


resting upside down on the ground

appearing out of the bushes was a single, pale, white hand

Vern’s just imagining it all, that’s all

At the bottom of the bank was a boggy, smelly mess

the birds knew as well

they seemed to appear from nowhere

and fill the sky with cries

the storm was getting close now


Comparing Poetry and Ads

For this unit in English class, we’ve been studying about how language and visual language can have an affect on people’s emotions or how they think. Poems and advertisements are good examples of a type language that affects many people. I’m sure that a lot of people have seen an advertisement that really caught your attention, and made you rethink about something that you had been doing for a while, but you never notice how these work and how just words can change how one thinks. Poetry can also have an emotional affect on you, but mostly involves imagination and creativity which makes you think deeper and deeper about what a poem can actually mean.

There are many types of techniques an advertisement could use to draw people’s attentions for example, hyperbole. Hyperbole is a technique used to over exaggerate a statement to make it sound more impressive. This could push the readers into a corner, and make them think that there is no way out and they are trapped inside. Another example is emotive language. This technique could leave the readers in a very dramatic emotion, because it is very clear and confident. An example of an emotive language is “We must do something now” or “no one can escape”. An ad cannot be complete just by using language. It needs good use of space. You need to be able to know where to place the different elements required in the ad in order to do what you want it to do. You might also need to decide the proportion of the different elements used for example, how big or small the text is, or the image is.

All of these techniques come together and form a very effective advertisement that could move people in different ways, or even control their mids.

Poetry, another very effective way of using language has been around for decades. Poetry can be very effective in many ways such as how deep in could be, or how it uses the back of your brain to dig up what the poet is really trying to say. Ads mostly focus on convincing people, although poems are different. A poem usually has a message deep inside and involves creative thinking. The most common techniques used in a poem are rhymes, metaphors and similes

Overall, poems and ads use many different techniques to get people to understand what their message is, and what they want to tell the readers or the viewers. Compare to other possible scenarios like music or movies, poetry and ads are the only scenarios that effectively use these techniques to move people.



Round the World in Eighty Days book review

What would you do if you made a bet that you will go around the world in 80 days before the time of airplanes, and ended up trying to save a woman who is about to be burned to death? Round the World in Eighty Days is a book that takes place in the late 1800s, written by Jules Verne about a very mysterious and rich man called Mr. Phileas Fogg who lives in England and makes a 1.6 million pound bet that he could go around the world in eighty days. Mr. Fogg travels around the world using steamer boats and railway trains, and ends up facing the worst of the worsts. The reason why I like this book is because of the thrilling and heart pounding situations I feel when reading it. These situations makes me feel thrilled, and my heart starts pounding because it draws me in, and make me want to read more and more and find out what is going to happen next. Another reason why I like this book is because of the mysteries it contains. All these mysteries I read about earlier in the book makes me question my self a lot and really makes me want to continue reading even further. Finally, the reason is because the reader gets to experience what it’s like to be in various parts of the world. Since Mr. Fogg and his servant Jean Passepartout go through an adventure in different parts of the world in all continents, we get to explore more and because of the thrilling type of language Jules uses, it’s almost as if you are inside the book with them. In conclusion, I recommend reading this book because every single element in the text is exciting and will pull you into the book and make you want to discover even further as you read. All this thrill you feel throughout the book is caused by Mr.Fogg’s risks he has taken and it indicates how danger all these risks are. The calmness and the confidence shown by Phileas Fogg may be the reason why he does not fail with the risks he take. The expression “hedge your bets” means that whatever risk you decided to take, think of how you can reduce the bad outcomes. After all, I think this book is about taking risks in life but think before you act and hedge your bets.


My Journey of apartheid

“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. Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 11.18.02 AM

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. 4727829740_8ea1ecd3d1_o

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 black beauty

This book was banned just because of the word “Black” in it.




















Effects of Film shots


We are studying about effective film shots in English class which we focused on What are the effects of different film shots? First we made a groupe of four people with me Mark, Charlie and Sho. we went to the roof of the school and chose a right place to take a film shot. The first picture we took was Charlie standing and looking down to us which we were taking it from below. Mark accidentally erased this picture but we decided to take the same picture again and this is the picture we took.

“Charlie’s madness” Low angle shots.

The main type of film shots we focused on was:

  1. Low angle shots
  2. Over shoulder shots
  3. Long distance shots
  4. Extreem close up shots

I will show the rest of the pictures we took based on the types above.

1, “Chats”

An over shoulder shot with me and Charlie in it.

For this picture, me and Charlie are chatting beside the fence on the roof of a building. at the first time we saw this image, we thought it looked like me and Charlie are kissing…………. then we tried to erase it but after all, we thought it was fine so we saved it.

2,”The Gold Rush”

A long distance shot with me, Charlie and Sho.

The reason why I named it “The Gold Rush” is because it looked like me and Charlie are  rushing/running for gold and Sho is sad because maybe he was late for the rush. The only thing is, it was at a roof of a building …… .


The third picture we took, I was gonna call it “I Spy” because it was a extreem close up shot of an Eye. Unfortunately, we erased that picture because someone said it looks diskusting.

The two things I learned was:

  • You can make your film shot effective by changing the angles of the camera.
  • You can make your film shot effective by changing the distance of the camera.
It was quite of fun, and I like taking pictures and filming things.