Nature vs Nurture discussion

My understanding of the Nature vs Nurture debate.

I think that the way you are constructed and who you’ve become, is both based on your genetics and the environment you grew up in. To understand and argue about nature vs nurture, I think that you first need to understand the basics of this concept. For example the smallest little things you are currently doing mostly comes from nurture, like sitting down on a chair. Being able to sit on a chair is nothing genetic, but it is something that you learned to do naturally as a baby, and that is why it feels natural. It is not impossible to raise a child who will never know how to correctly sit on a chair. Although our ability to look at what other people are doing, and use that to teach ourselves how to do it through mistakes and experiences, is learning. This is something that has already been built into us as humans from the moment we form a body in our mother’s stomach, therefor is nurture and plays a majorly significant role.

Drama Journal

Drama Journal 1 :

For the past two weeks of class, we have started working on how relationships and roles and status work in Drama. Relationships, are not only the love relationships we have, as what we normally think of when the word “relationship” is mentioned. They aren’t only that, but they are also an extremely important aspect of life. Relationships are something we cannot live without, and is the definition of what makes us who we are. For example : lovers, parents and child, siblings, friends, teacher and student, teammates, colleagues, and celebrities and fans. The reason why you are who you are right now, is 100% because of the relationships that you have with your surrounding people, and how the relationships are between the people you are surrounded with.

Roles are who you are, and your position in the skit of which you’ve mentally and physically dedicated yourself to be as. A role doesn’t necessarily have to be a human. It can be a thing, or an animal. For example if you are doing a skit where a bench, is not getting along with an elderly. In this case, the bench is not only a thing, but it is a character that has developed a role. Another example is a pet dog and it’s owner. It doesn’t matter if the dog talks or not. It is still a living thing, that has a relationship with it’s owner. This is when status comes in. The status of someone, is the level of highness in society. If you are an employee at chipotle, you have a lower status than the boss, because you have less control over what you want to do. We have done a couple of activities where we have to choose the person with the lower status, and the one with the higher status in a pair. The lower person did not have any control over what he/she was doing, as opposed to the higher person who got to tell the lower person to do anything he/she wanted him/her to do. The Lower person could not argue, and had to complete the request given by the higher person.



Drama class infomercial creation

My personal barrier that keeps me from being a public speaker, is how clear I pronounce various words in the script. I have a tendency of mispronouncing words when it comes to actual presentations, although I could say it perfectly clearly during practices. This is due to how nervous I am. Although I could not find a remedy to completely stop my mispronunciations, there are some things I could try to decrease the possibilities of it occurring. Breathing in and out deeply and slowly, thinking positive about the outcomes, and try to focus on whatever I am about to do so I don’t go off track. From my own perspective, this barrier is a mental barrier. This is because my physical outcomes all depend on my mental state.

Persuasive speech reflection

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I felt as though I did well on giving good reasons to support my statement. I gave three clear reasons that make sense, and I think that this has raised the persuasiveness of my speech. I also felt as though I did good on my voice projection. I think that I have spoke in a balanced volume (not too loud, but not too soft).

I think that I could have improved on where I’m looking. I could’ve faced the audience more often, instead of looking up, down and sideways. Although this could’ve been because I was trying to figure out what I want to say, and could not concentrate by just standing still, I think that this had been a distraction to the audience. I could also work on talking smoothly, and not getting stuck on words.

An example of how I could use a persuasive speech in my current life, is when I ask my parents to get me something. For example if I wanted a gaming console, I would write a semi-formal persuasive speech with productive and appropriate reasons to support why I want and need a gaming console. An example of how I could use a persuasive speech in the future, is when you are asking your boss at work to give you permission to do a certain thing. I would use formal language.

I think that learning how to prepare a speech is a very useful lifeskill. Being able to present a speech, is a proper form that make sense will effect how the audience feels about you and how the message transfers to the audience’s mind. A good speech can emotionally move someone, and even change their mind and life.

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


Music class summative reflection

In music class we’ve been working on creating a rock song, and as a group of three, we had to come up with a chord, melody and a drum beat in the background.

Working as a part of a group is something that we do all the time, and I’ve gotten used to communicating with others in order to effectively and productively get our tasks done. I’ve learned from this experience that you should never give up on what you’ve been working on just because it is bad, or because you didn’t like it. You should always try to talk to your group mates, ask for help and figure out a solution to the problem.

The one problem we had, was coming up with an effective melody, chord and a beat on Garageband. This was a problem because there was so many things you could do, and choose from on Garageband but after discussing and arguing about it for a while, we were able to make a decision that we were going to perform it live.

I think that the happy thing about this project was that you can work together with someone else, and the idea of creating a rock song which is what we like to listen to everyday. The one bad thing about this project was that you had a limited time to come up with a proper melody, chord and a beat so it would come out like a rock song.

I think that I should know better about organisation if I would to redo this project in the future. Me and my other mates were successful at bad at deciding which day and what time we will meat up to work on/finish up the project.

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.