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.



Comparing levels of development between two countries

For the unit on development indicators in humanities class, we are doing an assessment on compare and contrast two country’s level of development and the changes that happen over time between the two countries I choose. The countries I have chosen is a country from Africa called Sierra Leone and the United States of America.

The first thing I compared was the total fertility rate (Children per woman) from 1800 to 2012. These two countries both started off with a high number as the USA average was seven children per woman and Sierra Leone was 6 children per woman. As time passes, the United States average slowly drops down as Sierra raises to 7 suddenly after 1950 and drops all the way down to 5 children in 2012. In the mean time the USA raises back to 3.4 children in the 1960s and ends up as 2 children in 2012.

The second thing I compared was the child mortality rate (0~5  yea olds dying  per 1000 born). This one stays the same as USA : 329 children and Sierra : 514. This could have been caused by the diseases that spread during the time period and how much food or healthy drinks Sierra could afford to all the children. The United States keeps dropping as 1900 approaches and in the mean time Sierra slowly goes down to 182 children per 1000 born possibly caused by the charity organisations that established as more wealthy countries noticed the poor countries and wanted to help them. The united states also slowly drops down as 1900 approaches and reaches 180 children, but suddenly jumps up to 239 children as the world war started. The United States grows and grows as the country develops more and more, and ends up at only 7 children in 2012.
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The third thing I compared was the life expectancy over the 1900s to 2o12. The United States starts off with a life expectancy of 70 years while Sierra Leone is 31 years. This could be caused by the amount of food or healthy drinks the country or the people can afford to live. Sierra raises all the way up to 41 years in the 1980s but drops back down to 36 years in 1994. The life expectancy in Sierra Leone raises back up to 40 years in the 2000s and ends up as 45 years in 2011. In the mean while the USA slowly grows up to 79 years at the end of 2011.

At last, I compared the population growth of these two countries. They both start off with a percentage of United States of America : 1.7% and Sierra Leone : 1.6%. The United States doesn’t grow much as it stays at around 1% as it eventually reaches 2012 and never shows a major change. Sierra Leone keeps its balance at around 2% until it suddenly raises to 3%. It wildly drops down to -0.8% in the 1990s and slowly raises back up to 5%. At last it ends up near whee it started off which was around 2%.

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