Infomercial Reflection

In drama class, we have been working on our infomercials about an unique product. We created an infomercial in groups, and I was with Ayaka, Megumi, and Yuka. Our product was a hairspray which gives you magnetic powers. Here is our infomercial:

I think my personal barriers that keep me from being a better public speaker are becoming nervous and being shy, which are mental barriers. When I become nervous and shy, I tend to rush and look down. Also, these barriers can stop me from modulating my voice, and using different tone to emphasize words and phrases which are important to keep the readers interested. However, I think I am improving because before, I used to talk in monotone and use fillers a lot, but now I am starting to use body gestures, modulation, and eye-contact. I also use less fillers now too.

I can be a better public speaker by practicing until I feel very confident and comfortable presenting in front of a big crowd. Also, understanding the topic well and remembering the points will help me when I get lost or confused because if I know what I need to say, I can figure out how and where I can continue without any problems. This will help me gain confidence as well.

 

 

 

 

Persuasive Speech Reflection

In Drama, we have been working on our persuasive speeches. We chose our own topic and made a speech for about 2 minutes. My topic was “Everyone should have social networks”. We focused on the structure, tone, posture, body gesture, modulation, and projection.

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I think my speech was fluent and well structured. Also, I think I did well on not having fillers such as “um…” or “like…”. However, I could have improved on speaking with enthusiasm, projection, and talking in a good pace.

I believe persuasive speeches are useful in our life and future. I think so because we could use a persuasive speech when I want to persuade or convince someone to do something or stop doing something. For example, I could use it to convince people to stop smoking. Persuasion is used in our daily lives as well, such as when we ask our parents to buy things for us.

During this unit, I learned many things and one of them was ‘how to prepare a speech’. First we planned our speech. We chose a topic, and then wrote down the audience and purpose of the speech. After that, we worked on our introduction, 3 body paragraphs, and conclusion. In the introduction, we learned that we should have a hook to catch the audience’s attention and state the topic clearly. In the body paragraphs, we gave reasons on why the audience should agree with the speaker. In the conclusion, we learned that we should briefly summarize what the speech was about, and leave a strong impression. An example was to end with a question which made the audience think. After planning, we wrote notes on cards to help ourselves when we presented our speech. Learning about how to prepare a speech is useful because it helps us present our speech well. This is important because it will help make the speech well organized, clear, fluent, and easy to understand which is helpful for the audience and the speaker as well.

Partner Scene Reflection

Our first unit in Drama is ‘Being a Charater!’. We first discussed the question, ‘What makes a character?’ and the traits of characters such as stereotypes, status, attitude, motivation, physicality, vocal delivery, relationship groupings, and background. Then, we started to work on our Partner Scenes which was our first assessment. We first got into groups of pairs and decided on our character. My partner was Megumi.

First, my partner and I researched to get an idea of our characters, and to make sure our understanding of the vocabularies were fine. Then, we talked about the dialogue a little so that we could decide our characters. We planned the setting to be at a funeral, and our names, age, body shape, height weight, skin color, eye color, hair length/color, facial features, how my character dress, background, relationships like family, friends, significant others, strangers, attitude, motivation, personality, job, and more on the Character Identikit document. This document helped me remember what I should include in my skit and create a clear character.

As we practiced our skit, we got stuck with the change of status during the scenes. We wanted to make a clear change in the status, but we weren’t sure what we can do so we asked our teacher. After we discussed it with our teacher, we decided to change the plot since it was confusing. We also changed the setting and characters too. I think this made the status change clearer and the plot clearer.

During the skit, we had to express our character by showing the status, attitude, motivation, physicality, vocal delivery, relationship groupings, and background. I found this challenging because we weren’t able to say them directly in our words. I think my partner and I did pretty well on showing the status change and not smiling when we weren’t supposed to, but I thought I could have improved on my vocal delivery and staying in character for the whole scene. I didn’t change my voice much, and was distracted sometimes. I could have improved the skit, by making a bigger difference with the attitude. For example if I am happy at first but gets annoyed after,  I could change my tone and posture.

Overall, I have enjoyed this unit so far and learned about many things about ‘Being a Character’ such as stereotypes, status, and motivation. Before this unit, I didn’t know what stereotypes were and that how status and motivation can make a character but now I got to know more about it. It was interesting learning about how each traits can change the character but also challenging to express the traits without mentioning it.

Stereotype

In Drama, we have been thinking about “what makes a character?”.  Currently we are learning about stereotype.

What does stereotype mean?

Stereotype is a general idea that people have about what someone or something is like. It is usually wrong.  Cultural, racial, gender are examples of stereostypes.

When are stereotypes useful?

Stereotypes are useful when you have to make a quick-judgement between people. Also, when we have to do a improvisation and you have to act like someone else, having some stereotypes of the character in your mind can help you act.

 Can you judge a book by its cover?

I don’t think you can judge a book by its cover because, the pictures or titles might have nothing to do with the content. You won’t know what the book is about until you read it. This is the same for people. Someone might look scary or mean, but they could be really nice and friendly. 🙂