In this Few month in english class, we talked about “Africa” We watched Invictus, talked about Apartheid ( also made a poster) and we read a book called ” “Journey to Jo’Burg” If you want to know or read the story of “Journey to Jo’Burg” Please click here.
In this Unit, our question was ” What is the relationship between text and the real world.” I used to think, In real life you can’t change whats going on but in the text you can lie and sometimes text gives the wrong information. In real life, you already saw what happened and you won’t be able to change the past.
After that we talked about “Africa” like If you think about Africa, What things pops out of your mind first? For example colours, the symbol and images? For the colour, I choose orang red and brown because it’s hot in African and also some times its dangerous in Africa which represent the colour of red 🙂 I chose the symbol of a print of an animal because there’s lots of animals there 🙂 After that we needed to make a poster about your topic which you can choose form Nelson Mandela, Soweto uprising and Apartheid, and I choose Nelson Mandela 😛 See my posterWhen we first made the poster, we first drafted how your posters gonna look like. First I didn’t even know he went to jail a lot and how he helped his country ” South Africa”. But I knew he was the president of SouthAfrica. SO I researched about him, and I learned lots of things about his life style and how he lived in jail. After when we finished the poster, we went in small groups and share your posters to them, and they will give you feedback 🙂 Then, we watched the the movie Invictus:) If you want to see or know the story of Invictus click here
Then, I said before, we read the book called Journey to Jo’Burg . The main characters in this book are, Tiro a 9 year old boy, Dineo and baby sister of Tiro and Naledi, Naledi is a older sister of Tiro and Dineo. After reading the book, we played a game called hot seat. There is one chair in the middle of the room and the one that is sitting on the middle chair needs to answer the question. Some people make 6 question from the book . Finally but not least, we drew a picture of what was happening in book of page 60. Finally our last assessment was to write a more dramatic and detail story of “time of fire.” Click here if you want to see mine 😀
This is what we did in english class and I think we all worked so hard to finish this blog post and of course we worked hard to finish all of our assessments.
In Grade 7 English we have just read Journey to Jo’burg, by Beverly Naidoo. Before reading the novel I researched and wrote a magazine article on Nelson Mandela . We are exploring the relationships between texts and the real world and we found many connections between Journey to Jo’burg and the real world during Apartheid. If you want to know about the content Journey to Jo’burg, go to this ☞ Link
During that time ( Apartheid) there was lots of rules about blacks and whites. During that time whites and blacks were discrimination. Some examples are, they were not allow to sit together or get on the bus. They have the bus for whites and blacks. Another example is, they had a school for only blacks and whites. The whites always get good stuff like house and good food. They get/ have lots of money and they can have good jobs more than the blacks. The blacks need money so even if the jobs is dangerous they do the job. Also at that time people ( whites vs blacks) were killing each other, bleeding and falling down. Most of the black people were injured or hurt.
I had a great time reading this book 😀 and I learned a lot of apartheid during that time.
So far I didn’t really read that much after the post that I did for my first one. So im reading the book ” THE FAULT IN OUR STARS”. And I have fun reading this book :P. So Hazle ( the main character in this story who has cancer) she wanted to a normal girl and she didn’t want to go to a supporting group. But she did because of her mother. She met this CUTE guy in the supporting group name Augustus. When the other people were talking about there sickness, he was staring the whole time at Hazle. Why? because He used to have a ex girlfriend and Hazle and his ex girlfriend looked alike. They secretly liked each other ( they both don’t know that) , and one day, Augustus asked Hazle to go watch a movie together. ” Hazle’s first date I guess) :/ AND IM AT THE PART WHERE THEY ARE WATCHING A MOVIE TOGETHER!!! Awww, AAAAAHHHH!!! I predict that they are going girlfriends and boyfriends and will they are watching they movie, I think there going to kiss each other 😛 <3 Im SO EXCITED TO READ WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT!!
Right now in english class, we have time to read, and we are using a program called DEAR, ” DEAR” stands for~ Drop Everything And Read! Some of the students don’t like to read and they don’t read at home. Well for me, I like to read when I find a really interesting book like ” Orchards” for example. But MOST about… 60% of the book that I bought was boring. And I stopped reading because I didn’t find a good book. Anyways, so I think it is great to have some times to read in english class because it will help us and it is better to read something than not reading it at home. We have about 20 minutes to read and after that, we write it in our notebook or our blog what we read so far.
In English the book that I’m reading is called THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. I chose this book because most of my friends were reading this and they said it is a really nice story. I didn’t read that much but when I read the first page I notices that this book is really sad because it talks about cancer and the girl, she’s a teenager, 18 years old and her name is Hazle. Late in the winter of her seventeenth year, she notice she had cancer. She rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read same book over and over and thinking about death. And also she attend a weekly Support Group. ( because her mom). After a few weeks, she grew to be rather kicking and screaming about the whole affair. She just wants to be a normal teenager like buying her a fake ID so that she can go to the the club and drinking vodka. But still she went to the Support Group. That’s all I read so far 🙂
In English class, we are starting to learn how to use movie angle Shot. We talked about how images are interpreted differently from words like in a manga. Today in our small groups ( Ashley Loretta and me), we went to the roof. We filmed three clips and each of them are different shots. The angle shot that we were suppose to do was ” Low angle shot, High angle shot, long shot or wide angle, medium shot close up shot, point of view shot, bird’s eye view shot and over the shoulder shot. And then we choose 3 pictures that I like.
This is Ashley and me and this is our first photo that we took. It is a high angle shot.
This is a High shot.
Finally, this is abird’s eye view shot.
It was fun going to the roof at class time because if we sit in class room all day talking about the angles, sometimes we have to try them and know what it is. So that’s why I liked it, we get to experiment all types of angles. I learned that, they are lots of angle shot that we can use. I didn’t know what was “bird’s eye view shot” means but when I tried it, a bird’s eye view shot is a cool angle shot.
In Roman, lots of people believe in many different gods and goodness. In this site they said ” The Romans gods were from a strange mixture of influences. Before Rome became a big city, the area around it, called Latium, was settled my superstitious villagers, the Latins, who believed in many gods and spirits. As Rome grew into a city and began to become more powerful it came into contact with the Greeks, who had a complex Pantheon of their own.”
In this site they said, ” Roman religion every household had its own personal spirits which protected it. Thelares were the spirits of the family’s ancestors. And the penates were kind spirits who garded the larder. Little figurines of these spirits were kept in a small household shrine, called the lararium. The spirits would be worshipped by the family on special days. Bits of food or wine might be sacrificed to them.”
In this site they said” The Romans knew of seven bright objects in the sky, the Sun, the Moon and five planets. They named them after their most important gods.”
This god is called Diana. She has brother called Apollo. He was the god of sun. Diana was the goddess of hunting and a goddess of the moon. Her solar system is the moon. Diana carried a bow and some arrows. She was the goddess of hunting. Once she was bathing in a forest pool. A hunter called Actaeon spied on her. So Diana turned him into a stag and he was chased by his own hunting dogs. She helped women in child-birth, because her mother Leto gave birth to her and her twin brother so easily.
This god is called Saturn. Saturn was god of Time and his weapon was a scythe. He is called Old Father Time. His solar system are Saturn the slowest planet. Saturn ruled the gods before jupiter , Neptune and Pluto were his children. They represent Air, Water and Death, the three things that Time cannot kill. The Romans had a mid-winter festival in honor of Saturn, called the Saturnalia. It lasted seven days, and there was much merrymaking. Public business was suspended and schools were closed. Parents gave toys to their children and there was a public banquet. That is why we eat so much at Christmas, give presents and go to parties.
It was September afternoon,when we started reading Holes. We finished this book on November. Holes is by Louis Sachar. This is my refections about How I did and what should I improve. When I recorded this video, I think I did a good job on explaining how I did and what should improve. Also I think I spoked clearly and loudly.