“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” This quote is by Mandela and is the most heart touching quote I’ve read during this unit where our goal was to learn about the real world through a variety of text types. We learned about apartheid in many different ways including writing a feature article about Nelson Mandela’s death, reading an historical non-fiction book called “The Journey to Jo’burg and watching a non-fiction movie called Invictus based on how Mandela changed South Africa by rugby. This essay explains my experience with the different texts and my conclusions about them.
Grade 7 created feature articles about South Africa and there were four topics we could choose to write about South Africa in the feature article. The choices were colonialism, apartheid, the Soweto uprising and Nelson Mandela. I focused on creating a feature article about Nelson Mandela. The text type of the feature article was factual. This means I needed to write a story of Mandela using facts. The feature article communicated information about the real world in unique ways. One of the unique features about feature article is that there is a lot of solid information precisely into a minimum amount of texts. When I compared the non-fictional book “Journey to Jo’burg” to my feature article, I thought my feature article had more precise information when compared to the book. Also the feature article had a lot of strong evidence of that information. To show strong evidence in my feature article, I inserted sources of where we got the information. We can also put quotes from the anecdotes inside the feature article so that people who read the feature article can see strong evidence.
After I investigated, researched and wrote about Nelson Mandela in the feature article, 7B read a historical fiction book called “Journey to Jo’burg”. The text type of this book is historical fiction. This means that the story is based on true facts that happened in the real world but has fictional parts in it such as the character, plot and settings. “Journey to Jo’burg” communicated information about the real world in unique ways. One such example is to take the reader into the journey with the character by hooking the reader’s attention and taking the reader to a journey with Naledi and Tito to Johannesburg. It felt like I was in the story in the third person perspective. This gave the reader the ability to feel sympathy with the character. Also Historical Fiction are very interesting to read because there are character, plot, settings and problems which can be very fun to read.
After reading “Journey to Jo’burg,” 7B watched a movie called Invictus. This movie is a movie based on how Nelson Mandela used rugby to unify people in South Africa. This movie communicated information about the real world in unique ways. One such example is being able to visualizing the true events that occurred by watching the movie that relived the moment. In feature articles or historical fiction books, a lot of the times you can not visually see the events that occurred because the only way you could visualise the events that has occurred is by reading the text and imaginating them ourselves. Also by watching Invictus it felt like I was in the movie because I could visually see the characters and the events in the movie.
By creating the feature article, reading Journey to Jo’burg and watching Invictus, I learned that all text types has advantages and disadvantages and unique text styles to communicate to the reader. Also I learned a lot about South Africa and apartheid. I learned that in some places in the world people have less economic opportunities compared to others just because of their skin color and race which I thought was very sad and simply not fair however I also learned that people have very strong beliefs about these systems so its also very hard to get them to change. I saw it took a great leader like Nelson Mandela to help the white people to change their beliefs – and to accept to change the system. What we need to think about for the problems we face today – is how we can each follow the example of Nelson Mandela to effect change and make the world a fairer place.