I&S Reflection

In this unit, we researched about food labels across the globe. We found out that most food labels do not contain enough information for an average person to know whether or not the food is healthy. They use many scientific terms for ingredient names and so it is very confusing, therefore most people do not usually look at the labels.  Our task was to create improved versions of food labels and also warning stamps. We made the design more eye catching so that more people would be interested, adding things like graphs and pictures.

We investigated the first problem; child labour. Through our researched we found out that most under developed countries use child labourers as an cheaper and easier alternative to adult workers. The children are much easier to manipulate and are less problematic.

The second topic we researched about was; fair trade. In class, we watched a documentary about how the places that used fair trade had got the fair amount for their products and could now afford more things to help the village. In this investigation I think we could’ve done more research. Our team had done a fair amount of investigation, we had found graphs, the pros/cons of fair trade and more. But now reflecting on our work, I think we could’ve had a longer and detailed analysis. The information we had gathered was enough, but the next step was only half done.

For my food label, I think I did a decent job. Although it wasn’t exactly what I had first desired it to look like, the finished product had replicated it well. If I had done more research for this task, I think it would’ve been much better. But the goal of the label was to make it eye catching and easily understandable so for those goals I think I did pretty well.
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Fictional Characters: Why do we like them so much?

Today was a “dress as your favourite character” Spirit Day at Y.I.S. In english, we looked at what it is about our favourite characters that make us like them so much. I’ve chosen Alaska from “Looking for Alaska” by John Green to examine. I like Alaska because even though she had lost so much in her life she didn’t give up (up until she commits suicide) and continued to try to stay strong. Even though she died, I believe she died blissfully as she adressed killing her self in the previous chapters and was drinking & smoking to numb the pain she had been feeling. She was a relatively happy character even though she had her moments of sadness, for someone without much left in her life I believe she was such an independent and strong character.


However, if an author just told us these things it would be pretty boing. Instead, they show us using characterisation techniques . Alaska is characterised as an independent, confident, smart, funny, relatable, and a principled character mostly through her relationships, and actions. Although she had said many great things such as, ““When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.” and”“Francois Rabelais. He was a poet. And his last words were “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” That’s why I’m going. So I don’t have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps.”” I thought she was best described by her actions. How she was fearless when was given the threat of expulsion, how she talked about the great perhaps and the labyrinth we call life. Her relationships with her friends really showed what a great person she was and that was my biggest reason I love her.