Introducing Africa!

Today we started our new unit called ‘Fact or Fiction?’

Through the lens of human ingenuity, we will explore the unit question ‘What is the relationship between texts and the real world?

Please think about this question and type in your tentative thesis in the comments section!  What is the relationship between texts and the real world?

15 thoughts on “Introducing Africa!

  1. I think that relation is built when somebody sees the real world then expresses it with text. Then the text gets spread around and new ideas are created. Then people create text based on new ideas and it the relation gets wilder and wilder.

  2. The difference between text and the real world is that text is that they are not always the fact about the real world. For example if someone that never been to Africa said that Africa is a dangerous place but in the real world Africa might not be.

  3. Texts can teach many things, but at times, are misleading. The problem with texts is that they are written from someones perspective, not your perspective. So you could see Africa as a beautiful place with wildlife, but texts can make it seem worse that it actually is.

  4. The difference between text and the real world, is that text/given information is not always true. I have never been to Africa, and for all I know is that all the info the media gives us is not true and that Africa has 10th generation technology. (Which I know it doesn’t.)
    The text/things we see, such as the movie, Lion King, is based on the information that we are given. But that doesn’t mean it’s true.

  5. For me I don’t read much books so I know most of my African facts come from the TV series “national geographics”. I used to watch this TV show a lot when I was about eight and most of the animals were from Africa so from that I know. Another big text for me is I think a map because if you look at Africa it is mostly beige which is the desert but there is also a big chunk of green so there is nature. There are many movies I watched one of them was “Blood diamond” it is very violent and it is based on a big diamond in Africa which everyone wants. At the start of the movie it says this is a real story and there are non-educated students that get a gun and go in the army. Also nobody is really rich there so there are a lot of crime such as pickpocketing and stealing.

  6. To answering this question, I think the relationships between text and the real world can be right and wrong. because I saw that most of my classmates does not go to Africa so I don’t know anything. but how can you get the information about Africa? well, since I was little, reading geographic books helped my knowledge about the world. Researching in the internet also helped me by getting the articles about Africa like the geography, animals, economics and culture.

  7. I think that texts will replicate some real world things. Like emotions. Even if the book was about unicorns living in Narnia and there are no humans, there will be human like emotions.

    There are also books about Africa. For example in the book Garbage King we know that kids there are so poor that they have to go through rubbish to live. If they are good at finding rubbish from places they are considered “kings”.

    Or in the book “From Somalia, With Love” that the country is so corrupted they are not allowed to move countries.

    So texts are always related to real life. Because authors/speakers need to draw on something to work on. If it doesn’t exist they don’t have a base.

  8. In the text you can change stuff (for example the story that occured) but in real life, you can’t change it because something already occured since when you write a non fiction story, most of the time you write what happened. Not what will happen because you won’t know the future. In a text you can change it a bit because sometimes you don’t have all of the information so sometimes you imagine and write. However, in real life, you already saw what happened and you won’t be able to change the past.

  9. In modern times, text from various media sources teaches us about things all over the world like Africa. The general knowledge and common sense of places like Africa come from movies or shows. For example, “The Lion KIng” is a classic animated Disney movie. Although it gives us this general knowledge, it might not always give us the right idea. “The Lion King” showed me that there is a connection between animals and the behaviours affect one another. I also generally learned the survival of the fittest and how it leads the other animals. But fact based media such as news reports and tv shows like National Geographic gives me better knowledge of real life in Africa. I still remember “The Lion King” more because of how its presented. The world is more connected than before, and although I haven’t visited Africa, I still get a general idea of it.

  10. I think that the text changes the real world from what it really is and emphasises the person/ writers experiences of Africa. Sometimes text gives the wrong information… but gives somewhat an idea of Africa…

  11. You can write something about the world in a text about your experiences in a country (as we have Africa right now) you can write a book about: maybe somebody saw like that somebody would die because the water was not clean so they would get ill and it was so non-clear that they die so he/she maybe wrote a book about that that also other people can know how people live there. People can make a movie about the animals in the WILD like Elephants, Lions, Giraffes, Zebra’s so people see a nice movie about the animals!!

  12. The relation ship between texts and the real world is that text can grow over time and sometimes a story close to nonfiction can become a fiction story because people add they’re imagination to it.

    Also text can change people’s thought because by one book or magazines with writing about a wrong information, people reading it can believe it and spread it to the world which can be one of the bad connections of text and real life .

  13. I think that we learn a lot of things about the real world from movies or books like if they are fiction books they usually have a morals and you learn things about other things. Next, some books tell stories about something that happened in history like journey to jo’burg, number the stars and more.

  14. 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.

  15. I think the relation is that text often tell us information about the real world, whether the text is fiction or non-fiction. The information we get is often the information we would not get personally.

    Often, when there are texts that are fictional, the setting still takes place in an actual place in the world. For example, the Lion King. All the characters are fictional and so is the storyline. However, the setting, which is in Africa, is real. Through the movie, we can see and learn what kind setting (Africa) is like.

    On the other hand, when there are documentaries and magazines, the text are not fictional. When we watch documentaries or read magazines, we learn the information in those texts. For example, the National Geographic magazines and documentaries often gives us information that we would not be able to get personally.

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