CREATEive Reading Challenge

From 100 years ago to a province or state I was born in, over the past months I took up the reading challenge and successfully completed all the requirements. I made a goodreads account and logged most of the books I read in the account. By doing this project, I have showed the understanding of 2 particular common core reading standards. 1. Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them. 2. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone.

 

I completed the first reading standard by analyzing the book: Unbroken. Within the exposition of the book, the main character “Louie was untamable…In Torrance, a one-boy insurgency was born.”(Hillenbrand 6) By building up a background on the protagonist’s troublesome childhood, the author, Laura Hillenbrand gradually unfolds the analysis of Louie’s persistence to not give in throughout the coming events. By developing Louie as an untamable use, it is easy for Hillenbrand to convey the future trouble he would cause in an enemy’s concentration camp. From the exposition we can see an imaginary line drawn to act as a connection between the exposition and the Climax. Not only have I demonstrated the ability of spotting the author’s technique to unfold the ideas in such a way but I have also managed to see the connection the exposition makes to the climax. I completed the demonstration of my understanding in the second standard with the book Eyes Wide Open. Within this book figurative language and words that have a negative connotation is utilized to exhibit the author’s tone and meaning towards this subject, Fleischman writes, “You can see the charging grizzly with your naked eye.”(35) Within this quote, the words “charging grizzly” are symbols to represent imminent danger. By using the specific words “naked eye”, the author points out that the problem is right in front of us, yet we can’t see it or we choose not to see it, therefore sets a negative connotation and an unsatisfied tone. By being able to analyze the impact of specific word choices and the utilization of figurative language, I am able to demonstrate my understanding of the second standard. In conclusion it was a wonderful experience to be able to read such a huge variety of books and learn about cultures I’m unfamiliar with.

Link to my good reads account.

 

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Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect is Miguel Hua, odin loehr and I’s very own parody of Shakespeare drama. We interpreted A Midsummer Night’s Dream based upon Act 1 Scene 2 lines 1 – 85 and Act 3 Scene 1 lines 1 to 57. Due to the fact there is a fee to embed, I can only use a share link:

 

My group’s thematic statement is arrogance and disregard leads to tension. I mainly contributed by organizing and designing aspects in the director’s notebook. To support our thematic statement, I chose to make Bottum an uneducated basketball player, and to fulfill the requirements of including Shakespearean language I chose to make Flute speak with Shakespearean grammar and English. Bottum is named Bottum because he is representing Nick Bottom as wells as Batum who is a NBA player. By doing so I associate our play with the NBA. Subtext including movement of characters, facial emotions, tone of voice were almost all choreographed by me. Throughout the movie our group needed someone to step up, it became transparent that there was a minimal amount of time to finish everything so I took the job of being the communicator and communicated decisions our group had to make. I took lead in deciding that it would be crucial that we meet on Saturday to film. In the filming of the first scene I designed the set of the town hall scene and rearranged the room to look as much as the set. Later on I completed my portion of the director’s notebook that was setting and the props.

Our thematic statement can be seen conveyed through how our set is designed. In the office, I designed the set so that the room feels dark, narrow and very functional, therefore it can be interpreted as that the city which the film is set in is very under-funded, and the mayor is working in a dark small office. Furthermore, I specifically placed Quince’s seat so much lower than the Mayor’s, to show the Mayor’s authority over Quince. Later on as the mayor walks around the table, it can be inferred that he simply disregards Quince’s feelings due to how he stands above Quince due to Quince’s abnormally low seat height. For the second act, I chose the basketball court, particularly gym 2, to show spirit. In the setting of the basketball court, the court is set with chairs for the substitutes as well as a referee table to represent the preparation for Sunday’s game against the subway shooters. Finally the act starts of in center court set, to represent and connect with how a tip off would start in a real NBA game. Later on the scene moves to next to a basket where Act 3 is based, in this scene Bottum is seen missing the ball. In the long shot of the frame, Flute can be seen part of the back ground where he is told to “shut up” and disregarded by the Coach and Bottum. Flute being at the very back of the frame or set can be interpreted as that he is barely seen and is completely disregarded. This causes Flute to be unable to play other positions which causes tension. Again this successfully incorporates my thematic statement.

Within the props explanation, I explained how each prop demonstrates and corroborates to form our thematic statement. First I chose to use the Clipper’s ball because the Los Angeles Clippers are known as very arrogant and hated amongst the professional basketball community, this acts as a symbol for how much arrogance and disregard is displayed by Bottum. Second, the laptop we used shows disregard. The laptop is a Apple Macbook pro, and most people cannot afford it. Within the film setting, the cityhall can be seen as under-funded, yet the mayor has such an expensive computer. This demonstrates disregard and leads to tension between him and Quince, due to the fact that Quince doesn’t even have the budget to lead a county-wide basketball team. Third, there is the clipboard which demonstrates the authority of Quince over Flute, this clipboard further supports the disregard aspect. Within the play, Quince takes a look while assigning Bottum’s position, however, when he was assigning Flute to the bench he simply told him that he would not be playing rather than to make sure. This type of disregard clearly started tension between him and Flute and resulted in Quince yelling at Flute to “shut up”.Finally there is the chairs which symbolise the insignificance of Flute. Within a professional basketball game, the bench player’s names are often unknown, and in this case Flute is insignificant to the team and just kept out of the focus of the frame at most points. This leads to Flute often shouting to Quince to place him in the game but because of his lack of skills that can be interpreted from his attire, he is disregarded.

Within our play, a visible prop is given to both Quince and Bottum, this may represent a certain attitude and can be interpreted as the spotlight. Usually the character who is speaking, shows their props so that it is like a microphone and conveys the fact that this is the focus of the frame. Certain authority is given to the prop holder and often even the most arrogant characters are being ordered by the person with the prop at the time. For example, “Bottum and Flute! Your positions are final…(2.1) In this case Quince has the authority and his prop, the clipboard and pen, are clearly visible, where as Bottum doesn’t have his basketball in his hand. Within the first act, Theseus is seen with his prop, the laptop, to show his dominance. Leo Write, “Are you sure sir? I don’t think I quite have the credent-/ Excellent! (Quince). Throughout this scene Quine always uses a tone which is rather timid, this is again supported by the fact that he doesn’t have a clipboard in his hand nor a prop. Quince, a character which shows dominance in the later scenes is then cut off in the middle of his sentence, this demonstrates the fact that the props are a representation of the authority one character may have.

Throughout the movie Quince sees his lack of skill and is disappointed so he assigns Bottum to Center. However, Bottum argues that he has the best dribbles, which leads to tension between him and Quince. This perfectly displays the thematic statement. The language my character, Bottum, uses incorporates the thematic statement by appealing as rude and arrogant. Within scene 2 Bottum plans on cheating to improve his own image and when Quince brings up cheating he says: “Don’t D’angelo me.” D’angelo Russel is known for snitching on his Lakers teammate Nick Young for cheating on his Fiancé. Such references further improve our script in connecting our thematic statement as well as associating our movie to the NBA. Furthermore, Bottum often interrupts when Quince is talking, which is a sign of disregard and causes Quince to roll his eyes and leads to tension.  This is another great utilization of the thematic statement. Finally, when Quince is talking to the team, Bottum is routinely interrupting and chasing after the ball when the rest of the team is standing still. All in all, the parts of the director’s notebook my group created is successful in displaying the thematic statement.

 

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Leo The Weaver?

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Being better, being in the best role possible, isn’t that what Nick Bottom always wanted? As a teenager who has yet to reach his full potential, being better, smarter, has always been stopped by road blocks.

 

Nick bottom is a mechanical in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream so eager to play a bigger role in the play of Pyramus and Thisbe. I share this similar trait of wanting to be part of a bigger role and being assigned something else that I deserve. Furthermore, this connects to how confident Bottom is, “If I do it, let the audience look to their eyes: I will move storms, I will/ condole, in some measure” (Shakespeare1.2.20-21). Often I appear as a very confident person, this can be depicted within my speech and actions. The greatest similarity I share with Nick Bottom is how others view us. I often challenge myself to be the best at everything I do, however, in certain amount of humiliation. Often I appear as clumsy and stupid because of making mistakes. When Nick is given an Ass head, he does not know it is there and looks impeccably stupid. Shakespeare writes; “This is to make an ass of me, to fright/ me, if they could; but I will not stir from this place, do what they/ can”(3.1.99-100). I often seem like a joke around my friends and seem confused on the reason they are laughing at me for. This links back to there being roadblock for me to be better, and when I am laughed at, my self-esteem drops and to reach my full potential will be a lot more challenging. Despite having roadblocks, just like Nick Bottom, I stay persistent and determined I try to ignore the unsupportive things and focus on my willpower which usually leads to success.

 

Methinks Nick Bottom and I have a few differences. First, there is the physical appearance. Although there isn’t a lot evidence in the text describing the looks of Nick, I do not think I look like I have an ass’s head, neither do I attract fairy queens. In Act 4 scene 2, Nick Bottom is late for his performance, “Where are these lads? Where are these hearts”(4.2.20)? As a person who is occasionally tardy, I would not have the same confidence in language and action, entering a room late but would feel humiliated and apologetic. Towards the end of the book, Nick Bottom is missing and the Mechanicals panic because they require Nick to play the biggest part. Unfortunately, in the real world when I am missing, the opportunity or role in something is merely given to someone else willing to compete for this role. Finally, I don’t have the acting skills of Bottom and do not live in the same era, so I do not have or plan on having a job as a weaver. Through these similarities and differences, I can build on the positive traits I share with Bottom, such as being confident and persistent, and eliminate the negatives.

 

Leaf, Ivy. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream (in photos) – Spring 2014 Ivy Leaf Magazine.” Penn State Altoona. Penn State Altoona, 2014. Web. 3 May 2016. <http://www.altoona.psu.edu/ivyleaf/t.php?v=059003007>.

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Stop Being Accomplices With This Steiner Boy: A Persuasive Monologue

In this monologue, based on the character in The Book Thief Markus Zusak, I take on the role of Rosa Huberman and convince my audience, Liesel Meminger, to stop being friends with Liesel Meminger.

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Don’t Be a Johnny Unpatriotic

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In the recent assignment of creating a propoganda poster, I utilized fear and name calling as propoganda techniques in making my poster as supportive to the allied forces as possible. Within this poster, I made the framing the American flag, because the purpose of this poster is to make the audience,  American citizens, enlist. Using these techniques it’s clear that there will be consequences. Using the propoganda technique fear, I foreshadowed that if you don’t enlist you will be treated as a Nazi affiliate. In the foreground the focus is on the hand and the index finger. Seeing as the index finger is pointing directly towards the middle, leading lines can also form into one of the focal point where “Johnny Unpatriotic” is located. This may make the audience feel uncomfortable. Furthermore, the key light is on the hand from which the perspective is from and the stars on the flag. Since the foreground is also one of the dominant elements on the poster, I chose to place the letters here, using the colors blue and red to make the poster extra patriotic. Within the poster character archetypes are used to support the technique of fear. I “pinpoint” the enemy, and inform the audience my call to action. Pointing is usually deemed as disrespectful, in this case, Johnny is disrespected due to not enlisting. In terms of Mise-en-Scene, I purposely place a Nazi flag so it can be a subordinate element behind Johnny to affiliate him as a Nazi. Finally I purposely made the poster so that there is not a vast amount of unity but more of a contrast between the colors of the Nazi flag and the Star-Spangled Banner.

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The Info-child

Many of the students in ISB have started to return to their home country, the reason being the air quality is extremely unhealthy, lousy lifestyle and feeling unwelcomed by unhappy Chinese citizens. Thankfully due to China’s birth policy change, most Chinese people should feel a lot happier and relieved of their stress and financial demands. To inform the students within our schools, my group member and I created an infographic poster.

Within our poster we included quotes, images and other types of information expressing the detrimental effects of the birth policy and how the change in policy will advantageous to us. Since that the audience for our poster is ISB students, we decided to make the infographic extremely eye catching with the least amount of text and largest amount of graphics to capture the short attention span of students. To be informing we have a unique icon or image to represent each section of our infographic. For example, to represent the financial support of a typical Chinese family we made a family branch showing the amount of people the only child would have to take care of. Along with the graphic we have a simple explanation connecting and linking the section to our main idea of how the policy change will affect our lives for the better. Due to the fact that most of the students in ISB are here because of their parent’s job, it is necessary for the Chinese economy to be stable. Using the Info graph we showed how the hugely decreasing workforce could affect China’s economy in a detrimental way and force parents to move back to their home country. The new policy change will benefit all of us, for example it can “help raise the population to an estimate 1.25 million by 2030, planning commission had said,” (reuters). Doing so China can rebuild its workforce and protect itself against economic problems. Each of the sections are connected using keywords related to the topic to connect to the main thesis.  With the all the details we included this info graphic can defiantly inform the ISB community of the benefits of the change in policy.

Url for Infographic: https://magic.piktochart.com/output/10016947-one-child-policy

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My Childhood Time Capsule

For my CREATE project, I decided to write 3 different imagery paragraphs to exhibit my 3 most distinctive memories of childhood. Within the imagery paragraphs, I used aspects of the common core writing standards and maintained a minimum amount of grammar, usage, mechanics errors. After studying the use of commas and the problem of run-off sentences, I re-edited my writing and made sure I met the expected standards for an A. As for the writing standards, I allowed myself to incorporate connotation, diction, similes, metaphors to convey imagery and allow the paragraphs to come to life. I used words such as, “determination, violent, and whiplash” in the Ice hockey essay to create the tone of strength and might. In the Hong Kong essay, I used similes to allow the reader to understand and experience Hong Kong, “At night, when the sun sets the whole city as if turned on a button move to their night lives.” Finally, in the winter wonderland essay I demonstrated diction by using the word “behemoth” to compare the mass of the snow and also using a metaphor, I allowed the winter wonderland to form in the reader’s head, “the snow sinks all the colors and creates a winter wonderland.” I believe that the 3 paragraphs I wrote created a time capsule. This allows me to reflect on some of the best memories I’ve ever had in the future.

Strings of bright light shining onto the hundred-meter-long rink, each one penetrating the steam coming out of the player and audience member’s nostrils. Every slight sound is echoed to the other side of the rink. With every shout of the coach, the words keep on repeating in both the rink and in the player’s mind. Every stride of the player allows me to reminisce to 10 years ago when I first started learning to skate. The freezing atmosphere encourages me to skate faster and faster and generate warmth to survive the immense coldness. Without the determination of winning the game and aiming for the top, every stride would be even more demanding. Like a dog fighting for a bone, each player doesn’t stop working until they have received the possession of the puck. With every stride more and more sweat slowly drop down near and close to our eyes. If we are lucky the sweat doesn’t go in our eyes, but even if it does, we don’t stop, we just keep skating at full speed and with the hope the whiplash will clear our eyes. While being exhausted doing all this, we are carrying ten kilograms of equipment protecting us from injuries and violent checks. No doubt the padding will likely save our lives; however, it also creates extra weight we drag around which only help consume more of our energy. Less than five minutes into the game everyone starts feeling like a commercial ship with its anchor stiff in the bottom of the ocean. Ten minutes into the game every single player will start feeling like they have respiratory problems. It is an urban myth that determination and the love for the game are the only things keeping the players going. I have the love for the game and it is what keeps me going.

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Walking through downtown Causeway bay in Hong Kong, the scene is rather indescribable. Neon lights decorating the big branded shops, scattered around all of causeway bay, each one selling its own unique products and merchandise. Every one or two blocks a skyscraper stands tall and moves parallel to the sea breeze. The light sea breeze blowing a fresh salty group of air onto the faces of tourists, citizens, and wildlife. When the motorcycles and car engines revving, don’t scream as loud as they can, the cries of seagulls can be heard through an echo. During the day, hundreds of thousands of people at all ages, of all races populate the restaurants, the shops, the malls and the streets. They smile, they laugh, they look happy. At night, when the sun sets the whole city as if turned on a button move to their night lives. Some return home to eat with their families, the delicious Cantonese cuisine, others meet up with friends at clubs and bars, some even play organized sports such as horseback riding, football, squash and field hockey. Day or night, it doesn’t matter, Causeway bay will always have that living in the moment feeling. With the whole sky illuminated by the flashing lights, night feels as bright as the light of day. When the hour hand hits 12 on the clock, almost all restaurants still remain open serving equally tasty food as during the day. Hong Kong is no ordinary city; it is The City. It is hard to describe every special aspect of being in Hong Kong. No city can compare Hong Kong’s welcoming attitude; no city can compare how Hong Kong makes me feel. During the time I am in Hong Kong, the feeling is rather uncomprehended, there is no other city which can make me feel this satisfied.

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Snowflakes each the size of a behemoth dropping down and softly landing onto the surface of roofs, cars, trees and people’s heads, each one adding to the huge collection. The snow sinks all the colors and creates a winter wonderland. In a matter of minutes, kids start running out to build their snowman and engage in snowball crossfire. An hour passed, the younger children start arriving in the winter wonderland and the song: Do You Want to Build a Snowman, starts to fill the atmosphere. Soon without being noticed, the snowflakes become smaller and smaller until it had returned to the size of the first flake. A while later, the chimney starts to cough out smells of cooking and the children know their parents are awake. With every step producing a crunching euphony, the children run towards their own little spot to start building their own snow companion. Using their time wisely the children decide to work together and share the pride of their snow architecture, some fight, some argue, but all of them want the same thing. Just at this moment the children realize the snow has covered every single surface and made everything white. Unable to notice it, the children have played in the snow for more than two hours and each of their own house’s chimneys have stopped producing smoke. A uniquely loving but also angry voice is echoed towards the children. Soon the voices turn into 3. “Leo I’m not going to say it again, breakfast time!” is repeated 2 more times but with different children’s names. Attempting to negotiate, the children end up being dragged away back to their own houses. An hour later, the whole Cheng family arrives in the winter wonderland. With the 1-2-3, the photo is taken, the winter wonderland will forever be in our hearts.

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Citation:

Momo. Hong Kong Island Skyline. Digital image. Wikimedia.org. Wikimedia, 5 Aug. 2011. Web. 30 Nov. 2015.

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Interviewing George Milton

 

Through a series of responses by the character George, it can be depicted that Steinbeck painted him as a representation of a stray bullet on the battlefield because he doesn’t have an actual target and direction in life as well as unable to change paths.

I chose to do a recording, I used a southern accent for George and a bit more of a formal voice for the interviewer.

Compared to all the other characters in Of Mice And Men, George has a unique characteristic. George often feels self-conflicted on the topic of his late friend Lennie, sometimes George wished that he had not killed Lennie and both of them run away; seen in response 10, other times George feels relieved that he no longer has anything dragging him down and preventing him from living as easy as he would hope so; seen in response 5. The main characteristic that is established is, George has no real target in life. This caused him to be self-conflicting and confused at times. With George’s characteristic in mind, I wrote responses in a voice which corresponds to George’s personality and voice as seen in the novel.

 

Besides the voice and characteristic, historical context was also conveyed within my responses. In response 2 I tried to explain the lifestyle and common situation for migrant workers such as George and Lennie. Using quotes and details from the research, I incorporated beliefs and cultural entities during The Great Depression to further improve and stimulate responses that citizens would have made in an actual interview.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Great Depression PEEL Paragraph

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In the photo above, it can be depicted that during The Great Depression, many Americans were living under poverty. In the photo Dorothea Lange has taken, a family can be seen alone sitting on the dirty ground, of a deserted freight train yard. The family members look like they have lost hope; in something they have been searching for. The children aged around 6-8 years old look awfully quiet for their age. The family appears to be completely isolated with no direction to head in. Since that everyone in the family is covered in relatively dirty clothing, it can be inferred that the family is not very wealthy. No one in the family seem very happy with where they currently are. The freight train is the potential foreground of this photo. This gives the impression that the family just travelled a long way, as a stowaway on the freight train. The expression on the adult’s faces may be seen as disappointment, to the place they expected, when they arrived on the train.  The message Lange tried to show, through the sleeping bag and number of bags, could be the family is a migrant family. Keeping in mind that the family is in a train yard, most victims of The Dust Bowl hop on a form of transport and travel to another state hoping to find a high paying job. In conclusion the bad conditions, dirty clothes and unmanaged train yard indicate many Americans were living under poverty during The Great Depression.

 

Lange, Dorothea. “Migrant Farm Familes.” The History Place. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2015.

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Clumsy Big Lenny

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This is a found poem my group member and I made. To show Lennie’s characteristic, we chose certain words and rearranged them to form a poem.

 

Payne, Jonathon. “Drawings.” Jonathan Pay Art. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Oct. 2015.

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