Paper 1 Reflection

Annotation is KEY:

  • Is the artist being sarcastic? Mocking?
  • Think about:
  1. Tone
  2. Main Idea
  3. Purpose


  • title for article
  • publisher
  • author
  • text type
  • audience
  • purpose
  • date of publication
  • techniques (based on text type), what you will analyze


  • formal
  • never use ‘I’
  • ‘this passage’, this panel’

Body Commentary

  • transitions, connect 1 technique to the other
  • each point link to the main point, author’s purpose


  • restate thesis
  • establish a connection to a global insightful point
  • Personalizing to self (don’t use ‘I’)

“Malala” Connecting with Global Issue

The story of Malala links with the global issue topic of “politics, power, and justice” through Malala fighting for the justice of feminism against the hierarchy power of the Pakistan government. The local government of Mingora is strict with females attending schools. In extreme cases, the Taliban would attack disobeying citizens. Malala, being a female going to school, was then shot in the head for not following the power of politics. The story of Malala symbolizes the limited justices and rights under an unequalized culture background. After the shot, Malala continues her protest towards the excessive power Pakistan government has on gender differences and discrimination, standing up for her justice against the overpowering politics.

Response to “To Live” one scene one theme




One of the themes for “To Live” is “every coin has two sides”, which means that life is balanced, there are always good and bad in one’s life. “To Live” presents The Culture Revolution in China. Leader Mao along with the rest of the communists was strongly against landlords exclusively holding on to properties. Long Er, being the landlord of Fu Gui’s house, was then shot five times because he would not handover the house. In this movie shot, Fu Gui came back from the death penalty of Long Er in wetted pants and informing Jia Zhen, his wife, that if he did not lose his house to Long Er from gamboling, the man shot could have been him. This scene relates to the theme “every coin has two sides” through realizing after many years that the consequences from Fu Gui’s mistakes were not all bad. Even though Fu Gui and his family suffered years, however, after bad comes good, Fu Gui and his family did not rebel over the property and get sentenced to death in the end.


This scene uses the effect of backlight and the window prop to achieve half of the frame being bright and the other half dark. The purpose of this is to display Fugui and Jia Zhen’s secretive conversation in the shade where no one else could hear them. This is because political topics were strongly sensitive and restricted to mention during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. The window, moreover, reveals a sense of privacy that creates a separation from the outside world. Besides, the role of lighting also indirectly links to the situation Fu Gui was in: Lost his landlord title through gamboling, which saved his life from getting shot. Nevertheless, Fu Gui himself mentioned in his dialogue that he is fortunate to realize there are good and bad in life, which links to the theme “every coin has two sides”.

Propaganda Poster & Rationale


I created this propaganda based on the theme “粒粒皆辛苦”, which means each grain come from the hard work of the farmers. The slogan is in typical Chinese propaganda colors: red and yellow, the color of the national flag. I made the rice on the baby’s chin 3D, therefore, it is more eye-catching. The rice is hanging on the baby’s chin, this displays that the baby is not wasting food despite being two grains. The farmer harvesting is placed in the foreground reminding the target viewer of the hard work from farmers. The baby’s pupil turned into flowers to represent growth, which has a duality meaning because the baby is growing and the hidden context is the food is growing.

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