In the two years of IB English I learned lots through reading non-literary and literary works. Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese guides its readers to find their place in the society with multiple cultural identities; Carol Ann Duffy’s poems empowers women and gives them voices; Hari Kondabolu’s Problems with Apu challenges normalized racial prejudice.
I will miss the classroom dynamic and the ISB community, and I will remember the lessons that I learned through the works that we read. Works that stood out to me were the articles written by The Onion. They managed to show their audience social problems and raise awareness for certain issues with the humorous and ironic tone in their articles.
● Reflect on your experiences during the last eight months or so, including any successes, challenges, lessons and insights
For the last eight months, students did e-learning at home instead of going to school due to the Covid-19 situation. I had some challenges during e-learning. The biggest challenge was managing my time well, since I couldn’t go to school everyday. Collaborating with other people through internet was also hard. Not being able to see each other face to face caused miscommunications, which lengthens the working time for projects.
In the past year, we studied numbers of texts. My favorites are Balzac and the Little Seamstress and American Born Chinese. In all the assessments we did, the one that was the hardest for me is paper 1, which I should make improvements on my analysis skill.
For this senior year, I am very excited to be learning new texts, especially the Odyssey by Homer, but I am also worried if I cannot do well on my HL essay.
Annotations on Disgrace by Carol Ann Duffy
Annotations on Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy
Notes on English writing structure
Title of article + publisher
Date of publication
Author/ creator’s name
Techniques that you will analyze
Always have a connected sentence that goes to the next paragraph.
Have developed paragraphs
Have connections between all and conclusion.
Conclusion: restate thesis and establish connection to a global insightful thought
Place piece in context
annotations on Originally by Carol Ann Duffy
Reflection on IO:
I didn’t test my talking speed before the IO, which was something that I should change because I wasn’t sure of the time, and I didn’t have the time to talk about all of the points that I had prepared. That also made my amount of analysis on the two texts very unbalanced. Next time I should definitely record myself and see how long it took me to go through all of my points.
“Look, you’re still allowed to love “The Simpsons.” All I’m saying is that “The Simpsons” is like your racist grandfather. You love your grandfather. He’s been there your whole life and has taught you so many valuable things. But he still does racist stuff regularly. So if he can’t change, maybe it’s time he dies. And you can just remember the best things about him — seasons 1 through 10. Oh, and one more thing. Aah! Yeah, I think about what my mom’s been through in this country, right? People saying things like, “Take that dot off your head,” or “Why are you wearing bed sheets out of the house,” or “Why don’t you shut up and make me food?” And this is just stuff me and my brothers said to her, growing up. Now, can you imagine what she dealt with out of the house? ”
With disrespectful sentences like ” “Take that dot off your head,” or “Why are you wearing bed sheets out of the house,” or “Why don’t you shut up and make me food?” ,” Kondabolu fist doesn’t mention who spoke these sentences, and later he explains that he and his brothers did. This can create an contrast between how people in a family react to stereotypes and how much worse can foreign people act seeing Kondabolu’s mother on the street.
At 5:54, Hari Kondabolu was discussing problems on apu with actors and other comedians, then he asked if any of them were bullied, “How many of you were bullied in any capacity as a child… How many had to deal with being called apu or that being referenced?” Right after that, the he starts to show clips of people recalling and talking about their memories. These memories of other Indian actors can give the audiences an example of how they had bad memories associated with the stereotype that apu brought. By having stories, this can attract the audiences’ attention, and make the problem with apu a more real life problem to the audiences, closing the distance between the filmmaker and the watchers.
Hari Kondabolu also used interviews on the street. Since it seems like that he randomly chose subject to talk to, the interviews can be less biased, more objective and credible to the audiences because Kondabolu’s approach to this sterotype problem is biased since he is one of the victums.