Prior to this unit, I did not have much experience with analyzing play and poetry, and I think it is a completely different form of literature that requires higher knowledge and skills to analyze, because of its difference from the short stories and novels that we normally read. Throughout this year in English 9, I have not only learned how to analyze different literary techniques on the various short stories that we’ve read, but it has also helped me to develop skills that are way beyond just English class, but also helped me to become a thinker.
I, in some way, failed to complete the SMART goal I’ve set at the beginning of the unit. However, I did submit everything before the June 3 mark for this project. Because towards the end of the year, various different projects and tests are going on at the same time, but after this experience, I’ve learned a crucial thing that is important in life, time management. I recently got “addicted” to the show “The Office” (after analyzing how it is humorous during the warm-up), and it consumes most of my time throughout the day, but later on, I learned to manage my time correctly, by blocking out the hours that are dedicated to working time, with my phone and Netflix turned off, I am able to focus on the work that I needed to finish, and this is one my biggest take-aways from this unit.
Regarding my Student as Learner standard, I believe I deserve a Satisfactory for my “responsibility” and Exemplary for “attitude”. As I previously mentioned, I did not complete everything before the deadline I set for myself, but overall I stayed organized throughout this unit and improved based on the feedback of my peers and teachers. For the “attitude” strand, I gave myself an Exemplary because in the previous unit I did not get the grades that I hoped to get, but still, I remained positive throughout this unit and improved upon. One thing I can work on is goal setting, and the step-by-step actions I need to do before I achieve the goal.
Diving into the play, we were asked to analyze the things that made it funny, I found it particularly challenging because it requires us how to think from the perspective of the play writer well as their thoughts behind each character that they have written. Through analyzing the play “Mother Figure” as well as the poem “Sick”, and the many small activities as warm-ups we did this unit, I’ve learned that the tone, sarcasm, and the delivery of the line determines the outcome of the humorous effect and determining whether the work is funny or not.
Just like “The Office”, its humor did not appeal to everyone, and I felt like one of the successes in this unit is that I am happy with my analysis of the play, “Mother Figure”. The first time that I’ve read the play “Mother Figure”, I did not catch on all the comedic devices used in this play, and after watching the play acted out by non-professional actors (but still, they did a great job with delivery), I realized how important the delivery is in plays, and it helped me to further understand and allowed me to analyze the poem. Overall, I’m very glad about my analyzation, this is an example:
I also enjoyed reading the poem “Sick” by Shel Silverstein as well.
Overall, I think the Poetry/Play unit was a great intro/experience to understand more different types of literature that we wouldn’t normally do, and I’m looking forward to analyzing more as we go on in the years of English. One of the proudest things that I’ve achieved throughout this year of English is the consistency of my reading habits, built up by just 15 minutes of reading every time before English class. One of the books that I’ve finished, it’s called Atomic Habits by James Clear, and it taught me about how important it is to build habits, and not blindly set goals, because “Winners and losers have the same goals”. So, the habits that I would like to build before English 10 is to keep reading and exploring different genres of books and to really prepare myself before English 10. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this year of English, and I’m grateful for all the knowledge that I’ve learned and classmates that I’ve become friends with. Have a great summer! English 10 here we go!! 🙂
Our team name was O geese. My team members were Anika and Sofia. I would consider myself as a good group member collaborating well, following the norms, and accomplished my responsibilities. As the norms of our group mentioned, responsibility, collaboration, and communication are the most significant parts that lead the group having success over the whole IDU unit, and I believe that our group has achieved it.
Throughout the whole IDU unit, our group has encountered many ups and downs, thus we also found out our strengths and weaknesses. Our strength as a team is; our groupmates have shown respect to all other members by listening and giving constructive feedback while respecting their ideas. There were some conflicts because of the differences in ideas or the final presentation; however, we have referred back to the norms and decided to listen to each other and sometimes to combine the design to come up with a better idea. Our work ethic is strong; all of our members have completed the tasks that we set out to do and have completed them on time. By dividing a big goal into smaller goals allows us to make a step-by-step plan and to let all of the group mates be involved and accomplish the tasks; thus, overall, we have finished everything on time, and the quality of the work is overall good as well. There were some instances where we would be off-task, or discussing things that do not relate to the project, which would affect the work ethic; however, we have an excellent communication within the group where we would always remind ourselves and each other to get back on task and what IDU means to all of us. Some of the collaboration norms we decided on are: be open-minded, take responsibility, be present, everyone contributes, and communicate. All of our norms were straight forward and easy to follow. I find the communicate norm being the easiest as the three of us, we all in some way know each other in real life or the same classes, we communicated well on WeChat as well as in real life. And I find the be present norm to be the least important for our group as even though one of our groupmate had to go to China Cup Basketball in Shanghai and missed a few days of school, we have all stayed in contact on WeChat and kept working on the project. So you don’t have to be “literally present” to help each other to complete the project. The collaboration was valuable when many ideas have come together, and we have worked together as a whole group to develop the ideas further. For example, I came up with the idea of creating a website, and Sofia came up with the idea of having an anonymous padlet wall. So we three worked together and found a way to incorporate the padlet wall inside the website. We have both compromised our ideas to create a better view, and for me, it was precious. There weren’t many challenges for collaborations since our team worked very well in this strand.
Overall, the IDU project was successful in terms of our final product and working collaboratively within our team. We presented in front of the whole 9th grade and the panel, which was a huge surprise for all of us, and there are things to reflect more on the presentation skills. We were also very grateful for all the teachers that have provided feedback to our team norm, design brief, presentation, and provided us a chance to present our ideas in front of so many people. We have all worked hard and through the challenges inside this project, and I have definitely improved on my time management skills as I was a procrastinator, and now I have learned how to prioritize the tasks that I needed to complete as well as my communication skills within the group. I am glad that the results IDU project, and I am pleased that the IDU project is some-what memorable and a great thing to look back on.
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Shang Battle Axe Plaque
This is a battle axe from the Shang dynasty China, and it has demonstrated the impact of human settlement on the environmental characteristics as well as the cultural characteristics of the Shang dynasty China. It was used as a weapon to defend neighboring enemies and at the same time making their community safe. The battle-axe was made from bronze, an alloy of copper and tin, which the Shang dynasty workers have mastered through practices. Bronze was popularized during The Bronze Age in China, from 1700 B.C, in the kingdom of northern Shang, later on, adapted into the military, and to citizen’s daily life.
This Shang Battle Axe shows the positive impact of human settlement on the environmental characteristics of the Shang dynasty China. According to the oracle bones that documented that time, there are numerous tribes of barbarians living outside of the empire, who were a constant threat to their safety and stability. The advancement of technology has also impacted the Shang army. The Battle Axe were commonly used for close up battles, riding their horses close to the enemy and attack. With the well-trained Shang army and acquired the bronze battle axe, people living inside the city were less threatened to the attacks, thus developing a stable city where people felt safe to live inside the city.
The positive impact of human settlement on the cultural characteristics of the Shang dynasty China is the intricate designs that were made on the axe. The Shang bronze craftsman has mastered the making of bronze, thus not only making the weapon use in the battles, but it also has face-liked designs on it. The higher the class you are, the more intricate the weapon is decorated. This axe was used in hand-to-hand combat and was also a ritual object symbolizing power and military authority. The tomb it came from likely belonged to a man (or woman) of wealth and influence. In 1976, her battle axe was discovered in the tomb of Fu Hao (妇好) in Anyang, Henan. Fu Hao is a woman general that was in charge of several military campaigns for the Shang Dynasty. In her military role, she was responsible for conquering enemies and neighbors of the Shang Dynasty. The tomb it came from likely belonged to a man (or woman) of wealth and influence. This artifact here was one of the weapons inside the tomb, where more than 468 bronze objects were found. Inside the 468 bronze objects, there were 130 weapons, 23 bells, 27 knives, four mirrors, and four tiger statues.
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