For this unit, we had to do two presentation, one on propaganda poster and one on editorial cartoon. Determining the six dimensions was easy to do for propaganda poster because most of them are US Navy enlistment. However for the editorial cartoon, the purpose and intended audience are not as clear. During this unit, I learnt how to appeal to ethos, pathos, and logos.
In a group work, I listen to the feedbacks my group mates give me to improve my work. However, I need to work on resolving conflicts within my group. Rank of norms: putting ideas on the table, pay attention to self and others, posing questions, presuming positive intentions, providing data, paraphrasing, and pausing. The easiest to implement was paying attention to self and others. Collaboration is important when doing group work.
In the practice socratic seminar for the first 11 chapters of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” I listened and took notes on what other people said, but I didn’t participate in the conversation. I slightly improved from the formative socratic seminars on “The Veldt” and “Ordeal by Cheque” because I paid more attention to others and I took notes. My goal for next time is to contribute at least 5 times, speak clearly without “um”s and “uh”s, and have questions ready to ask.
From this ted talk, I learnt the history of the Indians and how they suffered in the 1800s. One question I still have is: why would the United States sign treaties with the Indians if the U.S. is going to break them? On page 7 of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” the narrator repeatedly said that he is poor. After watching this Ted talk, I realized that the reason to this is due the fact that the U.S. government treated the Indians inhumanly. In addition, the U.S. government did not allow the people in the reservations to have jobs, this makes them think that they deserve to be poor. I also learnt that the violence in the reservation is because of the high rates of alcoholism and poverty. I think Sherman Alexie chose to write this for young adults because the perception of young adults is generally more flexible and capable of obtaining new information. The tone he uses throughout the book to capture the attention of the audience and allows us to follow the story through the lens of Junior. The drawings in the story gives us insight to Junior while maintaining the tone.
I learnt most of the origami by watching youtube tutorials. While making the first few prototypes, I realize that it is important to make the crease as good as possible because it would impact the final product a lot. I had to remake a lot of animals because the paper broke or the final didn’t come out as expected.