Little Red Riding Hood – Drama Performance Assessment Reflection

A few days ago in Drama class, me and my group (Ashley, Harrison and Jesse) had to recreate the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood and present it as a play to the rest of the class. We used many different techniques including: Narration, Freeze Frame, Soundscape, Thought-tracking, Choral Speaking and Conscience Alley. Click here to watch the video.

I think that the most effective technique in drama is Soundscape. I think this way because it shows what environment the characters are in and it lets the audience feel like they’re actually in that area/place. As Little Red Riding Hood was walking in the forest to visit her ill granny, there were sounds of whistling/birds, wolves howling, trees/leaves rustling, and LRRH’s heartbeat. This can let the audience have a better understanding of the environment. I think that this was an okay use of Soundscape as we tried to make sounds that Little Red Riding Hood might have heard in the forest, but we could have improved by making it all sound more realistic or more like an actual forest. 

I think that our formative performance went pretty well, as everything went according to plan and we didn’t have any mistakes. The only thing that could’ve been better was if the audience hadn’t clapped so early. Right after ‘And they all lived happily ever after’, the audience started to clap right away, and all the clapping covered up our choral speaking of ‘The End’. Also, I really enjoy doing this type of assessment. We don’t normally do this kind of ‘get up and move around’ type of assessment. The only assessments we normally have are the ‘sit at a desk and write/type’ type of assessments, so I liked the difference. I’d much rather do a play than write an essay (cough humanities cough). 

I think that the ‘big takeaway’ from Drama class so far is really just teamwork. A lot of the work or assessments that we had to do required teamwork, as it was done in a group. I think that teamwork is important because without it, you wouldn’t be able to accomplish anything; and the product would be a mess of people, all trying to steal the spotlight. For example, since my group and I were able to communicate with each other and discuss ideas, we ended up having a smooth performance, with the right timing and cues for transitions/talking/actions. I think that we had a good use of teamwork as we were able to do all of the above. However, I feel like there could have been less arguing over a little thing at one point in rehearsal.


Design Day (HKH2014) – SOS CDNIS Movie

Today, we had Design Day for Humanities. Our task was to make a movie about a specific thing of the school, in order to ‘save the school from being vacated’. My group (Kathy, Mahdi and I) decided to make the movie about the LLAC. Click here to see the movie.

Ours is a good movie because:

– we first recorded the footage, then did a voiceover to make sure the sound quality was not too bad

– we had a script: we planned ahead

– we used a mic for the voiceovers

– we tried our best to film from different angles and make the movie interesting

I think that one personal strength that will serve me well in this unit is my ability to be organised and able to hurry the group and get them moving – having some sense of urgency. 

On the other hand, I think that one personal challenge in this unit is that I might try and make it so great that I do too much, make it too detailed and it turns out being bad. I will manage it by making sure I do the right amount of things and fully focus on my work.

 

Short Story Reflection

A few weeks ago, for my English class, I finished writing a short story called: You Think You Know Me. It was about a girl and her friend being bullied by another older girl. In the end, the girl is not like what she appears to be on the outside and defeats the older bully.

I originally had 3 ideas that I could do for my short story, but I ended up picking this plot because it was the most interesting and it didn’t have so much of a typical happy ending. When I first had to think of plots for the story, I couldn’t really think of anything and my ideas turned out to be quite lame. I think the thing that got me going to write my last and final draft idea (the one that I used) was some inspiration. There was a short story that was really interesting and it was related to the theme ‘Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover’, so that was like my energy drink.

I think that something hard about writing a short story is trying to base it out of the world that we live in right now (modern day, big city). All of the plots that I wrote were set in modern day, in a city. I guess that it’s just easier to write in that setting, because I know what it’s like and it can just be things that happen everyday. 

What I liked about writing the short story was going through the whole process of it. I really liked doing all the peer editing, and being able to get a chance to look at everyone else’s story and edit them. I just think that it’s really cool, starting off with nothing and then developing into an actual short story.

Throughout writing the short story, I think that I learned a lot more about how a short story is formed and the characteristics of a short story. By learning the characteristics of one, I now know that the so called ‘short stories’ that I wrote before aren’t actually real short stories, because it didn’t have a proper structure/body of one.

Polygon Area Patterns – Assessment Reflection

A few weeks ago, I did a math assessment. It had to do with finding the area of polygons on a geoboard, while finding the relationship between the number of edge points, interior points and the area of each polygon. After that, we had to find the formula of getting the area from the points.

Some strategies I learned when I approached this task was organizing my data effectively using tables and charts. I also learned to look closely and find specific patterns that there are between the few columns. Moreover, I learned to draw conclusions and make formulas using the data I collected.

If I could do this assessment over, I would improve my approach by trying to investigate deeper, think more and try to find out WHY the patterns are the way they are, in terms of adding interior and edge points.

YOTH – Year of the Horse

On the last few days of school before the Chinese New Year break, the whole grade 7 had to do a Year of the Horse Performance. There were many different roles including playing an instrument, narrating, taking photos, controlling the light and sound up in the sound box etc. We had 5 performances total, each time to a different audience. We had to wear red shirts with yellow horses on them as our ‘uniform’ for the performances.

I really enjoyed participating in the YOTH performance because it gave me an opportunity to perform so many times to a large group of people and also take on a leadership role. We sounded good altogether as a band, and I think that it was a good experience for me. I also got to perform next to other people from different classes, so I got to work with different people, not just the same people from my class. I was very excited for each and every performance and it was fun to do the strike at the end, where we all had to exit the stage in a short amount of time. I liked how the sheet music incorporated parts of Gangnam Style in it, as it sort of broke the tension and made everything happier.

I think that I also enjoyed participating in the YOTH performance because of my personal growth. As I mentioned before, I had to take on a leadership role. I was chosen to be one of the three class leaders, which goes into being my section leader. When I was a leader, I became more alert of what was going to happen, and I tried to make sure everyone knew what they were doing. It felt good inside to be able to help all of the flutes tune. During the strike, I made sure everyone in my group knew which way to go and left the stage before I got off myself. If I wasn’t the leader, I wouldn’t have really cared about these things. I think the YOTH performance really helped me build my inner leader.

Also, usually when I get sheet music in class I wouldn’t really practice it at home or go over it. For the YOTH performance, I knew that it was going to be rushed, and the piece was quite long, so I constantly practiced: at home, before performances, even with other instruments. I made sure that I was ready for each performance.

I think that with the YOTH performance I also had to keep track of the schedule more often, as there were days with only PE (swimming), only music, and there were specific times we had to be somewhere. If it was a normal school day, I wouldn’t check the schedule so often and memorise what I would have to do. I usually would rely on other people and ask them what class we have next or anything else. I think that the YOTH performance really helped push me to look at the time more, be at the right place at the right time and to know what I was doing.

Here’s a picture of the whole ‘YOTH team’ aka the Grade 7s: