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English/Arts IDU Crit C and D Reflection
How well did you communicate your experience as a Hong Konger? *
I believe our group did a good job communicating our Hong Kong experience. In our project, we showed how Hong Kong Teenagers are full of stress and their dreams are buried in a fast paced and never ending Hong Kong. They were forced to put all their attention on their grades, instead of talents they enjoy and have. We used the poem “Stars Don’t Die” to elaborate and further explain our topic of this project. We also used the video to demonstrate different ways of dreams being buried on Hong Kong teenagers.
How would you describe your personal success as an interdisciplinary learner? *
We successfully blend in the different subjects into our project, including, fine arts, drama, music and English. We used elements of art to create the models and masks we made to show the topic “stars don’t die”. In our video, we used drama skills as well as music. The drama is used to show how different dreams are being buried. Music is used to give a better tone and let the audience “go into” our topic, so they can feel the emotions during the video. The poetry unit is written in our English Poetry unit. We used different skills and techniques in our poetry to let the reader understand the emotions developed in the poem.
How would you describe benefits of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples. *
Using different elements benefits us in our project as we can further elaborate on our idea, “Stars Don’t Die” and also to do a better job in demonstrating the big idea we are trying to present. As an example, the models and masks were used to demonstrate the broken dreams and buried dreams. We also had a chance to have a deeper understanding as well as a better reflection on our poem. We can explore more on the poem and present our poem to another in a different way and method. It can also help us more in learning to bond different skills and techniques learnt in class together to make a project as our project is a combination of arts and English. During our class, we also had to learn to cooperate with each other. We have to give understanding and appreciation to groupmates in what they have done and worked hard for.
What were the limitations of the interdisciplinary unit? Give specific examples… *
In this unit, we had a limited amount of time and materials for our project. We only had a few classes to complete the project and needed extra time for doing the project. We also have limited amount of materials, therefore, we had to include a lot of consideration when we were making our product. We also only had a choice to include english and arts into this project, therefore, we are very limited when we tried to out different subjects into it. There were many restriction which can’t let us elaborate more when completing this project.
Grade yourself using the IDU Specifications. Easy if you have followed the above instructions!
|Communication of the interdisciplinary theme.|
|Personal success as a interdisciplinary learner.|
|Benefits of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples.|
|Limitations of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples.|
Self assess using the Crit. C rubric (question 1) * 6
Self assess using the Crit. D rubric (Question 2-4) * 6
In this project, Stars Don’t Die, we tried to show how dreams die in Hong Kong Teenagers. The three models are split into halves to represent the inner and outer self of the teenagers. The first one is “dreams become nightmares” In that model, the girl is wearing a uniform and a broken shirt to represent how the dreams are broken into pieces and become a nightmare. For the mask, it is trying to represent the fear in the girl. The second model is tied up with strings, to represent that the teenager still has dreams but she can’t succeed because parents and friends don’t support her. this mask represents the anger in the girls that she cannot succeed her dreams. The last models tell the audience that the teenager never had dreams because of all the stress and pressure given by others. As for this mask, it represents the sadness of the girl without any dreams. This further explains the poems Stars Don’t Die that is written by Pearlie. In her poem, she explains that teenagers dreams cannot succeed and slowly dies. We also made a video for this project to demonstrate how dreams die which can give a clearer idea of “Stars Don’t Die”.
Link to the photos of our model
Link to video
Link to Poem
|I am a Hongkonger Proposal|
|Group Members and HRs|
|Coco, Pearlie, Tiffany (8F), Lucas (8C)|
|What are your Personal Goals and Intention of this project?|
|To represent thoughts and situation of local teenagers as well as showing one of the most representative views and symbols of Hong Kong (Avenue of Stars); By creating a torn mask, and a painted t-shirt with Hong Kong skylines.|
|Hows does this project connect to your English Poem of choice?|
|Aspects of the Avenue of Stars will be incorporated into the artwork; by painting the views seen from the avenue of stars on the t-shirt, and creating a mask that represents our own point of view of the place. Half of the mask will be cut out, and the other half will be used for painting. The mask represents the outlook of what it is like to be a teenager in Hong Kong, while the painted face of the group member wearing the mask will represent the inner self of teenagers. In addition, concepts of stars and the artist of the Avenue will be included.|
|Direct link to your poem, or poem text|
|Poem “Stars Don’t Die”|
|What are your success criteria?
Must be tangible and measurable… Label this point by point please!
|What materials do you need to complete your project?|
|What equipment will you need to present your project?
(Very important if you are doing a live presentation – we need to organize this in advance!)
|A darker place if possible to show the full effect of the galaxy light.|
|Artwork will be presented outside the LLAC
All live presentations and videos will be on the LLAC stage.
This year 2019, I went to Yangshuo. In Yangshuo, we did community service for 2 days in a school named Min An Primary School. We were told to complete three projects, volleyball court, stone wall and the stairs. I was one of the members doing the stairs. Through those two days, we made cement and building blocks in order to build the stairs. Although the process isn’t complicated but tiring. We needed to repetitively do the same job over and over again. Although it wasn’t the easiest job, I was really happy with the result after all the hard work. The first step was to do the math. Finding the area of the whole stair that would take up, then divide them into 4 as each of step would be divided evenly and nice to walk on. Next would be making the foundation for the stairs. We chose to use small bricks and cement to make the stairs stable as well as to flatten the bumpy ground. This job was pretty easy as I just needed to move the blocks around and help to make cement. Next would be building the stairs. We needed to build those steps one by one which took a pretty long time. During this session, I was in charge of spreading cement and making cement. I didn’t do much help in moving blocks as most blocks were big and heavy and I didn’t have the strength to lift it up and move. Making cement was tiring as the cement was heavy and the transfer from the stations to our area wasn’t that close. Also we did not use the machines when making the cement. We did it all by ourselves and we needed a huge amount of cement during the building process. Therefore, the process was hard. Spreading cement wasn’t too hard, it was just like how we spread butter. We didn’t need to make it perfect and pretty as they were only used to stick the bricks together. After the building, we need to beautify the whole stairs. Therefore, we used another type of cement, in order to smoothen the surface and let students walk on it more safely. The stairs might not be the best stairs, but I am pretty happy about how successful we were at last. Through this project, we learnt how to cooperate as a group as well as to trust each other. I really hope these stairs are useful to the school. In these two days, I have gained more understanding of the true meaning of contributing to a community.
Through this project, I have understood and learnt more about how to use the different techniques to produce the material I want from the mixture. This project, I believe that we are quite successful, we have separated all different substance in the mixture. Although the outcome is not the best and still have many things to improve, I think that we have completed our goal, which is to separate the substance. Next time, I would be more cautious and precise in order to create a better outcome. The planning should be improved as we basically followed the plan and separated all the substance. Through making better planning, I believe that I would be better next time as well as have a better product. Overall, I think our group did well, but there is still room for improvement.
What are some cultural consideration people make when designing the products?
This project has a very strong Chinese background and culture included in, as the design we are making is filled with the Chinese blessings. Therefore, we would need to consider the blessing and design on the acrylic plate when designing the product.
How does the design of a product communicate traditions and values?
The design is filled with Chinese tradition and values as our topic this time was to use them. Therefore, the product I made had the element of a blessing, “xinxiangshicheng” and also a drawing which is two koi. This communicates my blessing, wishing her dreams come true as well as a smooth and happy life.
Are hand made product an effective way of minimizing environmental impacts? why and why not?
Hand made products can be an effective way of minimizing the environment as they don’t produce greenhouse gases and eco-friendly. Comparing to factory product hand made may have more step to do, however, handmade products give people a warm feeling.