In the previous English unit, we were learning about poetry. First, we learned about different poetic devices, then we identified poetic devices in works of poetry. Next, we analyzed poems and discussed the effect of the poetic devices used on the readers. Explaining how the poetic devices affected the reader’s feelings is one of the main focus of this unit.
The students had a chance to explore many famous and unique pieces. We also got to write a couple of poems as an individual and a group throughout this unit. My favorite poem that I read was Ode to Tomatoes by Pablo Neruda. There was a range of poetic devices used in the poem, such as oxymoron, enjambment, personification, and hyperbole. The topic about tomatoes was interesting and unexpected as well. For me, the most challenging part about reading poetry is understanding the symbolisms, metaphors, similes and personifications. They are usually indirect and you often have to use the clues from the poem to help you figure out what they mean. I also find that after reading the poem a couple more times, everything becomes clearer. Writing poems were especially challenging for me in this unit because we had to use certain poetic devices in our different poems. In my opinion, poetry can inspire people differently. Of course, reading poetry can happen as an entertainment as well. The purpose of writing poems is to express feelings and tell a story. Reading poems can be an entertainment or enjoyment. A poem only uses short phrases (for most times) and poetic devices to help convey the message. Other works of literature can also express the author’s feelings, visual artworks also bring a mood or atmosphere when viewed.
The image above is my personal logo that I created for this Design unit. This project wasn’t as simple and as straightforward as I thought it would be, it required many skills (such as time management, organization and creativity). The grade sevens needed to make a logo that could represent their identity. We created our logos during English class. We first learned what makes an effective logo, then we brainstormed different identities and characteristics of ourselves, finally we made the logo on Adobe Illustrator.
My logo turned out to be great. I enjoyed making my logo and experiencing the MYP Design process for the first time. I started from struggling on what I should do to having my current logo. Some parts in this process were quite challenging, like recording the creation process with screenshots and captions of problems that I went through. On the other hand, creating the logo on Adobe Illustrator was actually quite easy for me, since I had previous experience with using Illustrator.
How about you? What do you think about my logo? Do you have any suggestions for me to improve? Do you think my logo represents my identity and my characteristics? Please comment down below, thank you!
Today, we had our first ever Design Day in grade 7. It’s a completely new thing to me. Our first design unit was connected to language A, where we need to create a logo that could represent each individual (personal identity).
We learnt about the Design Cycle in the MYP, the Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator, some of the basics of logo creation, etc. Designing something has a certain process (inquiry and analysing, developing ideas, creating a solution and evaluating) that should be followed, we need to go through each step to ensure we are successful. Design takes up patience, because you need to experiment with different things and also face unexpected problems that needs to be solved. An effective logo should be timeless, simple and easy to remember. I collaborated with my friends and sought help from some of the teachers and my friends. I think that it’s a better way to learn by having someone demonstrating and explaining it to me, then I experiment and do it myself.
I thought that I was a great communicator and also a thinker today. When I was having trouble doing the exercises, I first tried to think and experiment around to see how I could connect the curved lines. When I still couldn’t figure it out, I asked my friend to help me out and teach me how to do it.
Here are 2 of my exercises using the pen tool:
1. Did The Giver make you think about anything in a new or different way? Explain.
I think that The Giver made me think about the world around us. There are a lot more differences than similarities in our world, because everyone has a different life and has experienced different things. Memories are one of the many things that are different for each and everyone of us. What would life be like if everyone around us shared more or less similar memories with us? Wouldn’t it be the same as if people were duplicated to a certain range of thinking? Memories are pieces of experiences and stories that happened in the past in our lives, they drive what each of us are. I think if we didn’t have memories, we wouldn’t really be able to think about things and do stuff, we can’t live without memories.
2. Why do you think dystopian stories are so popular?
Dystopian stories really interest people. The plots and events in dystopian stories constantly cause a lot of excitement and tension. The story always makes us want to know and think about many things, it is always in some sort of cliff-hanging situation. Some of the dystopia sceneries are so different from the world that we live in right now. Dystopian stories also leads people to think and reflect on problems and issues we have in our world. Then we start to think how our world is so peaceful without all the fright and tension in our society.
Wifi has now become an important part of our lives. Nowadays, almost everyone around the world uses it every single day in their daily lives. It has definitely made human lives more convenient by providing wireless network in different places. I personally think that wifi is crucial in the world because of the huge internet and online usage of people and the advanced of technology. If Hong Kong decides to offer free public wifi at any times without restrictions, I would be really pleased and glad, so I thinks it’s a quite a good idea.
The internet can create endless possibilities and what allows us to be able to connect to the internet wireless? Wifi! First, with the internet, you could connect with friends, relatives and families with social medias or direct messaging apps. Imagine if there’s wifi when you’re just traveling around the city, you could share interesting images and thoughts through the different medias immediately! When traveling, you are in extreme need of wifi! For example, if you got lost, you could just easily use GPS devices to guide you the way from one point to another. Also when you’re traveling, if you have free wifi, you could easily find recommendations of restaurants and places near by your current location to have a rest and continue with your trip afterwards. How convenient is that! Another advantage of having wifi is that people could work anywhere in all times to complete an urgent job through Cloud platforms, chats/video calls, emails and online documents and I bet you need wifi in this situation!
However, I have to admit that there are negative parts of having free, public wifi. It costs a lot of money to be able to develop a safe and efficient wifi network for the city. If the government is too focused on throwing in money on having free wifi for the city but forget about other issues around the city, that wouldn’t be good as well. It is also really risky to have free wifi for the city because of security problems. Nowadays, hackers from other places could just hack in to network easily and steal user’s personal information. Apparently, lack of security is a key issue for building up a secure wireless network, governments should make sure that there is enough security controls before allowing free wifi around the city. Good security controls are time-consuming to develop. For convenience and efficiency that’s why many people could’ve just bought a 3G or 4G plan instead of using the city’s free wifi network.
To sum up, I personally agree with having free wifi for important cities around the world. There are pros to having free wifi and cons to having it, let’s not do anything now and wait till there’s a more advanced technology and security system in the future so that it’s safer to use the wifi network. This way, we can prevent any unexpected issues. In my personal opinion, I think that having free wifi in different cities would be really common in the near future and I bet sooner or later, most cities in the world would have free wifi for the public to use.