interact in simple and rehearsed exchanges, using verbal languages
use basic phrases to communicate ideas, feelings and information on a variety of aspects of everyday topics
communicate with a sense of audience
Crit D Task:
speak using a basic range of vocabulary, grammatical structures and convention
use clear pronunciation and intonation
organise basic information and use a range of basic cohesive devices
use language to suit the context of introducing yourself
Crit C Grade: 5/8
Crit D grade: 4/8
Some problems I have are with my S’s at the end of my words and pronunciation in general. Other problems are grammar because the notes I took sometimes missed words or letters in them, plus when typing the script Grammarly kept interrupting and changing our words. For time management we did okay, we got distracted a lot but luckily got the work done in the end. As for the work ethic of my partner, I think I worked pretty well with her it’s just that our lack of French knowledge stopped us from really doing much and instead got us distracted a lot.
What did I learn about myself?
I honestly don’t think I learnt anything about myself other than the fact I suck at languages because I have a horrible memory.
Discuss the following creative decisions you made for your song choice…
How is your recording the same as the original song? Why did you do this? *
My recording is the same as the song because the lyrics are the same, the chords were the same (C, Am, F), transposer was the same and well I guess I used a string instrument as the artist did. I chose to keep the chords and transposer the same because it was already easy to follow along and it would be less confusing to follow along to. I had used a string instrument too because that’s the whole entire point of this unit.
How is your recording different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions? *
My recording is different because I involved a piano and drums. My tempo was also probably different because I think I went slower than the original artist did and I did a different strumming. I chose to add piano into my song because it matched with the vibe of the song and it was easy to play, for drums it’s because we were told to. I went slower because I can’t play fast so my bpm is different and the strumming pattern was too complicated for me to follow so I decided to just do up-down up-down strums.
Discuss the following skills in relation to your Ukulele song choice…
In grade 6 we had played the ukulele but I hadn’t really done a lot nor did we learn a lot. During this unit, I had improved my strumming skills and learnt new chords, such as Dm, G, Em and Am. My strumming patterns I didn’t really learn new ones but I did work to make it sound clearer.
Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use… *
I learnt about software instruments and the drumming guy, such as what sounds you’d like him to make and in what way. Another thing I learnt is how to make it so so that certain parts of your song is quieter or louder.
Time management for your project… *
I had handed in my project on time so I think for time management I did okay. I probably could’ve used it more wisely instead of just keep on practising the ukulele.
Independent learning… (responsibility of getting things done on time) *
In class I never went to the recording room because I just didn’t like to record in school, looking back at it now I probably should’ve to save more time but in the end, I still got the job done. I learnt the chords myself but I did have trouble deciding what strumming pattern to use, I probably spent like a whole class just deciding what strum pattern to use. Overall for independent learning, I think there’s still a lot I could do better but oh well :p
What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? *
What sort of rhythms are used in your song? *
The start is connected notes and then it goes to single notes. After 12 single notes, it goes to a 2 beat note and then connected single notes that then goes to single notes for 6 times. Then another pair of connected notes which then goes back to single notes for 4 more times. A two-beat note with a rest note interrupting and then another two beat note. Two two-beat notes, single note and then a two-beat note. Then back to single notes for 5 times, a half note then a connected note. Single notes come back for 12 times then ends with a two-beat note.
Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing… *
Not good, I had to edit a lot. My melody was off by 10 secs most of the time and my strumming was just a fail. Also because the beat is fast i couldn’t really sing on time so I just talked.
What Ukulele skills have you acquired? *
How to read notes??? Strumming?? Chords???
How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this? *
I chose 90 bpm because oh Susanna is a pretty fast song so it makes it seem happier I guess.
How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Editing, cutting, flex-time, trimming, plugins… *
Cutting, Trimming, Volume because I needed to cut/trim because of the timing and volume to make it quieter.
The editing is really bad because this is my first time actually using garage ban, also because I just, in general, don’t know how to edit.
Discuss your recording process; did you have any concerns or issues? *
I’m not good at reading notes so I was slow at being able to play. I also recorded things really quickly because I just wanted to get things done with, with the singing I just talked because the song was kinda fast.
During my class, we wrote some poetry about shapes because we were discovering into poetry for literature, and for math, we were exploring more into geometry. I decided to write about a circle for my poetry, the piece above is the one I wrote.
It’s been a while since I last updated my blog, right? Well, a lot has happened since, such as an exhibition. We are just finished with it. It’ll take a while to explain about it so I’ll just put my reflection about the presentation day in here:
That’s only one of the things that have happened since. Another thing is that since the exhibition is over we’ve started a new unit. Our new unit will be about art, yet we’re still deciding how it will be run and what we would do in this unit. We’ve started with looking at art pieces and analyzing them, also with creating mind maps for what we’d like to do and what our goals are for this unit. So far we’ve decided on having a mini art gallery with all our art pieces as our goal.
Oh yeah! MAP tests will be held on May 13, 14 and 15. MAP tests are basically just to see where you’re at with your math, reading and language. May 13 will be for math, 14 for reading and 15 for language. Since we’re having MAP tests my teacher has been getting us to do more math such as assignments on Mathletics or some math problems in class. It’s fairly easy it’s just that I like to rush things so I don’t read the questions carefully, I also forget to simplify fractions so I need to work on that too.
Another thing we’ve done is write an introductory paragraph about ourselves to the G7 teachers. Although I ended up writing 4 pages my handwriting is big so if you combined all the words it would be a paragraph. I got a little sidetracked and distracted while writing so I might have gone off topic. I was really just writing random things that I had just first thought of. Of course, when I reread it to edit it I realised how much it seemed like I needed a therapist because one of the sentences I wrote had said:
“I sometimes have arguments with myself.”
Now if you read the whole sentence then it wouldn’t seem that weird but still weird enough to think that I might need mental help.
Anyways, that’s all I have to write about right now. Ciao Adios! (credits to you if you know the reference)