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.
There are a few things I could have improved on in our video. The first one is adding subtitles. I should have added subtitles to make people know what I am talking about. Subtitles have the use of clarifying things I am trying to tell the audience since sometimes the audience have difficulty understanding what we are saying in the video. Also, I should have spoken louder. Since my voice is rather low in the video, it may be hard for the audience to hear what I am telling them and the music may cover my voice. This was also what people said, and I also found this problem during the outcome of the video. Adding transition would be a good idea since it can make the video link together instead of shattered pictures. Transitions can also make the video more interesting and fun to watch. There should be more relevant music throughout the video. Although we did put some music in the video, it is not enough. We should have added music in all parts of the video matching the picture we are showing. The video is too short. We should have added more details and the narration should have been slower for the audience to listen clearly. Feedback shows that there should be some personal thoughts inside the video, instead of all. This can make audiences see different perspectives of people’s thinking and can also encourage the audience to also think about their opinion. Lastly, the audience gave us the feedback of putting more realistic photos inside. We should have taken photos that really happens in real situations, such as the scene during lunchtime and after school.
This week we have made a drink container sorter in order to ensure that the drink containers are sorted correctly and won’t pollute the whole rubbish bin. This prototype can make our life more convenient and simple.
Here is the Pitch Video