English/Arts IDU Crit C and D Reflection

English/Arts IDU Crit C and D  Reflection






Tiffany Yaury

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


English – Reflection

Unit 1. Novel Study – The Giver 


Reflection Questions
– What did you enjoy about this unit (content, activities, etc.)?

I really enjoyed this unit since I enjoyed reading the book a lot. The content is also very interesting.

– What did you enjoy and find challenging about the summative assessment (PEE paragraph)?

I enjoyed writing different kinds of interesting paragraphs to express my perspectives. I loved brainstorming different points for my assessment but I sometimes find it hard to elaborating my points clearly. It can also be challenging to find appropriate evidence to support my arguments.

– Which ATL skills did you display throughout this unit? Take a snapshot of a piece of work as your evidence and explain.

I displayed self-management skills throughout this unit as I try to reflect and manage the time I put into studying it regularly.

– How can we express our hopes and fears about our world through creative writing?

I can use my very own style to express my feeling and also I can use different tones to express my feelings. I also try to include different vocabulary when expressing my feelings.

– Why are dystopian novels so popular with teenagers today?

I believe that dystopian novels are so popular among teenagers today because they have a mysterious energy and create a fantasy for them. They usually have an extraordinary setting with a exciting plot.


Unit 2. Short Stories (Theme: Family)


Reflection Questions
– What did you enjoy about this unit (content, activities, etc.)? Explain

I enjoyed this unit really much because there are a lot of interactions between people and we needed to train our speaking skills. I also trained myself to listen to other people’s perspectives while understanding the main topics of each story.

– Which short story was your favorite? Why?

My favourite story was the story named On the Side Walk Bleeding, I find this story very interesting because it is a horror story, which I really like, and I understood more about stereotypes.

– What did you enjoy and find challenging about the summative assessments (fishbowl discussion and/or writing your own short story)?

Sometimes I find it hard to analyse my story and talk to my friends about my analysis since I am sometimes afraid that I gave the wrong answers. I also sometimes have a hard time expressing myself.

– Which ATL skills did you display throughout this unit? Take a snapshot of a piece of work as your evidence and explain.

I find myself getting better at communication through this unit. I talked more during group work and became more involved during class. I also found that I used more English to communicate ever since this unit as it has developed confidence for me to speak English.

– What are the elements of a short story?

Plot, setting, character and theme.

– What causes change in a character?

There are different elements that can cause change in a character, such turns of events or traumas. For example, a character may experience change in personality after a close relative dies.

– Is change inevitable?

Yes, because we are bound to experience different events that change our perspectives on different things in our life. People must experience changes at some point in their lives.