My Commentary On “Tony Harrison poem, ‘A Cold Coming’,”

1. What is the poem about?
This poem is about the retreating Iraqi soldiers, who were then trapped and bombed by the USA along the “Highway Of Death”
2. How does the poet shock the reader?:

  1. Describes the corps of the body – how it’s all charred to the bone, barely recognisable as the person it used to be
  2. Gives the corps a voice “Isn’t it your sort of pets task to find words for this frightening mask? Id that gadget that you’ve got records words from such scorched vocal cords, press RECORD before some dog devours me mid-monologue.”
  3. The author tries to give some perspective tot he opposing side – get to see through their eyes
  4. The author points out the fact that despite teh army’s being on opposing sides, they have a lot in common. If the soldiers were able to see similarities between each individual, they would have been able to see that they are not so different from each other and their is no reason to fight.
  5. Describes the gruesome deaths, how many people died on the “Highway Of Death”
  6. Describes the dreams of men returning home to their families or starting families of their own being crushed
    1. Shoes the heartbreak of the soldiers families when they learn they died and will never return home

3. How does the poet think Iraqi soldiers have been treated?

  1. Shouldn’t have had to die like that – “the best of fates is not to be” a philosophy made bleak for any but an Ancient Greek, …..when you see men brought to such states who shouldn’t want that “best of fates”
  2. May have been better not to have been born to spare them the pain
  3. Fighting for what they believed in, valued life4.
  4. Fighting to stay alive to make it back to their families

4. Can you identify poetic techniques used?

Rhyme, Similes, Metaphors, Symbolism, Oxymoron?

5. What is the poet’s view of this war?

  1. All war does is bring death and destruction
  2. The men fighting on both sides are the same
    1. They are both fighting for what they believe in
    2. They both have families or want to start families
    3. Both trying to stay alive and go home

6. What is the poet’s overall message?
I believe the poets over all message is that war is pointless, all it does is pave the way for more death, destruction and pain. Not just for the soldiers, but for their families as well. If the soldiers had managed to see past the war, both sides would have been able to see that they are the same, despite the reasons for fighting being slightly different. They both have families, friends, both went to school, both fighting for what they believe in, both made mistakes. In other words, they are human. If they had managed to see past the reason for why the war started and completely accepted each other for who they are and what they believe in, they could have gotten along, and their would be no point of the war starting. This goes for all wars, not just the one in the photo.

Guiding Questions: Antigone And Home Fire

In what ways does the author offer in sights and challenges into religious and cultural practices?

To what extent does the impact of the test shape our implicit perception of a troubling world?

How does understanding of contest (social/political/historical/cultural) influence of shape our understanding of the test and its implications?

How do elements of the contemporary novel shape out understanding of teh concepts within the text?

Practice Essay Feedback

1a) Include your question: Should have a clear line of inquiry though-out essay

1b) Consider incorporating one/a few of the course concepts into your line of inquiry

2a) Structure – Take The Time To Introduce Your Text: Introduce the test and the writer, contextualise it to show the reasoning your your line on inquiry

2b) Should be able to see a cohesive thread sewn through your essay (clear line of inquiry)

2c) Structure – Having Topic Sentiences That Answer The Question:

  • Don’t Mention Techniques
    • Eg: Schlink draws further on the idea of national guilt through the portrayal of the protagonists identities

2d) Structure – Be Selective: Only include moments which will help you answer the question

2e) See writers name throughout response. Assume reader knows the story. Don’t retell it

3b) Formatting Questions: Be consistant when talking about formatting questions. Quotations must be less than one line or indented

4a) Secondary Reading: Take it from reputable and relevant resources

  • Let the experts speak for you
    • Eg: Levi’s testimony has been described a covering  ‘humanity in extremis’ (Jacobson 2019)
  • Expand and challenge it
    • Eg: One Writer suggested that duffy’s collection was ‘remanism in the extreame.’ (Bagri 2020:17) This inflammatory assertion neglects the complexities of the collection.

 

Goal: Write more words, don’t add to many rhetorical questions, focus more on the text, plan for each paragraph, add in context, use secondary resources.

 

Maths and Me: Student Homework

What might be some of the feelings that you associate with mathematics?
How do you feel about starting this course and why?

One feeling I associate with with mathematics is satisfaction. This is because I like knowing I got something right, especially if it is something I used to frequently struggle with in the past (like the venn-diagrams). It also means I now understand what I’m doing and can do it without any additional help. Another feeling I associate with math is puzzlement. There will definitely be some aspects of math we don’t understand and questions where we have to think about the type of equation to use.

I’m looking forward to starting this course as I want to be able to see how I can apply math to real life situations and perhaps link it to other subjects. As I am also taking Biology and ESS, taking this course will help me in those other subjects.

How do you like to learn mathematics?

I learn best if I see things visually. It helps give me a better understanding about what I should do in different situations (goes for all subjects). When learning, I also like to try and work things out for myself before I ask anyone for help. If I’m truly stuck, I will ask my peers or the teacher for help.

Which one of the following skills is your biggest strength in learning mathematics?
Which one might be the biggest area of focus for your mathematics in the first few weeks of Grade 11?

I am very persistent when it comes to learning math. As I mentioned earlier, I like to try and solve math problems on my own. I rarely ever give up trying to solve a math problem, unless I know for a fact that I am not getting anywhere on my own and still don’t understand despite getting parental help. Even then, I would wait to ask my teacher or my tutor next time I see them to help me with the question.

I would like to improve my critical thinking.

After Exam Reflection

My Blob Tree

 

a) If you could do anything differently next time what will it be?

I spent weeks practicing for the maths exam with the help of my tutor. However, I didn’t put in as much effort as I think I should have until it was about a week before the exam. If I had, I think I would have performed a lot better in the exam. This is something I would like to do differently next time. I would also practice techniques I had previously learnt and thought were easy next time for the exams. This was one of the mistakes I had made as I had forgotten how to do HCL.

b) If you could only remember two things from this exam process in the future what would they be?

 

c) What would you tell yourself next year when you do the actual IGCSE exam?

To practice weeks in advance before the exam comes. It helps you retain what you’ve learnt the past couple of years as well as builds up confidence and it can help reduce stress levels. I would also advise myself to do more past exams within the given time as it can help improve speed as well as helps us to be used to doing tests under pressure.

d) What was the most interesting aspect of the course so far?

 

e) What was the most important thing you learnt? Why?

 

f) How do you recognise when you have done well in this test?

 

g) What was the most challenging aspect and why? How can you use the skills you learnt in the future?

Some challenging techniques I learnt this year was the simple and compound interest. I found it hard and really confusing. But with time and lots of practice, I had found it a lot easier to do. This technique will help in the future when you want to invest money into a bank.

h) If maths were a sport in the Olympics what would it be?

My Personal Statement

Step 1: introduce yourself – What have you learned about yourself? What have you aspired to in the past? Why? Strengths? Interests? Where have you lived & how has it influenced you? What else has influenced you?

 

I feel I have grown a lot during this past year. Something I have learned about myself is that I’m not afraid to face my fears. One of my ambitions these past few years has been to read more books than I had during the previous year. This is because I absolutely love to read, and when I find a good book, I want to finish it as fast as I can. Before this year, I never really directed my ambitions towards achieving anything career wise. This was because I was to afraid to try and I had let my fear control me. It had prevented me from what I wanted to do most, which was acting and singing. It wasn’t until last year where I had really tried to face my fear by auditioning for a play.

 

Step 2: What are your aspirations – A conversation, an attitude, a characteristic, a book, an aspect of learning, a moment, a skill, a career, an understanding?

 

My ambition is to become an actress

 

My goal now is to read 27 books before the year (not school year) ends.

 

Step 3: Why? What has led to these aspirations?

 

I want to become an actress because I watch a lot of bloopers form my favourite tv shows and movies. They all have a lot of fun, mess around and have a couple laughs. I admit acting is stressful, but messing around on set and having a couple laughs seems like the best way to relieve the stress. Something else that has led to this aspiration is that I watch a lot of tv in general. Whatever I watch always gets me hooked. My favourite genres are action comedie. They do a lot of cool fighting techniques as well as stunts and it just makes me wish that one day I could do those things too. It just makes me want to be part of the action.

 

Step 4: What do you plan to do to achieve these aspirations? Be specific

 

  • Seeming as I watch a lot of tv: I could take notes on how they do certain things and see how I could apply it to my own performance
  • Audition for more plays and keep practicing
  • Keep playing the Guitar and performing to help get over my stage frights

What Does Success Mean? How Can It Be Achieved?

What is success? Success is when you accomplish a goal or aim. However, many people may not know defining success isn’t as easy as one may think, as Chetan Bhagat pointed out. What’s more is, you cannot succeed without knowing how to achieve big things.

 

Chetan Bhagat’s Background

 

Chetan was not always an author. He used to be a an investment banker and quit his job in 2009 to focus more on his writing. Overtime, his rising fan base and continued response to all his books made him feel like he was meant to do something more than just work in a bank.

 

“A top psychiatrist in Delhi told me that my impact on young minds is tremendous, and I have the power to influence them on how they live their life, if I want to take it. Hence, I should stop positioning myself as just a funny author. That conversation had an impact.” said Chetan Bhagat to the India Forbes Magazine.

 

Why He Wrote Five Point Someone and The Challenges Faced

 

Chetan had faced a lot of challenges when writing his first book Five Point Someone. One of the challenges he had faced when writing Five Point Someone was finding someone who would publish his book. He had to re-draft the manuscript 15 times before someone had agreed to publish it. All his hard work had finally paid off and the book had sold more than a million copies around the world.

“I keep motivating myself through articles, books and newspapers whenever I’m faced with a challenge” said Chetan.

 

In a talk Chetan had with my school, he had told us why he wrote Five Point Someone. “My goal is to reach maximum Indians via entertainment to influence them towards progressive society.”

 

The final reason was trying to change the stereotype of an IITian – full of numbers, geeky and nerdy. We are fun people too, and if you read this book you will see why and what we are upto in those years.” said Chetan to the Q & A.

 

How To Achieve Big Things

 

On the 17th of January, Chetan had come to our school and said that you can’t succeed unless you know how to set clear goals and achieve big things. When setting a clear goal, it is important to think about the reasons behind that goal. Thinking about why you are setting the goal helps you define what success means to you. Whether it’s to become famous, have lots of money or helps to achieve an even bigger goal.

 

Finding the right group can help you complete that goal. Finding the right group means ‘to find people who are going to back you up on your goal.’ For example, imagine you love to eat lots of junk food, but you want to go on a diet as your goal is to lose some weight. If you surround yourself with friends who eat a lot of junk food when your on your diet, it is going to be a lot harder to complete your goal. You are most likely going to give up as by being around those friends, you were tempted to revert back to your old ways. Being around people who don’t support your goals make it a lot harder for you to complete them. However, if you surround yourself with friends who have the same goals, then you are most likely going to succeed as the temptation to eat junk food won’t be as high.

 

When completing a goal, you should have a detailed action plan. This way you can see if the goal is attainable or if it’s unrealistic. For example: imagine your a big person and your goal is to lose 10 kilos by easter. This would be an unrealistic goal as it takes a very long time to lose a kilo. It would take a lot longer than a month to lose 10 kilos. Having an action plan also helps to see the steps which can be taken everyday in order to complete the goal a step at a time. If unforeseen circumstances arise in the plan, it can always be modified where necessary in order to suit your needs.

 

There is no doubt setbacks will be faced when trying to complete a goal. But what’s important is trying to find a way to get back on after the setback. Imagine you want to cut junk food from your diet because you want to eat more healthily. You keep it up for a few weeks, until you are invited to your friends birthday party. There, you eat chips, pizza and cake. This is when the feeling of disappointment and failure can begin. Instead of dwelling on the mistake, this is the time to regain focus and get back on track. This will then lead to success.

 

Conclusion:

In a talk Chetan had with my school, he had asked us what success was. In truth, the meaning of success is different for everybody, whether it’s to be happy, having money, being famous, reaching goals, feeling accomplished or being satisfied. For Chetan, success means making a positive change in india. All his books address the problems in India. However, as Chetan said in the talk, “You have to define what success means for yourself before you can succeed.” He also mentioned in order to succeed, you need to know the steps to achieving big things. If they are not followed, it is likely you are going to fail in completing the goal.

 

Sources:

How to avoid setbacks with M.E/CFS

http://entreprenura.com/tag/goals/

www.chetanbhagat.com/books/fps/qa/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chetan_Bhagat

https://fridaymagazine.ae/life-culture/people-profiles/my-goal-of-writing-is-to-create-change-says-author-chetan-bhagat-1.2169687

Grade 9 Math Reflection

RHow has maths been?

It’s been alright.

  • How is it different/same to what you expected?

Math has been the same to what I expected in terms of difficulty as we are learning new things. However I didn’t realise how much terminology and symbols we’d have to learn (e.g: R = regular numbers). I don’t think we had to learn this much terminology last year.

  • What have you been pleased with?

I have been pleased with the Algebra unit as it was one of my favourites as I didn’t find it that difficult.

  • What do you want to improve?

Revising as I think most of the mistakes I made during the test were silly mistakes or I had forgotten to do some of them.

  • What is you goal for the end of the course?

To try and get an expanding level or at least a 5 for a test.

  • How can I help you get their?

Not sure.

TWC2 – Transient Workers Count Too

TWC2 is an organisation which is supported by donations. They have volunteers of all ages. From students to those who have retired. Some of the volunteers have jobs. During the talk, I learnt that TWC2 (Transient Workers Count too) looks into the well-fair of transient workers. %70 of workers go to them because they are injured and %20-%30 come because of salary issues. I already knew the transient workers came here to try to provide a better future for their families. However, I didn’t realise that when migrants come to work in a different country, they often have a dept to pay at home. Sometime’s the’d go 2 to 3 months without being paid, but they couldn’t complain because they may loose their jobs. They can’t afford that. Their have been some cases where the migrants were able to change employers. However, they’re only given 2 weeks before they have to be sent back to their home country. I learnt that TWC2 tries to help them, but they are usually sent back to their home country because of the short period of time to find a new employer. TWC2 is trying to make a change to this. In fact, I realised they are trying to solve all the problems for the transient workers. It’s just taking some time.