During the final reflection, my supervisor and I talked about the overall impact the EE had on me. The question that stood out to me the most was: how do you think this EE will be useful to you in the future? I believe that this essay gave me valuable theatre tools to continue the HL theatre curriculum, and will come in handy when I will write my solo report. Even though it is not developed in the essay, I had to research plenty of practitioners before choosing Stanislavsky and Diderot. Lastly, the EE taught me how much research has to go into writing 4000 words. This is something that took perseverance but I never thought I would enjoy the process as much as I did.
Was my research successful?
Yes my research was successful. I have no primary research but I have secondary research. Nevertheless, some of the information I found weren’t related to the research question and therefore, I have to cut down or rephrase some of my paragraphs to link it back to the practitioner.
What did I learn from the experience in terms of my understanding of the subject area and/or the skills needed to undertake research?
I deepened my understanding about the different techniques to approach acting. This was interesting as it helped me build a more reliable/helpful acting technique for myself. Furthermore, learning about all the different theatre practitioners helped me with Theatre in IB.
If I changed my approach or strategies during the process, why did I do this?
Throughout the task, I had trouble keeping all my information organised because the more I read, the more information I wanted to add. Therefore, I decided to work on the topic I set myself to do and copy the link or text of the other information in a separate doc. I came back to it around the end and realised most of it was not linked to my EE question.
What did I do?
First, I searched up some sample EEs on Theatre to have an idea on what it would look like. I realized that it was mostly research done on internet and about 20% past experiences of the student himself or other actors. Furthermore, I talked to some grade 12 who have done EE’s last year on theatre and asked them how they came about doing it. They said that they had one research doc where they would COPY PASTE all ideas they found with the link so that they knew that when writing their EEs, they had to change the wordings.
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- one thing I’ve learned
- I came up with my subject question and had a clearer idea on what to do. Also, I learned more about the theatre practitioners and different ways to approach it. I have also learned how to use Jstore and other resources to use in the future for my EE outline.
- what I’m proud of
- I’m happy because I found some books and sources to research better. Also, I organised my sources well so now I can find my information easily. And I am very interested in my topic so it makes the overall process interesting.
- what I’ll be doing next
- I am going to start writing my essay to have a clearer idea on what I’m doing. Also, I am going to continue to develop on my research material and continue talking to my supervisor to make sure I am on the right track.
What did I do?
First, I searched up some sample EEs on Theatre to have an idea on what it would look like. I realized that it was mostly research done on internet and about 20% past experiences of themselves or other actors. Furthermore, I talked to some grade 12 who have done EE’s last year on theatre and asked them how they came about doing it. They said that they had one research doc where they would COPY PASTE all ideas they found with the link so that they knew that on the real doc they will have to change the sentences. It also made it easier for them when they wrote the bibliography at the end.
How did I undertake my research?
I started by searching why my subject was important. Then, I searched up many different stories about how different people have become a character even off stage to be fully committed to it and improve the acting. Then, I created myself a doc called: interesting anecdotes and copy pasted everything I could find on that subject.
What were the problems I faced?
Some problems I faced is that there are so many different ways you can come about method acting and therefore, I had to make a choice on the examples I wanted to choose. I just chose the ones that appealed to me the most and that I wanted to know more about.
What have been the high and low points of my research and writing process thus far?
Yes, sometimes I have trouble finding different information as on the website they start getting a little repetitive. So, I changed my technique and started talking to people who have experienced it first hand to get more perspectives.