- How might you use precise terminology to unpack the text more effectively?
- Note down the specific terminologies that I think are relevant to the text while stating evidence for that during the planning time since I forget to use them when I am nervous at the beginning of writing.
- Practise use of terminologies before tests to get used to it and on how to use/apply them.
- How might you unpack the verbal and visual elements of the text to derive more plausible arguments and clearer insights?
- Use Point, Evidence and Evaluation
- identify carefully what kind of text/prompt it is in order to use specific and relevant visual and lexical elements.
- Study the role played by male/female characters in the text.
- You put yourself in the audience’s shoe and imagine what it could mean to you.
- how are different gender identity represented in the text? why? how?
- Rule of thirds – break and analyse- supported by evidence
- Angel, shot and framing composition
- Colour contrast
- Use of characters – male vs female – if relevant connecting to resistant reading
- Placement/ representation of social classes
Verbal or lexical elements
- Fonts – size
- Repetition of phrases
- Power dynamics
- Ethos? Pathos? Logos? → Identify them and show why?how?
–> I began my English language and literature HL essay planning earlier and quickly in order to get more ideas and do more research on it. My first idea was on writing the essay based on the significance of preserving tea ceremony as part of Japanese culture and tradition and the consequences of not respecting it as I thought it was one of the open and main motif of the novel. However, as I started researching and reading more hidden messages in the novel, I found how the author represented woman’s role in the novel quite interesting and fun. After getting this idea, I was able to research on how Japan has always put heavy responsibilities on preserving their culture since the first world war and restrictions for women in the society which helped me to connect my idea from the novel to how women should/must be represented in the society. Additionally, watching the class video on “Deciphering Japan” by journalist Yumi Araki on “Japanese Identity” and “the role of women” helped me to focus my idea on my line of inquiry “How does Kawabata Yasunari represent women in Thousand Cranes?”
Link to English IO planning padlet.
Oversea Conference Application
I have always been a natural leader and building a leadership skill is something that I want in my subsequent role. I like taking initiatives and doing volunteer work that has always positive impact in the society. It not only helps the society but it also helps me gain confidence within myself and it helps me to view the society in a different way. I am also a very passionate person who gives immense time to community service work. During this summer (2018), I interned in an NGO (Bhutan Youth Development Fund) where my friends who graduated from high school and I have hosted a charity show so that we could raise some money to give it to the NGO who helps people with disabilities and youths (NU. 14,000 in total). On the other hand, I have also guided and initiated a project called “Zhenphen Project” literally meaning “Altruism” in which we formed a group of four to five members including myself. We collected and made a donation of clothes aiming for slum families in the capital city of Bhutan and even donated to Tarayana Foundation (public benefit organization, registered with the civil society organization authority of Bhutan which was founded by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck). Moreover, we extended the project through sharing on social medias and to other schools as well.
I came to know about Initiative For Peace through my seniors who have graduated from UWCSEA. During summer, she also did her internship with me at the NGO (National Committee of UWC) and during one of the biggest camps (Golden Youth Award Camp) organised by our National Committee, She led a workshop on IFP with the students who come from across the country. I was also one of the members who led the workshop with my senior and that’s how I came to know and understand more about IFP. Thus, I joined the activity immediately so that I can learn more and help spread how to build peace in different societies and environment. IFP has been one of my favourite activities and throughout the sessions, it helped me to reflect on my own actions and about the things that I have been doing till now. It helped me to change my perspectives towards different people’s situations and significance of understanding diversification.
Being an openminded person, this personality has helped me to grow and learn from others. Apart from that, depending on the situation, I can also sacrifice my comfort if it is going to benefit the other person. Also I have been a team leader and I always find it fun and useful when people work together in groups and share ideas. Thus, if I am able to become one of the team members of the overseas conference then I think it will be a great opportunity for me to improve myself and at the same time, help people understand how to reduce conflicts and understand peace building.