Friday, 14 March 2014

Lesson Summary (14 March '14)

Point Audience Context Culture

Angles - Looking down vs Looking up
- Looking down on someone conveys a sense of power
- Looking up at a person or object can make us feel vulnerable.


NDP poster
- Long shot - shows more details of the back ground
- Focus on the people in Singapore


Election poster in 2006
- Close up shot of Lee Hsieng Leong
- Focus on voting him

5 elements of Visual Text

1. Images
2. Colour
3. Words
4. Typographical features - type of font, font size
5. Layout - Spatial arrangement

Concept of an idea
Symbol or an Icon

Words (titles, headlines, captions)
Words that are used by everyday people, so that it is easily recognizable. 

Title - Main topic of the poster
Headline - The main message of the poster
Captions - Usually found under photographs or images.

Typographical Features (Font Type and Size)
Some letters are capitalized to emphasize the word.
It acts as a guide for the readers.
Readers are attracted to large words and brightly colored words.

The placement of texts can influence the meaning of the visual texts.

Types of placement 
- Top/bottom - texts are attractive with the heading to convey its main message.
- Left/right - contains information about the poster.

Homework: Comprehension Homework
                   Essay to be completed by tonight

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Lesson Summary (11th March '14)

Essay Structure

Introductory Paragraph
- Hook
   - Famous Quotes from a Famous person
   - Questions
   - Declarative
   - Historical Review
   - Anecdotal (Little Story)
   - Surprising Statement
- Lead in
- Thesis Statement

2nd Paragraph
-Topic Sentence
- Example/ Elaboration
- Evidence/ Explanation
- Link -> Thesis statement

3rd Paragraph
-Topic Sentence
- Example/ Elaboration
- Evidence/ Explanation
- Link -> Thesis statement

4th Paragraph
-Topic Sentence
- Example/ Elaboration
- Evidence/ Explanation
- Link -> Thesis statement

Last Paragraph (Conclusion)
- Restate Thesis Statement
- Summarise 3 points
- State your stand, Question the reader, Suggestion/ Recommendation

Why is the Thesis Statement important ?
It is like a guide for the reader, informing them what the essay is about.

Use these words in your thesis statement:
- Because
- Since
- So
- Although
- Unless

Visual Text Comprehension Slides 

Homework : Complete the essay
                     Log into Scholastic and complete the 2nd worksheet.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Weekend Expository Essay Homework

'The prevalent use of technology today has resulted in an increasingly dehumanised society.' What are your views? 

1) Plan your essay in the template provided.
2) Type out your essay. 
3) Send to Grammarly for grammar check. 
4) Final review before submission on Shared Doc : S307/308 Technology Essay 2

5) Due on Monday (10 March 2014) @ 0800.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Lesson summary (5 March)

Author's Purpose :
Raise Awareness( to inform )

Complete the Read Theory Worksheet
File all the english worksheets.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Francis' Journal

Q7: Imagine a friend of yours is considering whether to take steroids. What would you tell that friend to persuade him or her not to do that?

I would tell him the bad things about steroids as it is harmful to most people. Firstly, steroids can shorten your life span as it makes you grow faster and grow old quicker. For example, in the recent studies in NSW, researchers have found out that steroid abusers die in their 20s and 30s. The people who abused steroids have overdeveloped muscles. Secondly, steroids might trigger mood swings and abusers would get angry more often, and its easier to develop suicidal thoughts. Thirdly, taking steroids will have liver damage and adrenal exhaustion.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Oliver's Daily Journal

Question 1 - If I were a teacher, I would...

If I were a teacher, I would probably teach Sports as I am quite fit and athletic. I would probably teach the students the importance of teamwork as I think that teamwork is very important for any sport and even for project work. I would also be very understanding towards their needs and instead of scolding them for what they did wrong I would tell them what they should do instead of the incorrect thing. The reason for this is because I realised that a mistake that many teachers make is that they put down the student without knowing and that demoralises the student and cause him/her to be affected emotionally. Even though when you asked the student if they have been affected they would not agree but sub-consciously they are affected.

Ek Hern's expository writing

        The Internet has enhanced our lives in many ways. We can now communicate face-to-face from opposite ends of the earth and watch a Chinese video in America. However, this is a case of ‘solve one problem, create another’. It is needless then, to say that the increased access to the Internet has caused as many problems as it has solved.

For a start, the Internet has greatly increased our amount and depth of knowledge. Informational sites like Wikipedia and other institute websites provide useful data. However, people can also ‘modify’ the information. Wikipedia is a community based information site which means that anyone looking to be destructive can simply edit the information to his/her will. This could damage a person’s feelings or rouse false rumors about that person. Overall, one needs to use the internet correctly. Terrorists learned how to make bombs from the internet. However, one could also use it to find a place to go for a date.

Entertainment is another area effected by the internet. The rise of Youtube now means original content can be broadcasted to the masses. However, there will be people looking to benefit from this. They will ‘borrow’ other people’s content claiming it as their own. Audiences are now more easily reached. Fans of different genres can find people with a common interest easily. This also means all interests are accounted for. ‘Forever alone no more’ as the 9gag slogan goes. This, however, also creates a problem. Adult content like pornography is readily available on the internet. Pornographic sites account for a higher percentage of the internet now. This also makes it tougher for parents to control their children and protect them from these ‘sins of the devil’.

Ethics on the internet is also a hot potato. Ranting online is a large debate. Amy Cheong is one of the cases in which she got fired due to her rant online about Malay weddings. However, some people believe that online ranting is okay and should be allowed. Copyright, as mentioned above, has also become a large issue. Many content creators are reluctant to show their content online for fear of it being getting stolen. There are even websites like The Pirate Bay dedicated to pirated content. Respect online is another big issue. People like Anton KC (People who take the MRT are poor) who pass these sorts of offensive remarks receive harsh reparations and punishments. Racism online in Singapore also results in a prison sentence.

Overall, we are facing as many problems as we had before the Internet came out. In the end, the crux is really the intentions of the user and what he/she plans to do with it.