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M.H.K.S.A.’s English Project

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Team Goat! Alexa, Aquene, Kendra, Makana, and Sydney!

In Uncategorized on April 9, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Here’s our blog post!

The biggest obstacle for (aside from being late on this post) our group was formally deciding on how to arrange the Pechakucha. Group members wanted specific parts of the presentation, and we couldn’t figure out how to get all the necessary information in the presentation, and have some order about it as well. We didn’t want to have a scattered presentation, and with the way we originally approached the layout, we were in quite a bit of danger of that happening. We had to scrap the original order, and reset our original ideas of what the project was going to entail. Once we did that, we were able to create a really comprehensive presentation that looks seamless and will have easy transitions from idea to idea.

Another small problem was when Joe brought up the concept of “The Goat” to our group. The goat is a person in the group that everyone else shuns, and makes them feel unaccepted to the point of leaving the group. Originally, when one person became off task, someone else in the group would say “You’re the goat!” and it would be just a way to remind each other to get back on task. But then, being the goat became a badge of honor. So much so that we would take ten minute shifts on who was the goat. For example, Kendra would say “Okay, I’ll be the goat from now until 1:55.” and then Sydney would pipe in “I’ll go from 1:55 to 2:05.” and so on until everyone had a goat shift. This actually turned into a sly form of group maintenance, because each of us would have some much needed down time from actually getting work done, and give us a good solid break before we went back to work. It also gave everyone a little bit of responsibility, knowing that their break was coming in the future and they’d have a whole ten minutes of doing nothing.

We had two passages and an activity to compliment them. Our passages were about Lavinia’s style of dress and how this affected the way people perceived her as a woman. The first was about how her future boss perceived her, and the second was about how the construction workers at the construction site perceived her. Our activity involved having each group pick a “Barbie” to dress up based on three scenarios, and have each group explain why they dressed up their Barbie in that way.

Our discussion brought up some interesting points, and the main idea that was brought up was that if Lavinia is dressing in a certain way, then maybe that’s the way she’s comfortable and feels most confident. A few other ideas that came up were that of her being perceived in a way that wasn’t who she really was, and that she dressed the way she did to challenge society and what society said she needed to look like.

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