Art as a form of creation – Eportfolio

Art as a form of creation

E-portfolio

Yesterday, Pat divided us in different groups from the ones of the presentations, so that we would change partners. We discussed in these groups the material we had to bring to the class, asking questions about how it was related to the presentations and why we had chosen it. We could discuss articles, songs, pictures and poems. After doing this activity, Pat gave us papers in which we should write a word, a phrase and an idea which we considered important about this activity and the presentations.

  • Explain the activities we did yesterday.
  • Focus on the material you brought to class. Include it in your blog.
  • Connect that material to the poems read.
  • Choose 1 person in your group and comment on the resources he/she brought. How’s that related to the topic discussed/what I brought.

 

These are the pictures I brought to class:

 

 

In my opinion, these pictures are very related and connected to two poems we read, the one I presented, “Soldier, Rest” and “Dulce et Decorum est”. Both of these poems, refer to the pain and suffering underwent by soldiers during warfare. The inhuman conditions in which they lived in trenches and the constant risk they has to face are several aspects developed in the poems. Their message it’s to make people understand how harsh and heavy war was for soldiers and the trauma caused by it. In both of these pictures, the awful conditions in which war was fought. The precarious state of trenches together with their bare feet are some examples of their poor living conditions. This is also one of the reasons of why war is so harsh, negative and has to be avoided, and it’s not something to be proud of. This idea is mainly shown in the poem “Dulce et Decorum est”, which emphasizes that dying for your country is not honorable, but “an old lie”.

From my group, an interesting song was brought by Luz, called ¨Brothers in arms¨, by Dire Straits. This song or poem is really attractive and interesting, as it describes the pain and suffering underwent by soldiers during war and how evil is war, which causes many losses. I relate this song to the poem ¨the death bed¨, as in this one death is personified and chooses someone to die, showing that war leads to a constant battle and risk between life and death, and that anyone could be chosen to die during war, as casualties are something common. Moreover, this song is related to the poem, ¨soldier rest¨, by Sir walter scott. I believe this, as both of them show the horrors of war, and how soldiers are traumatised by it, as a consequence of their constant pain felt in warfare.

Starting our e-portfolio

In the our last literature class, our teacher pato, told us to start with our project, the e-portfolio, which is a tool that allows us not only to learn but keep process o what we do. The first task was to watch a video and read a text on her blog, and write a text summarizing what they talk about and the connection between them. after this, we would have to look and read 3 portfolios from the previous year and talk about why we liked and what it missed.

Task 1: watch the video.

Task 2: read the text.

Task 3: Make connections between the video and the text. Write the summary.

An e-portfolio is a website build by ourselves in which we add and put all of our learning to get it recorded and saved. Not only it allows students to learn,but it also lets us keep track of what we are studying. In addition, an e-portfolio is a way in which can connect and relate different classes, which seem to have nothing in common but end up providing help for another subject. E-portfolios is a way to reflect and express in a website what you learn, the work you do but also things yo enjoy doing. Moreover, as the video well explains, an e-portfolio allows students to improve semester after semester, year after year, as these records lead to self-evaluation and correction of mistakes. By looking back to what you have done, instead of throwing each essay or work you do, you can correct and change what you’ve done wrong, leading to improvement and development in that subject. Furthermore, e-portfolio invites us to talk about what we study or learn, but also about what we like and enjoy, improving not only the way we talk and express but also our creativity. Also, although this website may be started by your own and without anyone you share with, you may share it through dialogues or interaction, making it social and learning with another person.

Task 4:

Visit some blogs from the students who are in Senior 5 now. Check out their last year portfolios. Choose 3 students and say:

-what you like about their portfolio

-what is missing according to what you have read

1: Silvestre Braun

I really enjoyed reading Silvestre’s portfolio due to the dedication he put into it. He talked about each literature work they did, but in a different way. Although he developed the message about every story or poem they read, what I mostly liked about it was his capacity to relate every story or poem with things that happened to him in his daily life and what he enjoyed. For example, he related the story «The girl in the looking-glass» with his spiritual retreat or how the poem «Ode on Melancholy» made him remember about the argentinian rock songs he loved. This is the positive and great side about his portfolio which I really liked. The only detail that I think that was missing was maybe an interaction or relation with others students from his class or with other portfolios.

2: Juana Perez Muniz

Secondly, I also found Juana’s portfolio attractive and catching. She did not only explained deeply each work and talked a lot about the poems, stories and it’s relations, she also added a lot of pictures, images and colours which made the portfolios attractive for me to read. I think that her portfolio was really creative and innovative, because she looked for different ways to transmit what she thought, in means of posters, pictures or presentations. Juana’s portfolio was very catching and colorful, together with a lot of information and connection within the literature work and her life, however, as well as Silvestre’s I think that it lacked interaction with another students. Despite this, it’s creativity and colors made the portfolio really interesting.

3: Jero leguizamón

Finally, Jero’s portfolio was also a great and creative portfolio, not only because he also added images and pictures, but because he related a lot the poems and story’s messages with his life and experiences. I also think that he was very dedicated to his portfolio and put a lot of work into it. Moreover, it was also a great portfolio as it was easy to understand and follow as it is well organised. The only thing I do believe that could have be worked out more was as well as Silvestre’s and Juana’s his interaction with the rest of the class, as it was mainly self-reflection and analysis rather than sharing with others.