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1. Gangnam Style by Psy

English Translation:

Oppa is Gangnam style
Gangnam style

A girl who is warm and humanle during the day
A classy girl who know how to enjoy the freedom of a cup of coffee
A girl whose heart gets hotter when night comes
A girl with that kind of twist

I’m a guy
A guy who is as warm as you during the day
A guy who one-shots his coffee before it even cools down
A guy whose heart bursts when night comes
That kind of guy

Beautiful, loveable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Beautiful, loveable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Now let’s go until the end

Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
Oppa is Gangnam style

Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam style
Eh- Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh

A girl who looks quiet but plays when she plays
A girl who puts her hair down when the right time comes
A girl who covers herself but is more sexy than a girl who bares it all
A sensable girl like that

I’m a guy
A guy who seems calm but plays when he plays
A guy who goes completely crazy when the right time comes
A guy who has bulging ideas rather than muscles
That kind of guy

Beautiful, loveable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Beautiful, loveable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Now let’s go until the end

Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
Oppa is Gangnam style

Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam style
Eh- Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh

On top of the running man is the flying man, baby baby
I’m a man who knows a thing or two
On top of the running man is the flying man, baby baby
I’m a man who knows a thing or two

You know what I’m saying
Oppa is Gangnam style

Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam style
Eh- Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh

2. No. 1 by BoA

어둠속에 니 얼굴 보다가

나도 몰래 눈물이 흘렀어

소리 없이 날 따라오며 비춘건

Finally 날 알고 감싸 준거니

처음 내 사랑 비춰 주던 넌

나의 이별까지 본거야

You still my No.1

날 찾지 말아줘 나의 슬픔 가려줘

저 구름 뒤에 너를 숨겨 빛을 닫아줘(닫아줘)

그를 아는 이 길이 내 눈물 모르게

변한 그를 욕하진 말아줘

니 얼굴도 조금씩 변하니까

But I miss you 널잊을 수 있을까

(Want you back in my life, I want you back in my life)

나의 사랑도 지난 추억도 모두 다 사라져 가지만

You still my No.1

보름이 지나면 작아지는 슬픈 빛

날 대신해서 그의 길을 배웅 해 줄래(해줄래)

못다 전한 내 사랑 나처럼 비춰줘

가끔 잠든 나의 창에 찾아와 그의 안불 전해 줄래

나 꿈결 속에서 따뜻한 그의 손

느낄 수 있도록

huh~ doo doo doo~

하지만 오늘밤 날 찾지 말아줘

나의 슬픔 가려줘

저 구름뒤에 너를 숨겨 빛을 닫아줘(닫아줘)

그를 아는 이 길이 내 눈물 모르게

보름이 지나면 작아 지는 슬픈 빛

날 대신해서 그의 길을 배웅 해줄래(해줄래)

못다 전한 내 사랑

You still my No.1 (you still my No1)

 

Yeah! by Usher

“Yeah!”

(feat. Lil’ Jon, Ludacris)

[Usher:]

Peace up! A Town Down!

[Lil’ Jon:]

Yeah, (Yeah!) OK!

(Usher! Usher! Usher! Usher!)

[Lil’ Jon:]

Lil’ Jon!

[Usher:]

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! Yeah, Yeah! Yeaah!

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! Yeah, Yeah! Yeaah!

[Usher (Verse 1):]

Up in the club with my homies, tryna get a lil’ V-I, but keep it down on the low key, ’cause you know how it is.

I saw shorty she was checkin’ up on me, from the game she was spittin’ in my ear you would think that she knew me.

So we decided to chill

Conversation got heavy, she had me feelin’ like she’s ready to blow!

(Watch Out! Oh! Watch Out!)

She’s saying “Come get me! Come get me”,

So I got up and followed her to the floor, she said “Baby, let’s go”,

That’s when I told her I said

[Usher (Chorus):]

Yeah (yeah) Shorty got down low and said come and get me

Yeah (yeah) I got so caught up I forgot she told me

Yeah (yeah) Her and my girl used to be the best of homies

Yeah (yeah) Next thing I knew she was all up on me screaming:

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! Yeah, Yeah! Yeaah!

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! Yeah, Yeah! Yeaah!

[Usher (Verse 2):]

So she’s all up in my head now, got me thinking that it might good idea to take her with me,

‘Cause she’s ready to leave (ready to leave)

But I gotta keep it real now, ’cause on a one to ten she’s a certified twenty, but that just ain’t me. Hey.

Because I don’t know if I take that chance just where it’s gonna lead,

But what I do know is the way she dance makes shorty alright with me.

The way she (get low!)

I’m like yeah, just work that out for me.

She asked for one more dance and I’m

Like yeah, how the hell am I supposed to leave?

And I said

[Chorus]

[Lil’ Jon:]

Hey, Luda!

[Ludacris (Verse 3):]

Watch out!

My outfit’s ridiculous, in the club lookin’ so conspicuous.

And Rowl! These women all on the prowl, if you hold the head steady I’m a milk the cow.

Forget about the game, I’m a spit the truth, I won’t stop till I get ’em in they birthday suits.

So gimmie the rhythm and it’ll be off with their clothes, then bend over to the front and touch your toes.

I left the Jag and I took the Rolls, if they aint cutting then I put em on foot patrol.

How you like me now, when my pinky’s valued over three hundred thousand,

Lets drank you the one to please, Ludacris fill cups like double D’s.

Me and Ursh once more and we leave ’em dead, we want a lady in the street but a freak in the bed to say

[Chorus]

[Ludacris (Bridge):]

Take that and rewind it back, Lil’ Jon got the beat to make ya booty go (clap)

Take that and rewind it back, Ursher got the voice to make ya booty go (clap)

Take that and rewind it back, Ludacris got the flow to make ya booty go (clap)

Take that and rewind it back, Lil’ Jon got the beat to make ya booty go (clap)

 

Harajuku Girls by Gwen Stefani

Wa mono – there’s me, there’s you (hoko-ten)

In a pedestrian paradise

Where the catwalk got its claws (meow)

A subculture in a kaleidoscope of fashion

Prowl the streets of Harajuku (irasshaimase)

Super lovers, tell me where you got yours

(at the super lovers store)

Yoji Yamamoto, I’m hanging with the locals

Where the catwalk got its claws, all you fashion know-it-alls

With your underground malls in the world of Harajuku

Putting on a show, when you dress up in your clothes

Wild hair color and cell phones

Your accessories are dead on

Harajuku Girls you got the wicked style

I like the way that you are, I am your biggest fan

Harajuku Girls you got the wicked style

I like the way that you are, I am your biggest fan

Harajuku girls, I’m looking at you girls

You’re so original girls

You got the look that makes you stand out

Harajuku Girls, I’m looking at you girls

You mix and match it girls

You dress so fly and just parade around (arigato)

I’m fascinated by the Japanese fashion scene

Just an American girl, in the Tokyo streets

My boyfriend bought me a Hysteric Glamour shirt

They’re hard to find in the states, got me feeling couture (it’s really cool)

What’s that you got on? Is it Comme des Garcons?

Vivienne Westwood can’t go wrong, mixed up with second hand clothes

(Let’s not forget about John Galliano) (no)

Flipped the landscape when Nigo made A Bathing Ape

I got expensive taste (oh, well) guess I better save up (cho takai)

Harajuku Girls you got the wicked style

I like the way that you are, I am your biggest fan

Work it, express it, live it, command your style

Create it, design it

Now let me see you work it

Create it, design it

Now let me see you work it

You bring style and color all around the world. (You Harajuku Girls)

You bring style and color all around the world. (You Harajuku Girls)

You’re looking so distinctive like D.N.A., like nothing I’ve ever seen in the U.S.A.

Your underground culture, visual grammar

The language of your clothing is something to encounter

A Ping-Pong match between eastern and western

Did you see your inspiration in my latest collection?

Just wait ’til you get your little hands on L.A.M.B.,

‘Cause it’s (super kawaii), that means (super cute in Japanese)

The streets of Harajuku are your catwalk (bishoujo you’re so vogue)

That’s what you drop

Cho saikou – Harajuku Girls

And that’s what you drop, that’s what you drop

Cho saikou – Harajuku Girls

And that’s what you drop, that’s what you drop

(I don’t think you understand I’m your biggest fan)

(Gwen Stefani – you like me?)

Style detached from content

A fatal attraction to cuteness

Style is style

Fashion is fashion

Girl, you got style.

 

We Belong Together– Mariah Carrey

Ooh, oh, ooh, oh

Sweet love, yeah

I didn’t mean it

When I said I didn’t love you, so

I should have held on tight

I never shoulda let you go

I didn’t know nothing

I was stupid, I was foolish

I was lying to myself

I could not fathom that I would ever

Be without your love

Never imagined I’d be

Sitting here beside myself

‘Cause I didn’t know you

‘Cause I didn’t know me

But I thought I knew everything

I never felt

The feeling that I’m feeling

Now that I don’t hear your voice

Or have your touch and kiss your lips

‘Cause I don’t have a choice

Oh, what I wouldn’t give

To have you lying by my side

Right here, ‘cause baby

When you left I lost a part of me

It’s still so hard to believe

Come back baby, please

‘Cause we belong together

Who else am I gon’ lean on

When times get rough?

Who’s gonna talk to me on the phone

Till the sun comes up?

Who’s gonna take your place?

There ain’t nobody better

Oh, baby baby, we belong together

I can’t sleep at night

When you are on my mind

Bobby Womack’s on the radio

Saying to me

“If you think you’re lonely now”

Wait a minute

This is too deep

(Too deep)

I gotta change the station

So I turn the dial

Trying to catch a break

And then I hear Babyface

“I only think of you”

And it’s breaking my heart

I’m trying to keep it together

But I’m falling apart

I’m feeling all out of my element

I’m throwing things, crying

Trying to figure out

Where the hell I went wrong

The pain reflected in this song

It ain’t even half of what

I’m feeling inside

I need you, need you back in my life, baby

When you left I lost a part of me

And it’s still so hard to believe

Come back baby, please

‘Cause we belong together

Who else am I gon’ lean on

When times get rough?

Who’s gonna talk to me on the phone

Till the sun comes up?

Who’s gonna take your place?

There ain’t nobody better

Oh, baby baby, we belong together, baby

When you left I lost a part of me

It’s still so hard to believe

Come back baby, please

‘Cause we belong together

Who am I gonna lean on

When times get rough?

Who’s gonna talk to me

Till the sun comes up?

Who’s gonna take your place?

There ain’t nobody better

Oh baby, baby

We belong together

 

Beautiful Girls by Sean Kingston

“Beautiful Girls”

JR! Sean Kingston!

[Chorus:]

You’re way too beautiful girl

That’s why it’ll never work

You’ll have me suicidal, suicidal

When you say it’s over

Damn all these beautiful girls

They only wanna do you dirt

They’ll have you suicidal, suicidal

When they say it’s over

[Verse 1:]

See it started at the park

Used to chill after dark

Oh when you took my heart

That’s when we fell apart

Cause we both thought

That love lasts forever (lasts forever)

They say we’re too young

To get ourselves sprung

Oh we didn’t care

We made it very clear

And they also said

That we couldn’t last together (last together)

[Refrain:]

See it’s very define girl,

one of a kind

But you mash up my mind

You have to get declined

Oh Lord…

My baby is driving me crazy

[Repeat Chorus]

[Verse 2:]

It was back in ’99

Watchin’ movies all the time

Oh when I went away

For doin’ my first crime

And I never thought

That we was gonna see each other (see each other)

And then I came out

Mami moved me down South

Oh I’m with my girl

Who I thought was my world

It came out to be

That she wasn’t the girl for me (girl for me)

[Repeat Refrain and Chorus]

[Verse 3:]

Now we’re fussin’

And now we’re fightin’

Please tell me why

I’m feelin’ slighted

And I don’t know

How to make it better (make it better)

You’re datin’ other guys

You’re tellin’ me lies

Oh I can’t believe

What I’m seein’ with my eyes

I’m losin’ my mind

And I don’t think it’s clever (think it’s clever)

You’re way too beautiful girl

That’s why it’ll never work

You’ll have me suicidal, suicidal, suicidal…

 

잊지말아요– 백지영

우리 서로 사랑했는데

우리 이제 헤어지네요.

같은 하늘 다른곳에서도

부디 나를 잊지 말아요.

차가운 바람이 손끝에 스치면

들려오는 그대 웃음소리

나의 얼굴 비추던 그대 두눈이

그리워 외로워 울고 또 울어요.

입술이 굳어버려서 말하지 못했던 그 말

우리 서로 사랑했는데

우리 이제 헤어지네요.

같은 하늘 다른곳에 있어도

부디 나를 잊지 말아요.

눈물이 입을 가려서

말하지 못했던 그 말

우리 서로 사랑했는데

우리 이제 헤어지네요.

같은 하늘 다른곳에 있어도

부디 나를 잊지 말아요.

혹시 알고 있나요.

뒤돌아서 가슴치고

그댈 보내주던 그 사람

그 사람이 바로 나에요.

그 사람을 사랑해줘요.

같은 하늘 다른곳에 있어도

언젠가는 돌아와줘요.

우리 서로 사랑했는데

우리 이제 헤어지네요.

같은 하늘 다른곳에 있어도

부디 나를 잊지 말아요.

부디 나를 잊지 말아요.

《 썼다.지웠다.썼다..또 다시 지.우.다.》

 

Forever Young by One Direction

[Liam]

Let’s dance in style,

Let’s dance for a while,

Heaven can wait, we’re only watching the skies,

Hoping for the best but expecting the worst,

Are you gonna drop the bomb or not?

[Harry]

Let us die young or let us live forever,

We don’t have the power but we never say never,

Sitting in a sandpit,

Life is a short trip,

The music’s for the sad man.

[All]

Forever young,

I wanna be

Forever young.

Do you really wanna live forever,

Forever,

Forever young?

[Niall]

Some are like water, some are like the heat,

Some are a melody and some are the beat,

But sooner or later they all will be gone,

Why don’t they stay young?

[Harry]

It’s hard to get old without a cause,

I don’t want to perish like a fading horse,

Youth is like diamonds in the sun,

And diamonds are forever.

[All]

Forever young,

I wanna be

Forever young.

Do you really wanna live forever,

Forever

Or never?

Forever young,

I wanna be

Forever young (forever).

Do you really wanna live forever,

Forever

Or never?

[Liam]

So many adventures couldn’t happen today,

So many songs we forgot to play,

So many dreams are swinging out of the blue,

We let ’em come true.

[Harry]

Forever young,

I wanna be

Forever young.

Do you really wanna live forever,

Forever

Or never?

[All]

Forever young,

I wanna be

Forever young.

Do you really wanna live forever,

Forever

Or never?

Forever young,

I wanna be

Forever young (forever).

Do you really wanna live forever (forever),

Forever

Or never?

Forever young,

I wanna be

Forever young (forever).

Do you really wanna live forever (forever),

Forever (forever),

Forever young…

[fades]

Dear listener,

 Hello, this is Nicole Kim, and I am writing to inform you what this CD mix will be all about. Simply put, this CD is exclusively about myself. To give a brief introduction, I am from Seoul, Korea and I lived most of my life here and currently go to Korea intentional school in Pangyo,

     I started to create this CD in order to reflect on my past. This is especially important for me because I am headed I college in the States next year, a big transition in life. Using some of the essential concepts learned in psychology, i associated many of the concepts to my own personal experiences. I chose  eight main events in life, followed by a relation of each to the psychology concepts learned this year. I found this experience overall to be pleasureful and nostalgic, as I was able to listen to various songs I liked in the past, and associate it withal or occurrences in life.

       The first song I chose for my first event, moving to my home in apgujeong at the age of 4, is “Gangnam Style” by Psy. Although this is a recent song and this event occurred in the 90s, it was representative of the situation I was in, as I moved from Seocho to Apgujeong in Gangnam. I found this experience entertaining, just like the upbeat nature of the song. 

       The next song that I chose was No.1 by BoA. No.1 BoA was one of the most popular songs at the time that my event #2, entering elementary school,  occurred. The song expresses hopes about being number 1, which was similar to the small ambition that I had as a little kid. 

     The third song in my play list, Yeah! by Usher, reflected my 3rd event, going to my first summer camp in Hawaii in 3rd &4th grade. Going to the states for a language program was a new experience for me, and Yeah! reflected the fun that I had while I was in the program. Yeah! was also the most popular song at the time during the summer I was there, so I used to listen to it with my friends in camp. 

 

     The fourth song in my playlist, Harajuku Girls by Gwen Stefani, reflects the cultural influence I had on event number 4, moving to Vancouver and going to an elementary school there. When I entered the school, my best friends were into Japanese pop cultures such as Manga, and Japan became a popular country among teens after they listened to Harajuku Girls by Gwen Stefani, which talks about the “wicked style” of the girls in the Harajuku district in Tokyo.

     The fifth song in my playlist, We Belong Together by Mariah Carrey is coincides with event #5, moving back to Korea and beginning school at KIS in 5th grade. The song was one of the most popular pop songs at the time, so I had set it as the background music for my Cyworld, which is the Korean equivalent of myspace. Me and my friends at KIS in 5th grade used to sing this song in Karaokes all the time.

     The 6th song in my playlist, Beautiful Girls by Sean Kingston, best reflects my sumer of 2007. In 2007, I went to a summer camp in California, and had a “crush” on a guy who was also there. We listen to this song together in the bus, The lyrics of the song does not have much to do with my experience, but it well reflects the timee while I was there.

     The 7th event was the most tragic event of my life, the death of my grandfather. He was my favorite man afterr my father, and it was hard to let him go in 2009. I cried massively after his death, and remembered that he used to sing this lullaby before I slept. Although it is an unnamed lullaby that I could not find elsewhere on the internet, I remember the lyrics, and I am able to sing a portion of it.

     The 8th and final life event of this playlist, being accepted into NYU in December and getting ready for college, is reflected by my song, Forever Young, by One Direction. This has been a recent favorite song of mine for about a year, and it well-reflects my desire to stay as it is. The second semester of my senior year was my favorite time in high school, and I wanted to capture the youth of these times and not grow old.

     Although my soundtrack may not be personally relatable, this playlist means quite a lot for me, as it is the story of my life thus far, before entering college as a young adult. I would like to look back and listen to my track again sometime in the future and expand even further.

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Soundtrack of Your Life

CLASS ONE

Part I: Brainstorm

Think about your life up until now.  What major events have changed you, shaped your, influenced you, shook you?  Are there times that were wildly happy or incredibly sad?  What moments have made you shift in how you see the world?  They may be huge like the death of a loved one or your first day of high school.  Or they might have seemed insignificant at the time like meeting your best friend or starting to play a sport.

Create a list of events that made a difference in your life.

Event 1- I moved to my current home in Apgujeong-dong (1998); Entered Aran Pre-school/kindergarten

Event 2 I entered Apgujeong elementary school

Event 3 Went to my first summer camp in Hawaii in 3rd & 4th grade

Event 4 Moved to Vancouver, BC in Canada; attended West Bay and Irwin Park Elementary schools (4th grade)

Event 5 Moved back to Korea, began school at KIS (5th grade)

Event 6 Went to Stevenson summer camp in California (6th grade)

Event 7 Death of my grandfather (9th grade)

Event 8 Accepted into NYU; ready for college.

(extra)  __________________________________________________________________________________________

Now brainstorm songs that might fit these events. (Remember to use school-appropriate songs )

Song 1 Gangnam Style- Psy

Song 2 No. 1- BoA

Song 3 Yeah!- Usher

Song 4 Harajuku Girls- Gwen Stefani

Song 5 We Belong Together- Mariah Carrey

Song 6 Beautiful Girls- Sean Kingston

Song 7 잊지 말아요- 백지영

Song 8 Forever Young- One Direction

(extra)  __________________________________________________________________________________________

Part II: Relate It to Psychology

Using your “imaginary soundtrack” of the events in your life, look through your textbook and find at least eight psychology concepts that correspond with the songs and events you selected.

Psych Concept 1- Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development- initiative v. guilt

i Why? _Erickson’s stages of psychosocial development, which shows the progress in the development through the lifetime in one’s social and psychological aspects, relates to my first event, moving to a different neighborhood and interring preschool. Because I was in the initiative v. guilt stage of this development, which states that young preschoolers learn to initiate tasks and carry out plans, or they feel guilty about their efforts to be independent. I remember that when I was this age, I tried to tie my shoelace on my own, and initiate other tasks although I probably need help with some tasks. __________________________________________________________________________________________

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Psych Concept 2-  intrinsic motivation (individuals engage in behaviors for their own enjoyment and needs)

Why? In my second event, entering elementary school, intrinsic motivation best fits the psychology that could be related to this stage in my life. When I was this age, I was intrinsically motivated to learn, doing things out of  my own will and pleasure. For example I would read books although they weren’t required for any class or Hagwon, just for the pleasure of my own. I was also intrinsically motivated to learn about history, as I found history entertaining.

Psych Concept 3- Affiliation motivation

Why? _For my third event, going to a summer school in Hawaii for 3rd and 4th grade, I feel like affiliation motivation, which is the need to be with others, influenced my experience. Because English was a new language at the time I went to the summer camp, I felt that my affiliation motive was aroused, as I felt both anxious and threatened by the new environment of the summer camp. But also because of my affiliation motive, I believe that I got to make more friendship and bonding with others at camp.

Psych Concept 4- authoritative parenting style

Why? For my 4th event, moving to Vancouver, B.C. in Canada, was most related to the authoritative parenting style. I believe that my parents most often implement an authoritative parenting style, which means they are responsive and nurturing, but also hold high expectations for behavior. Before moving to Canada, my parents encouraged me and my brother to express my opinion in moving to a different country, which I approved of. Thus, I felt like I developed a sense of independence when making decisions, because I always shared my opinion with my parents. As Baumrind has suggested that children raised by authoritative parents tend to have self-confidence, strong social skills, and good emotional regulation, I think some of my positive characteristics have developed as a result of my parents’ parenting style.

Psych Concept 5- linguistic determinism- Whorf; language determines the way we think

Why? This idea hypothesized by Whorf that language determines the way we think, was partly true for me as someone who has recently come back after a year in Canada and was quite comfortable in English. For the first time, I started to use both Korean and English at home, so I had cultural ideas clash as I spoke in each of the language. For instance, when I was speaking in Korean, I used the “-Yo” (a formal way of speaking to adults), hence I felt like I had more respect for my parents. However, when I spoke in English with no such form of language, I started to treat them more comfortably and at times, rudely, as if to a friend.

Psych Concept 6 – Puberty

Why? My 6th event, which was when I went to a summer camp in California in 2007 (6th grade), was most characterized by puberty. As I had a “crush” on a guy and while I had never really been open to having affection with the opposite gender, I felt that it was a time of puberty, when puberty, the maturation of sexual interest, hit. Although my feelings and love was entirely platonic, the physiology behind having such feelings may be due to the sexual development during puberty.

Psych Concept 7 -intimacy v. generativity

Why? For my 7th and the most tragic event of my life, the death of my grandfather, I thought intimacy v. generativity would be best related. Because my grandfather was well over 70 at the time he passed away, intimacy v. generativity would coincide with Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development. Intimacy, the ability to form close, loving relationships, as he did with our family, and generativity, being productive and supporting future generations, would have influenced him to reflect on his achievements in life.

Psych Concept 8- self-fulfilling prophecy

Why? _I think self-fulfilling prophecy best relates to my final event in the playlist, my acceptance into college (NYU). Because I have wanted to go to this school for quite a long time and I met the GPA, extracurricular activities, or the SAT score that the accepted students had for this school, my mother always used to tell me not to worry at all because I will definitely get in. Although I thought this was a dangerous thought, it was, after all, self-fulfilling prophecy, which basically states that our prediction can directly or indirectly cause itself to become true.

CLASS TWO

Part III: Produce It

Track 1

Song Title ____Gangnam Style______________ Artist or Group: ___Psy_____________________

Event I moved to my current home in Apgujeong-dong (1998); Entered Aran Pre-school/kindergarten

Psych Concept: _____Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development- initiative v. guilt______________________

Track 2

Song Title ______________No. 1_________________________________ Artist or Group: __________BoA______________

Event _____I entered Apgujeong elementary school______________________ Psych Concept: _____intrinsic motivation

Track 3

Song Title _________ Yeah!______________________________________ Artist or Group: _____Usher___________________

Event ________Went to my first summer camp in Hawaii in 3rd & 4th grade_______________________________________ Psych Concept: ______Affiliation motivation_____________________

Track 4

Song Title ______________Harajuku Girls_________________________________ Artist or Group: ___Gwen Stefani _____________________

Event _________Moved to Vancouver, BC in Canada; attended West Bay and Irwin Park Elementary schools (4th grade)______________________________________ Psych Concept: _____authoritative parenting style______________________

Track 5

Song Title __________We Belong Together____________ Artist or Group: _____Mariah Carrey___________________

Event ________Moved back to Korea, began school at KIS (5th grade) _______________________________________ Psych Concept: ______linguistic determinism_____________________

Track 6

Song Title __________Beautiful Girls____________________________________ Artist or Group:  Sean Kingston

Event ____Went to Stevenson summer camp in California (6th grade)___________________________________________ Psych Concept: ______Puberty_____________________

Track 7

Song Title ________________잊지 말아요_______________________________ Artist or Group: _____백지영___________________

Event ___________Death of my grandfather (9th grade)___________________________________ Psych Concept: _________intimacy v. generativity__________________

Track 8

Song Title ______________Forever Young_________________________________ Artist or Group: One Direction

Event _____ Accepted into NYU; ready for college.__________________________________ Psych Concept: _____ self-fulfilling prophecy______________________

Table of Contents

Entry 1…………………………….Table of Contents………………………………..12/10/2012

PREFACE

Entry 2……………………………Reflection As a Writer……………………………12/11/2012

MAJOR WORKS

Entry 3.………………………….All Artifacts…………………………………………………………

Artifact 1- Close Reading 1…………………………………………………………….09/14/2012

Artifact 2- Close Reading 2………………………………………………………………10/08/2012

Artifact 3- HOD paper 1……………………………………………………………………11/07/2012

Artifact 4- Frankenstein Podcast……………………………………………………….11/27/2012

Artifact 5- Frankenstein Discussion Posts…………………………………………..11/20/2012

Artifact 6- SOAPS tone “Sony’s Blues”………………………………………………09/10/2012

Entry 4 ……………………………Reflection As a Reader…………………………12/11/2012

Entry 5……………………………..Goals……………………………………………….12/10/2012

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Entry 2- Reflection As a writer

Writing has been a fairly easy process for me in my younger years, as it was a window to expressing my thoughts and emotions with the art of language. But as I entered into high school and started writing in an academic, rather than creative, setting, it became an arduous task that needed much practice, thinking, and analysis. Entering AP Literature class this semester was a new challenge, as I have not taken AP Language like most of my other peers, and was not familiar with the system of the AP grading scale. Hence, by taking on more practice and taking advantage of the resources provided by Mrs. Brayko, I have familiarized myself with the writing section of the AP Literature exam, and also have developed a certain voice or style in my writing in the 1st semester.

The first and the most difficult step for me as a writer in AP Literature was the first Close Reading Essay (artifact 1) I wrote for the short story, “A&P”. Even from taking a glance at the first paragraph, one may hint at  how clueless I was in writing an AP-level English essay. In my thesis I stated: “Hence, the protagonist and narrator Sammy’s motivation behind the relinquishing his job could be seemingly out of his self-interest to “stand-out” from the crowd, but rather, he was escaping his reality as someone with no individuality under the societal pressure” which did not discuss any of the literary devices as was required by the essay, and also had points that were all over the place and not adequate for a thesis leading an entire essay. Thus the inadequate thesis led to each of the paragraphs not supporting the thesis, but rather like a series of vignettes portraying certain important scenes in the story and providing analysis.

After receiving a grade that I then considered “shocking” (not now, as I have soon came to understand the poor quality of my Close Reading Essay), I went on immediately by comprehending Mrs. Brayko’s comments, digging into the aspects required of AP Literature essays, and reading sample essays. When I finally gained a better sense of knowledge for this type of essay, I immediately began my revision for my Close Reading Essay 2 (artifact 2). Although quite formulaic, my second close reading essay fulfilled most of the needed components from the intro to conclusion. I utilized some of the literary devices that I believed were significant in portraying the author’s message, followed by specific adjectives indicating the role of each of the literary devices. By writing a thesis that had a lucid point and details of literary devices that supported such point, I conveyed a thesis much more efficiently, by stating, “Through the use of overt juxtaposition, stream of consciousness, and whimsical metaphors, Updike portrays the disillusionment through a young man’s eyes in a casual tone.”. This type of a thesis interweaved the rest of the essay, as it was easier to follow the format of writing, by having each literary device with an adjective, then supporting each of the points by connecting it back to what the author is mainly trying to portray– disillusionment. The result was a success– with an easy to follow, structured essay, I not only got a better grasp of AP essays, but the already structured format allowed myself to focus on the analysis aspect of the essay.

The next challenge I had confronted was the Heart of Darkness Essay (Artifact 3), where I had to demonstrate my understanding and analysis of the novel by responding to a given prompt relating to power testing a man’s character. Although the prompt itself was not too challenging due to my previous familiarity with the content of the novel’s theme of “absolute power corrupting mankind”, it was most difficult to show an understanding of a novel that was especially difficult to read. As reading the Heart of Darkness was a challenge itself, being able to write an essay on such novel required much of the gathering information process from the book on some of the potential supporting evidence that I may use in my essay. Such method, unfortunately, was not a success, due to the fact that I had formulate a thesis and the rest of the paper only drawing from the evidence that I have collected. Thus, the paper became awkward, as I tried to pull together multiple, quite unrelated, components at once. At one point in the essay I wrote, “Kurtz’s power comes primarily from being a Caucasian male in Africa during the imperialistic era, as well as his charisma and strength of will that allow him to enrapture his audiences.” while I also wrote something much alike for Marlow saying, “… despite the inherent power he possesses as a Caucasian in the colonies, exhibits a weakness and a tendency for corruption that isn’t any different from that of Kurtz.”, such repeated components downplayed my writing, a major flaw in my essay.

Through this semester of AP Literature, I have come to a realization that the more creativity and enjoyment I have with some of my writing, the better the product of writing usually is. My Frankenstein Podcast (Artifact 4) was an assignment that I had most thoroughly enjoyed. Not only was being able to act as one character amusing, but considering the different aspects of a character and viewing a pivotal moment from such perspective, I have gained a better insight of some of the puzzling scenes of the novel. When I wrote my podcast from the point of view of Elizabeth, Victor’s wife, my enthusiasm for conveying love and fear was delivered through the audience with some tremor in my voice. I also drew excerpts from the book in her monologue, such as “you told me that I will chill my frame with horror when I discover it” which was well suited for the context in which she was speaking.

Another series of my perspective-changing moments in AP Literature came from the Frankenstein Discussion Posts (Artifact 5). The primary ways in which I became a better writer this semester was through reading the works of my peers or other writers on the same subject matter, which widened my view and awakened myself to new insights into the reading. The Frankenstein discussion posts allowed such to happen, with avid discussions of my peers in certain areas. As a writer, this was also essential in keeping a good record of some of the main themes that I chose to explore in the story. Hence, it was later easier for me to form the introduction and conclusion, as the discussion posts were a recollection of ideas related to my single theme.

The SOAPS tone for “Sony’s Blues” (Artifact 6) was essential in the understanding of the writing process, which should involves a subject, occasion, audience, purpose, and tone. The tone section of the worksheet was particularly helpful for me to engage in deciphering some the different tone colors that the author possessed, which may later be essential in writing with my own distinctive voice.

ARTIFACT 1- Close Reading 1

A&P And the Role of its Literary Devices

The protagonist and main character of the short story “A&P” by John Updike, Sammy, defies convention. When a group of girls in their revealing swimsuits enters his workplace–a supermarket called A&P– Sammy marvels at their striking novelty, attracted to the social status that they represented. The girls initially evoke a feeling of sensation that Sammy has never felt– one that allows him a temporary mental escape from the dull, monotonous supermarket. Sammy’s perception, however, is reversed by the end of the story. Through the use of overt juxtaposition, stream of consciousness, and imaginative metaphors, Updike portrays the disillusionment through a young man’s eyes in a casual tone.

Updike employs overt juxtaposition of the differing socioeconomic classes to highlight the impact of Sammy and the girls’ encounter. This juxtaposition is created through Sammy’s fascination with the world of Queenie. Sammy often daydreams about Queenie’s privileged community, where the “men wear bow ties and the women were in sandals picking up herring snacks on toothpicks off a big plate and they were all holding drinks the color of water with olives and sprigs of mint in them” (Updike). Such overt reference to wealth stems from Sammy witnessing Queenie buying the herring snacks. This wealthy image is juxtaposed with that of Sammy’s own life, where his parents have “lemonade and if it’s a real racy affair Schlitz in tall glass with ‘They’ll Do It Every Time’ cartoons stenciled on”(Updike). This indicates that Sammy’s life is one of a humble existence, where special occasions merit drinking commonplace lemonade. The juxtaposition conveys a sense of disillusionment of Sammy with his life as it reassures him of his current socioeconomic status when faced so blatantly with Queenie’s wealthy one. The usage of casual tone in contrasting the different lifestyles of Sammy and Queenie further reinforces Sammy’s inner thoughts about his background, and allows for the juxtaposition to become more evident for the audience.

In order to bring about a casual tone, Updike utilizes stream of consciousness to create a less structured format of writing. Sammy’s capricious character is revealed in his stream of consciousness– a pattern of writing in which thoughts are written as they come, not without much logic or order– so that he is capable of explicitly expressing his inner thoughts, thus conveying a casual tone. Such a technique eliminates the filter between the audience and the speaker, and engages the audience into his private thoughts. Although the other characters’ dialogues did not have much of a significance or deep meaning, Sammy often gave notably long remarks in his stream of consciousness in order to reveal his thought processes. For instance, Sammy rambles on about Queenie’s voice after she speaks, asserting that “her voice kind of startled me, the way voices do when you see people first… so flat and dumb yet kind of tony, too, the way it tickled over…” (Updike). Even when Lengel, a co-worker in the supermarket, attempts to embarrass the girls in the supermarket, Sammy’s thoughts don’t linger upon the speech, but rather digresses by commenting up Lengel’s way of speaking: “his repeating this struck me as funny…thinking all these years the A&P was a great dune and he was the head lifeguard” (Updike).  As an apt mode to displaying his thoughts, the stream of consciousness further enhances the readers’ sense of Sammy’s disillusionment. Particularly when Sammy observes Queenie, he remarks that Queenie must be “getting sore now that she remembers her place, a place from which the crowd that runs the A & P must look pretty crummy” (Updike). His disillusionment is clear in this observation because he realizes that Queenie views the clerks at A&P as the type of individuals who are not of the status to reprimand her. Thus, Updike successfully portrays Sammy’s disillusionment of his life through a casual tone.

Updike further elaborates the magnitude of Sammy’s disillusionment by incorporating imaginative metaphors to illustrate Sammy’s awareness of his reality. Updike interconnects commonplace objects with the settings or characters when Lengel asserts, “Girls, this isn’t a beach”, comparing the beach to A&P, or when Sammy refers to Lengel as the “Sunday-school-superintendent” and the “lifeguard” of A&P (Updike). He especially highlights the socioeconomic contrast when using brief metaphors such as “ice cream coats” to portray Sammy’s imagination of the vibrant world of Queenie (Updike). Sammy’s vivid descriptions in his metaphors represent a sense of his imagination and his awareness of another world beyond his. Therefore, such awareness allows Sammy to be disillusioned, as anawareness of what one doesn’t have can prompt desire for more. The story’s ending– the epiphany of the boy of his current status in the society and his depressed outlook into his future– is a contrast to be made with the imaginative metaphors he uses in this passage. When the imaginative metaphors at the beginning of the passage are contrasted with the despondent outlook of his future at the end of the passage, the sense of disillusionment that Sammy feels can be seen vividly. As the figurative language used in his observations are informal, Sammy’s incorporation of personal metaphors in his speaking reflects a casual tone in his speech.

In his short story, “A&P”, John Updike incorporates his literary devices to ultimately convey the disillusionment of a young boy. Overt juxtaposition, stream of consciousness, and imaginative metaphors– all serve to bring into attention the self-realization of a boy through a casual tone. Hence, such language reveals the boy’s epiphany of his position in society.

ARTIFACT 2- Close Reading 2

Passage 5-:A&P And the Role of its Literary Devices

The protagonist and main character of the short story “A&P” by John Updike, Sammy, defies convention. When a group of girls in their revealing swimsuits enters his workplace–a supermarket called A&P– Sammy marvels at their beauty, while this was more of an unconscious attraction to the boldness of the girls who chose to be an aberration from the norm. The girls initially evoke a feeling of sensation that Sammy has never felt– one that allows him a temporary mental escape from the dull, monotonous supermarket. Sammy’s perception, however, is reversed by the end of the story. Through the use of overt juxtaposition, stream of consciousness, and whimsical metaphors, Updike portrays the disillusionment through a young man’s eyes in a casual tone.

Updike cleverly juxtaposes the socioeconomic differences of the upper and middle classes through the story of Sammy and the girls in order to highlight the impact of their encounter. Sammy displays a sense of fascination with the upper class throughout the short story, even imagining where some of the products that the leader of the girls in bathing suits, Queenie, buys would end up. Simply because Queenie buys a pack of Herring Snacks, the more expensive of the kind in the supermarket, Sammy daydreams about Queenie’s fascinating world, where the “men wear bow ties and the women were in sandals picking up herring snacks on toothpicks off a big plate and they were all holding drinks the color of water with olives and sprigs of mint in them” (Updike). On the other hand, he juxtaposes this imagery with that of his life, where his parents have “lemonade and if it’s a real racy affair Schlitz in tall glass with “They’ll Do It Every Time” cartoons stenciled on”. The overarching theme of the story, deviation from the norm, is conveyed mostly through the juxtaposition of the attires in the supermarket. While the girls wear conspicuous “two-piece” swimsuits,  the employees wear a monotonous uniform (Updike). The sightings of the girls therefore serve as an inspiration for Sammy to ultimately quit his job in hopes of escaping the lack of individuality the supermarket had for him– nothing that distinguished him from the others, except for the name tag sewn in his pocket.

In order to bring about a casual tone, Updike utilizes the stream of consciousness to create a less structured format of writing. Sammy’s capricious character which enables him to jump off in different directions throughout the story, is revealed in this process, when he remarks on every idea that comes to his mind. Such technique eliminates the filter between the audience, and engages the audience into his private thoughts. For instance, Sammy rambles on about Queenie’s voice after she speaks, asserting that “Her voice kind of startled me, the way voices do when you see people first… so flat and dumb yet kind of tony, too, the way it tickled over…” (Updike). Even after Lengel, a co-worker in the supermarket, says what may embarrass the girls in the supermarket, Sammy adds, “His repeating this struck me as funny…thinking all these years the A&P was a great dune and he was the head lifeguard” (Updike). Although the other characters’ dialogues did not have much of a significance or deep meaning, Sammy often gave notably long remarks in his stream of consciousness in order to reveal his thought processes.

Updike further elaborates the magnitude of Sammy’s disillusionment by contrasting the whimsical metaphors at the beginning with the despondent outlooks at the end. Metaphors such as the beach as the A&P, when Lengel asserts, “Girls, this isn’t a beach”, Sammy referring to Lengel as the “Sunday-school-superintendent” or the “lifeguard” is a main analogy in this passage, while he also uses brief metaphors such as “ice cream coats” to represent pastel-colored coats, interconnecting commonplace objects with the characters or the settings (Updike). The story’s ending– epiphany of the boy of his current status in the society and a tedious outlook into his future– is a contrast to be made with the whimsical metaphor he uses in this passage.

In his short story,A&P”, John Updike well-executes his literary devices to deliver a casual tone. Through such usage, he brings into attention the self-realization of a boy in his teenage struggles. While the protagonist’s primary motives for relinquishing his job initially has been for attention, such action brings him to a mirroring of his reality and the realization of his poignant truth– his socioeconomic status that he is unable to afford the luxury of the deviation from the norm.

ARTIFACT 3- Heart of Darkness Essay Draft 1

Abraham Lincoln said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” In a well-organized essay, defend, challenge, or qualify this statement. Draw upon your observation, experience, and reading, particularly your reading of Heart of Darkness, to support your position.

2 pages double spaced

When one is granted too much power, it leads to a limitless amount of freedom that eliminates the fear of being judged or condemned by one’s doings. This can lead to actions that reveal a man’s true nature. Power brings with it opportunities for choices, whether it may lead to an unwanted or desirable consequence. Hence the choices plays part in defining one’s nature. As exemplified by the characters Kurtz and Marlow from the Heart of Darkness and the historical leader Saddam Hussein, the granting of power inevitably becomes a test of a man’s character.

Kurtz is a prime demonstration of how power corrupts mankind. Kurtz’s power comes primarily from being a Caucasian male in Africa during the imperialistic era, as well as his charisma and strength of will that allow him to enrapture his audiences. He uses his charisma and eloquence by forbidding the natives to talk, while they only listen. Thus, Kurtz exploits his power in an unethical, immoral way by mystifying himself as a godlike figure and exerting power over the natives to claim all of the ivory as his own. Kurtz’s behavior shows his greed and his insatiable desire for material goods.

Marlow’s inability to react to the harsh conditions that he witnesses, despite the inherent power he possesses as a Caucasian in the colonies, exhibits a weakness and a tendency for corruption that isn’t any different from that of Kurtz. While Marlow is not directly responsible for the treatment of natives, he is just as culpable because of his inaction. When Marlow mentions Kurtz’s written report to the “International Society for the Suppression of Savage Customs” containing phrases that contradict his central point of argument such as “exterminate all the brutes!”, he merely wonders at its irony rather than questioning the ethical implications of such practices. Such reaction demonstrates his hypocrisy, one that expresses discontent yet takes no movement.

Saddam Hussein epitomizes corruption due to excess power. Saddam Hussein’s true character and ambition was exhibited after he seized power over Iraq. Mass genocide, unethical propaganda, and inhumane treatment of various groups in order to keep his power was a manifestation of his immorality and merciless character. As Hussein’s power was unmitigated and thus eliminated his fear of being challenged, his actions after his rise to authority clearly defined his character.

Power reveals. Whether it may be reveal a pleasant or a displeasing characteristic of an individual, granting of power can function as a tool for having deeper outlook into the society, disguised in the form of flattery. Indeed, power can test a man’s character.

ARTIFACT 4- Frankenstein Podcast

Diary,
My dear Victor, today we became a married couple and our love is

culminating, I look forward to having the happiest days of our lives together– yet I see a hint of agitation in your gleaming eyes. When you look at me, you let out a faint, but heart-warming smile, and when I am out of your sight, I could sense your misery. Please, tell me, that dreadful secret you have mentioned on our letter. You told me that I will chill my frame with horror when I discover it. It does not matter. Whatever it may be, I will suffer with you. We are a family now– and you are not alone! I hope your distress could be alleviated if we go through it together, rather than just you in solitude. Victor, what is it that you fear? What agitates you? Watching your lonely back in this dreadful night is painful, but for now, we must get well-rested.

I retired to a room at the inn and reclined my back on a chair, each and every muscle collapsing as I entered into a state of drowsiness. Suddenly, I flinched at a loud tremor. Oh my lord! I saw in the darkness a..a…. monstrous creature! It appeared to be of a human form, skin covered with muscles and arteries, horrid eyes, grin wrinkling its cheeks, and bright white teeth gleaming under the moonlight. Is this what Victor had been hiding? It was creeping towards me in fury, as if to murderously tear me apart. Great god, help me! I led out an agonizing scream. You may take my life, monster, but please do no harm to my dear Victor.

I will not leave you–Victor– you’re not in solitude. Remember, my love, I’ll be always be with you from above.

ARTIFACT 5- Frankenstein Discussion Posts

1.

I chose to follow the theme of isolation as one of the defining themes for Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein”. The theme of isolation and alienation is represented by the protagonist and the narrator of the story,Victor Frankenstein himself.  Frankenstein pursues isolation in order to fulfill desires of his experiment. Driven by his ardent obsession with discovering and creating a ground-breaking creature, Victor Frankenstein voluntarily lives a life of solitude “in a solitary chamber, or rather cell” and “kept (keeps) my workshop of filthy creation” (P82) . When, as he continue to seek knowledge through the creature, discovers that he has in fact created a frightening, monstrous beast, Victor is still confined within the apartment, providing secrecy to his experiment and thus his monstrous creature. Hence, Victor’s prolonged alienation from the society and humanity is a decisive factor in gradually depreciating his health and humanness, a central conflict in the novel.

2.

In volume II of the novel, I also agree on your argument that solitude was portrayed in a new direction, rather than simply the negative aspects of solitude as shown in the earlier volume. Solitude in volume II primarily brought a sense of secrecy, and the much needed protection and isolation from the outer world brought Victor the opportunities to discover the truths about nature and hence create the creature. Although both forms of solitude in volume I and II were voluntary, solitude portrayed in volume II was one that evokes romantic imagery that could potentially console Victor from his troubles. For instance, Victor is “determined to go alone, for I was well acquainted with the path, and the presence of another would destroy the solitary grandeur of the scene”, appreciating the beauty of nature when viewed alone.

3.

In the chapters of volume III, the theme of alienation is especially focused upon the monstrous creature that Victor Frankenstein has created. Mary Shelly uses the theme of loneliness resulting from alienation as a decisive factor that triggers the readers, as well as Victor Frankenstein in aligning themselves with what had previously seemed like a belligerent, repugnant creature. For the monster, his alienation is the key to fulfilling his desires– to have a female companion of his kind. To convince Victor Frankenstein in making something again hat he so abhorred, The monster uses phrases such as “I am malicious because I am miserable; am I not shunned and hated by all mankind?…if I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear” (169) and “I am alone, and miserable; man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me.”, in order to evoke feelings of compassion and sympathy from his creator. The method worked– as Victor conceded to his request and thought “”a creature who could exist in the ice caves of the glaciers, and hide himself from pursuit among the ridges of inaccessible precipices, was a being possessing faculties it would be vain to cope with.” (172)”

4.

My story of Frankenstien revolved around a major theme of loneliness, alienation, or isolation, whichever one you prefer to call it. This theme sprouts from not simple imagination, but a more intimate, personal experience that I have had though the course of my lifetime. I believe that loneliness is one of the most dejecting feelings one can have, thus I wanted to deliver the feeling of loneliness as well as its effects on mankind. So in my novel “Frankenstein; The Modern Prometheus”, I centered some of the actions of the characters around loneliness. The primary victim of alienation in this story, is, of course, the monster, but I later expanded that disgruntled feeling into revenge, and another cycle of loneliness. For instance, alienation prompted the monster to request for a female companion to Frankenstein, and also led his feelings turn to fury once he had been rejected. Then the fury turned to revenge– a revenge on loneliness with loneliness. That is, I tried to portray the irony of someone in solitude (the monster) taking revenge of his loneliness by also giving back the similar loneliness that he has had. Since the monster did not want to feel that he is the only one alone in the world, he sought to make Frankenstein, the seed of his loneliness, lonely as well. The monster deprived Henry, Alphonse Frankenstein, all of whom are valuable to Victor Frankenstein, of life, but most of all, took the life of Victor Frankenstein’s love, Elizabeth, in their wedding day– a symbolic day for conglomeration, the antithesis of loneliness. Loneliness, as readers can infer from my novel, is an undesirable feeling that results in tragedy.

ARTIFACT 6-  SOAPS tone “Sony’s Blues”

Graphic Organizer Fiction Sony’s Blues
Subject
The general topic, content, and ideas contained in the text. What is this piece about?  What are the key points of the text? Sonny’s Blues is a story of two brothers who attempt to overcome their struggles, especially through music. The story begins with a young musician named Sonny from Harlem who is sent to prison for doing and selling drugs then moves in with his older brother. The brothers who previously were in conflict due to their irreconcilable ideologies breaks the ice when they are reunited.
Occasion
The time and place of the piece; the current situation or context which gave rise to the writing or speech. Sony’s Blues, published in 1957, is set in Harlem, New York, the birthplace of Jazz and also on its darker side, home to many poverty-stricken African Americans. As drugs and crimes are prevalent in this neighborhood, the author expresses concern for his students who may also be involved in those crimes just like Sony, the narrator’s brother.
Audience
The group of readers to whom this piece is directed. The audience may be one person, a small group, or a large group.  What qualities, beliefs, or values do the audience members have in common? The author directs this piece to no one in particular, but he is most likely delivering the message towards those who struggle to find their paths. Through the narrator’s epiphany at the end of the story when he realizes that music and Sonny are indispensable, the story may be conveying a deeper meaning in that people pursue their own passion should not be stopped by outer force or pressure.
Purpose
The reason behind the text. What does the speaker, writer, or filmmaker want the audience to do, feel, say or choose? In literature, we call this the theme of the piece. Again, the narrator is directing a message that people may not live up to others’ expectations, but each individual has a passion that allows for his or her capacity for growth. (Just like Sonny, who is addicted to heroine, has passion for music, but his shaky piano skills display that there is room for improvement in which he can work towards.)
Speaker
The voice that tells the story, or in nonfiction, the author. What do we know about the writer’s life and views that shape this text? The narrator is Sonny’s older brother, a math teacher who has lived his whole life in Harlem. The narrator lives a relatively stable life in the dark community as a father and a husband, while many live a life of poverty and crime. Although he is also well-aware and concerned about the illicit events around him, he rarely takes action to stop them.
Tone
What choice of words and use of rhetorical devices let you know the speaker’s tone? Is the tone light-hearted or deadly serious? Mischievous or ironic? Although the narrator had gone through a series of conflicts with his younger brother, his stone still displays a sense of care and sympathy for Sonny, as well as those around him. For instance, when the narrator finds out that his brother has been dealing heroin, he sympathizes for his students who also has a dull future in this neighborhood, and may end up like his brother. For Sonny alike, the author tries to understand his brother’s heroin addiction and its link to music, rather than express his strong disapproval towards drug abuse.

Entry 4- Reflection as a reader

Much more so than in writing, I have always had a difficulty in reading throughout my academic career. Reading was not an entertaining recreational activity for me, so I have encountered far less books than had I enjoyed reading for pleasure. I also read far less than some of my other peers who read on their own, as I read just and only what was required of a class. Sometimes I would justify my lack of reading with my busy life as a high school student; but nonetheless, I knew for a fact that it is hard to imagine myself with a book, even at a beach, in the near future. But despite this obstacle for me as a reader who reads mostly for school, I have learned to become a better reader this semester. Before all else, I think the first step of reading is to raise up my interest level. Whether it is background research, a Youtube clip, or an excerpt from a book I am about to read, I learned that I read best when I am interested. It was difficult, for some of the novels, particularly the Heart of Darkness, to grab my attention and increase my interest level. But when I did some basic context and background research on the novel and discovered more about the setting, I became more interested as I have already learned about imperialism in Congo in my AP World History class last year.

The next part of my quest for a better reader was of course, reading. Once I had a better grasp of what the context for my novel, fiction, or poetry was, I started reading. In my AP Literature class so far this year, I did not simply read and let the information, ideas, or themes just shift through my head as I read. Instead, I placed mini post-it notes on wherever I thought was important, significant or interesting, to come back to after I read. This method worked best for me, as annotations previously disrupted me from the focus of my reading.

I think the most integral part in becoming a better reader was by learning from others, my peers. When we had extensive class discussions after reading Heart of Darkness, After Dark, or some of the short stories, I gained an insight into others’ thoughts that broadened my knowledge in the analysis of the text. However, I felt that the online discussion forum on Turnitin.com that we had implemented while reading Frankenstein worked best, as we gave careful thoughts to each of our posts, rather than bursting out whatever that came to mind in a classroom discussion setting. I as a student also contributed best through the online discussion by providing information rich in content, rather than the verbal discussion in class that had to be done in a short amount of time. Fishbowl discussions especially hindered my ability to talk, since frequency, as well as quality of our discussion was essential, I was often unable to do so in a constricted amount of time. Nonetheless, discussions on our reading contributed significantly to my understanding of the text; I was able to catch details and information that I would have otherwise conveniently overlooked when reading simply by myself. Although I am not a great reader now, I hope to use the skills I have learned thus far this semester to become a better reader.

Entry 5- Goals

Q1:1. This quarter, I would like to expand my knowledge on various notable works of literature. By reading such works, I want to also adapt or learn from other authors’ writing styles.

2. I really want my own distinctive voice in my own writing. I would also like to develop on my writing skills so that I can write without much struggling in the beginning.

For the most part, I thought my quarter I goal should be more like the entire year’s goal. Developing a distinctive voice may not all be done in a quarter’s time frame, thus it may be better to have more specific goals leading up to the larger goal for the entire year. I thought my goal as a reader was also quite vague, as I would probably expand my knowledge on various works of literature simply by being part of the class anyways. Thus, it may be better to also have more specific goals for reading, such as annotating as I read along, analyzing the text without relying on Sparknotes, etc.

Q2:

So far in the 1st quarter, I think I have definitely expanded my knowledge of some works of literature through reading various short stories, as well as two books, the Heart of Darkness and Of Mice and Men. Although I am still in the process of developing my own distinct voice in my writing, I think I am improving writing by writing, in conveying my own voice. In the 2nd quarter, I hope to develop a firm understanding of the AP FRQ writing. Because I did not take AP Language as most people did, I am having a hard time writing the free response essays in a way that I could be awarded higher than 5 points. This quarter, I will practice more, read the rubrics over and over, and read various examples until I can almost master the skills needed for an AP essay.

My 2nd quarter goal seems to be less vague than my 1st quarter’s, as I had a better idea of how this course was structured, and what areas I have to improve on. As I was quite unsure about my FRQ writing due to my inexperience with English as an AP course, the resources that have been provided by Mrs. Brayko’s were useful in understanding the FRQ section, and guiding my FRQ writing as well. I think I have achieved my goal of developing a better understanding of FRQ in the 2nd quarter, especially after having read some of those resources.

Q3:

In the upcoming semester, I hope to become a more sophisticated reader and writer, specifically by annotating the text and writing my essays in a less rigidly structured format. When annotating the text, I think I may have a better grasp of what I read rather than simply rushing through the book, and also develop analysis skills needed later in my writing. By also writing in a less rigid, less typical format, I think I can perhaps escape the typical format that I’ve been adhering to, but still address all of the necessary components of an essay in a more subtle way. Sophisticated writers often write in such ways, thus by first reading some of those writings and first mimicking some of those structures, I think I can expand on my breadth of knowledge in writing.

The environmental science field today had been much of a déjà vu for me. Although it is hard to recall when, I have previously visited the maintenance room down stairs briefly when I was in middle school, so walking into each of the rooms, I recalled the fascination I had as a middle schooler!

Downstairs, our school was like a maze, with each room leading to another and each entrance leading to a different exit. The different rooms for the generator, boiler, and electricity resembled the places I’ve seen in a Mission Impossible movie. When I saw the rooms lit up very brightly, I was quite concerned whether they had turned on the lights because the students were in the rooms, or they have always turned on the lights regardless of people being inside the room. If the latter is the case, I think this could be one of the ways to conserve electricity. The boiler room and the room underneath the swimming pool fascinated me, as I’ve seen waterways connected to the swimming pool for heating and filtering. The fact that the school changes the water of the swimming pool only twice a year was quite a shock, but knowing that they had constantly filtered out the water and this is also a way to save water, I did not feel too concerned. A machine in the swimming pool room that separates NaCl (salt), by separating the sodium and releasing the chlorine into the swimming pool waters to cleanse the pool was one of the most interesting scientific findings also related to the concepts I’ve learned in chemistry last year. 

 

Environmental Science is starting to offer field trips to Tancheon almost every week, and this week I had my first field trip as well as my first visit to Tancheon. As I’ve been living in Seoul (near Han River) for nearly my entire life, I have been visiting the Han River almost every week to bicycle or exercise. So my first impression of Tancheon was “Whoa… it’s a 1/20 mini version of Han River!”. I also felt like Tancheon was a bit artificial, as the pathways of the rocks were not created by nature, and all of its surroundings were simply modern bicycle paths or walking paths made for recreational purposes. This is also true for the Han River, but as Han River is in a bigger scale, the area preserved for nature is also much larger.

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My bicycle and the Han River

But the entire purpose of my trip, in comparison to the Han River, was different this time. I usually go to the Han River to walk, run, or bicycle, but in Tancheon I sought to explore and appreciate nature.

 

Going inside the water into Tancheon was actually no big deal, because I like rivers and streams and nature and swimming in clean environments. Tancheon seemed to be much more relatively clean compared to the Han River (and I have actually been inside the polluted river…haha). While navigating through the stream my foot had a small bloody cut by the rocks that scratched against my feet, but what grabbed my attention more were the little insects underneath the rocks in the stream, than the scratch on my foot. The itty-bitty bugs was definitely not pleasant, but were fascinating to watch!

In the Riparian zone of the river, many kinds of plants and bushes resided, but none too colorful or beautiful to watch. After all, this is not a botanical garden!

I’m not so sure if I should be the one saying this, but everyone deserves some materialistic goods in their lives, even if it’s something small. So to make sure such things can happen, those who lead unnecessarily elaborate lives can be happier by reducing their extravagance. I’m not all about simplicity–I sometimes purchase expensive goods, eat great food, and use energy excessively– however, I think living simpler can actually make you feel happier than if you were to live extravagantly.

This summer, I was in Hong Kong, at a modern hotel where everything was automatic–there was so much comfort– maybe too much comfort, to make me feel almost uncomfortable. From the blinds, lights, sound system, everything was automatic. In that hotel, I was able to literally sit in a tub with water, while watching TV, pulling the blinds down, turning the music on, and doing so many other things.It’s marvelous how technology had pushed us this far, but I believe something beyond this is unnecessary. Humans are meant to move and complete their tasks, possibly with some help of machines. However, something at this level that I experienced at the hotel may be too much, and can cause people to become extremely lazy. The lack of movement not only bad for their health, but it can arrive at a point one may not even know if they are living or dead if they do not use their bodies! Thus, back when I was in that hotel in Hong Kong, I felt discomfort at the too much comfort it was providing. The gaps of standards of living between the needy people of Africa or some of the wealthy people living in a developed country is great, but I think we can reduce the extravagance to provide for the basic needs of those in need.

Although I don’t go as far as being a vegetarian, environmental activist, I have always been concerned about the human impact on the environment. The global population is steadily increasing and people around the world, although aware, do not seem to take much action or even make small changes to their lives. I, also did not do much for the environment. I always ate a lot of meat (haha…), and consumed goods without thinking about their impact for the environment.

I sometimes did have the moments when I realized that I was actually not ignorant of human impact. When I spotted my mom wearing real fur, I complained that I think fur is the worst way to let the animals die. I showed her pictures of the cute chinchilla (the type of fur she was wearing) and cautioned her to not buy any more fur, as I believe that fur is not only expensive, but a harm to the environment and a threat to the animal.

 

I once saw a commercial a campaign on TV saying “You can’t stop global warming, but you can feed those children”. True, I don’t think I alone can stop global warming. But when billions take action to conserve energy, global warming can be delayed. One can start by doing even the smallest things in daily life, such as turning lights off on rooms that one is absent in the room, not leaving the tap open when brushing one’s teeth, etc.

I’d like to start out my environmental blog post with a pledge that I’ll try my best to have positive human impact on the environment starting from the smallest actions to possibly large actions for the environment in the future. Let’s go earth!

Eric Whitacre is perhaps one of the most talked-about choral composer and conductor of the 21st century. He has composed various pieces for contemporary or classical choral music, including the international bestseller Cloudburst. Throughout his career, he had given performances at popular venues, such as the Carnegie Hall. But most of all, he has extended his audience to millions when he released his Virtual Choir recording on Youtube.

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir has opened a whole new world for the future of choral music. His project made a great usage of modern day technology and brought people all over the world together in harmony.

As I first watched this fascinating work, the first thing that came up to my mind was how much work the editing and putting the audio together would have taken. Then I also thought that they sounded like a single choir truly enjoying making music, though they have probably never met each other before.

There were other opinions I’ve heard about having a “Virtual Choir”. When my choir teacher, Ms. Stephens showed this video to our class, she stated that she feels a bit “sad”, as the whole meaning of choir, getting together to sing, was waning. This video leaves me wondering about the future of choir. What could it be like? Will we have people singing individually at different places edited, to form a choir? Or will people gather and sing together in a choir? Only time will tell.

Do you have any guess what this is?

Surprisingly, this is a chair. As I have mentioned on my previous post, Verner Panton, a Danish furniture designer, also designed this piece of artwork, The Living Tower. It is quite difficult to imagine how anyone could preferably “sit” on this grotesque looking “thing”. Here is a picture of how it works:

This is Verner Panton himself sitting and laying back on the chair.

It will surely be a great experience if my family was to sit together on this. Oh, we will definitely have a fight over who will sit where! 🙂 There is a big difference of comfort with the one closest to the bottom and the one right above it. While the seating on the top may also be comfortable, I cannot quite imagine myself climbing up so high.