Thursday, 23 February 2017

Harkness Discussion #2

A Harkness discussion is when multiple people converse on a certain topic/s. Individuals are responsible for different roles in these discussions. The moderator, the person in responsible for developing questions to guide the conversation and to keep it on "track". The cartographer is responsible for tracking the "flow" of conversation by recording the exchange between the group. This can look like:

 The recorder records the conversation for future reference. Our group did not have trouble adding their ideas when they had the chance. There were a few people that were quieter than others but that is because they were doing their assigned responsibilities. The more talkative people in the group would consistently interrupt others but this wasn't quite noticeable due to the quality of the recording. We concluded that the best moment of our discussion was from 4:00 and onwards.  For our next discussion, I think we can include the quiet people more. To do this we will need to discuss in an assigned order.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Litspiration Challenge: Setting

Recently we have been analyzing the components of setting in the "House of the Scorpion" by Nancy Farmer. To demonstrate this knowledge we have decided to make a travel Brochure to the fictional land inside the book.

In this brochure, we have taken the perspective of a person who would write such reviews in this fictional world. When making reference to Matt Alacran he is described to be an "it". This indicates a difference in social status and a discriminatory bias against clones like Matt. The first section of the Brochure is an introduction to Opium, the fictional country. The second section describes the setting, and the third section describes how the narrative is driven forward by the different scene-specific settings.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Harkness Discussion #1

1. How did we support quieter people during the discussion? We shushed people and made sure that someone with a point talked. If someone wasn't talking we would encourage them to talk.
2. How did we support the more talkative people in the group? We let them share their ideas but made them be quiet while the quieter people were talking.
 3. What is the timestamp of our best moment of discussion, and why? I think the very beginning where we were talking about what we thought the dove feather meant. I think this was very in depth and showed our knowledge of the book. 1:00-2:00
4. What is our main goal for our next discussion? We had the tendency to interrupt each in abrupt intervals in order to get our points across. Next time we could try to find a way to share our ideas more effectively. This can be through talking in a designated order or by creating a discussion document so people can address certain points.