Even though we weren't conscious of this, with all the activities and mini performance we made, we started this project since the first day of school. All the small circle activities and the mini performances, like "the House Of Mango Street" performance were a preparation for the The Tribes Project. In this project we learned poetry, performance, group work and many other things. Our main focus was on the book "The Absolutely True Diary of the Part Time Indian". We made a performance in which most of our ideas were based of the book.
"House Of Mango Street" Performance
For "The House Of Mango Street" performance we got put in groups, and each group was given a chapter to read out loud. To make the performance more alive, we added sounds to depending on the mood of the reading, and emphasized on the words that meant a lot in the chapter. I really liked this idea because it was a way for us to feel more comfortable performing in front of each other.
For the dialogical Interview we had to interview the partner that we got, to write a poem about them. We had to ask three questions, and in each question get deeper information if possible. We also had to get a story or something important for the story, and we needed to have the five senses included in those things. We had to have notes on sight, smell, speaking, and hearing to make the poem more vivid, and so the reader will be able to imagine whatever it is about better.
First Draft of "I Sing To You" Poem
Second Draft of "I Sing To You" Poem
Critique Session With 8th Graders
During this project we had a tiny field trip to HTMCV to ask for critique and give critique to a 8th grade class. We chose a partner and sat down in a comfortable place to start the critique process. I helped my partner with her essay about what made her as a person and she helped me with my "I Sing to You" Poem. We started by giving each other our work then filling out the page that we both had for each other for the critique. Her essay was perfect, it just needed a few fixes here and there. She gave me some good advice on the poem, because of her I started to write more about her little sister.
I Sing to You of Alexis
My Self Portrait
I wanted my self portrait to show kind of who I am. I chose to sit in the middle of the street to represent that I don't mind taking risks, in my opinion staying on the safe side is boring and taking risks makes life more exciting. I chose to sit backwards, not only because it looks cool, but because it shows that at first when I meet new people, I tend to put a wall, I don't usually show my goofiness, my weird jokes, or much of my personality when I meet someone new, and once you start knowing me, I start to show my true self.
A key piece that I think you should know about this article is that there are groups of people that are super racist. These groups of people are whit, and they go around beating up anyone who isn't white and racist. They mostly hate the people that are white and not racist because they think that they are traitors.
The Tribes Of Mexico & America
I participated in the group that performed the tribes. We decided to make the performance about Mexicans and Americans discussing but at the same time coming together. There would be a group of Mexicans that would say they came from a tribe of something, then the tribe on Americans that say they would come from a tribe of the same thing but in an american tradition, and the bilingual group would connect them. For example, the Mexicans would say ¨I come from a tribe of arroz con leche¨, and the Americans would say ¨I come from a tribe of s'mores¨ then the bilingual would connect them by saying ¨we come from a tribe of sweets¨. At the end of the performance the Mexicans would say ¨We are part time Americans¨ and the Americans would say ¨nosotros somos parte Mexicanos¨(we are part time Mexicans) and then connecting all the groups together we all said ¨and together we are one.
- How would you answer this project’s essential question, “what tribes do you belong to?”. Has this answer changed since the beginning of the year?
I would answer by saying I belong to the tribe of the unknown. I know that I definitely would not answer the same thing in the beginning of the year. When we first had a quick write about this I answered with things that weren't very deep or personal, for example I belong to the tribe of sisters or latinas, it is true, but it's something that everyone knows about me.
- What did you learn about “writing for a client” that you want to remember in your next project?
- What did you learn about descriptive writing that you want to remember about your next project?
Sometimes people read a book to forget about everything in life and just enter the world's book, If you aren't descriptive they aren't able to feel like they're inside the book, or be able to imagine what the story looks like. I learned that in order to have a vivid essay, story, or any type of reading, you need to have something descriptive, with some of the five senses, that way the reader feels like they are part of the story.
- What did you learn about collaboration that you want to remember in your next project?
I learned that in order to have a good project everyone has to agree with the decisions to make the project better.
- What’s one moment from this project that you want to remember? I want to remember all the fun circle activities we did, because not only did it help me get more comfortable with my entire class/team, it also made me make more friends.