Saturday, May 12, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Tarzan constantly is searching from approval from Kurtchak, the dominant male gorilla of the pack and his adoptive father. Tarzan tries desperately to find his place in the pack by proving his skills to Kerchak. Kerchak is a darker, dominant gorilla that also is more aggressive than any of the other gorillas; this can show that darker people are mean. He becomes softer throughout the film and you come to understand that his aggressiveness was out of protection and he accepts and apologizes to Tarzan before he dies. Kerchak and Kala’s interaction with one and other is very sexist being as Kerchak is always the dominant one in the relationship, yet Kala shows forms of independence by keeping Tarzan even though he doesn’t want him and ignoring his commands or insults towards Tarzan.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
This book is about a seven year old girl who has a hard time excepting something about herself; her freckles. She tries anything she can think to get rid of her freckles, including becoming the “new” kid at school. Yet in the end she accepts and learns to love her freckles.
Are characters "outside the mainstream culture" depicted as individuals or as caricatures?
After observing the illustrations I saw that each character in the book is a unique individual, even the children Freckleface Strawberry interacts with are individuals. The only thing that can be interpreted as a caricature feature is Freckleface Strawberries freckles. They stand out in all the illustrations and she is the only one in which they are extremely noticeable, and even compared to a giraffes spots at one point.
Who has the power in this story? What is the nature of their power, and how do they use it?
Who has wisdom? What is the nature of their wisdom, and how do they use it?
What are the consequences of certain behaviors? What behaviors or traits are rewarded, and how? What behaviors are punished, and how?
How is language used to create images of people of a particular group? How are artistic elements used to create those images?
Who has written this story? Who has illustrated it? Are they inside or outside the groups they are presenting? What are they in a position to know? What do they claim to know?
Whose voices are heard? Whose are missing?
What do this narrative and these pictures say about race? Class? Culture? Gender? Age? Resistance to the status quo?
Analyze the illustrations for stereotypes. What are people doing that may create or perpetuate a stereotype?
Analyze the storyline. How are problems presented and resolved?
Would you recommend this book? Why or why not?
Saturday, January 28, 2012
All about me...Well My name is Kristen Hardy. My parents named me Kristen mainly because they just liked that name, however they decided to spell with an e instead of an i at the end to make it somewhat unique. English is my first and only language but I want to learn Spanish. I was born and raised in Grass Valley California and currently still live here with my family. My parents have been married for 30 years (this year), and I have 3 sisters, 1 younger, 2 older. I am a fun, relaxed, curious, creative, and sometimes stubborn person. I enjoy spending time with my family because we are all close and support each other through everything.
I have a boyfriend who has been in the Army for a little over 4 years now. We have been dating for 3 of those years and he is finally going to be finished serving his time this summer. He is a huge part of my life and my family, I look to him for anything and everything; we are best friends. My extended family is spread out all across the USA, which makes it very difficult to spend time with them. My grandparents were all very strong individuals and scared me when i was a child. They have all since passed yet I am grateful for the time I had with them.
My race is Caucasian. My mom's family is all Danish and Dutch and I have been aware and exposed to forms of Dutch culture my entire life, mainly by being exposed to my mother's large family; she has 3 sisters and 2 brothers. My father is a more complicated story...He was adopted at birth so up until 3 years ago we had no idea what his background was. However fate stepped in and connected my dad with some people who could help him locate his birth family. A month or so later he was spending time with the people who were locating his family when one of them handed him the phone, he said hello and heard a voice on the other end, but had no idea who it was until the person said "that's your sister." My family has completely changed since then and now we finally know that most of my father's family is Flemish. I'm still trying to discover what exactly that means, but I'm sure I'll become more in touch with that culture with time.
My passion since i can remember has been teaching/ working with children. I used to sneak out of Sunday school and help the ladies in the nursery down the hall. I truly love the feeling of making a difference in a child's life. I had teachers who were amazing and changed my life; I want to be that kind of teacher. I worked as an after school program aide and lead teacher for 5 years, and now I currently work as a part time nanny for a family with 2 wonderfully hilarious children. As a teacher the most important thing to me is for my students to feel safe, whether it be emotionally safe, or physically safe. Culture some into play a lot with safety being my goal. As we saw in the Happy to be Nappy video, those children being teased didn't feel safe and the teasing was coming from other students who didn't understand their differences. Getting to learn more ways to bring culture into a classroom setting to make each student feel accepted and unique in all the right ways will make me a better teacher all around.
Here are a few pictures :)