How have cultural adaptations between White and Black Americans contributed to Rock 'n' Roll?
Exploration Reflection #1
This week we had research on our topic that we are doing for symposium. We have the topic of music adaptation and how and why the body reacts to music dancing. We have been trying to find a unique twist about music that no one has ever thought of but it is hard because the music industry is so big. So that’s what we’ve been doing all week. The articles about the music industry are not hard to find, but we do have to find a specific topic from the articles we do find to fit in with what we want our topic to focus on. So far I have found one possible article but we are not too sure about it, we will have to meet up one day and work on it together so that we are all on the same page. Since we do not have our topic approved yet, we only have to find two articles but I want to be ahead. So I will see if they can work extra so we won’t have to do as much work than we really need to. Now, that I have found what we will do, we will focus on it this weekend. Our topic we are focusing on is music and the adaptation that it changes, and the driving question that would be, music is everywhere but how would the everyday life of a person be without music. This weekend I will put my heart and soul into researching about music because I really suck at research and I listen to a lot of music. It would be interesting to search for and find the different evolution's of music and what was popular. We will also go talk to the teachers to see if they can be out mentor since we still need to get our other mentor.
Now, we have a solid, more controversial topic to work with and we have found a few articles that we will be annotating. We need to work on the ISD to fill it up with information. For that, we will need to work hard and hopefully finish by tomorrow Wednesday. The Student-Led Research, we have emailed a professor at NYU that knows about our topic of music and racial conflicts between white and black people. We have yet to hear from the professor. We also have another part of the SLR that is to interview Mr. Axtell about music and what kind of music makes America. That, we will do after school and I hope that he is there so that we will at least a little. We also need to come up with our board plan so we can be points for that. Ms. Park will have to get that approved soon. We will stay only today after school to get just enough done and not be too behind. Today will be the only other day in which we can get stuff done afters school because then we will have no time to do it. We feel that we are still behind and that we still need a lot to get stuff done. We have only one article done and we still have nothing in our ISD so that will be our main focus.
Today, we have just finished our projects and it was very tiring and a slow process. First of all, we had to complete the big idea chart, and that took a little while because we had to create it on Google drawings, we only really had to type in what was already there. When we did finish, we went to go print our stuff out so that we could start glueing it onto our project. We got red construction paper, and we started cutting. We had a lot of information, so it covered a lot of our information. When we had trouble putting it all on our board, we asked Ms. Park for help and she told us to put them closer together to fit more information. When we did that, it still wasn’t enough space to fit in our survey, but Ms. Park solved that problem and made us a little flip book where we could put our survey information. We ended up making a survey because we had wanted to conduct an interview with a professor who studied stuff like this, we had emailed three, but non replied. So we glued on the rest of our stuff and we ended up finishing it. Now we just have to focus on the creative piece and we have to figure out what we are going to do.
Our Information contained in our Symposium Board
Our Survey Results
Here's a little bit of our process that took a lot of our time during symposium. We are glad to be finished with it . It took a while to finish, but in the end, we are proud with our work.
Today is one day after Symposium finished and we presented our project. Our projects have been long finished before this, but because of Symposium we have learned about our driving question which is, how have cultural adaptations between White and Black Americans contributed to Rock ‘n’ Roll? Before we turned our tri fold boards into Ms. Park to go take them back down to the gym, we had to explain what every little thing in our tri fold signified. We also had to fix little things like gluing the corners of our papers. We made sure that we had no typos and that everything was perfectly perfect. Throughout this whole process, I was learning the whole time, before I researched the topic of racializing rock ‘n’ roll. Even I thought that Elvis Presley was the creator of rock ‘n’ roll and I was surprised to find out that is not factual information. Because this project required a lot of research, I learned that I had to be patient and be rigorous about the research. With the fact that I thought that Elvis Presley was the creator of rock ‘n’, I was not the only one who thought that. With our student-led research, a lot of people named Elvis Presley, and when we asked about any black artists for rock ‘n’ roll, many could not name them. This helped our driving question very well because that was what we were going into and it helped a lot. What I am really proud of is all of our guitars that we created for our driving question because it was filled with glitter and the guitars were pretty cool. I also loved our creative piece because it showed how people saw the genre of rock ‘n’ roll and it just it was amazing to show that to people and get them into perspective. It was really cool to do Symposium and I definitely had a lot of fun.