Graphic Novels

This year in class we studied Graphic Novels, and we also made some of our own Graphic Novels. A teacher named Mr. DeBerry came in every week and taught us all about Graphic Novels. We started off with reading Graphic Novels with our partners and acknowledging all of the details of a Graphic Novel. After reading a few Graphic Novels and taking notes on them, we got to start making our own. We started off with an idea, just like every author does. That idea turned into a story and after we had our story, we got to make a draft. Once our draft was done, we started making the more improved version. When I was writing the story, I came up with more things as I went along. Also, I didn’t include some things that were on my draft. While writing it, I felt like I didn’t even need a lot of dialogue and writing because there were so many drawings that basically made up the story. At the end, I came up with a name for my story, Skyler Rosenberg and The Big Hit. 

Also, during the process of this, I noticed a few things about myself as a reader. When I read a Graphic Novel, I read it a lot faster than a Novel and also I really had to pay attention to the pictures to understand what is happening in the book. What I also noticed about myself as a writer is that I didn’t put as much thought into the writing as I would have if I wrote a Novel. After reading Graphic Novels, and making one too, I learned so much about writing in general.

This is my Graphic Novel:

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If you want to see all of my classmates Graphic Novels check out my teachers blog

Capstone #3 – Site Visit

Part of the project is going to a place that is related to your topic. I went to a place called Ellen’s Stardust Diner. You may know this place because it is a very popular restaurant in New York City. This relates to my topic because the waiters there who aren’t having the greatest luck with their acting career perform their so they can one day be on Broadway.

My waitress really helped because she had been working there for a while and she knew a lot of things about the restaurant and how it has progressed over time. She told me that in the past two years, twenty seven of their waiters have made it to Broadway. Since that was the goal for the waiters to one day be on Broadway, I think that that is pretty impressive. Going to the restaurant was really fun and a great learning experience.
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Ellis Island Field Trip

Today my entire grade went to Ellis Island for a field trip. We went on a ferry to get to Ellis Island so I thought that that was very fun. When we got there we got to wander around the museum for a while and learn about the immigrants coming through Ellis Island. After that we got to go on a tour with a guide that explained everything that happened when people came but in a short story version. Then, we saw a documentary about people coming off the boat and also part of the audio tracks were people who came on a boat to Ellis Island when they were younger. I thought that the documentary was very interesting because it was actual people who went through this this process and this experience.

Also, at Ellis Island you may know that there is a huge wall of names of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island, and my great grandfather passed through Ellis Island and I got to see his name and I thought that that was pretty awesome. Overall, I think that I have learned a lot from going to Ellis Island and that it was a really cool, and interesting trip.

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The immigrants would pass by the Statue Of Liberty on their way to Ellis Island.

Capstone #2 – Having my Interview

Over the weekend I had my interview for Capstone. Like I had said before I interviewed my aunt’s mother. Her name is Jessica Walter. When I interviewed her I didn’t have many questions but while she was talking, she basically covered everything that I needed to know about how to be prepared for an audition. During the interview I didn’t use some of my questions because I didn’t think that I needed them. Also, Jessica’s husband was there and he has been on Broadway too. It was like a double interview and I got so many quotes from them and a lot of information. After the interview she gave me one of her old head shots, and one of her knew ones. Head shots are the pictures that producers and directors use when someone auditions. She explained to me what the difference was. Older head shots were usually black and white. Not because it’s old, just because that was the style, and knew head shots are very colorful. Also, people tend to half smile in new ones. Overall, I found the interview very helpful and especially from someone that has been through all of this before.

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This is one of Jessica Walter’s head shots

Capstone #1 – Thinking About my Interview

Since I am researching Broadway Casting for my Capstone, I was thinking about who I should interview. I knew that it should definitely be someone who has experience with auditioning for Broadway and being on a Broadway show. I thought if I knew anyone that had that experience.  I realized that my aunt’s mother has been on Broadway and has been through this experience before. She would be a great resource for me during this project. The next thing I had to do was come up with as many interesting questions as I can. I started off with referring my main inquiry question for the project but making it so she could answer it in her own words. Then I began later on coming up with more complex questions, for example “Have you ever been an understudy, and if you have, how many times?” I think that during the interview it will be interesting to learn what kind of plays that she likes to perform.