Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Summer Learning Journey - Day #7 : The Roaring 20's

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The Gold Rush!
Hey bloggers! Today is Day #2 of the Summer Learning Journey! Let's begin!

Activity 1 : Popular Culture ( The Silent Movie )

The 1920s saw a massive surge in the number of people going to the movies. Huge new cinemas were built in both Auckland (The Civic Theatre) and Dunedin (Empire De Luxe).  The most popular type of movies showing at local NZ cinemas were ‘silent’ films. Gold Rush is an example of an iconic silent film. It features a famous actor named Charlie Chaplin.

I have been asked watch a trailer from a movie named The Gold Rush.

On my blog I have to tell you if I would enjoy or like watching a movie with exactly no sound.

I have finished watching the trailer to this movie!

Well I wouldn't mind it i'm just use to watching movies with thrilling music. It looks very cool!

Activity 2 : Art Decoration
Tamara De Lempicka!

In the 1920s a new artistic movement emerged in New Zealand (and around the world). It was called ‘Art Deco.’ The picture to the right is a classic example of an ‘Art Deco’ piece. I have been asked to look at this painted picture and review and rate it! Yes! I do like this picture. It's really detailed and it's a beautiful masterpiece!

I have been asked to rate it! I have to say i'm rating it a classic 8/10. It's perfect but just needs a little bit more work! What would you rate it?

Bonus Activity : Crossing the Tasman

In 1928, a crew of four men flew, for the first time, across the Tasman from Australia to New Zealand. One of the men on board the Southern Cross airplane was a New Zealander named T.H. McWilliams. His job was to operate the radio in the airplane. Unfortunately, the radio stopped working shortly after take-off and the rain and ice were so heavy that the pilot, Kingsford Smith, couldn’t see out of his front windscreen. Yikes! Fortunately, the plane made it all the way across the Tasman landing in Christchurch after a 14 hour trip.
Crossing the Tasman!

I have been asked to imagine if I was one of the crew members on the aircraft, and write a poem of how I would've felt. Here is my poem I have written!

Stepping on the aircraft
Just to do a simple task
Seatbelt's buckled tight
I'm scared! I got a fright.
The engine roared and screeched,
as the Sunday's pastors preached.
In the air as my ears pop,
we reach the top and it starts to fade,
as we fly over neighbourhoods and we
make shade, after a long flight
we land and make a plan to rest
in some beachy sand.

That's my poem!

Thanks for reading!
By Mitchell.M


  1. Hey there Mitchell, great to see you are working hard and blogging throughout the Christmas break!

    Thanks for sharing your opinion about whether or not you would watch the old movie Gold Rush. I'm pleased to hear that you are interested and would find it thrilling. Do you think it would be engaging despite having no sound?

    Thanks for rating the painting. I was hoping you could give me a few more specific reasons why you gave it 8/10. What do you think of the colour? The lady? Her outfit? The Car?

    You've done a great job writing your poem for the bonus activity! I like how it rhymes. It sounds like a bit of a nightmare being on board of that aircraft. I hate it when your ears pop on planes! I really like how you've finished the poem too - with the 'beachy sand'. Sounds like a nice dream that would match the background of your blog!

    Thanks, keep up the awesome blogging Mitchell!


    1. Hey Billy,

      Yes, I wouldn't mind watching it but I figured it would be quite boring. Anyways yes I did rate it an 8/10, mainly because there could've been a lot more work on her car as well.

      Yes, also I created the poem and it was really fun making it. Yes, I also hate when my ears pop! It's sore and painful but it heals and you can prevent it from chewing gum!

      Thanks Billy!