Understanding representation video
Duration: 2 minutes 46 seconds
[characters are all sitting on chairs holding art books and pencils]
Erin – So what's that drawing assignment for today, Mr. Cranna?
Mr Cranna – Today, I want you to draw a hero. And go!
Mahdi and Mr Cranna – Done.
Erin – Done.
Mr Cranna – Time to reveal our drawings.
Erin – Wow they're all super different.
Mahdi – How? We all drew the same thing. A hero.
Mr Cranna – Our drawings are different because they're our individual representations of a hero. A representation is how we depict things or ideas, when we compose a text. In this case, a drawing. When we try to represent things in the world, we are influenced by our experiences, beliefs, cultural background and the audience for whom we're making the text.
Erin – Right, nah still don't get it.
Mr Cranna – Well, let's look at our drawings. I've used a werewolf to represent my hero, because I usually use werewolves as the main character in my comics and I always think of them as saving the day. But Erin, your representation of a hero is very different.
Erin – Yeah, well I don't think of werewolves as being heroic. I think of them as being scary.
Mahdi – So who's your hero, then?
Erin – Australian Paralympian, Jocelyn Neumiller. She's a para-canoest and competed in the Rio Paralympics.
Mr Cranna – Why have you chosen her as your representation of a hero?
Erin – Because she's got discipline and she competes in a very hard sport at the highest level.
Mahdi – Well my representation of a hero isn't a werewolf because I'm pretty sure I'm allergic. And it isn't of a sports star either, because I'm allergic to sports as well.
Erin – Then who is it?
Mahdi – It's my grandmother. My Tata's is my hero because she loves me no matter how many times I get things wrong and she gives the best hugs.
Mr Cranna – See how our representations the same thing, a hero can be so different. My representation of a hero is someone who saves the day in my stories. Erin's, is someone who is disciplined. While, Mahdi sees a hero, as someone who provides unconditional love.
Mahdi – Actually, Mr. Cranna. I've got a new representation of a hero, now.
Mr Cranna – You do?
Mahdi – Yeah, this apple.
Erin – How can an apple be representation of a hero?
Mahdi – Cause it's about to save me from my hunger.
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