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IRT: Why is the peace sign so well known???

Independent Research Task
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Emma Garrett

on 10 April 2013

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Transcript of IRT: Why is the peace sign so well known???

Why is the peace sign so well known? Hello and welcome to my IRT presentation. Today you will find out all about the peace symbol, its origins, and how it spread so widely across the world. Information Report Book Review Fine Arts Narrative Survey To support my research, I have completed a survey in my year group and suburb. This proved to me how well- known the peace sign is in my society. Most people knew what the symbol was, but nobody actually knew why it was designed, or when.

This survey was a useful information resource and helped me a lot with my research. What is the peace sign? Why does the peace sign look like it does? Why didn't Gerald Holtom copyright the peace sign? How did the peace sign spread around the world? Journal Entries I have just chosen my focus question for my IRT. I changed my topic from women's fashion in the middle ages to the peace sign, and its origins. I was intrested in that too, but I do have an intense obsession with peace signs!

I did some research today and found that:
The peace sign was originally designed by an artist named Gerald Holtom for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in 1958.
There a at least 6 other ways to symbolise peace, rather than just this particular one.
It is a combination of the two semaphore signals for "N" and "D", meaning nuclear disarmament. Wednesday, Week 1, 18/7/12 Thursday, Week 4, 9/8/12 My book review is done and dusted. Yay!

Mr Smith checked my work and said it was all up to date. So at the moment, things are good!

I'm planning to do my narrative on Monday, so that I can focus on my info report on the weekend.

I'm starting to think of some ideas for my narrative:
Girl during a peace movement
Girl during CND
Gerald Holtom's kids Monday, Week 6, 20/8/12 I have completely restarted my narrative. But I'm not sure if that was such a good idea, because it's due this week... oh well. At least I'll be able to construct a GOOD complication for it anyway, unlike my last one...

It's going to be about Gerald Holtom as a child, with his father fighting in World War II. When his father is in an explosion, Gerald decides that he wants peace and designs the symbol. Journal Thank you parents, teachers and students for listening and watching my presentation. I hope you enjoyed it! ANY QUESTIONS? Wednesday, Week 1 I have just chosen my focus question for my IRT. I chose my topic yesterday. I am going to do the peace sign, where it came from, how it was used and why it is so well known.

I did some research today and found that:
The peace sign was originally designed by Gerald Holtom for the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in 1958.
There are at least 6 other ways to symbolise peace, not just this particular one.
The symbol is a combination of the two semaphore signals for "N" and "D", meaning nuclear disarmament. Bibliography Websites:
Wikipedia- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace-symbols

Designboom- http://www.designboom.com/contemporary/peace.html

About.com- http://history1900s.about.com/od/1950s/qt/peacesymbol.html

Docspopuli- http://www.docspopuli.org/articled/PeaceSymbolArticle.html

CND UK- http://www.cnduk.org/information/info-sheets/item435-the-cnd-symbol

Teach Peace Foundation- http://www.teachpeace.com/peacesymbolhistory.htm

Peace Day.org- http://www.peaceday.org/pcsign.htm

Book: Peace- The Biography of a Symbol The peace sign is one of the most well known symbols in the world. Random facts To sign "peace" in sign language, you put your thumb and index finger together. You do this with both hands. Then, put them together and draw them apart. The largest people formation made that was supporting peace was formed with 12,000 people, all joining hands to form the peace sign. Monday, Week 6 I have completely restarted my narrative. But I'm not so sure if that was such a good idea, because it's due this week... but at least I'll be able to construct a DECENT complication for it anyway! It's going to be about Gerald Holtom as a child, with his father fighting in World War II. He grows up and his father dies, so he wants peace and designs the symbol.

So hopefully it will turn out better than my other narrative! Tuesday, Week 7 Today I did heaps with my prezi. I have almost finished it, but the computers won't let me upload PDF files, which is sort of annoying because it means that I will NEVER be able to fully finish it!

Except maybe I will. I have emailed the documents to my private email account, so hopefully it upload there. Even if it doesn't, at least the prezi looks cool anyway!
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