This week in class we spent a lot of time working on our different blog post and editing a PoW. I got really into my book in this last week or two so honestly all I have wanted to do in class is read. I really wasn't feeling writing at all this week so I admit a lot of stuff that we were supposed to be working on didn't get done in class and is currently getting done this weekend. I enjoyed the TED talk we watched but I'm not going to writing about it in this blog since that is what our tragedy blog is going to be all about. Since that I've read my two books for this trimesters author study, I have started a new book just for me. Wayfarer is the second book in the duology and I'm really enjoying it. Its the first book I've read in a really really really long time that I've actually loved reading and couldn't put down. All day all I wanted to do was read and I've missed that feeling. Since we haven't done one of these in a little bit I don't I've wrote about Oedipus yet. I haven't read a play since I believe sophomore year when we read the Crucible so the different reading style was interesting. I liked Oedipus a lot actually and found it fun to read. So yeah I'm going to finish my other blog, work on my PoW, and finish my book before Monday!
This week in class we have mostly worked on our essays and everything that is going into writing those. Along with that something else that I have learned in lit is good ways to communicate with teammates when writing an essay. I finished reading "Sonny's Blues" this week and Jose and I have worked on filling out the connecting evidence sheet. This was a good tool to help connect quotes and parts of the story with what it really means and how it relates to our big question. The essay is going smoothly so far. I have really started reading "The Stranger" this week, my second book by Albert Camus, and its good so far. Its a shorter book so everything is said to the point but that makes it sort of an easy read. The book is a little weird but not in a bad way. Everything is from the main characters point of view and he has some serial killer type of thoughts some times. I should be able to finish the book this next week. I'm kind of running out of things to say hear but overall this week I've learned the importance of teamwork when working with others. I also learned that sometimes you have to go with what the other person thinks is right because you don't always have to right answer. Compromising is key.
This week in lit I feel like we did a lot of revising and a lot of work with our elements of literature group. We have came up with our two big questions so far and are finishing up reading our three short stories, "Sonny's Blues," "The Boarding House," and "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" We had our guest speaker this week also. He had a lot to saw but one of the main points that I learned from it was that statistically a majority of people that are going to read your work are not going to like it. But out of everyone there will be a few that do enjoy it so keep going, and don't get discouraged. Another thing that I learned was that sometimes its good to write your ideas down on paper instead of on a computer. On paper you can't just hold the backspace button down and delete all your ideas in a second. On paper it is always there and you can go back to it even if you thought it was trash before. I liked having James Jackson come in and talk with us and he had some good things to say. This week I finished "The Plague" and have now started "The Stranger" which I have heard is a little weird but is good so far. I'm working on my creative writing piece and then going to write the the one page paper that goes along with it this weekend.
This week in class we did a lot of editing of our writing. For how much I don't like to write, I actually kind of enjoy editing. I learned its good to write what you did good along with what needed fixed. I also think that I got a good feel on how we are supposed to write our PoWs and I can already see major improvement in my writing between the first and the second one.
Editing is important because during free writing or any other time when you are simply writing whatever comes to your mind, sometimes your thoughts are not translated exactly how you wanted them to be on the paper. You can go back and complete your train of thought and make it more clear. Me knowing me, and knowing how I write I tend to not make complete sense when I'm just writing non stop. I also tend to spell words wrong all the time, so its essential that I always spend some time on editing my papers. Ill admit that I hardly read at all this week, with homecoming I got home at 9 every night and I still had to eat and shower and I was dead tired so reading didn't happen much. But I'm almost done with my book so thats a plus side. In all I liked rereading the things I have wrote so far this year, and editing them was interesting.
This week in AP Lit we talked a lot about how art and literature are very similar. Although in different ways, both books and art work tell stories. I learned that you can study both mediums deeper and insert them in the same way. I've always enjoyed art work so I liked that we talked about this in class and how it relates to books.
I found the Ted Talk we watched very interesting and the presenter did an amazing job. I thought it was cool how she gave these storyless art works a backstory on how she saw it. We all make these stories in our heads so it was intriguing to see another prospective. I personally liked what she had to say about the girl in the pearl earring the most and how for some reason she always came back to it. That work was really intriguing to me too so I liked hearing what she had to say.
Looking at everything we have this week made me relies a lot of similarities between books and art. Both tell stories; but that doesn't mean one does it better. Books can paint vivid pictures in our heads and art can convey more than one million words ever could. A single piece of art and a single book could create change. Together but also separate art and literature each make us think and look past just the paper, and thats what makes them so powerful and meaningful.
This week in AP Lit we talked a lot about working together and thinking in groups. I think that working with others is a great way for you to bounce your ideas around and to get another prospective on the subject. It focuses us on what we really think, and makes us see our ideas more clearly. Because of this I was excited to hear that in Lit we are going to do a lot of group work. I also learned that its been proven that sharing your ideas with other people and being creative with them make us learn and understand things more. "All of us are smarter than one of us", and I think that is a really important thing to remeber and always come back to.
By doing our book metaphor posters I've learned that everyone sees things differently and everyone has a different perspective on what is right. No one is actually right just like no one is technically wrong, we all just think in unique terms and thats what makes us creative. It was interesting to see what all my classmates had to say about their posters, and listen to their explanations of their metaphors. They pointed out deeper meanings in their pictures that I would of never noticed if they hadn't said something about it which I found really cool. In all I think what stuck out to me about what we learned this week could be summed up by "team work makes the dream work."
We talked about a lot of different things this week, but the one thing that I think we focused the most on and which I learned the most about was analyzing poetry. In the past I either really liked poetry or I absolutely despised it. And I'll admit "The Eagle" was not one of my favorites. When I first read it I wasn't surprised at what it was about just because the title was so blunt. The poem itself used lots of literary elements like alliteration and rhyme. So I filled out the TP-CASTT without a great deal of effort. I didn't really look at it in a different way until the next day in class where we talked about it with our table group.
While not all poems will have a deeper meaning, most of them do and its the readers job to think out of the box and figure out what the author is really trying to say. And I became very aware of that fact this last week. On the surface "The Eagle" is a simple poem but when you look deeper you can discover a whole other side and find a different meaning.
One other thing that I learned is that by constantly reading and writing and practicing these skills improvement is inevitable. I struggled to write this weeks PoW, but hopefully next week I will find it a little easier and by the end of the year have no problem writing them.
Finally senior year. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing yet but its happening and its my last year at mphs. The days for sleeping in and staying up late are gone and class is back into full swing.
I'll admit when Mr. Schoenborn asked us to write down 3 things that we learned this week I was at a lost for a minute. Nothing obvious came to my mind because everything that I learned this first week in lit has been about myself rather than just some random facts. My answers weren't going to be the date of an important date like it would've been if I was in a history class or the steps to solve an equation like in a math class. This answer was going to be different than what I'm usually used to so it didn't come to me right away. And I think this answer has much more meaning and practical use than what the answers would of been in other classes.
I think one of the biggest things that stuck out to me was the idea of immersement. The idea that if I emerge myself into something fully it will become my second nature to do it. Becoming so engulfed in it that I won't even notice I'm doing it. Breathing, blinking, speaking, swallowing.
So I'm going to try really hard to do this with my writing and even my reading. Do it so regularly that it isn't even a hassle or inconvenience anymore. And this might be wrong but I already feel like I'm kinda doing it with my writing, by just writing these little paragraphs everyday I'm not hating writing as much as I used too. So I think that was an important life skill to learn and something I can for sure use in the future.