We've been trying to read short stories from different genres. My group and I picked out humor and fantasy. Basically we have to end up comparing the pieces of the same genre to one another, and then we have to write an essay on it. There was this chart that we had to fill out to help us connect the evidence to our claim, and how to talk about the possible outcome or result of this story.
The guiding question that my group made was "Why does irony play an important role within the stories, and what makes it so important".
We came up with a claim to that question which stated that "Irony is important to the story because adding it to a more serious situation creates comedic relief and instead of being dark and brooding, the author sets a better, and brighter mood".
I ended up reading a short story called, "The Drunkard" by Frank O'Connor. It takes place at a funeral in which a son, his father, and mother attend. The dad is an alcoholic and was planning on getting wasted at the funeral. However, his young son is still thirsty after drinking his lemonade, and ends up getting drunk because he drank his dad's beer wanting to see what it was.
That's going really well for us and I think our group is doing a pretty good job so far, but sometimes it can be easy to get distracted so I'm usually the one that has to get us back on topic.
We also had a really cool guest speaker from Australia come this week. It was super nice to meet him and I'm really happy that we gave each of us a copy of one of his sci-fi books because I'm into sci-fi and I thought it would be cool to read some of his work.
I like that Ben showed us one of his favorite poets throughout this week! Ross Gay has a certain way of writing and reading his poems that makes you want to listen and pay attention. It's cool that we get to listen to a poem everyday and we hear from multiple different poets. However, listening to just one poet this week was nice to kind of just study Ross Gay's style of poetry.
It was really nice that we got to read through our creative writing pieces and find which one we liked the most, and we got to revise it! Creative writing is one of my favorite things that we get to do in AP Lit. So the fact that we got to revise and edit it made me really happy. I really loved the "I remember" theme. It was very personal to me and it was easy for me to get emotional when I started writing it. I didn't want to share it at first, but I realized that I can trust the people around me when I share something with them. I think that I want to turn it into my 750 word submission for the class.
I haven't talked much about my reading goal, but it's coming along really well! I'm practically done with my book and I loved it. It took a while for the novel to pick up the pace, but in the end, it turned out really well. I've been debating whether or not I should continue to read another book by the same author for my author study, or if I should read another book that I've been wanting to read for a while. Either way, I'm glad that I can find time to read again and I like the fact that we get to choose what books we want to read, even within the range that we're given.
I think that I'm starting to get pretty good at analyzing these poems. Talking with our table groups really helps too because we get to broadcast our ideas with each other in our groups, as well as the class. Even though we won't be able to talk about the poems that we have to anazlyze for the AP exam, it still helps.
I didn't fully understand how the structure of poems worked and how important they were until this week. I found it interesting to learn about how the structure of the poem adds life to it. I used to really hate poetry because of how it was structured and read out loud. It wasn't until I was older and started writing my own songs that I realized how similar poetry and music are sometimes. Analyzing poetry sometimes feels like I'm also analyzing a piece of music.
I'm also really enjoying creative writing because it lets me express my deeper side. I try to convey a deeper meaning to my writing than just words and symbols on a piece of paper. Sharing our ideas in class is a great idea, even if it's just a few words or sentences being shared. It helps spark ideas in my mind and it gives me a sense of my peers writing styles.
I chose to link this other blog post about how imagination is important. I love how she agrees that we as a society need to encourage more creativity especially when it comes to the younger generation. She's also has a great sense of humor. https://trustmeilie.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/the-importance-of-imagination/
So it's the end of third week in this trimester now. 1/4 of this trimester is over, which means that 1/12 of this year is over and then I graduate. YAY! This year is flying by so fast already and I kind of don't want to "adult" yet. It sounds great and all right? But then I actually think about how much more I have to do as an adult and it actually doesn't seem all that lit. See what I did there ;)
I learned a different way to write a college application essay this week. I already sent in my apps, and I want to get started on scholarships soon because being neck deep in student loan doesn't sound like a good time. I think that what I learned doesn't just have to be for college apps. With the promo that I used in class, it actually made me think deeper about why I want go to the colleges that I applied for.
I've always wanted to go to Central Michigan University because my parents went there, and my a lot of my friends are going there. I figured that I mine as well hop on the bandwagon and go there too. But after I wrote about the college app prompt, I thought about why I really wanna go to CMU. I was up all night, because that's usually when I reflect about my day or week ahead, and I kept thinking about it. I started to realize that going to CMU would be a great start for me since I want to go into music production and this way I can get a basic understanding of it, and then I might possibly want to go into a better school for music production.
My dream college is Berkley College of Music in Boston, MA, but the tuition is crazy expensive. My dad also works at CMU, so I get 12 free credit hours a semester, and I think that's really nice because just in case music fails for me in my future, I at least have my basic credits out of the way at CMU. I'm also really close to my parents, yet I'll still be able to learn to become more independent and live on my own.
By now, I'm starting to get a feel for the classroom. I honest didn't think I would like this class that much to begin with, but I'm really enjoying myself in this class right now. From the way that we run things, to the teaching style, to the communication between my classmates. I hope that this will all continue throughout trimester two and three. Even though I'm starting to get into the swing of things, I'm obviously still learning new things.
Before this week, I didn't know that you could analyze such a short poem! In class we started reading and analyzing The Eagle by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. It's only a six lined poem, but it has a deeper meaning than just an eagle. To me, the poem uses lots of imagery to make it seem like it's about a strong mighty king and how he and his kingdom fall. At first I thought it was boring just trying to analyze such a short poem, but as I read it more I came to understand the poem more clearly. I think it was a great way to start helping the students learn how analyze more efficiently.
During class this week, we had two opportunities to do some creative writing. I found it to be very insightful as we learned some new tips and tricks on creatively writing. I like that we were able to brainstorm a few ideas that we wanted to write about before we started to write. I ended up writing about a small fictional story about space. I think that next time I want to write something more personal and about myself. Creative writing is a lot of fun because you're constantly typing new ideas that you write or type down as they come to your mind. It's such a great way to possibly inspire future writers and it's also good if you have writers block so that you can just write down the random ideas that come to your mind.
The class was able to break up into different groups throughout the week whether it was for analyzing The Eagle, or do discuss the summer reading. I'm glad that this class encourages openness and communication with one another. Being the social person that I am, I really enjoy talking with people that I don't usually talk to. It was cool being able to share my ideas and thoughts of the poem and reading. It's such a great way to not only build social skills, but friendships too. I really hope that English 101 at college will be like this AP Lit class in the future because I'm having a grand time!
This Ted Talk is all about how to communicate with others so that they want to listen to what you have to say. I found it intriguing and I enjoyed the way he speaks because it does want me to listen to him.
It's my senior year, and it hadn't fully hit me yet that this is my last year in public education. That was until my AP Lit teacher, Mr. Schoenborn, had my class and I stand outside and make us think about it. This was sort of eye opening for me, and it made me realize that I need to take advantage of the time I have left. It also made me realize that I need to soak up all the “free” information/lessons that I’m being given before I move on to college. During this first week I learned a lot more than I thought I would, other than the usual boring old “Classroom Expectations” and “School Policies” that always seem to keep changing to “improve” our education.
First of all, I learned that you can make time to read, even if you really are busy. It’s hard to find free time when you’re either working, being involved in your extracurricular activities, or doing homework. How am I supposed to do all of that, as well as read when I can’t find any downtime for myself. Thankfully Mr. Schoenborn gave me some ideas on how I can make time to read, and he really gave me some hope because he knows what it’s like being in our shoes because he went through what we’re currently going through.
Secondly, I learned that sometimes technology can be extremely useful for everyday education. I get that there’s going to be those students that are going to abuse their phones for other purposes during school, but that’s a lot better than having students not being able to use their phones for educational purposes. Phones aren’t the main piece of technology that can help students learn. Think about how many other pieces of technology we use in a day for education, computers, calculators, eBooks, projectors, ect. The best thing is that technology is evolving faster than ever before, so hopefully in turn education will also start becoming more efficient.
Lastly, I learned what it truley means when you snap after someone reads a poem. In all honesty, I used to laugh because I thought it was so stupid that people snapped after having a poem read to them instead of clapping. I would think to myself, “Maybe they just snap because poetry is supposed to be quiet and clapping is too loud”. Boy was I wrong. I learned that it meant that you’re respecting the author's literary artwork and giving them the credit and appreciation that they deserve.
I found this article very helpful that contains plenty of helpful tips on "surviving" senior year. I think that some of these principles apply to everyday life too! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/02/the-ultimate-high-school-survival-guide_n_3856916.html