I am writing this blog about two weeks late, I was going to write it on time but my brother broke my laptop. That isn’t an excuse but it did make it harder to complete, it is really hard to find time to go to the library and it is even harder to type on your phone for weebly. Let alone I already hate weebly and blog posts so having to type in on a phone made it even worse. Looking back at week 6 I can’t think of anything that stuck out to me. I assume we were really working on our short story essays and still doing ssr and creative writing. For the short stories I do remember learning a little more about humor in texts. How a lot of the time it is irony or sarcasm used in it, the short story I read was only ironic and kind of based around dark humor. I learned how humor helps calm or casualise serious moments. Besides that I did not learn anything new that stuck with me, in any class. Even my math class I can barely remember if he had taught us anything that week. Each week writing these gets harder and harder, it is like the same blog post every time because we do the same things every week. Not saying that’s a bad thing I enjoy this class besides this part. I just run out of things to say plus I just never enjoyed “ Blog” posts.
A marking period down and I'm still not a fan of blog posts. Nothing against them they are just not my cup of tea. Throughout this week I didn’t necessarily learn anything new in any of my classes. Half of my classes are pretty easy and don’t require much critical thinking or time. Besides this one and my psychology class which are the only two where the material is interesting. We are starting to get into the actual material of the class where writing papers and projects are going to be due. I think it’ll be cool to see what we do throughout this class and to see what we end writing about.
This week we specifically focused a lot on our creative writing pieces and short stories. I think the creative writing pieces will be a really cool eye opening piece for a lot of people. That will help us think more about what's going on in our heads and its a lot easier writing about stuff we have an actual interest in writing about. It will also be a better piece to start editing and revising to figure out what works best for us. Realizing how important revising your first piece is and how editing it yourself first is very helpful. For past classes I always wrote me papers pretty last minute so usually never had much time to revise them besides the obvious spelling errors and sentence fragments. Throughout our creative writing days I’ve heard parts of a lot of other students writing pieces and some of the poems shared and it got me thinking how I wish I could write poetry. I realized I'm not nearly that creative.
It’s already been four weeks which means we have almost completed a marking period. We have ⅙ of the school year completed of our last year here. For some of us it is our last year in Mt.Pleasant and for a lot of us it is our last year seeing each other. It’s weird after 12 years with some people and 6 with others that we may never see or hear about them again. Although none of that has really sunk in yet even when I write it down it still does not seem as though it is true. In class this week we talked a lot about truth and how it may change person to person depending on what they see and hear. It is all about each person's perspective and what they seem to think is true, even if it is not true if that is all the person believes then that becomes true to them.
In class we also went over this interesting ted talk on how this girl created stories through art. She would search the history look at the picture and combine actual and assumption. It was something that caught my eye because portraits of people always make m e curious what was going on in the picture. What is the model thinkin about what and what kind of scenario this was, so when she created her own I thought that was a cool idea to even try possibly. I also thought was cool because I feel like people do that often in real life too with everyday things. The only difference is when she created a story she did it to appreciate the picture more and to create almost a bond with the art. In real life people base stories off people in their head in positive and negative ways.
School has officially fallen into the pattern where everything feels the same and the weeks start to combine. We are on week 3 and it already feels like we have been in school for months which is not a bad thing or good just something. Nothing in learning has really stuck out to me yet or even in any of my classes for that matter. Only pointless things have remained on my mind like that video we watched in here, why was there a canoe in it so often, see nothing worth remembering. It is so hard for me to write about something I am told to write because I always overthink the idea or find myself trying to write what I believe they want to read. That is what I dislike most about blogs it feels like so much pressure just so they can hear what I have to say.
Sometimes it does not feel like I am learning until I am in a moment where the information comes in handy. I already feel better in my writing from this class we have not done much with it but our discussions on different types of literature has helped with my better understanding. As well as when it comes to reading I already feel like I have learned tools that help my comprehension when reading. This week in class we went over our summer readings and the weekly stuff such as creative writing and ssr. Going over the summer reading in more depth and connecting them together really supported the ideas in How to Read Literature Like A Professor. Which then furthered my interest in looking for the deeper meaning in texts and really trying to understand what is going on in what I am reading.
It’s about to be the start of week 3 and in all honesty i’m terrified. Not of just week three but to continue this class, I’ve never really had to try in an English class. My past classes it’s always been half ass papers done the night before it was due, I can already tell this year is going to be a lot different in many ways. All my other years I always had free time this year is so much different. Before I had time for everything social life, working, and school work this year with two jobs really changed it a lot more than I was expecting. I no longer have the time to waste working until 11 or 10 almost every night and having a college class to keep up with and my other classes. Before I could slack off in class and just do my assignments at home but now that doesn’t even seem like an option.
This week really showed me that I need to prioritize what is important and what is not. And I am important, my future is important, making it out of here is important. It’s hard to decide what is important to you when those are not always the same as your peers. Everybody always told me senior year is a blow off year and it’s the most fun year, nobody warned me about all the pressure constantly on you to figure out what you want to do with your future. Junior year was by far my most stressful year dealing with school, the SAT, emotions and family situations all at once, but this year almost feels just as stressful. The pressures are different this year, I am so close to finishing and the thought that it could all go away based on what I do this year is terrifying.
I did not necessarily learn anything about my reading or writing specifically this week, but I learned much more valuable things from the activities we took part in. Learning that my future is the most important thing to me this year and also through creative writings I have learned that I have so much to say. It’s nice to be able to talk about anything I need or want to and knowing nobody is going to see it unless I want them to. Writing down what going on in my head helps clear it sometimes and almost feels like a weight is being taken off my shoulders when I can talk about it instead of keeping it completely bottled up. I think this class scares me more than most classes because it’s already taught me more about myself than any of my past ones and it’s only week 2.
In the first week of Ap Lit I learned a few things surprisingly. I did not believe I would learn anything until at least week 3. Although in the class already I learned right away about my own reading possibilities and the amount I should be able to read in a month. I am super excited for this class and what the class has in store for me. The main ideas this week were just about getting situated in the class and understanding our own personal goals. I think the main ideas connect because they will eventually help eachother grow. We did some cool activities like this blog and group activities so that people would understand information better. We talked a lot about the main ideas and really went over stuff to help everyone understand well.
Within week 1 I was also able to realize a lot more about myself as a person. Creating this weebly account and having to talk about myself as a reader and writer it really made me think. I realized that I stopped making time for reading and writing as much as I use to. And after writing it I started to try and make more time and i'm going to continue to try my best and keep making time for reading and writing.