The total amount of pages I read this marking period was 677. My pages per week average was 112. This is less than usual because as a class and personally we were so focused on projects and papers that we skipped a lot of SSR and I didn't have much time to read. I read the The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, #NotYourPrincess, by Lisa Charleyboy, and This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki. I didn't really "love" anything I read this marking period, my favorite was probably This One Summer if I had to chose. Probably still school even though we didn't read a whole lot which is probably not a good thing. Last Tri, I would've said absolutely, but this Tri I think was more focused on me growing as a writer than a reader so I guess not. I can usually read quite a long time at once if I enjoy the book, but I don't think my reading stamina has improved at all this marking period. I hope to read double the amount of books that I read this marking period. Goal number of books to read for the Tri would be 6 or more for the year, maybe 10 plus? I have learned that without SSR time or me making time on my own I don't get the chance to get myself super enveloped in a book and it makes me almost disinterested.
Some of the more significant growth territories that I experienced were the first viewing of King Lear vs. the second, the 1:1 critical theory conversation that my group was able to have with Dr. Kris McDermott, and viewing other presentations before presenting our own.
In all honesty, at first I was skeptical of the overall point of re-watching King Lear after break but after doing it there was a lot to takeaway. I understood while watching the first time, the role of each character and generally what was going on in the play but watching a second time gave me the chance to look deeper into my theory. It gave me more time to not just understand who the character was and what they were doing but rather why they were the way they were and why they were doing it. I was also able to use my groups choice of deconstruction theory to help me answer those questions. This helped me realize the benefit to re-watching something, how the second time around you can gather entirely different information that you may not have noticed the first time.
My group was also able to have a 1:1 critical theory conversation with Dr. Kris McDermott where she explained that deconstruction theory was very much an umbrella of other theories and how we can connect our theory to the play by analyzing the text and characters. My group chose to delve deeper into the duality part of deconstruction theory and that was thanks to her explanation of how duality can apply to Shakespeare. She really helped us be able to focus on one part of deconstruction that we could put our full attention on rather than just be confused about how oever arching deconstruction is.
Lastly, the benefit of watching other people present before we did our presentation. This is another one that I didn't believe would make that much of a difference until we did it. I was surprised at how many mental notes I was making of what looks and sounds good versus what does not look or sound good. I certainly found a significant benefit in being able to watch others mistakes and successes to help determine what we did or didn't do in our presentation.
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you deserve the world
you deserve to smile
you deserve to laugh
you deserve to be happy
He is not it.
He is not the one.
He is a liar.
He is manipulative.
He is less than.
You are worth more than he tells you.
You are beautiful.
You are kind.
You are smart.
You are funny.
You are an angel on this earth.
Don’t let him weigh you down as you attempt to soar.
Maybe I’ll never fly but darling, you;
Take me to the sky
Words from the Author
I chose this piece because it had a lot of meaning when I wrote it. I actually wrote this poem about a friend. I think i tried to tell myself it was general, because it does apply to several people that i know, the thing is...I know i had a specific person in mind when i wrote this. I'd say she is one of my best friends, i wrote this poem late at night actually, not in class, because it was in my head and I needed to put it somewhere I guess. This piece stood out to me because it was one that i actually tried on and put thought into rather than a creative writing where i just write down thoughts or rants. As for revisions, there were a couple lines that I went back and forth on, trying to figure out what sounded best but the hardest one(and one I am still not sure of) is the last stanza. I went back and forth between leaving it and taking it out completely. It has a deeper meaning based on the fact that the person I wrote this about would get the reference embedded within those three lines. However, when I read this poem out loud I omitted the last stanza completely because I felt it doesn't flow well with the rest of the poem but I still couldn't delete it completely.
When I was a child my mom read to me constantly, so much that I fell in love with books at a young age. I was always ahead/advanced in reading, probably because of how often I read on her free time. I was always the kid that stayed up super late doing nothing except reading another book I couldn't put down. I always liked reading and enjoyed challenging my young self with more difficult books which helped me not just in school, it also aided in expanding my vocabulary. In comparison to then I don't read as often as I used to at all, which I am not particularly proud of. Now I am very particular with the books I reads and easily get bored of the book if it isn't the genre I prefer. I am not currently reading a book, as I struggled to find one that interests me lately. This summer I read the three books required(The Thin Red Line, 1933 Was a Bad Year, and How to Read Lit. like a Professor)although to be honest I did not truly like any of them. Last year I estimate that I read probably about 8-10 books, which could improve obviously. My favorite authors are Lauren Kate, and Sara Gruen because they are the authors of my favorite books. In my house there has always been an abundance of books because as previously stated I loved to read and be read to my whole life.
I am a reader who is extremely visual, I visualizes everything I reads effortlessly, I am also a reader who usually either really loves a book or really hates it, not typically an "it was alright" type person when it comes to books.I have grown as a reader the past couple years by taking honors classes, reading more advanced stories, and taking on more work.
I do consider myself a writer, I learned how to write from reading, listening, and self improvement. The way that each person learns to write is probably pretty individual, although the belief is that everyone improves with practice. Some reasons that people might write are for enjoyment, for entertainment, or possibly to entertain others. It's not necessarily about what people know, you can be a good writer without knowing everything. I like to write mostly fantasy(just like I like to read) and the occasional rant is nice to write to let things out. My ideas come from all around her, what I see, what I hear, what I watch, everything. Constructive criticism is helpful when it is done the right way. I, in all honesty never write at home unless it is for homework, it is hard to find time for such things now. I feel okay about what I write but to be honest, it could improve quite a lot.