Final Reflection


When looking at my Unit 3-6 portfolio, I definitely would say my strongest summative would be the Novel Teaching table back in January and the Book Thief Novel Lecture summative. I’ve not only greatly improved when it comes to planning and speaking in front of an audience but I do feel more confident when it comes to oral presentations and explaining the main parts of my analysis.

Mastery: Looking at where I am currently and my mastery checklist  ( weakness and strengths have been flipped in the image)  I know there’s still quite a lot I can do to improve when it comes to my writing analysis. However, as I mentioned before my presentation and poetry skills have greatly improved and I’m much more comfortable when it comes to mastering these skills.

Considering most of the second semester was virtual learning, I’ve still learned so much through this entire process and I am truly grateful to be in this class. Though being on campus would’ve made our class discussions much more lively, our class did try our very best to keep the discussions alive especially when it came to the Hamlet unit.

And when it comes to reviewing my goals for the second semester, I do believe that I’ve achieved it. My goal was to have a better understanding and to become more open-minded when it comes to literature and I do think reading all these poems, passages, and Hamlet has made me understand more about the world of literature and to think from an author’s perspective.

A writer’s voice and writing style strongly contribute to the meaning of a text and after this unit, I would say it’s one of the most important parts in a writing piece. First of all, the author’s writing style impacts how readers interpret and understand what the piece is about. They learn the stories, they come to understand what the author is trying to get out, and most importantly if the author’s style is captivating enough, they can also influence their audience in creating a change.

For example, the author Markus Zusak in The Book Thief, he not only creates a likable protagonist, but he also uses direct and simple language so that the readers can find the text more relatable and start to emphasize with what he’s saying. Therefore, this is why the writer’s style and voice are so significant to the meaning of a text and all these elements contribute to the meaning of a text.


Hamlet Act 1

Reading a Shakespearean play can be difficult.  It is best to take it slow and continuously seek to recap what you have learned from the evidence provided, thus creating a summary of main events in your mind (or on paper).  Essentially, you are working on close reading skills.  For now, we’re mostly concerned with Plot and Characters.  To get you started, I will provide the CONCLUSION, you provide the EVIDENCE and the LOCATION.  For each statement, write the quote/quotes that FIRST give you, the reader, this bit of information.  Put the act, scene and line(s) and speaker, as well.  An example is provided.


BEFORE you begin, carefully read THE PERSONS OF THE PLAY.  Note that Prince Hamlet’s father is also named Hamlet!



Conclusion: The play opens with two guards exchanging the watch at midnight.

Evidence: Opening stage directions AND Barnardo “‘Tis now struck twelve. Get thee to bed, Fransisco.” I.i.7  (AKA: Act I Scene I line 7)


Scene 1

Conclusion: The watchmen have been seeing a ghost.

  1. Evidence/Speaker/location: appears three times in the story. in the continuum of Act I, Scenes iv and v; and Act III, Scene iv. 


Conclusion: Just when Horatio seems to make progress with the ghost, the sun started coming up and the ghost leaves.

  1. Evidence/Speaker/location: “If there be any good thing to be done/ That may to thee do ease and grace to me,/ Speak to me.” this shows him challenging the ghost to speak and shows progress 


Scene 2

King Claudius has replaced the Dead King Hamlet and has married his Queen (his former sister-in-law)

  1. Evidence/Speaker/location:   Yet so far hath discretion fought with nature. That we with wisest sorrow think on him. Together with the remembrance of ourselves. Therefore our sometime sister, now our queen,


There are tensions between Denmark and Norway which are remnants of a previous war. 

  1. Evidence/Speaker/location:


“ Than is the throne of Denmark to thy father.” My dread lord, Your leave and favour to return to France; From whence though willingly I came to Denmark, To show my duty in your coronation” 


Conclusion: Hamlet’s mother Gertrude doesn’t seem overly upset about her first husband’s death.

  1. Evidence/Speaker/location:


Let not thy mother lose her prayers, Hamlet:

I pray thee, stay with us; go not to Wittenberg.


Conclusion: Hamlet privately reveals how angry and upset he is at his mother for remarrying so quickly.

  1. Evidence/Speaker/location:

“ why she would hang on him, As if increase of appetite had grown By what it fed on: and yet, within a month–Let me not think on’t–Frailty, thy name is woman!– A little month or ere those shoes were old With which she followed my poor father’s body, Like Niobe, all tears” 


Conclusion: While speaking with his friend Horatio, Hamlet is told Horatio has seen his father adorned in armour, and as a ghost.

  1. Evidence/Speaker/location:


My lord, I think I saw him yesternight.


Saw? who?


My lord, the king your father.


Conclusion:  Hamlet suspects foul play in his father’s death.

  1. Evidence/Speaker/location:


If it assume my noble father’s person,

I’ll speak to it, though hell itself should gape

And bid me hold my peace


Scene 3

Conclusion:  Hamlet has a love interest in Ophelia.

  1. Evidence/Speaker/location:


For Hamlet and the trifling of his favour,

Hold it a fashion and a toy in blood,

A violet in the youth of primy nature,

Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting


Conclusion: Laertes’ father is perhaps a “helicopter parent”. 


  1. Evidence/Speaker/location:


or Lord Hamlet,

Believe so much in him, that he is young

And with a larger tether may he walk

Than may be given you:


Scene 4-5

Conclusion: Hamlet is eager to hear what his father’s ghost has to say/reveal, but Horatio is cautious.

  1. Evidence/Speaker/location:

Why, what should be the fear?

I do not set my life in a pin’s fee;

And for my soul, what can it do to that,

Being a thing immortal as itself?

It waves me forth again: I’ll follow it.


Hortious says What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord,

Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff

That beetles o’er his base into the sea,


Conclusion: The ghost speaks!

  1. Evidence/Speaker/location:


Angels and ministers of grace defend us!

Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damn’d,

Bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell,

Be thy intents wicked or charitable,


Conclusion: King Hamlet had been murdered.

  1. Evidence/Speaker/location:

Swift as quicksilver, it courses through

The natural gates and alleys of the body,

And, with sudden vigor, it doth posset

And curd, like eager droppings into milk,

The thin and wholesome blood.


Conclusion:  The murderer was Claudius.

  1. Evidence/Speaker/location:


hus conscience does make cowards of us all;

And thus the native hue of resolution

Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought;

And enterprises of great pith and moment,

With this regard, their currents turn awry,

And lose the name of action.


Conclusion: Marcellus and Horatio are sworn to secrecy about seeing the ghost.

  1. Evidence/Speaker/location:

Never to speak of this that you have heard,

Swear by my sword.


Conclusion: Hamlet feels he must set right the wrong that has been done, but he isn’t happy about the task.

  1. Evidence/Speaker/location:


Conclusion: Act I ends

  1. Evidence/Speaker/location: 


Nay, come, let’s go together.

Exeunt ( leaving the stage) 


  1. What questions has this act has evoked for you? (Bring them to a class discussion)
  • why would Shakespeare choose a ghost? 
  • What does the ghost say about his presumed death and the actual murder?


  1. Which relationship most intrigues you so far and why?

Laterus  and Polonius 

  1.  Perhaps you noticed some of these topics.  If so, jot some notes/thoughts:
  • Love/lust
  • Murder
  • Revenge
  • Mystery
  • Insanity
  • Pretending (“seeming”, “Playing a part”, mask wearing)


Novel Teaching Table ( January update)

Never let me go 

for our novel’s teaching table back in January, we had to present an analysis about the book we chose and for this project, I decided to read and watch the story called “Never Let me go”


Notes chapter





The Book Thief

For unit 5, one of the biggest things for this unit was for us to choose a novel, analyze it and present. I picked out The Book Thief by Mark Zusak as I not only heard it was an inspiring extraordinary and amazing book, but I was particularly interested in historical fiction.


the link below shows the notecards of my novel lectures.

The book thief note cards (1)


Final Semester Reflection

When looking at my unit 1 and unit 2 portfolio, I see my greatest achievement has been…

Throughout this semester, I’ve written various analytical essays on the topics we’ve covered in class and overall, I’ve really enjoyed writing them and learning more about poems and short stories. Looking back on the assignments I’ve done I feel as if I’ve definitely improved with my essays, especially my latest SS interpretation one. Of course, there are still areas where I can work on and improve as a writer, but my analysis is getting clearer and I’m approaching it better. The other thing I’m proud of is the video that my groupmates worked on. I not only really enjoyed creating the video and learn more about the story ( rose for Emily) but our group had no problem efficiently collaborating and finishing all our parts in creating the script. I’ve also learned a lot of valuable lessons about short stories, team working skills, and POV characterization. Another achievement I would say is keeping up and updating my portfolio right when an assignment has been graded. I believe that this portfolio really shows my growth as a student and a learner, and compared to how I’ve written my essays back in August I now have a much better understanding on approaching these questions. I also think that with this rate, and if I keep practicing and going to help after school I’ll definitely be ready when it comes to the AP exam in May. 


When looking at my feedback on my work, I see I still struggle with 

When looking at my grades, my feedback and the mastery on schoology, something I can still work on and do better in is Target C2  ( can interpret a work (ie. fiction or poetry) based on careful observation of textual details, considering such elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone). This is an area where I believe I do need a bit more practice with and over Christmas break I’ll definitely look at the quizlet sets more and work on having a better understanding of the application of the figurative languages we’ve learned. With more practice at observing the techniques and elements used in the poem or piece, I’m confident that I’ll be able to do better with this part. Another target that I can still do better is F3.2

(I can interpret literature based on careful observation of textual details, considering the work’s style.) According to the mastery on schoology, I have a 70% grade on this part and to improve I think it’s similar to the last target where I just need to familiarize myself with the style of writing or the author’s intended approach to the poems written. 

When looking at my process piece ( drafts 1- 5) this was my approach to improving that work.

When looking at my process piece, I do believe that every single draft does get better. When I was writing my SS interpretation the final draft I handed in was my best work. Throughout the process of writing my draft 1 to draft 5, I would not only double-check 0n my work but print out each draft and use a pencil to edit, reading it out aloud. I’ve learned this technique when I was learning how to become a better writer back in middle school, and ever since then, I do believe that this approach was one of the most efficient to improve my essay. I would also ask for a peer edit or classmate edit to get another perspective on it before I submit my final draft and I think that having another perspective or another opinion helps. Therefore, this is a  rough outline of what I do for each draft and since I’ve been using this similar strategy since middle school, I’m confident that this will help me when it comes to editing and improving my writing. 

When looking at the mastery on schoology It can be seen in my piece that…. 

Overall, I feel as if my targets have greatly improved throughout this semester and looking at the mastery of schoology gives me a clear understanding of where I am with my learning at this stage and what I can continue to do to improve. Some of my greatest areas include F6, F8, F14, F4, C1, C7, and C11. These are areas that I’ve consistently shown steadiness whether it comes to my formative or summative, but areas that I can still work on and as said before is F3 and C2. I now have a better understanding of how to improve and how this system works and I’m confident that it’ll get better. 
A goal for sem 2 

Going through this semester, I definitely learned various insights on how to be a better writer and what AP Lit, this course is about and a goal I have for semester 2 regarding the grades is aim for more exceeding expectations. I completely understand that this will take effort and practice but I have faith that if I keep up with all my work, ask questions when I’m unsure and practice the quizlet words more, it’s a goal I can reach. Another goal I have is a personal goal but it’s to spend more time reading poems. After the poetry unit, I’m truly fascinated about the style of writing and since writing and words speak to me I do want to read more short stories or poems. 

My relationship with creative writing is. 

I’ve always loved creative writing or just writing in general and therefore because of that this class has already been an inspiration for me. In the pieces, I write I do believe that my passion for the topics and writing can be seen. When it comes to AP Lit, especially the summative I always try to put 100% into everything I do and being able to write and analyze short stories that I’m interested in, I definitely try to do my best.