Final Reflection

When looking at my Unit 3 – 6 portfolio, I see my greatest achievement has been…

For me, my greatest achievement would certainly my completion of the novel Heart of Darkness. Although short, it was definitely a challenging read. This novel truly tested the analysis skills that I’ve accumulated throughout high school. Past the difficult language or the book, I spent a lot of time simply discussing the themes, symbolism, characters, and more with my book group.

In the end I was able to attain a good grasp upon the book, and as a result felt comfortable and prepared coming into tasks such as the novel teaching table to both introduce the story concisely, and go in depth into the figurative language.


When looking at my feedback on my work and Mastery Data (as found in Schoology), I noticed…

I’ve done substantially better compared to last semester, and as a whole I’ve quite consistently hit EE marks.


Considering most of second semester was virtual learning, I’d like to say…

I don’t think virtual learning affected me too much. If anything, it might have upped my productivity as I naturally had more time on my hands. However, at times I did feel that perhaps, combined with being a second semester senior, there slightly less motivation. Regardless, I’ve made sure to stay on task and compared to last semester I was certainly more timely and efficient with completing classwork.


When reviewing my goal for Semester 2, I can say that I…

My goal at the end of semester 1 was to spend more time addressing areas of weakness based on feedback from my teacher. I believe I have been able to do this quite well. However, I definitely had some goals that I didn’t include in that reflection. For example, getting better at timed writing or being more timely with my work. I think for both of these I made an effort to improve and the results have shown it. I felt more comfortable with timed writings, especially Q2s, and I was able to sit the AP exam feeling confident of my analysis and writing abilities.


How does literature get to the “heart of the matter”?

I’ve always that most meaningful pieces of literature had some sort of “moral of the story”. For the most part this has been true. However, as I’ve tackled more complex literature I’ve found it harder and harder to figure out exactly what this moral might be. Simultaneously, I’ve also picked up new skills and tools that allow me to pick apart pieces of literature. I’ve found that authors employ various literary devices to some “heart of the matter” in more subtle manners. For example, as I discovered while reading Heart of Darkness, figurative language was used as a means to explore the hypocritical and futile nature of imperialism.

After this class I’ve found that perhaps literature gets to “the heart of the matter” more effectively than other mediums may allow. Complex plots and characters allow the reader to become emotionally invested in the works and as a result elicit deeper introspection and thought. Pieces such as hamlet paint scenes that both introduce profound themes such as death and get the audience thinking more deeply and forming their own interpretations of events. Moreover, it is this notion that literature can vary in their “heart of the matter” from person to person that makes it much more powerful. Each person will likely take away something from a piece of literature all equivalently viable.

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