I think that my organisation of putting my opinion, the quotes and then the so what was good. However the main reason why I got an AE was because I didn’t answer the last question which impacted my grade drastically. My goal moving forward is to read each question carefully and make sure I have extra time to revise my work. I also want to consolidate my words so I have space for all my answers.
I think overall I did well on my reading summative. I made sure to organise my answers for each question with my opinion, quote, and then a “so what”/ explanation since I was having problems with that in my last reading summative. If I had more time, I would have wanted to look over some of my answers and add some more information or opinion on it. For the most part, I feel I have explained all of the questions thoroughly, however in the future I would want to give different opinions (different sides) to show a better understanding of the reading assessment. Nevertheless, it was definitely an improvement from my last reading assessment and I plan on continuing to improve on my reading assessments.
Memento Nora Book Talk
Reflection: I think there were two big things that popped out to me almost immediately. The first one being my body language. When we were doing our book talk I tried my best to look Hannah in the eye whenever she was talking to show that she had my full attention however the rest of my body seemed very restless, since I was fidgeting, shaking my legs, pushing my glasses up and so on. Another thing I found when I was listening to the recording was that I had a lot of “likes” while I was talking which I felt definitely interrupted to flow of the conversation but I wasn’t aware of it at the time. Also I think that I need to focus more on being tangible and clear about my point. Is it a prediction? Just a comment? Or a question? and so forth. I felt I was really good at probing and adding on to the things Hannah was saying but then after I would add on to it I felt there were times when I would then stop and not contribute a point of my own. Luckily, there were a few times where Hannah paused to let me realise I need to add a point but next time I think I should be more aware of it and do so myself. Something I think I also need to work on is monitoring my air time because there are pockets in the video where its me talking for quite a while and Hannah is just listening. I think overall what I need to work on is to be able to be aware of all these things at once because while we are having this book talk I am thinking of the traits of conversation but the problem was that I would only focus on so many at a time and I would lose track of the other, for example, I would be focused on eye contact and being a good listener when she’s talking, but then when I talk I don’t monitor my air time so that gives her less time to talk, and less time for me to be a good listener. As I mentioned before, I think I was very good about inquiring and probing Hannah to think more about what she wrote down and was a good listener.
Memento Nora Book Talk #2
In the second book talk I think it went a lot smoother than our first and we had really good conversation. I think that we both fed off of the things that the other person was saying, and added to it. I continued to try and inquire and probe but instead of just asking her questions and also added my own thoughts which sometime contradicted with her own that made us both think. When we did disagree, I felt that I was polite but still held my ground about why I think it was different from the way she was thinking about it (example: how no one put the dots together that TFC and the government were actually the ones setting off the bombs in public and wether the government really cared about people or were just trying to make a commotion). I also think I was more straightforward and clear while I was talking, for example instead of just rambling on I would say “I had a prediction…” or ” A comment I had was…” Interrupting wasn’t, what I thought, was a huge problem the last time we had a book talk, but when we were talking last time there were moments when she would say something that I had thought of too and before she transitioned into a another thought I had the urge to say “Yes, me too!” or “I agree!” so this time while she was talking and she said something that I agreed with or I had thought of too I tried to distinctly nod and I also feel this action also shows the person your listening to them and hearing what their saying. I also in turn with inquiring and probing Hannah when she would do that same for me I would be sure to think and add more to what I was saying or explain in more detail about my thoughts. I think I also monitored my air time more to try and match Hannah’s more and the slight difference in time gave her a lot more of chance to talk and add points that I in turn could add on. In the end, we both had quite a few questions about the ending and although I expressed all of mine I still felt Hannah hadn’t really said anything in a while while I talked on about my questions so I probed her one last time asking her about her final thoughts which I think was a good way to end things. Overall, I think that I have definitely improved since last time and that our conversation was able to be much more interesting and fluent.
For the Everything Has Its Costs project, I think that I made sure to articulate all my words so that I would have a loud and tangible voice. I also synced up the photos the best I could so they comfortably changed from photo to photo in correlation with my speech. However, next time I would definitely work on practicing my script more because although I can read it with relatively little trouble, I think it would have been better to look up at the camera more. Also, music was, of course, one of the biggest issues in my video and next time I will make sure to thoroughly edit/revise all projects more carefully. In short, I think I overall did very well on the video project, especially the visual, and information.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton – Reflection
(Sequencing Brain frame of The Outsider’s literary devices and events)
Previously, we had gone through finding literary devices in The Giver by Lois Lowry however we would guided through the process. In The Outsiders, we found the literary devices, including motifs, symbols, mostly by ourselves. By asking us to search out literary devices it helped me better understand the story and its deeper meaning. Finding motifs, symbols, and themes were definitely a big help to reflect on the story. Although I had a difficult time finding motifs and symbols I think that one of my strengths were actually taking these literary devices and dissecting them which sometimes meant debating with my book club about them or on my own. I was also very good at finding literary devices about metaphors, similes, and hyperboles. Something I struggled with was slang, because The Outsiders is definitely a book that is its own world and therefore uses a lot of slang which sometimes got me caught up. As mentioned above, I had some trouble finding motifs, and symbols, but mostly themes were the hardest to find. In all, I feel that I did a good job interpreting what S.E. Hinton was saying and the purpose in the book.
Reading Comprehension – Emojis
Shakespeare 400 costume, speaking, and reading