When looking at my Unit 1 and Unit 2 portfolio, I see my greatest achievement has been. . .
I think that my greatest achievement has been (at least what I am most proud of) is my work on the Great Poets Teaching Project. Not only did I greatly enjoy learning about Edgar Allan Poe, but I loved reading his work and analysing his poetry so that I could present it to me peers. I think that in that project I took great steps in my analysis skills as well as in my research skills, as there was so much information and I had to condense it to what I found important. As well as that, the project has inspired me to do more research on other writers that I admire to get a little bit more insight into their work.
When looking at my feedback on my work (as found in Schoology), I see I still struggle with and/or I am improving upon. . .
I see that I am struggling a little bit with time management this semester. Balancing school and my college applications has been difficult, and as a result I have submitted some work late. I want to be able to improve on that coming second semester, as well as finding more strategies to improve my time management, such as scheduling.
When looking at my process piece, SS Interpretation, (drafts 1 – ?) this was my approach to improving that work.
My approach to improving my work was to keep developing my argument (e.g. for the SS Interpretation Paper). I started with a basic frame of ideas and the relevant evidence, and with each draft I wanted to build on different aspects. For example, after I had got my main thesis and the topic sentences of each paragraph as well as the evidence, I wanted my second draft to be about diction in the sentences I write, as well as other aspects moving forward like sentence structure in grammar. I wanted to improve my work by having a strong foundation of concepts first, then building up into a well-rounded essay.
When looking at my Mastery data in Schoology for this course, I notice that. . .
The majority of my grades are where I would like them to be. I am consistent in almost all of the learning targets, and have achieved mastery in all of them as well.
Having reviewed the semester’s reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking, as well as my collaboration, creativity, and resilience, a goal I have for Semester 2 is. . .
I goal I have for Semester 2 is to cultivate my reading skills, especially with Unit 4. I think developing my reading skills will not only help with the FRQ questions we do in class, but to get better at reading literature as a whole. I think this, in turn, will help also with my literary analysis skills, therefore making the drafting process come easier to me when writing essays, as it will help me more quickly develop my ideas. I think that reading is such an important skill that can be transferred to anything you do in life, and I’m excited to do more of it next semester.
I took a risk when. . .
I submitted the poem “The Shell”. It was difficult to write in Edgar Allan Poe’s style of writing (which was my intention) and to take on the themes that he usually likes to explore. For example, my poem was about someone who lost a loved one due to their own wrongdoing. I have minimal experience in this field, so it was interesting yet difficult to try and put myself in a different state of mind to write. As well as this, it was difficult following his poems’ rigid structure rather than writing in free verse, which is what I usually do and is within my comfort zone.