Posts Tagged ‘English’

This is the biggie.
This is a mandatory submission for my final blog posts.
I’m suppose to reflect on what I learned this year.

Well wow. It’s been almost a year since I first joined the 10th grade English class. Swirls of memories surround me as I attempt to recall what I have accomplished in one year of high school. I remember those sleepless nights as I sat crouched on my desk with the rest of my family sleeping while I worked extra diligently on my delightful Multigenre project. But besides that, I couldn’t seem to recollect what I’ve done for an entire year. Isn’t it amusing when one looks back, they only see a mere blur of the past – a rush of vague and unclear memories which leaves us feeling confused and frustrated. Despite this, I strained my tired head of what I actually acquired during my time in that cute classroom. Then it came to me – very hard I might add. I got better at talking!

I wasn’t THAT antisocial in my freshmen year; it’s just that I never really participated in any of the discussions. They were always something I dreaded. I learned in sophomore year and in English class that staying silent will ultimate lead to a not very good score. But that was in second semester. Backing up to first semester I realized that we had more project based assignments rather then those presentations, writing and discussion assignments we had these days. One book I particularly liked was Grendel. Grendel seems to be a very cute creature contrary to what many of my classmates think. It was the first book I didn’t mind reading. I actually can’t really remember what we did with that book. Grendel presented many radical philosophical ideas I never even thought of. The discussions throughout the year made me realize: books actually have a point to make. Despite knowing what themes were I always saw the themes of books cheesy and unrelated to my life. Applying it to society showed me the greater meaning of a book. Yeah. Cheesy. But its true. Books have a purpose. Grendel was a interesting read; it was much more interesting than Beowulf. Despite this it was kind of disappointing that he got his arm torn off at the end.
“Poor Grendel’s had an accident,” I whisper. “So may you all.” (Gardner 174).
After time passed, the discussions didn’t seem to be as threatening, we learned how to write a proper thesis, the presentations seemed more enjoyable, and those sentence structures were really enlightening. I can honestly say that English transformed from a demon to something better. Sure I still don’t do that well on quizzes but I believe that this class really helped my writing and my speaking. Which is what English is about no? Or not. Everyone has his or her memories of sophomore English classes. I’m not actually sure of my writing still. I’m not sure if I improved. I’m not sure if I changed. But I hope I did. Good-bye grade 10 English. : )

P.S Looking forward to AP English language. Hope it helps me as much as English 10 has.

Toast to the end of the year!


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What do you LIKE about learning?

Everyone who knows me probably realizes how devoted I am to my education life.
What a conflicted word.
It makes me conflicted however.
Since this blog post is supposed to be the positive aspects of learning I will strive now to make it as positive as possible.
I love the results of learning. After going through the hardships and the dirty road to accomplishment, it does feel a bit refreshing to remind yourself: I’m not stupid. There are many ways to learn also, just as there are many foods to eat. The other thing I like about learning is that you can learn from anything. Though there is our beloved school so called the “sanctuary” for learning, you can learn from your parents, animals, tv shows, or any other random thing out there.
So. We also need to learn to eventually do things on our own.
We need to learn to accomplish higher goals.
We will never be too old to learn.

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So. On a snow make up day where we had to go to all our classes for a 45 minute period my english teacher decided to let us watch a movie. Since we are reading Bram Stocker’s Dracula we watched the 1931 version of Dracula and the more recent adaption of Dracula to of course, compare and contrast.
When people try to make films out of literature, usually they are very different and the movie usually leaves out information due to time constraints.
The movie was rushed, black and white, and the audio was terrible. But whats to expect from an old movie? They made Jonathan Harker Renfiled.

Okay… that was REALLY unexpected.
The newer film also uses this idea. They made it seem like Jonathan Harker was the one who replaces Renfield after he goes mad. And to say.. Dracula’s hair is awesome. Needless to say, it sorta looks like Alice in Wonderland Queen’s hair.

Maybe the queen IS a vampire. They have the same white face, the same red lips, the same creepy look, and the same freaky hair.
Maybe they should get married.
Maybe they are already married.

Well, Dracula the newer version was creepy and the way Dracula came to be was probably inaccurate. It was something about stabbing a giant cross after his wife dies and drinking the beautiful delicious deep red liquid that was send forth by the cross. Then the room started to get filled with blood as he screamed “Blood is the life!”
………………………………….But then it was fun.

Better than my swimming class before it.

Curse you water.

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What makes a blog unique?

I’m not sure LOL
To answer this I decided to venture upon my fellow peer’s blogs!

1. Staci S Blog: A.K.A (As Known As)
I think a major thing that attracts people to read each others blogs is the fact that the writer sounds HUMAN. Unlike hard written essays or research reports an interesting blog should sound like a person. Someone that has a voice. It’s interesting that because Staci has a very definite writing voice. You can tell that a person is talking. So I think one step into making a unique blog is to make your voice sound unique.

2. Harin’s Blog: Fat Pony Chronicles
Oh yes! My friend Harin! The blog sounds just like her!!! Her blog is interesting because it has a very nice layout and talks about things we can relate to! Like the olympics and such. I learned that to be an interesting blog writer you should write about things that can be related to.

3. Ashley’s Blog: Sûr une étoile (apparently it means “on a star” in french)
Ashley. Her blog posts are just generally very interesting. The things she writes about are things that we usually just look over in our lives. It makes the readers think and interested to keep reading further.

So there! Thats what I think makes a fun unique interesting blog.

This took me over 6 hours because I was procrastinating.

And now this is a picture that has nothing to do with my blog post but felt like sharing it.

Hope you enjoyed it.

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The Classes

Besides the all so important English, there are many other classes that I take. Well, it is not that much but i take Ap Biology, French, Algebra, Chemistry, PE, and World Geography. This blog post is suppose to be about something interesting I am learning in other classes, but to be frank, I’m not learning anything particularly interesting other than ways to get out of swimming. I don’t have a favorite subject though I have a most hated subject. This post seems quite depressing up to this point so I’ll talk about something brighter. In PE I was sorta intrigued how some people (like me) could not swim at all and how some people could swim so well.

Thats not much brighter is it. Well I guess the contents of Ap biology are pretty interesting compared to the other subjects. ( not english though!) It’s amazing that so many things can make us die. Biology is generally stated as the study of life but it seems like the study of death. If one thing goes wrong the whole system suffers and we die. Seems mildly interesting that our bodies are composed of tiny little cells that reproduce and grow.

Interesting much?

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I haven’t had a blog post in a while. Somehow everyday in high school seems to be stressful and tiring; even this blog post is something I have to do for homework. Especially this week it seemed like I hardly got to talk anyone with all the tests, projects, reports, and homework to do and take. However it seems like I finally got around to posting this homework assignment up at around 3 am in the morning. Geez. I should sleep soon. But now it’s the weekends and after a tiring week I decided just to watch youtube videos and for some reason I started watching Disney. I used to love Disney and I still do. But watching Disney again after such a busy week reminded me of the love I have for Disney. I believe that Disney movies are the saddest movies out there. They also have the best villains. The villains were quick, cunning, and evil with an air of elegance to them as well. They were of course nasty. A good example is Scar. I like Scar. I have no idea why. I just do. He strikes me as someone funny and cool. My friend on the other hand hates him. Apparently she used to have nightmares about him because he was so scary. How cute. I love his song Be Prepared in Lion King. I personally thought the villain in Snow White was the scariest being I had ever seen. She was so frightening and seemed so… eerily CALM about everything she did. Watching her poison the apple with such lust was creepy. Even the part where she transforms herself into an old woman just to kill someone shows her devotion to killing her target Snow White. AND THIS WAS JUST BECAUSE SHE WASN’T PRETTY AS HER? Well, I don’t know there was another reason, but I don’t really care. She’s the most terrifying character ever. It reminded me when all I did was sit and watch Disney and TV. Even on TV I only watched Disney Channel. Disney is epic. No matter how old I get I will still continue to love Disney movies. The movies that were just fun when I was a kid seemed to take more meaning as I sat on my chair watching it today. They seemed to contain much more meanings and I never realized how good the songs were. When I was young I never used to really care for songs, in fact I thought they were just all bad. How wrong I was. Lion King’s songs were amazing and so was Hercules, and Mulan to list a few. My top five I think is 1. The Fox and the Hound, 2. Mulan, 3. Lion King, 4. Hercules, and 5. The Sword in the Stone. I just watched The Fox and the Hound and I swear it’s the best sad story ever. Go see it on youtube. It’s really sad but it has a somewhat happy ending like all Disney stories. It’s the tale of a fox, Tod, whose best friend is a hunting dog, Copper and as they grow up they realize that they are enemies. When I was little, I didn’t really understand the plot and the moral. I just thought the fox and dog were cute, but now this movie struck me as being tender and sad. I used sad a lot in this blog but when I tried to find a synonym for sad I just couldn’t find one. Sad. Seems like such a deep word, or maybe because I’m just bad at vocabs. Back when I was a kid – wow I sound really old now – I used to at least watch two Disney movies everyday. Though I know the present is important, the past is something that you cannot simply forget about. I guess that does sound cheesy but I really don’t understand people who say that present is the most important thing. Present. Past. Future. Should all matter. I know as I become older I will love Disney as I do now and as I did in the past.

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Ellooo!!! SO YET ANOTHER POST FOR ENGLISH. It’s about my writing style. Yeah, I believe I can improve when it comes to writing. I’m not the best writer as you might notice. I’m not that great with writing beginning and ending sentences to essays. Apparently the first paragraph should have some kind of hook, but I end up not knowing what to say at all. IT IS 10:42 RIGHT NOW AND IM REALLY TIRED. But I shall continue. I also believe that my word choice could be a bit more vibrant. It seems to me that I always use the same words. Maybe its because I don’t know a lot of vocabulary but I should really get out of the habit of using flat boring words. I’m not suppose to use words such as “readers” and the “audience” either. I believe that everyone could improve their writing since no one is actually perfect. I was always the worst when it comes to writing so I will try to continue to improve for the rest of this semester.

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