Course reflection and response

Posted: June 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

Write out the top 6 things from above that you would recommend to stay a part of this course either because you enjoyed them or you found them helpful and useful                                          /3


Reflect on this course: the questions below are only suggestions                                      /6

What might be some additional kinds of writing and study you would suggest we add to this course? What units would you suggest we omit next year? Comment on the quality of feedback you received for your writing. What could have made this course more student-friendly? You might comment on why you particularly enjoyed or did not enjoy certain units or why you found some helpful and useful or why others were not. Comment on the amount of individual and group work or on methods of instruction you found helpful or not so helpful. What might have made this course more interesting?

Respond to any 3 of the prompts below. You need not answer every question in each prompt; they are just suggestions.                                                                                                                       /21


1)    What role do you think poetry can play in our lives? Why do people write poems? Of what use are they? What is a favorite poem of yours and why? Share a specific example of how poetry has helped or enriched your studies or your personal life.  Why should we study poetry in school, or shouldn’t we? Poetry sometimes has a bad reputation with high school students; why do you think that is? Poetry to me is one of the many ways to voice out our opinions or feelings other than writing rants or songs etc. I think people write poetry because it’s a way to indirectly write out their opinions in a more interesting way, like using rhymes or other different vocabulary. Also they could express feelings that they don’t normally say out loud. For example, I wouldn’t feel comfortable with saying what I wrote in my “Seniors” poem to the seniors directly, but I was able to write it down.  I felt like poetry made Advanced Composition a lot more fun, partly because I enjoy writing poems more than pieces like research papers. Also I felt like I could incorporate daily events or different inside jokes in the poems, for example, phrases like “cool story bro”. I think we should study poetry in school, because I really enjoy writing them, and also I said before, it makes writing-based courses so much more interesting.


2)    Compare and contrast the Shakespeare play you studied in Advanced Composition this year with others you are familiar with. You might compare characters, themes, conflicts, style, your personal preferences, subject matter and settings. I feel like Shakespearean characters are always so blinded by their feelings, their love or hate for other people. These actions usually result in really stupid but avoidable deaths. Like the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet because of love or Hamlet’s death due to his hate and urge for revenge. The worst of all, King Lear blinded by his ego as he made his daughters tell him how much they loved him before he gave them a share of his kingdom. All these characters were worshipped as people who died for love, or revenge. There’s even a term called “Tragic Hero”. In these cases, I consider them tragic, but I would never regard anyone of them as heroes. If these people would’ve thought twice before their actions, and try to see things through, they could’ve avoided all these tragic events and they could’ve all been happy endings.


3)    In your opinion is it important to still study Shakespeare in school? In what ways might studying Shakespeare help you understand society, history, the English language, other literature or pop culture? Is Shakespeare a good writer in your opinion? Is he a good story-teller? Is it possible for one to derive pleasure from studying, reading or watching his plays? Is Shakespeare outdated? Is his language archaic? Are his stories too convoluted?I feel like studying Shakespeare in school is a very important tool to help us learn about medieval life in Europe. Different cultural practices, and traditions, and also the words the abundant vocabulary in describing their feelings of affection for each other. Although it is an important part of the syllabus, I don’t enjoy studying his plays, partly because I feel like a lot of his characters are really stupid, all blinded by their emotions, like their love (Romeo and Juliet) or hate (Hamlet) that often result to tragic, but avoidable loss of lives. I think Shakespeare plays are very outdated, although some of them are really romantic, but they don’t poetry reality in our society nowadays. Social structure has changed drastically and also the way people pursue love in real life.


4)    Good dialogue is marked by certain characteristics. Choose the characteristics you think are important to good dialogue and explain why you think they are important. Give specific examples from a dialogue you wrote, a dialogue a classmate wrote or a section of dialogue you have read in literature or seen in film. I feel like dialogues should be very informal, because I don’t see how a reader would enjoy reading a very boring conversation between people. If the words, or the tone used in the dialogue aren’t chosen carefully, and if they don’t catch the reader’s attention, then the readers would just think that “it’s just two people talking, why do I care?” Also I think it should incorporate interesting phrases you would use in a conversation with your friend. For example, in my dialogue I used a lot of quotes we use in our daily conversations, like “what the” and “obviously” and a lot other phrases that our classmates would get a good laugh at.




5)    Comment on the use of film as a learning tool in this class. Reflect on a film watched in Advanced Composition this year. What did you learn from it? Why did you enjoy it or not enjoy it? Would you recommend the teacher to show this film next year? Why or why not? If the film was a version of a text you had already read, how did the film enhance or detract from your enjoyment or understanding of that text? How did the film make you feel? What questions did it make you ask? Specifically, what did you learn from it? Could you suggest alternative films the teacher might use if you did not enjoy the ones shown in this class? I really loved the movie “What Dreams May Come”, partly because I’ve watched it before and I understand the plot. I would definitely recommend a teacher to show this movie next year because it really touched me on how the husband would journey to the depths of hell to save his wife, even when his guide/teacher told him he might not be able to return. This movie actually reminded me of this song called “Grenade” by Bruno Mars, as it portrayed how a person could sacrifice so much for the one he/she loves.


6)    Why should students write a research paper?  Reflect on the various skills you learned while writing your research paper. Which may prove helpful in the future and why? What did you learn from writing your research paper? What do you think are the key elements of a good research paper? What do you wish you had done differently during the process of writing your paper? Who might be a target audience for your research paper and how might it benefit them? In I learned how to use more advanced researching tools like Questia and also using different citation formats, as I didn’t have to cite any of my work before this piece. Being able to Questia will be beneficial for my learning in college because college level papers can’t just rely on search engines like Wikipedia, Google etc. My target audience is people around my same age, this will benefit them as I include a large variety of topics in my paper and I connect their common areas to make it more relevant. For example I talked about Trent Reznor, Michael Jordan and Albert Einstein. These are all great examples from their respective fields, like the music industry, sports and science. I talked about how all of them didn’t start of very well, but they didn’t give up and they all became world famous examples of success. A pioneer of Industrial Rock, The greatest player to ever play in the NBA, and one of the greatest scientists in the world.


7)    My role in class discussions and seminars. Reflect on your participation in class discussions and seminars this year. How would you characterize your contributions both in quality and quantity? What things encouraged you to participate? What things were detrimental to your participation? In what ways might you improve? What things did Ms. Manchester do or could have done to facilitate improved discussion? Why is participation in class discussion important? I would say that my contributions in seminar discussions were both decent in terms of quality and quantity. As I have responded to a lot of the questions, and shared a lot of my personal experiences, and all my responses were put into thorough thought instead of just “yes, no” answers. I think it was my daily life relevance to the characters in the book that led me to answer the questions. I felt like my past experiences could relate to how the characters were feeling. I think we Ms. Manchester could’ve given us a certain amount of feedback not just on what we responded, but HOW we responded to the questions. As the feedback would help us be more coherent in future discussions.





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