In this unit, I learned that the writers can use a variety of techniques such as hyperbole, irony, and figurative languages to create a humorous effect, which helps them to portray the characters, reveal the plot and deepen the themes. For example, in the one-act play “Mother Figure” by Alan Ayckbourn, he effectively uses the technique of irony. When Terry does not want to finish the milk, Lucy sings “Georgie Porgie Pudding and Pie, Kissed the girl and…”, which is a nursery rhyme. This is ironic because both Terry and Rosemary are adults; however, Lucy treats them as children. The irony here serves to make the audience feel more entertained, hopefully creating more empathy for the absurd relationship and Lucy’s lack of connection with other people. Moreover, in the poem called “Sick” by Shel Silverstein, the poet uses hyperbole to create a humorous effect. For example, the girl claims that her “tongue is filling up” her “mouth” (15). The language is being exaggerated because what the narrator says is not realistically possible. By doing so, the poet dramatizes the text and effectively shows the readers how absurd these reasons are, which makes them laugh at this little girl and her hilarious attempt to pretend to be sick.
I met a satisfactory level for the “Attitude” criteria. Throughout the school year, I always gave my best effort in English class, making sure that the quality of my work is high. Since I am a perfectionist, I revised my assignment again and again because I believe in a saying, ” there is no best, only better”. Therefore, I always tried to see if I could make my writing more descriptive and thorough, editing my work carefully. I am also able to set an achievable and realistic goal and work towards it. What I could do next time is to take more risks to advance my learning because we should not regard failure as something to be ashamed of. Instead, we need to challenge ourselves more to improve our learning.
I think that I met a satisfactory level for the “Responsibility” criteria. Since I always found some parts that I was not satisfied with, I revised my writing again and again even in the last minutes until I turned in because I want to produce high-quality work (links to the previous paragraph). Therefore, since the most recent ones in the humor unit were self-paced assignments, I used this opportunity to make my works better. I chose to take time and improved the quality of my work. As a result, I used more time but still managed to complete them in May, which is before the final deadline, June 3rd. For the other aspects, I always checked teacher and peer feedback carefully and tried my best to use them to improve my works. I also kept all of my English resources online and was able to use and find them whenever needed, so I could be prepared and ready to learn. What I could do better next time is to make sure that I turned the assignments earlier and managed my time better. Even if I want to write great works, I should set a time limit to avoid working for too much time and exceeding beyond the time limit.
There are several challenges in this unit. Since I switched to e-learning for the first time in my life, it took me a little bit of time to adjust to this new learning environment. Moreover, I had no experience in analyzing drama and poetry, so it took me a lot of time to understand the text thoroughly. For me, poetry was especially challenging because it consists of many information in very few words. However, after this unit, I felt both more comfortable and confident in reading and analyzing them.
For English 10, my goal is to make sure that I read more books because this is a really important way to improve my English skills and learn more vocabulary. I also want to make sure that I constantly asked questions to teachers and peers if I do not understand the concepts or tasks. Finally, I should check DX and emails every day to avoid missing any important information.
Overall, I think that this year’s learning was a wonderful experience! I really enjoyed acquiring new knowledge with Dr. Maloney and interacting with my peers. I hope that I could improve myself in English 10!