Throughout the final month of eLearning, we worked on the final English 9 humor unit. In the last few weeks, we got to set our own deadlines for these three assignments; dialectical journals, CER, and this blog post. We also created a SMART goal, which meant we had to manage our time accordingly.
During this unit, the main focus was humor, more specifically how language is used to create a humorous effect. We learned how to analyze plays and poems. For example, in Mother Figure of Confusions, I found the stage directions and change in character very interesting, and I also noticed that there were a lot of subtle techniques that go deeper than the literal meaning. In the poem Sick, by annotating it, I learned that the poet used language devices such as rhyme, anaphora, and hyperboles. For example, when Peggy in Sick says “[her] hips hurt when [she] move[s] her chin” (line 15) and “[her] spine ain’t straight” (line 25). It is funny for the reader to imagine Peggy’s hips hurting when she moves her chin which is completely unrelated, and how her spine not being straight is something that elderly people would experience. Learning to identify these techniques is definitely one of the big takeaways for me from this unit.
(Wechat conversation with friend-me struggling with dialectical journals)
One of the biggest challenges from this unit is the deadlines I set for myself. First of all, I forgot to take into account my other final assessments, so I didn’t give myself enough time for each assignment. I also forgot about the long weekend when I was setting my deadlines, so I had either too much time for a task, or too little. From this, I have learned to double-check the calendar and my other assignments, so if I ever need to set my own deadlines again, hopefully, it will be better.
The SMART goal I set for myself was to meet all of the deadlines I set for myself and complete them to the best of my ability for each assignment. I believe that I have put my best effort into the assignments. However, as I mentioned before, deadlines were the biggest challenge for this unit. I know this is not a good example of time management, and I will definitely work on that in the future.
The responsibility strand of the student as a Learner rubric is willingness to accept feedback, preparation, and time management. I sent my work to one of my friends and got some feedback, and I then revised my work based on the feedback. For preparation, I had all the resources downloaded, and attended all of the zoom meetings that were held. They were helpful and guided me when I wasn’t sure what I was doing. However, for time management I didn’t meet all of my deadlines. Taking into account of all three parts, I would give myself a satisfactory for responsibility. As for attitude, I think I have a positive attitude because I made sure to complete the assignments to the best of my ability. So, I would give myself a satisfactory.
This is the last piece of work I will do for English 9. Next year I hope to be able to meet all of the deadlines I will set for myself and persevere on challenging tasks. I hope to improve my understanding on of language and also to broaden my understanding of different text types. Now this marks the end of my freshman year of high school, so I’d like to say a big thank you to Ms. Wong and my classmates for such an amazing English 9 experience!