Final reflective blog post for Humor Unit

· What did I learn about how writers use language to create a humorous effect?

I learned that writers often create humor by using irony, and real-life experiences that we can relate to because this way, we would be able to understand and notice the humor. By creating real-life experiences, we, readers, would feel the resonance and see the reflection of ourselves, making us laugh. Moreover, authors may use language to make us feel like we are above or superior to the person/situation, and guide our laughter. In “Between Mouthfuls”, the author uses the figure of Martin to reflect people in the society that are like him. It is funny because we notice Martin’s mistakes and how dumb we can be at times when we see reflections of him in our lives.

· What are some things that I would still like to learn more about with respect to this topic?

I would like to learn more about how I can use these techniques of humor into my own writing and everyday life to engage the audience and change tones. For example, in “Between Mouthfuls”, Martin said,

“Martin: It’s all alright, he’s got his back to us. And she’s as blind as a bat. No, he probably had some little Italian señora lined up there. He always likes to mix his business with a bit of…

Waiter: Potted shrimps, sir?”

This dialogue was humorous because the author wittingly used the mechanic of the waiter to alter the meaning of Martin’s words.

· Did I achieve the SMART goal I set for myself in this unit? Why or why not?

The SMART goal I set for myself was to look for deeper meanings in poems and plays. I believe I achieved my goal for the poem part because I understood it and found out the deep meaning: “[The author’s] hatred may originate from the fact that scientific discoveries are taking the life out of these creatures and nature itself”. However, for the play, I did not quite understand the meaning and message it tried to deliver because this is my first time coming into contact with this genre of writing and also because I am not very experienced with society and the actions people take.

· What was particularly challenging about this unit?

I believe the biggest challenge for me in this unit was the fact that I had to manage my own timeline and set deadlines that I had to follow. Normally in school, teachers would give us a notice before an assignment is due, this would remind me that I need to do more work; however, without these announcements, I had to be a lot more aware of my workload, and have more self-control when taking breaks. 😛

· What successes did I have in this unit?

Although time management was a challenge for me in this unit, I believe I handled the situation very well. I only had one overdue assignment (the dialectical journals) that I asked for an extension but completed them with quality. I also believe that my analysis skills improved a lot especially for the poem I chose because when conferencing with Ms. Wong, I noticed most of the messages without too much help from her. 🙂

· To what extent did I meet the Student as a Learner (SAL) criteria of “Responsibility” and “Attitude”?

Responsibility: I believe I was exemplary in seeking feedback but satisfactory in the areas of preparation and time management. Throughout this unit, I scheduled multiple conferences with Ms. Wong for feedback on assignments which greatly helped me improve. For preparation, I was always prepared for class, but never looked for extra resources; therefore, I deserve a satisfactory. Finally, as I have stated before, my time management is not the best, but still allows me to finish all the assignments on time.

Attitude: I believe my attitude for learning was pretty considerable as I was really focused on the project and accepted challenges to help me improve my learning; however, my biggest problem was that I did not set active, ambitious goals, and was really lazy from time to time.

· In what ways do I still need to grow with respect to these two SALs?

Responsibility: I believe I can be more proactive and find additional sources to help me better extend my learning. For example, when the teacher asks us to read articles on the history of Humor and Theater, I should go online and find one or two more articles to help me better understand their history.

Attitude: I think by setting ambitious, but achievable goals, I would be more enthusiastic when learning, which can help my problem of being lazy too.

· What have I learned and accomplished in English 9?

In English 9, I have learned to be more independent and self-directed when learning. As a result of the Corona Virus this year, I had to be a lot more aware of my workload, and have more self-control when taking breaks so that I don’t submit my assignments late. In addition, I believe that my analysis skills greatly improved. When analyzing texts, I can propel myself to look for the deeper meanings that the authors wanted to convey instead of looking at the surface. For example, when analyzing the poem “The Horrid Voice of Science” I realized that the author hated these scientists because they take the magic out of nature instead of just realizing the author hated scientists.

· What goals do I have for my learning in English 10?

For English 10, I wish I could be more active in my learning by setting goals and extending my reach for information other than the sources that the teachers give us.

Analyzing Editorial Cartoons

After completing both formative and summative editorial cartoon analysis I believe I improved a lot at noticing details, recognizing techniques, and understanding the message that the author tried to convey. For example, I noticed in my Trade Wars are Easy to Win poster, that the author made Donald Trump’s eyes and hands seem tiny, implying that he doesn’t have foresight and control over the situation. I also believe that I improved at presenting because I challenged myself to present with only a small note card at hand which only contained keywords on it; although the presentation was not very smooth, I believe a made a big accomplishment.

IDU Reflection Post

· How did you assess yourself on the “collaboration” strand of the student as a learner rubric?

On the collaboration strand of the student as a learner rubric, I assessed myself as meeting the standard. I believe I was meeting because although throughout the project, I did actively participate and was responsible for all of my work. For example, the time when I had to miss school because of China cup, I didn’t make an excuse to not do my assigned word, but instead, I voluntarily told my teammates that I will do work every night after the activities end. However, I did not volunteer to do extra assignments or help other group mates finish some of their tasks.

· What are your strengths as a team member? What do you still need to work on?

As a team member, I am very responsible and can deliver work that I promised on time and with considerable quality. In addition, I don’t need much help from my teammates, thereby making their lives less stressful. However, some things that I would need to work on may include being more expressive of my ideas and actively volunteer to help my group mates when I finish with my portion of the work.

· Can you rank the norms of collaboration based on their degree of importance?

Our team had several norms which included:

  1. Actively communicate
  2. Take responsibility
  3. Try your best
  4. Compromise
  5. Stay on task

Out of these norms, I would rank the most important one as actively communicate because communication is the key for a group to have success and avoid potential conflicts. Second would be, take responsibility, followed by Try your best, then compromise, and lastly, stay on task. I ranked remain on task as the least important one because it is ok to not stay on task when you have finished all your work.

· Which norms were the easiest for you to implement? Which were the most difficult?

For us, compromising was the easiest to implement because all of my teammates were really open-minded and accepting of new ideas. This meant that all of us were very logical in making decisions, and would willingly compromise for the greater good. On the other hand, staying on task was the hardest to achieve because there wasn’t a lot of work to do each class, and we would get bored after finishing the tasks assigned to us.

· When is collaboration valuable?

Although collaboration is always valuable to a team, I believe collaboration is the most valuable when conflicts emerge. When disagreements arise, people turn selfish and only fight for what they want to see happen, but if they would collaborate with each other, then they might be able to figure out a solution that would benefit everyone.

· What are the challenges of collaborating with others? How can these challenges best be managed and/or overcome?

I actually lucked out this time and had an excellent group. Throughout the project, we didn’t have any conflicts with each other except for the time when Christopher and I had to travel and miss school for a day; nonetheless, we fixed the problem by agreeing to do work every day after our activities ended.

Part time Indian SS summative

I believe that I did mediocre in this Socratic seminar because although I had prepared well and had many points to say, I did not get the chance to convey them; however, I believe that the times which I have spoken, I have conveyed my thoughts clearly and supported with evidence from the text. I also built upon others’ thoughts and helped them elaborate.

One of the ideas I proposed was an analysis of the quote “we didn’t keep score” (Alexie 230) and how it was an effective and satisfying conclusion of the novel. This quote shows the respect between Junior and Rowdy because if they are playing without a score, then no one can be in the lead, implying that no one is superior. Furthermore, when rowdy said, “I always knew you were going to leave us behind and travel the world…and I was happy for you” (229) it showed the growth and dynamics of the two characters and how Rowdy came to accept the new Junior instead of detesting him for leaving the Rez and following his dreams.

Overall, I believe that I could have done a lot better in this Socratic seminar if I participated more and talked about the literary features which the author used. Furthermore, I need to be more aggressive and “fight” for more talking time.

Absolutely True Diary Practice Socratic Seminar Reflection

During this Socratic Seminar, I believe that my participation has greatly improved from the past. I proposed many opinions and responded to other’s questions. An example of a question I asked is “Why do you think Rowdy refused to go to Reardan with Junior?”. Questions like this will provoke discussion about Rowdy’s life and how it differs from Junior’s; moreover, it can also show that I have contributed to the discussion, and is participating.

One thing that I believe will help improve my performance during the summative Socratic Seminar is being more confident and not being afraid of proposing my thoughts for discussion. To achieve this, I will need to spend more time in preparing better, more thoughtful questions. In addition, rereading the story will help me familiarize the text, and make connections to other’s ideas.