· 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.