This unit introduced me to humor for the first time, and I have achieved my SMART goal- to be able to analyze and understand a poem. During this unit, I have learned various techniques and how did writers apply them in poetry and confusions to create a humorous effect. By the end of this unit, I have received some knowledge according to journal writing and analyzing poems, also get chances to try out and examine my shortcuts. To reach the SMART goal, I choose to analyze “Mr. Grumpledump’s song”. Finally, I can understand its theme and expresses my personal interpretations upon it. This unit helps me to emphasize various techniques such as repetition, hyperbole, imperative, metaphor, climax, rhetorical question, sang, and various tone. There are still many concepts that I need to work on, especially developing good interpretations according to each stylistic feature accurately, paraphrase the poem and understand the theme, knowing the mood and tone and their effects.
However, there are many areas in English that I still need to improve. During the unit, I realized my shortage of analyzing Confusion and write journal entries according to them. I found the most challenging part was to understand how the writer applied techniques and stylistic features to create a humorous effect. It took me 1 hour to write each journal entry, 30 minutes on selecting suitable quotes, and find relevant techniques. I have worked on this for five days and tried my best, but I still did not act well enough to achieve the meeting standard. Therefore, I still need to improve my language skills in order to find stylistic features and analyze them according to the theme accurately and sophisticatedly.
I think I meet satisfactory for responsibility criteria. I am willing to accept peer/teacher feedbacks and punctually act upon them, also fully prepare materials before each class on time. I can also manage my time independently and work ahead. I participated well in attitude criteria and performed decent works in a satisfactory standard. My goal for English 9 is to receive 6. Although I have improved according to my goal during the school year, I still have many skills deficiency; for example, I was quite disappointed when I received approaching for Confusion analysis. However, instead of quitting my goal, I decided to work more diligently on poetry analysis. I can engage with ideas and questions from peers and teachers, always focus on the task. I like to face challenges and set higher goals, finally achieve them through various strategies, and providing my best efforts. I realized that there are still gaps between my goal and my current stage, but I would like to take risks in order to accomplish my goals and advance my leanings.
I would like to face more challenges in future leanings of English 10. I understand that my English skills and foundations are poor, but I will keep enhance my skills and try harder with my maximum efforts to achieve mastering standards in grade 10. I would also like to use more interesting strategies, also take more risks as I go. I wish to remedy my deficiency; especially using more advanced vocabulary and reduce grammar mistakes. Hence, I need to go beyond the meeting standard and practice more in various criteria.
Finally, thank you Mr. Dalton for teaching and helping me during this school year, providing such an enjoyable English leaning environment as well as giving me valuable feedbacks to examine my weaknesses and act upon them.
Goodbye, English 9