In the English 9 Humour unit, I learnt that writers may create a humorous effect by using irony or taking relatable situations from real life. In the poem, Why We Oppose Pockets for Women, Alice Duer Miller, while having the speaker be men, creates a formal, dramatic, and ignorant tone that contrasts with the childish content, therefore making a humorous effect. For example, she states that women having pockets “would make dissension between husband and wife as to whose pockets were to be filled” (Miller, Line 5). The word “dissension” indicates a formal tone but contrasts with the childish content, which is that men and women would fight over who gets to fill whose pockets. Therefore, Miller achieves a humorous effect through contrasts between the tone and the content of her poem. Furthermore, Alan Ayckbourn takes relatable situations for British people and brings out the chaos in them, effectively creating a humorous effect. An example of having humour in chaos is the play, Gosforth’s Fete, where Mrs. Pearce is saying her monologue and the other characters are in the background making a lot of noise. This is humorous because the audience is able to actually see and hear the chaos onstage, with Gosforth, Milly, and the Vicar desperately trying to fix the tap on the tea urn, while Stewart is in the background drunkenly shouting out random phrases such as “Right-wing fascist propaganda” (Ayckbourn, Page 15, Line 3). Some things that I would like to learn is how writers find a starting point to make their work. I learnt that when devising theatre, actors or directors may start with an improvisation game or picture and that a lot of the humour comes from improvising with the starting point. I wonder how this could be applied to other genres and forms of media.
My SMART goal for this unit was to improve my time management skills. I did not achieve my goal, and this can be shown through the work that I have submitted late, including this blog post. Handling my time management skills was challenging, but I think if I were to overcome this challenge I should ask my parents or friends to put pressure on me to do my work at the start of trying a new method for completing my work so that I can gradually get used to using the method independently. Therefore, because my time management skills were lacking, my attitude towards work was poor, meaning that my responsibility and attitude needs improvement.
Something I learnt from this experience is that I always need to stay on top of my work, because if I start to fall behind, it is very easy for the amount of unfinished work to grow, therefore to avoid this I should complete my work the day it is assigned. I could use a checklist or a timer to make sure I complete at least most of the work. Therefore, to prepare for English 10, or 10th grade in general, I could start the year off by staying on top of my time management skills. Another goal I have for English 10 is to strive for higher quality work, which I could do by aiming for Mastering. However, to do this I need to improve my time management skills.