English I Honors was an intense course that required higher level thinking skills. I analyzed many types of literature studying theme and purpose. This course helped elevate my writing by teaching me how to integrate quotes and incorporate smooth transitions and flow. I read many works of literature including the novels Animal Farm, Romeo and Juliet, and A Raisin in the Sun. I also wrote three essays which are included below. This class was not just about reading and writing, it helped me to understand the purpose of language in my everyday life. Overall, English I Honors challenged me, increased my exposure to different types of literature, improved my everyday writing, and helped me understand the world around me better.
Writing was a core component of English I Honors. Some of my writing strengths include MLA format and grammar. However, I still need to work on paragraph structure and transitions between paragraphs. Even though these are some of my writing weaknesses, I feel like they are also the areas in which I have most improved. By the end of English II Honors, my goal is to be able to write multiple paragraphs with improved structure and flow.
Note: The MLA format does not transfer correctly for some essays. Please ignore the formatting.
This was my first high school essay, so it was unlike anything I had written before. This was a narrative essay about a favorite moment in your life. The essay was written in sections, which made it easier to write. I wrote the body first, then added the introduction and conclusion later. I learned the basics of how to write a narrative essay and how to express a part of my life on paper. I felt like I did well on this assignment, but if I did it again, I would have smoother transitions between my paragraphs and better flow throughout the story.
This was the second essay I wrote and it was a group assignment. The essay was a business letter to the President-elect about an important election issue. Our group chose to discuss our opinion on gun control. While completing the assignment, I learned how to write a business letter in MLA format and how it is different than regular MLA format. I also learned that it can be frustrating to work on an essay as a group. If I did this again, I would choose a different topic and address the letter to Congress instead of the president.
This was my third and final essay in English I Honors. I had to write a persuasive argumentative essay for either Individualism or Collectivism. I learned how to argue a side and present facts to support my argument. I also learned how to integrate quotes and cite sources within the text. If I did this again, I would switch sides and try to argue the other side to see if my opinion would change after arguing both sides.
This was a SPES writing assignment. SPES stands for Statement, Proof, Explanation, and Synthesis. SPES is the standard format for a high school English paragraph. Statement is your point of view and a straightforward answer to the question. Proof is your specific details (quoted or paraphrased) from the text. Explanation is where you explain what the details mean and how they support your perspective. The Explanation should be two to three times longer than the Proof. Synthesis is where you draw conclusions and summarize the paragraph. For this assignment, we had to compare how two short stories, "The Interlopers" and "The Lady or the Tiger", were related with a rhetorical device. I learned how to write a SPES paragraph and how to use two stories to support an argument. If I did this again, I would try to compare a book to its corresponding movie and support which is better.
This is an assignment where I had to summarize a work of literature and explain what it means to me. In this assignment, I learned how to analyze and reflect on a poem. I also had to determine why this was memorable to me and explain the deeper meaning of the poem. If I did this assignment again, I would like to use a fantasy novel and reflect on the underlying meaning.
In the above example, I had to write a six sentence story with all the plot elements of a full novel. I learned how to incorporate plot elements into a very small story. I also learned how important plot elements are in the development of a good story. If I did this assignment again, I would try to incorporate characters in first person point of view.
For this discussion board, we had to write our initial reaction to the play Romeo & Juliet after reading the play in class. I learned how to analyze a play and provide details to support my opinion about the play. If I did this type of assignment again, I would like to write a reaction to a suspenseful novel right after reading it.
These are my annotations for the short story "Hills Like White Elephants". This story is very interesting but also very vague, so you have to do a lot of interpretation to figure out its meaning. There is a simple interpretation and a very complex interpretation of the story. If you can figure out the complex interpretation, you can read almost an entirely different story, as everything has a hidden meaning. Throughout this assignment, I learned how to interpret a more in-depth story from the one present. I also learned how to find hidden meaning in a simple text and use that meaning to create another interpretation. This assignment was my favorite for this class, so if I did this again, I would not change anything. I enjoyed going through the process of finding the meaning.
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