English Reflection

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1st Quarter Reflection
Learning always helps to improve the future and it happens through many ways. This quarter has gone by so fast, yet I have learned so much, especially in my English class. In English this quarter I learned to express myself, understand many advanced texts, and use literary devices along with grammar to help even further express myself.

I became very skilled at applying and acquiring new vocabulary to further understand the readings and core texts we have. In class, I learned this from completing the Non-fiction Notebook and testing my vocabulary skills on Words and Their Stories. The Non-fiction Notebook helped me to read more than I ever have, and see and experience many words that I do not usually hear or see in my everyday life. Words and Their Stories also taught me many new words, but all at the same time, I discovered the derivatives and prefix/suffix meanings of all the words on there which will help me understand difficult vocabulary I come across in the future. Both of these activities not only helped me expand my vocabulary, but they also taught me how to gather data through all of my senses. It is definitely not a good thing, but I do not often read. I am very picky about what books I find interesting, so I end up not reading as much as I could be. So instead of gathering data and learning through reading, for the majority of my life, I have been gathering knowledge only through kinetic and oral communication. These two activities helped me further advance my ability to gather data visually and process it. The development of these two skills will help me read and analyze all sorts of texts including books I read for fun, and difficult textbooks such as the one given in AP world history.

At the very beginning of this quarter, our class wrote a timed essay about the over-arching theme of our summer readings. This essay taught me how to generate organized and concise writing for specific audiences. Because this essay was...
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