This week we presented our What is Literature? projects. I found it really interesting how the other groups that had symbolism and fantasy came to relatively similar conclusions that I had. Though there were other groups that had the same stories, but interpreted the main message of the story to be different. That is the one thing I find really fascinating about literature is the fact that two different people can interpret the same piece in different ways. For example, Bo and Ellie interpreted The Most Dangerous Game to be about people are willing to do to survive. I found that being one of the last people to present let me see how others organized their presentations, and how they transitioned from slide to slide. Watching other presentations I noticed how others formatted there slides some with more images, and others being more text based. I have learned from my presentation that I need to present my slides with less text, and find ways to make my slides more visually appealing to my audience. One thing that I noticed about my presentation was that it contained less filler words such as um than other presentations. I am proud of this because in my Speech class at Central we focus heavily on trying to limit filler words. I was also very happy with the fact that Mr. Schoenborn noted that I appeared very confident and poised because part of my grade for my speech two on Monday is based on this.
This week we focused on our What is Literature? project. I have learned a a lot throughout the process. For example, I have learned how to refine my points, and decide what is important to put into my presentation. I feel like our previous English classes don't really focus on presentations we focus more narrowly on essays. The format of the class was more like read a book and then write a essay on it. I have also learned that a good presentation flows well from slide to slide, and that you need good transitions in order to do that. I found this really helpful because I am taking Speech at Central right now, and part of our grade for our speeches about our transitions from point to point. I have also learned that the elements of fantasy in literature are vastly different from commerical fantasy that we see in movies, and that it doesn't always contain magic and imaginary creatures.
Throughout working on my What is Literature? project I have also affirmed things that I had previously learned. For example, in Honors English 9 we focused a little bit on the elements of fiction, but we predominately focused on theme, symbolism, and humor. I have found looking back at my past english classes that we have focused heavily on symbolism and theme the most. I have also affirmed the fact that many people need a more visual presentation with short and to the point text because most people are visual learners. This has been previously very difficult for me because I am predominately a auditory learner,and didn't realize that most people are visual learners.
This week we worked on our What is Literature project every day. I found the explanation you gave us about the process for the project to be very helpful, and I feel that I like many people jumped in to quickly and started before they knew what to do. With my elements of fiction being symbolism and fantasy I have found the project to be very interesting. I interpreted the Tell Tale Heart to be that the eye is a symbol of what the narrator doesn't want to accept about himself. While the beating heart represents the human side of the narrator, and his guilt about killing the old man. My favorite types of books are allegories because you can interpret them in a variety of ways.
My creative writing turned out really well I was able to wrap up a chapter or a half a chapter, but I want to continue it because I want to finish the story. I have found it much easier to write in this class than my previous English classes because our creative writing had to be shared with our classmates, and sometimes I write things that are more emotional, and I find that most people don't understand the deeper message I am trying to say. I gave my creative writing piece the name One Man's Last Story because it is Boris's last wish for others to hear his lives story so that they may understand the horrors that took place under Stalin.
This week we read the poem Bright Star by Keats I enjoyed reading this poem because it is much more relatable to me than last week's poem. When we were asked what perspective of the poem we identify with I found I identified with the speaker. Our groups interpretation of the speaker was that they our the one giving love. I found though that I can identify with all three, but in a variety of contexts. When I was choosing my elements of fiction for my What is Literature? project I chose Symbolism and Fantasy because those have been the ones that have always interested me. The chapter for symbolism and fantasy are interesting because it gives you different examples of literature and tells the common ways in which their symbols are interpreted. For example, it gives you the Worn Path and shows how all the different birds she encounters represent dangers and delights of her life whether they be current or past. Another reason I chose Fantasy and Symbolism is because I have always loved allegorical literature since I was in middle school, and given a collection of Edger Allen Poe's stories and poems. The only concern I have for the What is Literature? project is about the presentation, and what exactly is suppose to be in the presentation. I know that were supposed to talk about our elements, but you say under symbolism that we need to compare the stories to each other and how they use symbolism to achieve compression, but do we include that in our presentation?