This week we started to dig deeper into tragedy. We did our second tragedy blog post which I found a lot easier partly because I liked the idea of the second blog post. The blog post was also easier because I had a better understanding of how long you wanted it be, and I had come to understand the Harris moves much better. The TED Talk by Alain de Botton was really interesting because it focused on why many people can be very successful, but never feel like they measure up. The answer to this question is precisely what I thought it would be. It is the fact that we live in a society that judges people by their accomplishments in life, and since we as a society believe that we are the drivers of our lives we see failure often as something that is deserved. I think the idea that failure is deserved is a idea that people think, but often are not willing to admit because it means if we fail than: We aren't meant to be successful. I found the blog post that followed this TED Talk was really easy for me because I found the topic really interesting. Overall, I have learned that I find it easier to write about anything when I thoroughly enjoy the topic I am writing about.
This week we focused on improving are poetry essays. I found us going through the essay that scored a nine, and pointing out when they illustrated, authorized, and extended to be very helpful. I feel it gives me a better idea of how to write the poetry essay. I found it interesting that in the essay they used only a little bit of authorizing and focused more on illustrating and extending. When I look at my poetry essay of I Felt a Funeral in My Brain by Emily Dickson I find that I have to work on using working quotes, and not full quotes.
We also focused on the beginning of our What is Tragedy? unit. The partner notes helped to understand more about tragedy, and about the history of tragedy as a genre of literature. The question at the end was interesting because our group came to conclusion that people can learn from tragedy, but they have to be willing to learn from it. I found the first tragedy blog post to be kind of difficult because I had a hard time deciding what to put in, and how to put in the Harris moves with it. I definitely need more practice with this. I enjoyed reading "Tragedy and the Common Man" by Arthur Miller because it really highlighted how we always picture tragedy happening to high up people, but in reality the common person understands tragedy the most because we are held accountable for our actions. I also enjoyed the save the last word for me activity.