This year I have grown a writer more than any other year. I have gotten much more efficient when writing my essays and paragraphs. I used to take a lot of time to think about what to say. I wanted everything to be perfect. I have learned this year that I can write it quicker, but still at a high quality. I have gotten much better at it over the year and now I can write a good 500 word essay in 30 minutes. This skill has been very useful to me this year because I procrastinate a lot. It will also be very useful for high school, so that I can balance my workload with ease and avoid anxiety.
I have also had a lot of growth over the course of the year as a reader. Reading “Moby Dick” has helped me a lot as a reader. It is by far the hardest book I have ever read, harder than “The Odyssey”. It helped me grow a lot because of the language. It was old English which is very hard to read. I learned many new words. I’ve read quite a few books that were written in old English, but “Moby Dick” was by far the hardest. I learned a lot from reading “Moby Dick”.
The End-of-Year Video project taught me a lot. It was unlike anything I had ever done before. I was surprised. I had always associated English class with reading and writing. But I learned that there is much more to it. It can be whatever you want it to be. Anything can be turned into an English assignment.
In the spring term, we focused on poetry. I have never liked writing poetry, but I got through it. I learned why I don’t like it. It takes more effort. Unlike writing essays and paragraphs, I subconsciously have an urge to make my poems perfect. It’s very unusual for me because I am never a perfectionist, but poetry is different. I had a lot of fun messing with rhyme schemes, they made the poems harder, yet easier. It was harder to write with a rhyme scheme, because I was limited in my selection of words to use. It was also easier at the same time. Rhyme schemes gave me structure. They made me know what to do and how to do it. Regular poems are hard for me to write because I know what I want to say, but I don’t know how to say it poetically. I didn’t have to worry about that with a rhyme scheme. By the time we finished our poetry unit, I learned a lot about myself, and I changed my opinion on poetry. Now, I love writing poems, but they take a lot out of me. It’s normally hard for me to balance writing poetry and my other classes, so doing this unit in the spring term with little stress in other classes allowed me to focus.
I have learned a lot in English class this year. I have grown as a reader and a writer, I’ve been able to explore different aspects of English class, and I have found a hidden love for poetry.