My earliest memory of what I wanted to be when I grew up is sitting on my mother's lap and watching her study to become a medical assistant. I told my mother I wanted to become a doctor so I could take care of my her and my father. I remember saying I'll buy her a big house and my father a beautiful ranch with animals. For a long time, making that dream come through was what motivated me to become successful. Overtime, I changed my career goal to something I see myself doing. I tell my parents I'm either going to work in a lab for research or become a pharmacist. I still say I'm going to buy them a big house with a beautiful ranch, but now it might take a little longer because of my career choice.
Friday, May 10, 2013
The AP exam was as expected. I was able to finish my essays with time to spare and thats because of my practice. By looking at promts and doing multiple choice questions I learned to pace myself. I'm pleased with how I answered the questions and expect at least a 3 on the exam.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
I have to do good tomorrow so I could be exempt from taking summer courses at Cal Poly this summer. With all the practice I've had, I know I'll get at least a 3 on the AP Exam. Tonight I will look over my Lit Analysis one last time, and read over poems that previously been used.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
JOURNAL TOPIC: Create your own.
Last night I looked over my Lit Analysis to prepare myself for the open prompt question. I used other blogs as a resource and spent most of my night reading about books. It was time well spent and I remembered the tiny details I had forgotten. I suggest everyone do this within the next couple of days because it's a great way to refresh your memory.
I tried to rewrite an essay last night on the Poisonwood Bible and that's what started my night. I revisited my notes because I failed to remember simple details likes names and their backgrounds. Last night helped out and I feel a lot better going into the open prompt question that before.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
You've written a lot this week; is there anything left for you to practice/improve over the weekend? Do you need to practice more multiple choice? Take inventory-- one last time-- and describe how you will address any areas where you feel less than 100% confident.
I had the chance to test myself this Saturday when I went to Cal Poly for my English Placement Test. It was a timed test and this allowed me to prepare for my AP Test this week. I did better on the multiple choice questions and I know it's because of the repeated practice. I wrote an essay in 45 minutes and was proud to find myself with time left to spare. This week and weekend has improved my writing and allowed me to manage my time wisely. I feel more confident going into this upcoming test than before.
I've been helping myself write better by looking at essay topics and doing a prewrite. By writing out my thoughts, I've seen the flow of my essays improve. I need to work on timing and give myself more than 5 minutes to edit my essays. This is something I'll work on within the next few days.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Sidney uses poetic devices to convey a negative image towards desire. He changes his diction, uses imagery and restates the meanings behind his ideas. He see's desire as evil and want his reader to understand his suffering.
As you continue to read, you notice his use of diction in every line. Repetition and diction are used together to repeat how damaging desire could be. He has a negative attitude towards this topic, and wants others to see it through his eyes. His beliefs are strong and reinstated throughout the text. By finding a connection between emotion and desire, we feel for his troubling experiences.
One is able to image his troubled attitude towards desire as he states, "With price of mangled mind, thy worthless ware." Desire comes with a price, and a life lesson to be learned. It's meant to destroy someone and we see that as we continue to read. "But then in vain thou hast my ruin sought," this starts a list of tragic outcomes as we enter his mind and learn why he feels this way.
His negative thoughts for desire become a warning label for readers. He allows us into his mind and shows us his experiences with desire. His attitude is strong for he commits to comparing desire and destruction. He uses personal experience to convey his message and ends with, "Desiring naught but how to kill desire."
Saturday, April 27, 2013
In H.D.'s poem, the diction that's describing Helen of Troy is negative but understandable. She displays a negative image of Helen of Troy, as she writes about her many features. She attacks her beauty by saying, "All Greece reviles the wan face when she smiles." H.D. uses diction to show that Helen of Troy's beauty has a dark side. As for Poe, he uses his diction to portray his love for Helen of Troy. His diction is made up of emotions and comparisons. He compares things to show how strong his love is for her. The speaker uses this method to show he fell in love with her beauty.
Unlike H.D., Poe uses imagery to reveal the woman whom he's in-love with. The speaker introduces her beauty and compares it. Poe's tone is romantic, creating an inviting and informal read. He uses this technique to create Helen of Troy's image. "On desperate seas long wont to roam," The speakers tone shifts from happiness to loneliness to prove that his love for Helen of Troy is alive.
Both poems contrast Helen of Troy using similar methods. Tone, imagery and diction allow a reader to see the good or bad of knowing Helen of Troy. One speaker used these techniques to display Helen of Troy as an unwanted woman. Another speaker displayed Helen of Troy as a sweet and motivating woman. Both speakers described Helen of Troy as they saw her, but they each left a contrasting image in our minds.
Hughes diction is limited to words used in nature. He sets the mood by using detailed diction and it allows a reader to imagine themselves with the lily. "First observe the air's dragonfly That eats meat, that bullets by," he uses this technique to introduce the many creatures that lie within nature. As he changes subjects, his stanza's describe a scene. "Under the trees. There are battle-shouts And death-cries everywhere hereabouts " The poet uses this technique to keep his readers entertained and focused.
The poet creates an active setting as he attempts to paint a lily. Imagery and diction allow a reader to see nature's beauty. By having multiple interactions with nature, the poet demonstrates his attitude towards nature. By not getting frustrated and being inviting, the reader could see his love and patience for nature.
Friday, April 26, 2013
My favorite poem has to be "If You Forget Me" by Pablo Neruda. I chose this poem from the rest, because I'm able to relate to the words. The diction allows a reader to create an image and understand his message. "Well, now, if little by little you stop loving me I shall stop loving you little by little." This text is straight forward. As it shifted, I understood that he went from talking about letting go of his partner to becoming a devoted lover.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
|Meaning||The love someone has for mother nature and her growth over time.|
|He was appreciating what he had in front of him.|
|Structural Parts||The shirt occurs after he describes a delicate flower.|
-It goes from talking about growth/time to features/love.
|Other Parts||The beginning differs from the end because it seems likes he's admiring mother nature. He ends by describing woman features, leaving a lasting impression.|
|Tone||Gentle and admiring.|
|Agency||Mother Nature is the agent throughout the poem.|
|Roads Not Taken||He could have mentioned|
|Outer and Inner Structural|
|Imagination||Your able to imagine mother nature herself, but as a real woman. His references are vivid and connected to a woman's "body".|