Jun 18 2012
English Class – Highlights, Knowledgeable Information, The New Me
From the beginning of the year, my English was not the best it could be. Now, when I look back, I have improved very much. Out every thing Miss Clifford taught my class and me, I am more knowledgeable with my communication and creative writing.
The first text we read this year was Two Weeks With the Queen. In this book, I analyzed that many people were homophobic which means to be afraid or hate gays. And it after we finished the book when I understood that homosexuals are not necessarily violent or a horrible person but they can be a normal, kind and caring person. They have a heart and a brain. The just have different opinions.
The second text we studied was Journey to Jo’burg. I think that this project was the most interesting. In this text, we studied Apartheid in South Africa. I had taken in so much from this book. Many chapters left me with tears, happiness and sometimes confusion. I was especially shocked to discover what others can do to one another. Example the chapter, “Time of fire”, it described what the government and police did to normal children around my age, that chapter was actually a true event. We watched a movie about Apartheid and it was called Power of One. I have learnt what racism and hate can cause serious damage to one another. It causes conflict then war, then genocide. A task we had to do in this unit was to write a magazine article. I was glad with the magazine about racism in schools.
The final text we read was the House on Mango Street. I have become more aware about woman’s lack of rights and roles as well as growing up in poverty. A task we had to do on the duration of this unit was the vignette analysis. I have improved on my analysis skills, by reading a vignette and what I could take out of it.
Compared to other years, I think this year English was both challenging but enjoyable. I will miss my english class and teacher. I am honored to have such good friends to work with during class, and especially having Miss Clifford as our English Teacher. I am grateful that I am more knowledgeable and aware of what others can do to each other.