Here We Go Again

Hello everyone! Hope you all had an amazing Easter and got to spend it with those you love.

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On Thursday in English class we are going to be writing an in-class essay. This essay is going to be a style analysis on The Grapes of Wrath, which we have just finished reading. My problem with this isn’t that we have to write an essay, its the whole in class part of it that I don’t like; and its not just this essay, I have always hated in-class essays. I don’t like them because they don’t give you as much time to think and develop your ideas. I am the type of person where I don’t see all of the writing style very easily, so writing this in class is a bit of a challenge. My teacher says that this is in part to prepare us for the AP exam, where we will have to write a style analysis essay in a limited amount of time. I completely get that part of it and am actually thankful that we are getting to practice before we take the exam, but it still scares me to do it.

What do you guys think about in-class essays? Have you ever had to write one?

-Navy Blue Dress

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A Map of…Writing?

Hola everyone! How are you? I hope you are doing amazingly well.

Recently in English we have been doing these argument maps. What you do is for each paragraph of a piece of writing (argumentative) that you are reading and find the transition word. The transition word can be ones like : instead, too, this is not to say (it can be a phrase), even, unlike, of course, etc. You then explain what this word does to the paragraph or what the speaker is saying. You then explain the claims of each paragraph and what the transition word(s) of that paragraph does to the claim.

We have been doing this because we are prepping for writing our own argumentative essay in our class. It’s a really interesting and new way to look at a argumentative essay. I am writing my essay on if kids are given too many trophies. My stance is that yes, they definitely are. They become meaningless to the kids.

Here are what the maps look like. The first is one that I filled out and the second is a blank one.

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Anybody else have new ideas of how to look at argumentative essays? Or have an opinion on if children are given too many trophies? If so please do tell, I would love to hear.

-Navy Blue Dress

How About No?

Hello everyone! How are you? Well I hope that everything is fabulous!

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Last week in English class we read an essay called Class Dismissed. The essay was all about how the author, Walter Kirn, thinks that senior year of high school is useless and should be done away with. He says how that year of school is just a waiting ground, while the students could actually start college early, go into the work force, or anything else they were planning to do once they got out of high school. Walter Kirn says in his essay that he does not know if anything would be lost if senior year were taken out, because he himself did not go to his senior year of high school. Though what he does say is that when he visited home, all senior year had done for his friends was make one an unwed mother and some “into victims of major car collisions.” I’m not sure I totally agree with Kirn though.

I understand that colleges don’t look at the grades you get in senior year, but they do look at the classes you take to make sure that you are not just slacking off. They do this because they look at the college applications sent in while the students are still in their senior year of high school. If senior year were done away with, wouldn’t that just be pushed back to junior year? All colleges would have to go off of is the students grades from sophomore year (colleges don’t look at grades from freshman year). I already had enough stress in my sophomore year, I don’t think they need to add more by making that the only year being looked at for college. What if you had a bad year? Or semester? You get judged on that and there is next to nothing you can do about it.

Also some people really use their senior year to grow and mature. At 17-18 years old, most people are not ready mature enough to move out and live on their own (I’m not even sure they are mature enough to do that at 19 years old). A parents job is to raise their child to be a good citizen and be able to go off on their own and be successful. You can’t really teach children that stuff until a certain age because they just will not understand it. Heck, most parents are still teaching their kids this stuff at the age they move out now. I’m not saying kids should live with their parents until they are 25 and are living off their parents. I am just saying that parents should be allowed to shape their children into these good people until they become mature.

Kirn says that nothing much will be lost if senior year is hacked off. I wish that was true! I already have so much lined up for my senior year. On top of three or four AP classes, I will be finishing volunteering at a local hospital, and I am thinking that I will be taking a ROP class (these are classes that are meant to help teenagers explore fields of work they are interested in to see of they would be intrigued in doing that as a career). I might also be taking a fun class: cooking maybe? I am using senior year to really get ahead so I don’t have to do so much in college and to explore my options for a career. If senior year were not there I would loose a lot, and I am sure I am not the only one.

I’m sure that there is probably some good things if senior year were to be no more, but this is what I think about it. I feel like these reasons really outweigh, whatever good could come from not having senior year.

What do you guys think about this? Are you pro-senior year or not?

-Navy Blue Dress

 

 

The Most Stressful Week of the Year

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Hello everyone!! How are you? Well I hope its all going good.

Anywho, this week for me is finals week. So much fun(that was sarcasm in case you didn’t pick it up). I am stressing out; mostly for my two AP finals and chemistry final. I am just not good at science. I am trying so hard to study in an efficient way, but you know what, whenever its the most important to study thats when there are so many distractions. Ugh!

Well anyway I hope you all do well on your finals if you have any. Wish me luck on mine!

-Navy Blue Dress