I am very glad to say that my experience in sophomore year English class was nothing like I expected it to be! It was laid back and not stressful, but I still feel like I learned a lot.
Some things I liked about English class this year:
- 10 minute reading: I’ve always loved reading and have always read for fun to relax, but with the workload I’ve been getting recently, I haven’t had much time. And whenever I did bring a good book home, I’d sit glued to it for hours on end, ignoring my homework. 10 minute reading has allowed me to start reading for fun again but still be able to put a book away at the end of a chapter.
- Blogging: The Ning allows us to share our writing with a much wider audience, and it makes other people’s writing much more accessible. I have found many good books to read by scrolling through the Ning blogs; there are also blogs about various other topics that are also interesting to read.
- Reading Shakespeare in class: I actually enjoyed the works of Shakespeare we read in class this year because I thoroughly understood them. Previously, the teacher would assign a certain number of pages for homework and we would have a quiz on it the next day without any explanation or discussion. Hearing the lines being read by different people set the characters apart and made the plot stick in my head.
Other random things I liked and I hope my future English teacher will also do:
- Before we have a quiz on reading that we had been assigned for homework, Mr. Anderson always asks whether we have any questions. Other teachers I’ve had in the past didn’t have a problem with students asking questions, but none of my teachers have initiated it themselves.
- Instead of just telling us that we were going to be taking the PSAE on April 24-25 as practice for next year, Mr. Anderson explained to us why the state of Illinois administers the PSAE in the first place- the No Child Left Behind Act.
- Mr. Anderson never gives us a page limit for our writing. “You’ll know when you’re done.”
- We almost never get a structured prompt. Mr. Anderson saying “I’d love to read what you have to say about this” makes it feel like he wants to read about our opinions and that there’s no single right answer. Plus, I still feel like I’ll be prepared for AP English next year because we’ve had the opportunity to write about so many different things this year.
- Writers Week with UStream was great because you could watch people that you weren’t able to see in person.
- None of our units felt like we were cramming to finish before a certain date, and it feels like even this last unit we’re on will be like that as well.
What did you like about your English class this year? Feel free to comment! :)