This had been an interesting first week of school. We did a bunch of different stuff in AP Lit over the past four days. It's hard to think of things that I actually learned because this week has been mostly introductory. We mostly did activities and a lot of thinking.
On the first day of school, we did an interesting activity in which we thought about our lives and our journeys. This was a cool introduction to the class because it gave us the opportunity to get thinking and get to know each other.
The next two days, we mainly worked on setting up these weebly pages and writing about ourselves as readers and writers. I had never really done this kind of activity before. I found it both interesting and difficult to think and write about myself in this way. I was surprised, though, by how much I could come up with and the level of passion that I had connected with both of these pieces.
After these writings, we got to begin looking at books for our author study. I'm kind of nervous because I've never done an author study or anything like it before; I've read a lot of books by the same author, but never really with a purpose of analyzation. I think it shouldn't be bad, though. Looking at all the different books, I had a really difficult time choosing because so many of them looked so good. I finally settled for Margaret Atwood because she seemed so interesting to me, and I am now starting The Handmaid's Tale. So far, it is really good. I wish we had had more time to read in class. All of Margaret Atwood's books that I picked up look really good, so I am excited to read them.
Today we learned about reading rates. I can see how these can be helpful for people who do not read as much as I do, but for me they seem more limiting than helpful. I understand that a routine is helpful, but I read a lot more than my reading rate says I should be. The reading rate may be helpful, though, when I get super busy to make sure that I am reading enough. Hopefully, I won't have to worry about it.
I am looking forward to learning, thinking, reading, and writing more throughout this course. We'll just have to see how everything goes.