Honestly, I'm struggling to remember what we did this week. It may only be week two, but everything is already starting to blend together.
We did spend a long time working with a poem called "The Eagle". It was a very short, seemly simple poem, but there was a lot of deeper meaning in it and analysis that could be done. When I read the poem on my own, I took it at face-value. I filled out the analysis sheet with this perspective. I really enjoyed reading the poem from this view, and I thought that, even though it was simple, it was very powerful and almost awe-inspiring. The imagery of the eagle and the nature was majestic. However, I was informed that this interpretation of the poem was not quite right. It kind of made me mad that I was told my interpretation wasn't enough because I don't think that there's a right or wrong way to read poetry or any literature. As a class, we discussed all of our different perspectives on the poem. It was really interesting to hear how other people had interpreted the same thing that I read in so many different ways. After this discussion and the answering of a couple critical thinking questions, I saw the other viewpoints and could understand the value of thinking deeper about the poem. However, I still think that my initial interpretation of the poem was right and meaningful for me. There may have been other things for me to look at a little deeper, but my interpretation was not wrong.
We also started working on creative writing this week, which is my favorite thing. I absolutely adore creative writing. I love to just write stories and whatever is in my head. I believe that it really helps me too. I wish we had more time for this and, of course, for SSR.
We also began to work with our summer reading books. The activities that we did/are doing with them are still a little confusing to me. The analysis and interpretation of the books was not difficult, in fact, I thought this was a good opportunity to think deeper about my books in different ways than I had before. Today, though, we're supposed to be starting on some sort of poster which I am really confused about. We'll just have to see where that goes.
So, basically, I survived the first five day week of school and managed to remember the important stuff from class. This week was a lot about critical thinking, different viewpoints and unique perspectives.