This week in AP Lit....
We spent much of this week working with our summer reading materials. I enjoyed the visual metaphor project that we did with our summer reading books and topics. At first, I thought this project was going to be impossible, as I'm not the most artistically minded. I've kind of always struggled with turning words and ideas into pictures. However, once I got started and began sharing ideas with my group, I realized that it was a lot simpler than I thought. Our metaphor turned out great and surprisingly deep and connective. This visualization actually really helped me to think in a different way and learn more about what I had read.
Our metaphor was an piece of artwork entitled "Fishing for Symbols in the Sea of Knowledge". We utilized the chapter "If That a Symbol?" from How to Read LIterature Like a Professor. In our metaphor the water was the "sea of knowledge" which was filled with fish of all different shapes and sizes representing the diversity of how symbols appear and are interpreted. The reader was, in fact, the fisherman sitting on a boat in the sea, using his fishing line- which represented the books- to catch the symbols as they came along. I felt that this was a really good visualization of what reading literature is like, or what it should be like.
This project helped me to learn in a variety of ways. It forced me to think about the books that I had read in different ways than I had before and see them from different perspectives. It also helped me see how to extend and make use of the knowledge that I already had in different ways. It showed me how art can connect with literature and how words can connect with pictures. In short, I had a good time with this project and I thought it was really helpful.
The main theme of the week for me was thinking differently. I felt that, although there was not a lot of formal instruction, I actually learned a lot and I hope that we can do more projects like the visual metaphor in the future.