We dove even farther into the topic of tragedy this week with more articles, a ted talk, and the reading of a tragic poem. When reading the article we did the same thing as before where we get into groups of three and highlight the most important parts of the piece. My group got really into it this time and we were all able to have a very good discussion about how this article interpreted tragedy. I like do looking at the article this way because it gives everyone more than one way of interpreting the text in order to find new meanings throughout the piece.
The Ted Talk we watched was all about who moves up through society and how success can mean something different than being the absolute best in a community. There are a lot of snobby and envious people and there is no way fixing that. I liked the talk because it made me think differently on how people perceive tragedy. Sometimes something can be fine to one person but very tragic to another. It is all about what someone is going through at that specific time that can make something feel like a tragedy which I though was interesting.
The main thing done in class was reading Oedipus Rex which I thought was a very good story that related very well with what we were talking about in tragedy. I really enjoyed how Schoenborn explained different parts throughout the text because a lot of it was hard to follow. The whole thing entirely made sense but sometimes the diction can be confusing, especially with the whole class reading different parts and everyone else trying to follow along. There are many ways to take good notes but we did cornell notes on this story which I thought were extremely helpful in order to write a blog post on it. It helped me get my thoughts together and organize them so they would make sense when written down.
This week we dove into our new topic in class which is tragedy. The only thoughts I had on the topic was that it highlighted sad moments in the lives of people usually dealing with loss. When we dove further into tragedy I realized that there is not just one type. It was interesting to see how it is woven in to Literature and how it makes reading about it impactful. We did partner notes with classmates we don't sit by in order to switch up perspectives when looking at the topic. I liked this because I have only been thinking about things with my table which can get repetitive. My group was able to learn a lot of information about tragedy that we did not realize before class.
Also at the beginning or the week we looked at a poem called "The Juggler" and read an essay on it that scored highly on an AP test. We learned how good essays have three parts that you can identify while reading. Writers illustrate with literary devices, authorizes with quotes and examples, and extend, meaning that they take their own stance or interpret an dig deeper with their own words. Learning this really help me write better especially when we did our first tragedy blog. I was able to break up my own writing using this format to get my ideas across in a neat manner.
Lastly on Friday, we discussed the Dakota pipeline and tried to take our own stance on whether we thought it was a good idea to be built. I liked doing this because it sparked a good discussion in our class but on the other hand in drove me crazy. Many people in our class were throwing out their opinions without even supporting it with facts. Some people were trying to bring new perspectives to the conversation and other people would instantly shoot the down just because they did not agree. I think we could all learn a lot from this. When discussing something you have to look at the big idea from all sides and educate yourself on the topic ahead of time before you choose to be so opinionated. Especially with this upcoming election. Many people need to be smart about it and vote for a candidate that they feel will be able to run the country well. You can not base your vote on a party without researching what the individual candidate stands for. Also you cannot formulate your opinion only from social media which is why this election as well as the Dakota pipeline have issue have not looked so great.