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.