Some may say that art and literature have absolutely no connection at all. Up until this week I believed that too. This week we watched a Ted talk and in the ted talk the lady started by talking about how when she goes to an art gallery she walks around and just looks at the paintings instead of analyzing the paintings and just walks away..This may seem like a useless piece of information, however when she said that, I thought about how many times I have read a book and just read the words and not thought about the story and overall theme. The lady in the Ted talk then talked about a painting she had analyzed. The experience was completely different the painting she had analyzed had a story and feelings and emotion. She talked about how the angel of the lady’s face in the painting helped get the point across and how the colors showed the emotion of the painting. After we watched the ted talk we looked at a painting and analyzed the painting, and came up with a story behind the painting. Now when I read books I am going to try to look at the book as a painting, not a painting that I just walk by in a gallery but a painting that has a story and meaning behind it. I’m gonna think about the text and what it says about the story. When it says the day was gloomy I’m gonna think about how to the day was rough and dark for the character not just that the sky was gray. Overall I found great value in the art activity in class this week and will be applying it to my reading.
This week in Ap lit I gained a better understanding of literature. Up until this week in my learning experience I thought a story and literature were the same thing. I thought people just used the terms interchangeably unaware of their differences. This week my eyes were opened to the fact that the two words mean very different things. A story is more focused on the plot. However, Literature tells you the plot as well as the feelings and emotions of the characters, and the background of the character. One thing that really stands out in literature is perspective. Perspective plays a key opponent in literature because the perspective limits or extends how much the reader can know. For example in my SSR book Ordinary Love and Good Will by Jane Smith the novel is in a first person perspective. The only character you get in depth detail of where they have been and how they feel is the father. Since the book is told from the father's perspective, the only thing the reader is able to identify about his kid Tom is whatever the father says about him.
One thing that really helped me understand the difference between literature and a story was the comparison using a movie and a book. Movies are not often literature because it is hard to show a person's thoughts and feelings and background in a film due to the limited amount of time available. I think knowing the difference between literature and a story will help me better understand this class the rest of the trimester.
This week, in AP Lit I learned quite about writing. We watched a video of college students reflecting their writing experience in college. In the video the professors gave advice to college students on how to make their writing better. Even as a high school student, I found great value in their advice. The piece of evidence that stuck with me the most was to make your writing your own. The professor said to write what you think and with your own voice , not what what you believe the professor wants to hear in the paper. Another key to making your writing your own is to make sure you are not repeating the same information that is already known. Another thing that makes writing your own is if you write about a topic you're interested in, cause if you're interested in it it's more interesting for the reader to read it. The topic you choose does not have to be something that interests everyone, however it should be something that you’re really passionate about. Another key thing I learned from the video is when researching a topic focus on one thing, ask a question and then research many sources to find the answer to the question.
This week in Ap lit I also learned more about writing when we worked on creative writing. The main focus that stuck out to me was how to make your writing more intriguing to the author. The key to making your writing more intriguing is to be vulnerable in your writing. When you share emotion and detail in your writing its more fun for the reader. Going into the future I hope to improve my writing skills focusing on the new things I learned this week.
Figuring out what we learned at this week at first seemed kind of difficult due to the fact that it has only been the first four days of class. However after the class discussion I have realized I learned more than I thought. When writing the me as a reader and writer introduction I learned that introduction pages in blogs should be written in first person. It's important to write introduction pages in third person because it fills the gap between the reading and the author. If you write in first person using pronouns such as I, and we the reading may feel a disconnect between them and the author because they may not know the individual that is speaking. Knowing this information will help me think about the connection between the reader and author in all my writing pieces.
This week I also learned some things that will help me grow as a reader. For example I learned about the process of becoming a better reading and how to figure out my reading rate. This week we talked about how in order to become a better reader we should read at least two hours a week by establishing a reading routine and in order to keep ourselves accountable we must calculate our reading rate. To calculate your reading rate whenever you start a new book read for ten minutes and then figure out how many pages your read. Multiply the number of pages by twelve to figure out how many pages you should be able to read in a week. I think this will help me motivate myself to read more. As the year goes on I hope to improve both as a reader and a writer.