As of today we are wrapping up the second term at the Fenn school. My second term was the best so far this year. It was filled with fun classes and also the occasional agravasion. My favorite class in my second term was by far english. We did so many interesting things and projects. One of my favorite performances in the second term was WW Fenn. In years past WW Fenn hasn't been kind to me. I have always struggled during this performance but this year I felt somewhat comfortable. Although my poem was too short to go to all school meeting I still had a great time reciting it. So far in my second term and my first term english has taught me multiple things not just about literature and writing but also about aspects of life. I hope to create more memories in the third term of english.
I wandered lonely as a cloud is a great poem. I did this poem for my WW Fenn piece. The first time that I read the poem I instantly loved it. I don't know what I loved about it, I just loved it. For me this wasn't a Hard poem not to like, everything about it was just so enticing. I feel as though not a lot of people know to much about this poem and I wan't that to change. I think that the author William Wordsworth really created a great poem and I feel like it should be put up there with a poem of Robert Frost's caliber. I speak very highly of this poem because I really do think that It is one of the best poems out there. I encourage anybody who is reading this to check it out. I promise you that you won't be disappointed.
My favorite ballad was Christmas in the trenches. The first couple of lines are great. It paints a picture for the rest of the ballad. I also love that it has a rhythm to it, It flows really nicely and without it I don’t think that it would be as good as it is. This ballad had drawn my attention to it by the title and the story that it was telling. I am a person who really likes the war aspect of anything so it really grasped my liking. This ballad tells a little story about Francis Tolliver's adventures in the war. I Throughout the ballad It tells a great story. t goes onto explain about the times that the soldiers had. When people think of war they think of violence and hardships. Well in this ballad it shows that two sides can come together. No matter if you like war or if you don’t I encourage anybody who is reading this to check the ballad out I promise you that you won’t be disappointed. Overall I really liked this ballad.
Being sick isn't the best experience that you will ever have. For me the month of February isn't the greatest. It always seems that I get sick in some way shape or form. Last year I had the flu and wasn't happy about it. All I can remember is waking up in the middle of the night in complete and udder pain. I had never been hit will some type of ailment this hard before. I remember going into the emergency room because I couldn't swallow my salyva or anything at that. Needless to say all my major ailments have come in the month of february. I honestly don't know why this always happens but I guess its all part of nature.
Snow days are always the best days. They are days to catch up on school work, hang out with friends and just relax. What is better than sitting on the couch and drinking a cup of hot chocolate. It doesn't get better than that. Every snow day I find myself bored and with nothing to do. Today was different, I decided to go to my friends house. He lives right up the road so I could walk. When I got there I surprised to see that he and a couple other of my friends were deep into the woods. I run toward them egear to see what they were doing. When I had approached them they were bouncing on tree trying to break it. I quickly joined in and then suddenly the tree came crashing down. It seemed at that moment that we had all been surprised at how quickly the tree came down. After we had done that. We had decided to head back to his house. When we got there it turned into a massive snow war. what was going on was each person was shoving snow into each others faces. It was very cold. After 2 hours of hanging out and enjoying the snow I head back to my house where I would spend the rest of my day.
Laying there on a wednesday night at about 8:30pm I ponder on what homework should I do next. It pops into my brain Social Studies, I had forgot to start writing my essay on my CIP topic. Now in shock I'm filled with the stress, now that I only have two nights to write five pages worth of information. I spring up out of my bed and now find myself running to my desk and starting my laptop. I quickly go onto google docs where I immediately go to fitz writing rubrics. I click on his folder and it lights up like the northern sky, I hear now angels sining in my ear. could it be, yes it is. An essay rubric right before my eyes. My stress level has gone down. I open it up and start typing away. After doing it for what seemed like forever I had finished three pages of the best work I could have done. Now in such relief that I only have to finish two more pages I take a deep breath and smile. I don't know what I would have done if those rubrics were never created
The reason that I chose my WW Fenn piece is because I wanted to do something that I have never done in the past which is to do a poem. In years past I had always done a speech and I wanted to change it up this year. This year I have chose the poem "I wondered lonely as a cloud" by William Wordsworth. After reading a lot of the poems on fitz website I decided this was the one. The reason that I chose it was it really caught my attention. I found that it was a very interesting poem to read and I liked it a lot. It was a hard chose because there were so many great and interesting poems that I had read. But had decided to chose "I wondered lonely as a cloud."
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
From the beginning of the start of our group project it was good. I felt like we all had something to contribute too. Collectively we worked well as a group. We had a lot of communication between us all. We all had an even amount of work that we had to complete. Some flaws with our group I think was that we couldn't agree on a theme at first but then we decided to incorporate every body's ideas into one theme which worked out well. There was a lot of information and ideas about the theme that made it easy to put into our reflection. Having other people to critique your work was working well with all of us. It really helped me personally so that I knew what I needed to fix and what I didn’t need to fix.
We all had our ups and downs during the whole experience. I know that some of us put it aside and didn’t take it as seriously as others did which made it frustrating at times. I liked how we were able to talk to each other while typing our response. we could see what partner was making the changes and who was not. We could see how much you put into the work and made sure that we got an even amount of work to ensure that we would not fight about who did more and who did less. I think that quip is a great website to use when working in a group because you can communicate with all your other peers to see what is going on at all times. Definatly recomend using quip if you are in a group project, Great tool to use. Now transitioning to the past two weeks. They have been great for me. I feel like it was an opportunity for me to prove myself academically. My first semester wasn’t the way I hoped it would go but that’s the past. Since we have come back to school my grades have been great I have started to figure out what it takes to get the results that I wan’t. My consistansy has been better and I am starting to be happy with myself and the way that Im doing things. My weakness that I have been trying to make stronger has been my preparing for tests. I have never known how to take a test until I started to learn. It is something that I will eventually strengthen. The two tests that I have taken so far have been great and I have been completely statisfied with them. I hope that most of my teachers have taken That I have really uped the annie on my first two weeks back.
I think that the difference between the first couple months and now is that I know that I can produce great work. Throughout all my classes I feel like I have a better attitude towards things and what we are doing in class. I also feel a lot happier. The first couple of months was a big shock to me. I wasn't ready for what was coming which made it a lot harder than If i knew what was coming. I didn't know what to do and I felt like I was stuck in 500 foot hole trying to climb my way out. while trying to do that It was little things that would send me falling back down the 500 foot hole like tests or little assignments that broke down my confidence to do well. I don't think that I would have been able to get through that couple of months without my teachers. They supported me throughout the bad times and the good times.
So coming into my first two weeks back I know what to expect and I know what my teachers demand of me. So far it has been a smooth transition and I am hoping to keep it that way.
My past experiences with WW Fenn speaking contests have not been great. For me I find that this is challenging. I have never been good with public speaking, I get so nervous that I’m going to mess up, that it drives me crazy. Every year I try my best to what it takes to not embarrass myself in front of my classmates. Although I am not particularly good at public speaking I’m not afraid of it. I will never shy away from a challenge not matter how big or small it is.
I can remember the first time that I did WW Fenn. There I was as a 6th grader sitting in Ms. Motts class pondering on which topic I should choose. To me it was like picking the weapon you want to get beat with. I hated it, I didn’t want to do it at all and I didn’t want to have to memorize a poem or a speech or whatever I was picking. I ended up “choosing” the gettysburg address which wasn’t awful but it was long. I didn’t know how I was going to memorize this in two weeks. I was scared out of my mind. Well I can tell you what happened, of course I did it but after a few bumps in the road. Little minor things like forgetting the whole last 5 sentences. Nothing big. I can say that in sixth grade it all started.
This year in the 8th grade I’m going to pick a topic that I’m comfortable with and that I like. I want this year to be different from all the rest, I want to feel good about doing well in this, I want to possibly recite it in front of the whole school. This is not one of my most favorite things about the school year but I always want to succeed in it so I can prove to myself that I can speak in public and not go into a nervous breakdown. My thoughts on WW Fenn would be keep doing it. It helps kids like me get over their fear of public speaking and not put it aside but to hit it head on.