In English, we focus on many things. For example, we read some amazing books like To Kill a Mockingbird and we also, read Into the Wild which was one of my favorite books we read this year. After reading these books we usually have to make a presentation or write an essay on them. While reading these books we had packets which came with questions on events that occurred during the book or chapter. Having these packets in the end helped me a lot because I could go back to that chapter to get a refresher or just help me write my essay or complete my presentation.
At the end of the semester, we had finished reading and turning in all the packets for Into the Wild and Mr. Licata assigned us an essay on the book. Our essential question for our essay was that if we believe life on the road is suited for everyone. You had to talk about Chris McCandless, a 22 year old who comes from a wealthy family who decided to venture into the world which led to his death. We also, mentioned what his life was like and the people he met on his voyage. By doing this you had to answer the question mentioned above and support your reasoning with evidence from the book.
While writing this essay I had some difficulty starting it and ending it. The reason for this was because I wasn’t sure if I thought life on the road was suited for everyone. I was in the middle, but I finally decided that life on the road was not suited for everyone. Chris McCandless didn’t tell his parents were he was going or anything. He was very secretive and the only people he told was his sister and the people he met on the road. His parents were out of the picture and they didn’t know anything from him since he graduated from college. They thought he was living somewhere when all of that time he hadn’t been living there for a couple months. Then, at the end of the book they find out he had died in Alaska and I couldn't imagine my parents having to go through that and not knowing where I had been. Trying to support my reasoning was easy for me because I had quotes picked out already and I just had to make sure my placing was right. Also, I had to make sure that my quotations were in MLA format and I did include them this way. In this essay I provided good evidence and explanations, but like I said I had some trouble on having a clear intro and I had a few grammar mistakes.
I learned a lot of things like how to cite my sources. I also, learned that providing good evidence and explaining it helps my statement to be clearer to the reader. Even if I had some grammar mistakes and my intro wasn’t very clear, my conclusion was very strong. I learned to explain my main points and what I said throughout my passage. This work tells me about myself and the way I learn because it shows that I learn by making mistakes and making sure I have good evidence and research.
The two SLO’s I demonstrated in this artifact are mastering skills needed in career and college, thinking critically and creatively. These two SLO’s were demonstrated in my essay because when I go to college I need to learn to write an essay properly. I need to cite my evidence, make sure my grammar is proper and I also, need to write in MLA format. Next, I had to think critically about how to answer the essential question in my essay because if I didn’t have evidence to support it. It wouldn’t have been convincing or strong enough. I also, thought creatively on how and where to put my quotes and background information, so it could help my reader understand what the essay was about. These two SLO’s I demonstrated are super important because they’re things that I will need in my everyday life and especially when I go to college. My teachers will have higher standards of me and this really helped me get ready for when that time comes which is not far from now. The SLO I could have demonstrated better in would have been communicates effectively because I could have asked my teacher to check my essay beforehand or asked him for more advice and help. I really struggle with asking for help on projects like this because I want to be independent and not have to rely on someone else is help, but I am working on it slowly. I know after this that I will be able to ask for help because it will help me grow as a person. Two of the most important things I have learned in this class this year is to go back and check your work. To make sure you have everything you need and to included everything the teacher wanted into your work. Also, citing your sources is super important because if you take someone else's words or work you can get into serious trouble and nobody wants that. By citing your sources you won’t get in trouble, just make sure you do it properly. These skills that I learned in class with help me in the future because like I said before they will keep me out of trouble and it will make sure I did everything I needed to do properly.