Welcome to my blog! This blog contains essay, literature analyses, etc. all designed to help myself as well as others prepare for the AP Literature and Composition Test. Please feel free to read and do not hesitate in leaving any suggestions and comments! You can also contact me at parrajessica83@yahoo.com.
Don't forget to follow my blog!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Suggestions For Scrapbook

Yesenia Parra-Delgadillo
  • Somehow incorporate more color
  • In pictures where you are far away point an arrow to where you are at
Valentina Alvarado
  • Add captions that describe the pictures
  • Write any memories that come along with the picture
Julio Prado
  • Add music
  • Add more photos of you
  • Add more recent pictures

I will add more music and pictures of my other friends. I need to add captions and make smoother transitions. Some clips are significantly shorter. I have a lot of editing to do to make it more cohesive. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Progress On Final Project

1. Post the following information to your blog:
  • What you've done so far;
I have about twenty different slides of my prezi done. I've done a lot of outlines but not the actual slides. 
  • What you still need to accomplish in the two weeks we have left;
I still need to gather the books I read during high school. At the end of this presentation I will have a  reflection. I still need to work on that. I will also add pictures of myself (maybe). If I do end up doing this I need to pick my pictures. I will also be adding music to my prezi. I need to chose which songs I will add to it. I am also reading the book IT by Stephen King. I've tried many times to finish reading this book but I have never been able to finish it. This will sort of be my grand finale. 

  • How your work will benefit you and others.
I think that my project will give people the opportunity to think more deeply about the literature they have read and how it has influenced them. Many don't realize just how big of an influence literature is to them. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Plan for Final Project

My Goals:
I was set on doing a scrapbook of all the books I have ever read. I was doing a prezi and have already started doing this but I am having second thoughts. I think that this may be a dull, boring format to present my scrapbook. I am considering doing a video format now. I know what I want to do just not how to present it.

I am going to need a computer to do it. Everything that I am going to do is going to be done on a computer. If I do end up doing a video I am going to need a video camera which I already have. I might need assistance on making a video if I do chose to make one

My Timeline:
I have already picked all the books that I will include. I have divided them into four categories:

  • Books I read before elementary school
  • Books I read during elementary school
  • Books I read during middle school
  • Books I read during high school
I already have about 20 slides of my prezi done. I think I will end up cramming a lot at the end because I cannot decide on what to do.

This project will be viewed through a computer so it will be projected to the classroom and posted to my blog. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

AP Studying: Day 3

Today in class, I decided that the best way to help prepare us for the essay was to have my partners pick an essay prompt and have them write the introduction as homework. Tomorrow in class we will each evaluate each other's introductions and give each other advice on how to improve our thesis statements. I have also been looking over the literary terms.

This is the one I chose:

Choose a novel or play that depicts a conflict between a parent (or a
parental figure) and a son or daughter. Write an essay in which you analyze the
sources of the conflict and explain how the conflict contributes to the meaning of
the work. Avoid plot summary. You may base you essay...

There is usually always conflicts among parental figures and a son or daughter. The child is usually rebellious and refuses to do what that parental figure insists. One of the most famous plays in which this happens and plays a major role in is Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Juliet has always been told to stay away from the Capulets but disregards this when she falls in love with Romeo.  This forbidden love eventually leads to the death of both the main characters. This conflict helps to convey one of the major themes in the play. 

Monday, April 30, 2012

AP Studying: Day 2

I focused on poetry. I reviewed the nine elements. What helped me a lot is reviewing my old Spanish Literature notebooks from last year. We did a lot of poetry analysis. This really helped me refresh my memory.  I then looked up some poems in English and tried applying what I had reviewed to the poetry. I always told myself that analyzing poetry in Spanish was easier that English. My mentality on this has changed and I now feel more confident about analyzing poetry in English now.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Reflection on Unstructured Learning

This passage is from the point of view of a super hero. There was one major theme I picked up on: self-doubt (the word is even directly stated in the text).  The speaker keeps doubting himself  and does't know what to do with himself. He struggles with his confidence. In the end, everything comes together for him and finally finds the name he has been searching for. He stumbles on it when it was least expected.

As I read this passage, I was the one with the self doubt. I am the one who was doubting myself for the AP test. I need to have the confidence that I can do well on this test.

"Nite Owl."  I liked it.  Now all I had to come up with was the costume.'

We as AP English students have been given all the resources that we need. Now we need to take them all in and "deliver the goods."

AP Exam Studying....

I actually did not do what I said that I was going to do. I glanced around at the essay prompts and noticed that they frequently ask for tone. I then realized that I always use the same words to describe the tone of a passage. I went online and looked for some new words that I could use to replace my mundane ones (serious, sad, etc). This is what I came up with:

Looking at these two different list really helped me and I think will strengthen my essay writing. 

I also realized that I never fully understood what syntax was. I was able to find this great source.
I also reviewed essay writing. I read the "Analyzing Prompt" document that Dr Preston posted up.
This also helped a lot. There was sample essays that helped me to set standards for myself on the test. 

I also reviewed the AP terms and tried to apply each of them to a novel I had read. 

This weekend I mostly focused on the essay writing. This coming week I plan on focusing on the multiple choice.