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Reflection: What I’ve Learned this Marking-Period in English
------Though most of my days in HSAII are long and mostly mundane I often found my English 10 class at 7th period the most interesting and fun. I have often found myself asking my best friend Edgenis Abreu, “What did you guys do in English today?” because he has it first period, lucky for him. And so that I have something to look forward to in the periods I have before my English class. I have learned many things in this marking period from our project of making a mini-graphic novel to our independent reading project and the photography unit we did.

------Throughout all the stuff we did I found the project of the mini graphic novel the best I’ve done in this marking period because I took my time to think of a story plot where I could just have used one of the short stories I’ve written in the past. Also, it was fun to draw because I don’t have art class anymore and this gave me a chance to draw and have fun again. Even though I handed it in late because inking process is very long and I use 3 different types of pen when I ink, I still think I did an amazing mini-graphic novel and I’m proud of it. I plan to do this again in the future for the short stories I’ve made in the past or any in the future because I find it fun even though the process is long and sometimes mundane.

------From the photography unit, I’ve learned to use perspective, contrast, and mood in my art, my music, and writing. I also learned the technique of framing the image of what would go in the border and what wouldn’t go. Another technique was angle shooting, and Majestic and I used this technique a lot. We’d often flip the camera upside down and take pictures; this creates the effect of the image upside down, which seemed pretty cool. We’d also use perspective such as bird eye’s view, or worm’s eye. These techniques are some I used in my mini-graphic novel short story. There is a page in my graphic novel where the protagonist and the antagonist face each other in a side perspective; it also creates the contrast of good vs. evil and light vs. dark.

------I also implemented what I learned from the photography unit to my music. My independent reading project was that I wrote a song based on the themes in the book. My book had the theme of homecoming, where the protagonist longs his journey to go home. It also had the theme of man struggling against social pressure, where my protagonist wanted to prove everyone around him that what he believed was true. The setting and plot in my independent reading book was they were in a world where animals could speak and think like humans, and the humans have died off somewhere in the distant past but gave animals a mind. Thelonious, the protagonist tries to prove everyone around him that humans were real and he goes off to an epic journey to prove everyone around him. I used the technique of perspective to write my song in the perspective of Thelonious himself and how he goes in adventure but in a song form.

------So to conclude, I integrated the techniques I’ve learned in the photography unit from my English class such as perspective, contrast, and mood in my writing, art, music and basically anything. In the future I plan to use these techniques in my essay to strengthen my analysis. I also plan to learn more techniques in English 10 that will hopefully make me a stronger essay writer, artist, and as a song writer.

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