It is crazy to even think how fast this year went. I remember writing my first ever blog post, and wondering what to title it. To be honest, I’m not sure I was very excited about writing blog posts at first, but I can safely say that I love writing them and enjoyed having to come home on a Monday after school and write a blog post (even if I complained and procrastinated doing my other million algebra and chemistry assignments). That is just one of the things I have learnt from AP lang, and I am grateful for everything that I have taken from this class.
Before I took AP lang, my writing was not the best. I added so much clutter and extra words that didn’t need to be there, and that didn’t add to my point. Something that AP lang taught me is to remove all the extra words and to understand that my writing can be as good if not better if I remove the clutter and communicate my point clearly, and as I have learnt from class and the Princeton review book multiple times, quality over quantity. I want to be a lawyer and being able to analyze and annotate texts really helped me. Although I wouldn’t call all the homework assignments, multiple choice practice, timed writes, and vocab quizzes that we have done “fun”, I am grateful that we did all of that as it really helped me learn and understand more about writing techniques, use vocabulary words effectively, understand, analyze, and annotate texts, and write cohesive (one of our vocab words by the way 🙂 pieces.
I also really appreciate Ms. Magnuson as our teacher, mentor, and friend and how she helped us with everything and even though our lessons diverged into the randomest of topics sometimes, I really enjoy how we still learn but have fun and are able to apply other concepts to our learning. Something else I also really enjoyed about AP lang was our class and how we (even though it sounds kinda cheesy) grew together and how we built a great classroom community. In October, we wrote a blog post on the role and significance of community in the writing process, and how it plays a big role in writing. In AP lang, since it is a small class and we do so many group and team projects, and have Ms. Magnuson teach and interact with us, we were able to grow as a class and learn to constructively help our classmates as well as appreciate and learn from one another’s writing and work.
I am so grateful that I took this class and I want to continue writing (maybe even blog posts) and being able to grow as a writer and enjoy it as well. I’m grateful for the amazing experiences we had and for us to apply what we have learnt in our lives and of course remember to reference the 259 and more vocab words we learnt. 🙂
“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” – Brian Herbert