In an upside-down garden
I know I'm not into the whole college paper thing yet, my darn high honors highschool english (second year) teacher dude is out to kill us..
Summer Reading List: The Metamorphosis, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, My Name Is Asher Lev, No Exit, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Sidhartha, The Oedipus Cycle, One Day In the life of Ivan Denisovich, and ack, one more that I don't remember because my brain has completely shut down... Elyse has enlightened me.... it was Things Fall Apart.
keep in mind this is summer...
with each book we had to write 5 responses, provide a list of vocabulary, a poetry element, an art element, a musical enterpretation, literay analysis, literary criticism, and backround about the elements in the book, the author and important "key" elements... blah blah blah, etc.
We had to keep a binder (I'm sure that if I had to face a 300+ lb. man in a dark alley and all that I had was my binder, I could surely defend myself and live to tell the tale). We also had to write an incredibly long and boring paper, which we had a choice between: CREATIVE ESSAY (YAY!), or CRITICAL ANALYSIS of all of the books (hence more work, and two thumbs down).
That was just the summer. I read four of the books on my way from Ohio to WDC, and four on the way back from WDC, one late at night because it had somehow found it's way behind my dresser and was refusing to come on vacation with me. It took me three whole days (with various 15 minute stops) to get the 5 responses/per book finished, and a whopping 45 minutes to write the creative essay.....
Now, enter the school year.... We only discuss one book, this book happens to be the longest one (Tess of the D'urbervilles) and happens to be about Tess, a doormat of a woman who lets all the men in her life walk all over her. Woo-hoo. After two weeks of discussion (and mental recuperation for most of us procrastinating highschool students), he assigns us a project on nicenet.org. We have to work w/ uncooperative cincy kids on the creation of a website... blah blah blah. In the mean time, he divides us into groups, assigns each group two books, and tells us to prepare a two day "learning expirence" on our two books and the themes. Wow, not to mention that half the class is also in honors math and attempting to understand the wonderful world of trig.
Yeah, after bsing our ways through english presentation after english presentation, he assigns us a critical analysis paper over Tess of the D'urbervilles, UGH! 6 pages of pure horror....
Now, we are currently reading Sir Gowain and the Green Knight and we have a project due before thanksgiving break... I hate english. I hate school. I know I probably have nothing to complain about, but it's driving me CRAZY!
"Wie ein Quadrat in einem Kreis, eck' ich immer wieder an obwohl ich doch schon lange weiß, daß ich niemals ändern kann." ~Wizo