This past year has been a really big difference from my 8th grade year. Last year we rarely used the computer whereas this year we are on the computer everyday. This year I have learn a lot of things that I can use for the rest of my schooling career and so on. The skills I have learned this year will also help me when I am looking for jobs and filling out my applications.
Everyday when we enter the class room we are asked to go to our teachers’ blog where she writes down everything we’re going to do that day on a page called the chalkboard (coincidence? I think not!). On her blog we have many different pages that help us when we work on projects like our To Kill a Mockingbird newspaper. We also are required to use blogs to publish our work. I think having a blog helps you learn because it brings what you learn to life or what you create is brought to life. You also have a chance for other people you may not know to comment on it giving advice on what is good and what is bad and needs to change so you get other peoples point of view.
I have learned the difference between a coma splice and a run on sentence and how to fix them both. I have learned how to make a thesis statement and how to make it good. That is probably the biggest thing I have learned all year that I will not forget. I think that I became a better writer all in all because it actually makes more sense and sounds a lot better then my old writing style.
Even though we do not have any spelling test I think I have become a better speller then last year. I also think my reading skills have shot up because I am reading a lot of higher level reading books then I have ever read. The best book I have read this year would probably be Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales because it brought me in to the story and made me feel like I was really there with the main characters.
At the beginning of the year I was so nervous to write my blog posts because I would type something then freak out and think it was bad so I would always start over again and again. I never got my work done until the night before but that has changed a lot. I normally like what I write now instead of going through my “cycle”. So all in all this year really showed me how to become a better student in English while doing projects and writing all the time.