Freshmen Year by Armando Rojas

Ms. Halusek English 1 - 3 May 2016


My freshmen year has taught me many things that i would definitely take with me throughout the rest of my high school years.


During my freshmen year I have learned how to become a better student and how to work hard at something that I want to achieve.


In the story Oedipus Rex, it talks about a king who has to deal with his fate of killing his father and marrying his mother and how he deals with this information.

First class text

What I learned from this story was how to find the theme of a text and how to find evidence to support it. This text impacted the way I think by showing me how some stories have more then one meaning. For example, in the story Oedipus says, “In my rage, I lashed out at the driver, who was shoving me aside. The old man, seeing me walking past him in the carriage, kept his eye on me, and with his double whip struck me on my head, right here on top. Well, I retaliated in good measure— I hit him a quick blow with the staff I held and knocked him from his carriage to the road. He lay there on his back. Then I killed them all” (Sophocles 27).

Goal 1

I can effectively summarize a source's main idea without incorporating opinions or preferences.

Being able to meet this goal would allow me to become a better reader and writer but this would also impact my future classes because it would allow me to write better essays and read books with a better understanding of them.

Goal 2

I can effectively support my responses and ideas with clear textual evidence.

Meeting this goal would impact my future classes because I would be able to give a response about something and strongly support it with textual evidence and without giving an opinion instead.

Essential Question

What rights should all humans be guaranteed?

Some of the rights i think all humans deserve is freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and mostly important the ability to live there lives as they want to.

Connecting to the Essential Question

In the book Night, it shows the terrible abuse the Jewish people went through while trying survive during the Holocaust. Elie says, "There is so much injustice and suffering crying out for our attention: victims of hunger, of racism and political persecution—in Chile, for instance, or in Ethiopia—writers and poets, prisoners in so many lands governed by the left and by the right" (Wiesel 119). This connects with essential question because it gives people idea of what kind of rights all humans should be guaranteed.

Writing Example

The writing example I chose was my Oedipus Rex theme analysis now this helped me become a better writer because it helped identify a theme while supporting it better.


I have grown as an individual throughout my first year of high school because i have learned how to become a better writer and retained other skills that could benefit me in the future.


This year prepared me to look forward to what is to come in my later years of high school and how my goals could help me become a better student.

Work Cited

Sophocles. Oedipus Rex. Mythology Information. The Works of Sophocles. 15 NOV 2011. Print. 23 NOV 2015.

Wiesel, Elie. Night. Austin: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1994. Print.