Geometry…Again?

Circles, Triangles, Squares, etc… yada yada ya. Geometry is boring, plain and simple. Well I guess it’s not fair to say that just Geometry is boring, because all math is, but I digress. When applied to English however, it does make the topic of geometry seem a little bit more interesting.

For example, in class we have learned a specific method which allows us to further understand and analyze any piece of work. Although it’s basic and easy to use, it is very useful and creative. Essentially what it is, is a method which uses the three shapes, square, triangle, and circle, to open up a discussion about a certain work of literature or any type of work for that matter. The first step is to obviously read or take in whatever it is you want to analyze. The second step is to list out four things that you already knew about what you were studying in step one and write it in a square. (hence the “four” angles/sides of the square) This will help you separate what you already know from what you have learned and possibly help you discover even more. The third step is to write down three things you have learned in the writing that are crucial points that you need to remember. (hence the “three” angles/sides of a triangle) This also helps to separate what you already know from what you’ve learned and it’s an obvious way to express what you have learned. The final step is to write down any questions or comments in a circle. Why a circle, you might ask? Well a circle is endless which means that these questions or comments you write down can lead to discussions about the topic at hand which could go on and on. This method has proven to be useful and I will continue to use it whenever I get the chance. Now as boring as math can be, cross-curricular activity can also boost the level of (dare I say) fun in whatever it is you are doing at school. I love this idea because it’s simple and creative.

At first I was a bit cautious about incorporating geometry into English, but once I realized that it was harmless and effective, I gave in. Now if we could only make Pre Calc more fun!

-Matt

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