Lawrence T. Chen

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Lawrence T. Chen (läw rênc` tee chên`) is currently a senior at Mount Pleasant High School, located in Mount Pleasant, MI. Lawrence is considering a major in biochemistry and a minor in astrophysics when he enters university level education at the University of Michigan's Honors College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. He is currently employed as the Visual Designer and Drill Writer of the MPHS Winter Drumline. Lawrence enjoys concert band, jazz combo, winter drumline, winter guard, marching band, road cycling, classical piano, and photography. Lawrence has recently taken up chamber singers and winter guard. He intends to pursue a cappella choral performance, road cycling, and winter guard at the collegiate level.




Contents

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Lawrence Chen and AP Literature and Composition


1.1
. .Lawrence on Reading


1.2
. .Lawrence on Writing

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Free Response Essays

3

Poem of the Week Essays


3.1
Trimester 1


3.2
Trimester 2


3.3
Trimester 3

4

What is Literature? Project

5

Independent Reading - Book Pair

6

Other Writing

7

What is a Tragedy? Project

8

Who have I Been? Who am I Now? Who Will I Become?

9

Why am I Here?

10

George Orwell Unit

11

Great Gatsby & Grapes of Wrath Unit

12

Other


Lawrence Chen and AP Literature and Composition


Lawrence on Reading


Indeed, Lawrence is an avid reader. Lawrence first learned to read by connecting ideas with characters as well as verbal sounds through repetition, most fluently in English, but also in Mandarin Chinese and French with the aid of his parents and devoted teachers. People may learn to read because it is compulsory, vital for a universal form of communication, or simply for pleasure. Lawrence reads for all of these reasons, chiefly for the latter two. Lawrence finds that to be an effective reader, a person must understand that there is meaning beyond the literal words and phrases; to understand what a writer wishes to express. Lawrence wishes to achieve this with all forms of writing he reads. Lawrence finds reading to be easy because of repetition and an appreciation for the pleasure that can come with understanding a writer's work. Despite this, Lawrence also finds that the hardest part of reading comes when we encounter something that is totally alien to him, or something that is difficult to understand. However, eventually Lawrence comes to like these things when he comes to understand them. Lawrence must be honest and confess that when he reads for his own personal enjoyment, chooses books that are similar to ones that he as enjoyed in the past. However, when circumstances call for him to read a book he would not normally choose, Lawrence does not object because much of the time, he comes to enjoy these books as well, and will help him to find other new books. Lawrence reads constantly at home. It may not be in the form of literature, but things from cereal boxes to online blogs demand that he continually exercises the skill of reading. Lawrence believes reading to be an essential and vital skill for success in all levels of life, from the most basic to the most complex; it is the mark of humanity - our ability to communicate in higher forms.


Lawrence on Writing


Indeed, Lawrence writes often and enthusiastically. Lawrence learned to write the same way he learned to read, except in reverse; to place meaning into a series of characters, rather than derive from them. People may write to express themselves through a portable, non-verbal, enduring manner. They may wish to express political views, emotional feelings, a religious message, a scientific thesis, or perhaps an invitation to a dinner party. In order for one to write well, a person must be learned in the language and its grammar in which they are about to write, and be able to effectively and efficiently (perhaps Lawrence does not do this) transmit his or her intentions into text. Lawrence likes to write in ways that surprise others in their style or complexity or are able to convey either a great amount of information, very good information, or both. Much of the time, he simply chooses something that he enjoys to use as writing material. Other times, a higher authority may dictate a prompt, and Lawrence does my best to fulfill it while adding an unconventional twist to it. Nothing pleases him more than an interested reader. The best type of response for a writer like Lawrence is any response at all. He hopes that it is relevant to his writing. That alone should help him get an idea of what he may or may not need to change. At home, Lawrence typically only writes what he needs to; that is writing with prompts decided by others. Collectively, Lawrence is extremely proud of his writing; it is symbolic and reflective of him, and his writing has improved immensely over recent times.
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Free Response Essays

FRQ 1

Free Response Essay Marking Period 1

Free Response Essay Marking Period 2

Free Response Essay Marking Period 3

Free Response Essay Marking Period 4

Poem of the Week Essays

Trimester 1 - Reflection

POW 1

POW 2

POW 3

POW 6

POW 7

POW 8


Trimester 2 - Reflection

POW 1

POW 2

POW 4

POW 5

POW 7


Trimester 3 - Reflection



What is Literature? Project

Theme

Symbolism

Prezi Visual Presentation



Independent Reading Book Pair

The Pearl, by John Steinbeck
Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway




Proposal

Conclusion

Other Writing

Literature and Commercial Fiction

Creative Writing, Marking Period 1

Creative Writing, Marking Period 2

Creative Writing, Marking Period 3

Creative Writing, Marking Period 4

What is a Tragedy? Project

Tragedy Blog

Tragedy Philosophical Reflection

Who have I Been? Who am I Now? Who Will I Become?

Deconstructive Theory Paper

King Lear Artwork





Why am I Here?

This I Believe

Things Fall Apart This I Believe

George Orwell Unit


George Orwell Blog

Animal Farm & 1984 Big Question Paper

Great Gatsby & Grapes of Wrath Unit


An Emotion of Colors: A Great Gatsby Found Poem

Great Gatsby & Grapes of Wrath Essay

Senior Project



Research Plan

Annotated Bibliography

Daily Journal

Persuasive Essay



Proposal

Pamphlet

Consent Form

Reflection

Other

Ampersands

Sporcle


(c) 2012 Lawrence T. Chen