The Individual Oral Commentary is probably the most stressful Literature assignment of the year, unless you’re taking IB Lang & Lit of course. Then it’s probably the IB test, because you have to pay 100 bucks and it gives college credit so don’t mess up. Essentially, you have to read a prompt from one of our past units and talk about it. Unfortunately, you have around 15 minutes to read it and you have to talk for 20 minutes straight. Our list of potential topics was Martin Luther King speeches that we have read in class, such as the “I Have A Dream” speech, excerpts from 1984, and some other short stories that we read in class.
I was fortunate enough to get one of the prompts from 1984, which we had discussed extensively in class. 1984 was actually the book we had to read for the first Written Task 1, where I couldn’t fully comprehend it. That really hindered my progress in writing. I mean, the guy practically wrote it like a Shakespeare play! The worst part was that I had to do it on the last day of school, but I was also pretty much the last person to go. Whereas everyone else had gone home because it was a short day, I had to go back and do the hardest assignment of the year. In the end I went to lunch with my mom at a local diner and then we looked around at Goodwill for a while until I eventually made my way back to the school. I actually did really well on it, which surprised me.
Unless my English teacher was just saying that to make me feel better about the whole thing. The hardest part was probably just the anticipation building up until then, because I’m really terrified of public speaking. I know my friend in Playa Vista has the same issue. That’s probably why we get along so well, is because we’re both shy. He’s been recently coming out of his shell more, which is driving more customers towards his overnight dog boarding business. Maybe I’ll have to visit him sometime. This was still a private event, with just you and the teacher in a room.