The content of this course is well organized, and the readings move students through the course smoothly. Moreover, students can review sample writings from previous students, and conduct peer reviews to assist each other in becoming better writers and understand the writing process. Each reading assignment gave me a better understanding and awareness of how writing works, as well as how writing changes depending on the purpose, audience, and situation. My theory about writing, as well as what is considered a nursing skill, is get to the point, be direct, and state the facts.
A student, when given an essay to write, he/she might not know how to start or go about it, but with reasoning and reflective study, he is able to find out where and how to look for the information needed. Allen (1997, p.3) states that reasoning involves thinking about issues, to analyse in more depth, making connections and the process of communicating our ideas. Therefore, in order for one to be successful in his/her university studies, reason needs to be improved on another instant to where reasoning plays a part in university students success. Therefore, according to Bean (1996) , student expand more and broadly on writing when asked to pose questions and reason out possible solution rather than giving them any random topic to write on. This goes to show that when a student engages in reasoning, which is an attribute of critical thinking, they tend to be more productive.
All of which helped tremendously with becoming a more precise writer and developing my identity as a writer. In the beginning of this course we worked with different readings that were intended to challenge us intellectully. Readings such as “To see your story clearly, start by pulling the wool over your own eyes” which is found the New York Times and “All Writing is Autobiography” by Donald M. Murray where readings that were meant to be challenging yet unfamiliar to us as well. This concept helped me greatly because it proved that I can be a flexible reader.
As I was reading Melissa Duffy’s “Inspiration, and Craig Vetter’s “Bonehead Writing,” I found myself connecting with Vetter’s paper more than Duffy’s. I found that the presentation in “Bonehead Writing” to capture my attention, and that Vetter’s feelings about writing was similar to my opinion on writing. Through his wording and humor, I think Craig Vetter wrote the best essay. I find that the wording and presentation of an article or essay influences my opinion of the writer, and it affects how I receive the idea they are trying to present to me. Craig Vetter uses a blunt approach to convey his idea that writing is nearly impossible to teach, and describes writing as “A blood sport, a walk in the garden of agony every time out.”
“Learning to Read and Write” and “Freewriting” both accomplish the act of trying to express freedom of thought. With free expression, people are able to express themselves through writing. Not only does expressing the self through writing empower a person, but it also acts as motivation. Learning new things and trying to express them through writing down thoughts helps individuals understand themselves. Writing is what makes each individual different.
This gives me a jump start, or flow of ideas that can later on benefit my paper. In the article, Writing What Matters: A Students’ Struggle to Bridge the Academic/Personal Divide Emily Strasser uses the following sentence to highlight and pinpoint the real true value of writing “Writing can and should be much more than sophisticated sentence structure and nuanced word choices. The devices of grammar and rhetoric remain superficial skills until a writer employs them to express important and powerful feelings, thoughts and ideas” (WaW Pg.200). I enjoy writing about myself because it helps me express my feelings. A paper may include correct grammar and word-context, but until the writer can intertwine powerful thoughts and feelings into the work, the writer is unable to accomplish the overall intended goal.
Effectiveness means to a degree of something being successful in requiring the desired result. Agatha Christie’s novels are an inspiration for generations, and generations to come. The grade twelve student did very well on their essay, and conveying their message about on of the students most valued authors, in comparison to Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe. For the grade twelve student there are a few things that the student did well and did poorly on. The student was straight forward on their points for the essay which is fantastic, but they could have written more, since it was short, and lastly, instead of saying Agatha Christie was the “Queen of crime fiction”, but instead was the student could have said something more charismatic in Agatha
Using peer feedback is nothing new to a student and it would seem like a law in English. In F2F Studio, what makes it different is that the peer review is almost an assignment within itself, merely skimming an essay and only stating the “good” parts is no longer successful is an essay revision. Standard peer review in F2F requires not only to give constructive feedback but to read deeper and help your classmate right explicitly what you know they are trying to say. It is a visually new technique that makes students go much further than annotation within the text. Writing had become a culture within the class and made it more complex than what one would ever think it would
Being a part of this course has helped me improve my writing in different areas such as my grammar, editing, and planning. Being that, when I got back my teacher 's essay edited the first thing I noticed was all my grammar and my paragraph structure were all off. As a result, after I turn my essays in I always review my paragraphs and sometimes I even ask my friends to read over my essays to see if I need to improve either my paragraph structure, thesis or conclusion. Another, way I tried to improve my grammar, editing skills, and planning is
However, as I begin this course, I realize that I have a lot to learn about writing. Nevertheless, I feel that I have a good relationship with writing. Consequently, the reason my relationship with writing is complicated bears on the fact that I have fears and apprehensions about writing. Furthermore, I want to be a good writer, and make excellent first impressions with the recipients of my writing.
Journal 3 Richard Straub’s reading, “Responding-Really Responding-to other students’ writing” clarifies ways to respond a student’s paper. At first I thought responding to other student’s writing means to reply with feedback but as I go further towards the reading it is actually more than just feedback. Certain points that I took from Richard Straub’s reading is how a responder should act as a friend rather than a teacher when responding, must not respond short and sweet, what to address in the comments and must praise and criticize. His suggestions are key strategies that must be followed in order to achieve progress as a responder. In “Responding-Really Responding-to other students’ writing” by Richard Straub’s offers ways for readers to approach a student’s paper, therefore, achieving the responders mission towards helping the writer make better decisions when writing a good paper.
To motivate and stimulate the imagination of younger students and provides a strong base structure for older students to create extraordinary effort in their work. Give a student a historical document and have them write an essay about it and watch them struggle as they are limited to the information given within the document. It is true that someone can compare the historical document or any nonfiction article to a fictional example, but there are also limitations to what that person is able to write that is related to the article. Fiction has no limitations to a reader. Whatever they can think of is their own world; it 's their domain.
Essay A, Essay B One big aspect in Donna's response was her emphasis and importance of developing a thesis. The two essays we read were precursors in showing us the importance of a thesis and how we are to incorporate it into our writing. Donna also went on to talk about the importance of considering your audience. When it comes to the two essays, "Once More to the Lake" happens to be much more relatable and pertinent than "The Death of the Moth.