When I first started Dual English Comp I was narrow-minded and stubborn. This course opened up my mind to English but also taught me how to write a successful college essay. Before this course I had no idea which kind of punctuation to use or when to put a comma before but or and. When I look back on my first paper I wrote for English Comp I can definitely see a difference between my first piece of work and one of my last essays I wrote and how much I have improved. My initial goal when I first came into this class was to get an A no matter what.
My hopes were dashed when our English teacher decided that it would be easier to grade if all of us worked the same book and assigned Mark Twain’s classic over Charles Dickens. The only thing that can influence the score now was presentation. Instead of following the traditional way of listing dates and events, I created a timeline chart for the important events based on a design on the internet. I revolutionized the list of characters by using a picture hierarchy as opposed to bullet points. Moreover, I used images of Tom and Huck in the Smart Art table that I used to point out similarities.
For document 5, the main idea is to stop slavery because of its brutality. John Woolman is an early abolitionist in the colonial era, he said this to all Americans to appeal to every plantation owner, every colonist to stop use slaves. Document 6 is the opposite side of document 5, its point of view is to oppress the slaves and ignore slaves’ human rights. At that time, slavery prevailed in Virginia, these laws were made for colonists in Virginia to benefit plantation owners, to control slaves better. Document 7 tells the miserable life of slaves on slave trade ships.
I really enjoyed the way this book was written, it was written in a way that Native Americans have been known to teach each other. They pass their knowledge down to their children through their stories. It was like sitting down with a grandparent and hearing their story of the war. I first picked this book up because the Navaho Indians were mentioned in my AP History class, but because of the time frame we had before the test was taken they were only briefly mentioned. This book grabbed my attention because of the topic and that the main characters point of view didn’t just start with the war it explained his background and why he is the type of person he became.
I had a wonder semester in LSIS 4505. The three things that I learned during this course is how to make a lesson plan, what books are banned and challenged in different districts, and bibliotherapy books. It takes times to make a lesson plan. Sometimes your lesson plan does not always go as plan. When my teacher first assigned this, I was nervous because this was my first time making one.
In the book a Separate Peace, I think that the title stands for freedom or an outcast cause of the way that the war does not seem to affect Devon like it affects other places in America. The war does not seem to touch Devon or the kids until Leper goes crazy after enlisting, and Finny dies. But before that Gene and Finny don't believe that the war is real they think that it is fake and just a way to get money. So A Separate Peace is meant to mean that Devon is like in the shadows of the war, so while the kids are in Devon they don't feel any sense of the war. It also makes the war seem so easy, but as we find out after Leper goes AWALL Gene and Finny actually finds out that the war is real.
I must admit I was excited to jump into reading this particular study. Just from looking at the title, this looked like one of the most interesting topics of inquiry to me. I recently started reading James Loewen’s Lies my History Teacher Told Me, and in that book, the author explores not only the stone-cold lies history textbooks (and by virtue those who use them) perpetuate, but the sometimes delicate reasons these lies continue. While my heart demands that everyone knows the full truth about everything at any age, my rational mind at least considers that some issues need to be covered at the right developmental stage of a child’s cognitive maturation. Things such as statistically insurmountable odds related to social class and mobility (or lack thereof), historical race/gender/class issues, and the true history of American/European imperialism may not always be the best thing to share with young minds lacking the historical and cognitive framework and background to digest this material in an academic way.
I found Becker book “Writing for Social Scientists” very interesting to read, he actually described my fear of writing and why we avoid writing especially if we being asked to exchange our writing with our classmates. I remember in my first semester I was uncomfortable to expose my writing to my classmates. Becker mentioned the fear we suffer it caused when we try organize our thoughts during writing session. Organized my thought is one of my concern. Sometimes I start writing without following outline or organizing my thoughts.
In comparison, both advocated freedom for their people but in contrast Malcolm X wanted complete segregation from whites but Frederick Douglas wanted unity. In brief, Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass learned to read in spite of barriers. Frederick Douglass was forbidden to learn how to read and write while Malcolm X grew up without an education. Their struggles and motivation for education and then to pass that knowledge to other is the reason why they are
Fear and Failure: How I Earned an ‘F’ in English I can’t remember a time in my life when the shelves in my room weren’t overflowing with books. Over nineteen years, I curated a collection of books, such as references, plays, anthologies, etc. In addition, there are folders full of PDF files covering topics like the commodification of culture to the philosophy behind horror movies in my laptop. Reading and writing has always been a way to explore my love of learning. In theory, school should have been one of my favorite places, or I should have liked it more than the average person at least.