The book, No Dogs in Heaven (Published in 2005), is a collection of stories by Robert Shart, D.V.M. In the novel, Robert Shart shares with the readers about his journey of buying a veterinarian office from Dr. Bill Lukhart (who had been in practice in Hillsboro and the surrounding countries for over 40 years) and all of the journeys and struggles Dr.Robert Shart went through. When I get older, I want to work with animals: Therefore I selected to read, No Dogs in Heaven. I also chose to read No Dogs in Heaven, so I can have a better judgment on what a veterinarian does. When I was skimming the book to see if I liked it, I saw that it contained short stories about different animals and their problems, which i enjoyed.
This is where I learned the most about myself as both a writer and a reader. Initially, when writing my first draft, I focused on just the most prominent aspects of the article such as how Schulz framed her argument through a story and kept things factually and historically based rather than outwardly asserting her bias. Both subjects became the crux of my analysis, but my original draft lacked the analysis aspect a bit in that I had to dig deeper and provide better examples to support my stance. For example, in my original draft I focused a bit too much on bias and went to the extreme of saying that Schulz kept all bias out of her narrative and kept it completely objective. After further digging into Schulz’s background, and for what publication this article was established under, I had to rephrase this subject to acknowledge the bias but counter-argue why her credentials does not devalue the points she makes in “Citizen Khan.” I was prompted to reevaluate the phrasing and depth of the topics I addressed in my analysis by the comments on the first draft by my Professor.
As a student, I didn’t know how to write. My teacher used to tell me to write a composition about a subject, and to hand it in afterwards without any further instructions. Therefore, I labored to write the composition, even though I did not know, how I am supposed to write it. When I was in the psychometric course, I needed to decide on the content of the essay before the actual writing. It was difficult for me since one of my weaknesses in writing was to decide on the content before writing.
I was not sure how to add in a transition word to make my writing flow together and where I did decide to add transitions in my paper, they would be the same one, which made my paper sound repetitive. In the first essay I wrote called, “Helping Others While Helping Yourself” I struggled with my transitions greatly. In the first and second paragraph I used
Maybe I could show them I had potential”. It was a risk I was willing to take. I started my common app as quickly as possible making sure that I would have enough time to complete it all. Especially, the essay I had to write. Writing wasn’t my strong suit; in fact I hated it.
Imagery in my writing along with my speech was key, I spoke about how the dairy cows were treated and also went into very vivid detail about the process that actually goes on behind closed doors of the dairy industry. Although not everyone that was in my audience could relate to why I initially went dairy free many of them after my speech had numerous questions and really seemed to care more to educate themselves on what they are putting in their body. At that time it was a huge turn around for me as a writer and a speaker because for once in my life I felt like I presented something and wrote something that was definitely worth
I did not understand in high school how to connect the thesis to the essay and how to make a counterargument. Although I has good ideas in essay one I did not have a thesis to outline and organize the paper and the counterargument was poorly worded and very biased. In my last essay the thesis connects and organizes the whole paper and the counterargument was structured and unbiased making what I believe to be a very well written paper. I did not know the MLA format for writing papers before this course. In my first rough drafts the formatting incorrect in a lot of different areas of the MLA format.
I never owned a laptop throughout highschool, so I always took notes on paper anyhow. My plan was to start typing notes in college, after LSC 101, I have decided to continue my practice of taking notes by hand. Remembering the material I learn is the most important thing in most classes. In addition to remembering material, I will learn to think critically in college. Critical thinking is like a muscle, you have to work it out over and over before it gets strong.
The first essay in my portfolio is the “Non-Academic Discourse” essay. This essay was very hard for me to write because I don't have many communities outside of school so I really had to think about what I should write about. When I was writing this paper I was really trying to focus on my punctuation which has been probably the hardest thing for me to understand in English. After writing this essay, I learned that I really need to focus on many things in my writing such as my transition, punctuation, and format.
I did not understand the purpose of the essay so I wrote about what I thought altering public space meant. After reading the assigned reading I still did not understand what was being asked of me and this is where I should have emailed my instructor for clarity rather than guessing. If I would have had a better understanding on the assignment rather than going into the assignment guessing if I was doing it correctly I would have gotten a better score than I got. There was some misuse of commas and even commas splices included in the essay. In previous course and now I do not know how to correctly use commas I did not really understand the concept whenever my
In my essays I would have all kinds of run on sentences and comma splice errors. I would be looking over my paper and I would not see any issues with how it was worded. When someone else would read it, they would get stuck on sentences and become confused. While reviewing my drafts for each essay, I started to get tougher on myself on each essay as the class progressed. I started to dig deeper before I would call the essay ready to turn in for the final draft.
I determined to put Can 't Look Away by Donna Cooner in the second bubble because although it was a nice read and a good story, I lost interest and found it hard to finish the book. This novel was an attempted read and I wish I could 've finished it, but I got distracted with the absence of a plot near the middle of the novel.
2. Two Weaknesses In My Writing : A weakness in my writing piece is that I put too much information. In paragraph one I put two sentences that were unnecessary because they did not have anything to do with the setting. I need to make my statements specific to question and not adding what is unnecessary. Another weakness in my writing piece is that I need to edit more.