Having the opportunity to write a variety of different essay styles has challenged me to improve my writing techniques even slightly. Having good credible sources was another technique I learned and improve. For most of my work, I used to go to Google, and just type whatever it is I was looking for, and usually I do not end up with that much great information. Now I start searching for information in databases because they are credible and more reliable.
I want to easily start and end a story. Have better word choice and punctuation. I don’t want to be scared and worried every time I have a big writing piece for another class. I just want to overall be more confident in my writing. My expectations for myself is that I push myself out of my comfort zone for writing.
All throughout middle school when we were assigned to read a novel I would dread it. My perspective of reading for enjoyment soon changed when I was in eighth grade. Mrs. Benavides, my eighth grade language arts teacher, assigned our class to read The Outsiders, and I coursed I was complained in my head, I don’t want to read (actually pretend to read and then use Sparknotes) another lame book. The first day we got the book we were all told to read chapters 1 through 3, and this time all of the kids in my class complained and I wasn’t the only one. So, there I was at home in front of my computer typing in “the outsiders by S.E Hinton”, into Google, and the top search that popped up was a link to the movie on Youtube.
Likewise, creating a cover letter taught me many useful strategies that I will definitely put to use when it comes time for me to submit an official cover letter to a company. One of the biggest things that I have learned from taking this course is that good content is more important than sophistication. Both are very important in essay writing, but it is more important to have clear content and material so that the audience can understand your position. Last year, I always seemed to lose points on essays for not having sophisticated enough prose, so I came into this class under the impression that the most important things in a
These changes made the essay make more sense and gave it better overall readability. One sentence that I changed in my opening paragraph was, “With my mind anxiously looking forward to the adventures to come in my military career, these stories of travel and adventure kept me going and wanting more.” As I read this now I see how it is very vague, and by elaborating on this one sentence it sets the tone of the rest of the paper and it allows the readers to understand the details of my relationship with literacy. The penultimate paragraph in my Literacy Narrative was meant to try and explain my relationship with literacy and how others may be able to use this same idea to have hope and to prepare themselves for situations they may encounter in the future. Again, I was very vague while trying to explain this to the readers.
For example, when I was fifteen my family and I moved from our country, Iraq, to live a better live in the united states. Learning a new language was the biggest challenge that I have faced in my life. I have faced so many difficulties during my high school years regarding to the language. Studying, getting involved in some school activities, and communicating with people were the hardest things to me because of the language. Later, I remember that I started to improve my skills by practicing seven to eight hours a day.
Raised all my life in Puerto Rico and then transferring to America was a great challenge. I had to overcome various difficulties in order to adapt to new ideas, cultures, and lifestyles. One of the obstacles I encountered was adapting to school. Since I was five my parents wanted me to imbibe the English language in order to have an exceptional future filled with opportunities, but when I arrived all my hard work in learning English did not seem to matter at my middle school. I arrived in this country thinking I was going to be in the most challenging classes and be at the top but reality smacked me in the face the first day I entered eighth grade.
The school that I went to offered sheltered classes for the people who did not know english and they were taught english. I wanted to learn english fast and go to regular classes so I worked hard and studied a lot. I would spend at least two hour a day studying in order to leave the sheltered classes and go to the regular class. I was able to get out of sheltered classes the second year which is fast compared to other people.
So how was I supposed to make people want to listen to me, I knew I had to make them feel what I felt when I was doing all my research. Thankfully I had such wonderful teachers to help me along the way offering me many techniques and strategies to pull my audience in. I wants was such an unconfident writer and speaker but at this moment in time I wanted to make a difference about something I was truly so passionate about. I wanted my words to resonate with those in my audience. 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.
That path requires a great deal of time and effort to educate myself in understanding people. Any scholarship I receive will go towards that mission. With any contributions made towards the cost of living, books, and school materials, I will be able to spend more time thoroughly studying my textbooks beyond what is expected of me in the classroom, participate in any case studied I can get my hands on, search for internships, enjoying the privilege of being a student while taking advantage of all of VCUs resources.
My teacher really has my fellow classmates and myself ready for reality. She taught us everything we needed to know from the simplest to the most difficult techniques and has us prepared us for college. From the way she would teach us and also the way she treated us was an excellent way to show how the real life of a college student really does face on a daily bases. I’ll leave the class by having the prior knowledge of knowing what and how to write an argumentative essay and know how to simply justify the reading side and confront my face my fierce. This year taught me so much that I use certain techniques to help me in other subjects.
The book I got from my grandpa When I was like 7 my grandpa brought a book to me from his trip to detroit. It was a book about cars. It was like my favorite book for a long time because I liked cars a lot when I was growing up. The book was about a bunch of different chevrolet cars and who made them and designed them and stuff like that. Thats why I was so interested in the book.
For me, literacy has always been a problem to this day I am still learning how to speak, and write using proper literacy. Literacy is not just reading and writing, anyone can do that but the ability to understand such things, to comprehend them that is, true literacy. My development for literacy has always been a struggle as I have spoken about before. I had a speak impediment when I was younger which used me to go into different classes which took me away from formal English classes.
Robert Mendez from Anita Merina article “Literacy: A Family Affair” had the same guilt of not knowing how to read. “Literacy is more than learning to read. It’s getting rid of the luggage of guilt and shame. It’s realizing you’re opening doors” Robert says (9). Robert had the same motivation as Malcolm X.