In Freshman Composition II with Professor Shaw-Tillmon, I have learned so much about how to become a writer. When it comes to reading and writing, I would prefer math or social studies because reading and writing have always been courses that somewhat struggled in. However, I enjoyed being in professor Shaw-Tillmon class, even though I was not very enthusiastic when it came to writing essays. I honestly do not remember if I ever wrote an argumentative essay in high school, so hearing ethos, pathos, and logos were something new to me. Professor Shaw-Tillmon’s writing class has taught me how to achieve many of the goals when it comes to writing papers, such as establishing satisfying critical thinking skills and using of ethos and logos appropriately;
We all make mistakes, and most of the time we learn from them. From my Preliminary Writing Assignment to my Paper One, I have made numerous improvements in my writing but also many mistakes. Coming into College Writing One, I did not have papers to write to improve my skills in my upcoming years in college. Within the two papers I have written, I have expanded my word selection for more detailed paper, reduced fragments, and reorganized my thesis method for a better outcome. I came into this class thinking it was going to be just like high school.
I came into my first college writing class feeling prepared thanks to you and your investment in me as a student in your AP Lang class. I developed as a writer more than I ever had in your class, and it definitely helped me in my college writing class this semester. I already knew how important it was to revise and continuously critically think about my writing, as well as the importance of multiple drafts and peer review. My English 110 class this semester was very similar to yours because we also did multiple drafts where I could revise my paper as many times as needed. The big difference was that the focus was on different genres and how to appeal to those, which was something new compared to my high school English courses.
Hernandez, I don’t understand what the prompt is asking me to do”, “What does this word mean”, “Do i have to do this”. These were some of the responses students addressed to me while taking their diagnostic assessment which consisted of reading a short excerpt and writing an argumentative response. I motivated my students apply effort and made them aware that it was crucial that I evaluated their current skills and use the assessment to guide my teaching. Respectfully, students proceeded to work, and used the entire class period to read and partially complete the response. Walking up and down the aisles, I watched students struggle with grade level material which also meant I certainly had a lot to teach that year.
Cursive writing, a skill that was taught to me in the early years of school. Many teachers and reseachers have different feelings and responeses towards cursive teaching. A huge debate caused this uproar, should cursive writing be taught during school as a curriculum activity needed, or simply should we just skip over it. In my years as a student i believe that cursive writing should be taught during school. The reasons i believe cursive writing should be taught is for the facts that it has positive outcomes.
My writing and reading process generally varies depending on its purpose. For class assignments, I mostly do my work in an environment similar to my class room. For example, I would work at a desk and begin with reviewing the assignment or prompt several times before I begin. When it comes to writing, I would often place my prompt at the beginning of my paper and I begin a series of brainstorms with bullet points under. Throughout my working process, I often come back to the top to refer to my prompt and my original ideas to compare my work and review if I am following through with it.
Some student argue that college writing is very similar to high school writing and that’s why they think it is unnecessary to take a writing class in college. I believe that the students who believe college writing is exactly like high school writing are wrong because writing expectations are different in college. For some students across the U.S. a college writing class is very useless and a waste of time but on the other hand many more student across the nation need to take a writing class due to their poor grammar and subpar communication skills and would greatly benefit from this course. In this nation communication is a major key to being successful because in every job you need to be able to communicate with you peers and coworkers to get a certain task done, so our nation would benefit by making a writing class mandatory. To be given approximately 2 hours per week to primarily focus on writing is extremely beneficial to students because even though many students think college writing is a waste of time in reality it doesn
From this last semester in English 250, I have had the opportunity to improve my communication skills with written, oral, visual, and electronic assignments. This is the first class where I have been taught and practiced these areas of communication making me believe that my communication skills have improved slightly. When choosing topics for my writings, I often chose topics that I 'm familiar with. Along with more research on the topic, I needed to try and connect the audience to my writing. I feel like relating to the audience is very important weather its through writing or visuals, it makes communication greater.
Most students in college will have had some kind of writing experiences in their life, most students will list high school is where they had most of their writing experiences and a bit from prev college classes, find out what their strengths are and what their weak areas are, most students will also learn to develop a pattern for how they will find their process of writing an essays, they will also learn what kinds of writing they do and do not like. I have had a few writing experiences the past few years leading up to now. My past writing experiences have all been in college I learned how to write an essay in my English 252 and 262 classes. I learned the part of an essay what needs to be included I an introduction and what should never be
Back in high school, my writing mostly committed of timed exams and practice for International Baccalaureate exams so my grammar and organizing did not matter as much as the content and speed of my work. Therefore, I had to learn new types of writing techniques and become more careful and aware of my work. In some ways, I had to reinvent myself as a writer. The course made me analyze pieces and develop my own argument which is very different from content memorization that I did in high school. I think my growth is very evident in my final paper.