Writing essays and other types of posts has always been difficult for me. But, throughout this composition class, I have learned many interesting and new things about the different types of writing styles. When starting this class, I considered myself to be an average writer with run-of-the-mill vocabulary, ordinary sentence structure and typical finished products. This class has helped me greatly improve my writing skills in a variety of ways. I have learned multiple things by taking this class, such as new ways to approach writing and that there is much that I still need to learn about composition.
At first I wasn’t sure if I was ready to take Advanced Placement English Composition in my junior year but I still did. I was truly stressed that my work would be trashy but my teacher supported me in every way. We also had assignments to see if we understood literary terms.
However, I did learn through my years of schooling that being able to read is key to success in any field of employment. I had a personal drive to be able to understand what I am reading, no matter what it may be such as an article in a magazine, a memo from supervisors or policy and procedures of a company. In my spare time, I would read as much as I could to learn new words. Since I come across words every day that are spoken to me that is not understood, I would research the words to better understand what was being discussed. Still to this day, it has become a habit of mine to read any random piece of writing to ensure my understanding continues to grow.
These past few months have been interesting. I procrastinated (more than I should have), written a few papers, but I have also learned a lot about writing. Walking into this I had some writing experience but not nearly as much as I should of had. I knew how to summarize, cite, and work in groups but this class gave me the opportunity to fine tune those skills and learn new skills. College should not be taken lightly and The first new skill I learned was how to write a college level paper.
my first days in my new country were tough because I did not speak the same language making it harder to be able to write and communicate with the people around me. But as soon as I learned the language things got a little bit more easier. My writing improve a lot I went from writing short sentences to paragraphs and to writing complete essays for school. I still remember an accident I had with my English teacher on sophomore year of high school. She made us write an essay about a book call “ to kill a mockingbird”.
Fortunate, is what I call myself because I have a better life than most of my extended family. I was born and raised in El Salvador up until the age of six. When my parents decided that my brother and I would have a better future here in the United States. My parents left everything behind in El Salvador to give my siblings and I a better opportunity in education and life itself. Though my parents had to leave most of their family behind to provide for us, they have done it without second-guessing.
I chose my publishable paper, “Forgiven Sharpie,” as a demonstration of my writing process because I spent the most time developing the piece. My ideas for “Forgiven Sharpie” arose when I was prompted on the midterm to write about an experience when I was required to learn from a mistake. I thought of my 40 stories list, and one of the first stories that crossed my mind was that of writing “slut” on a girl’s locker in middle school. After receiving my midterm grade with the note “Katie, This could be developed into a publishable article.
" This experience taught me that writing is not the same as speaking and that requires me to have skills that go along with it. Writing this particular assignment about 9/11 as a topic has taught me what is like to deal with writing a research paper in a college-level, for the first time in my senior year. That was for my high school broadcasting class. However, after I gave my paper to my teacher, Mr. Williams, the next day he told me that it still had a lot of errors in it. One of the main errors was not having a clear thesis up front and that I made a lot of grammar and spelling mistakes.
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” These were the words that my elementary teacher told my class before a summer vacation. I never forgot them because they were the reason I ever got into my creative writing. I’ve been writing stories for both profit and pleasure for the last ten years, and each one is an example of my improvement. I took this class as a review course after my recent two year hiatus, and I believe that I have made an improvement in my writing as a whole.
As I walked into classroom 205 my English teacher greeted me and assigned me my desk. Mrs. Manuel was as loud as a freight train, but after she talked to our class I knew I was going to enjoy my English class this year. After brainstorming about my first day up to that point, the bell rang and I reported to Mrs. Kopieczek for Spanish. We reviewed some basic Spanish, but I knew this would be an easy class for me since I have already taken 2 years of Spanish. After 50 minutes of Spanish class I reported to Mr. Jennings for one of my favorite classes, world geography.
She stated in her paper that for many students the idea of revision makes them uncomfortable and can lead to them not spending very much time working on it. She found that the students were never taught how to truly revise their essays (Sommers 380-382). After reading and
Before this class I had honestly never realized how essential it was to keep my reader interested. This skill of engagement will help me throughout writing assignments at Westminster and into my future career. Keeping an engaged audience can benefit me when trying to present a new idea to my boss and/or coworkers because they are likely to be more accepting and understanding of my idea or product. When I am older and far into my career I will have to remember that I learned the communication/writing skill of engagement in the Dual Credit class I took at Southern Boone High
I have learned a lot about myself as a reader and a writer. When I first began class, I tried to read the DRP test. I had forgotten everything about college vocabulary that was on the test since I left the university in 2013. I had not read any books in a few months until teacher recommend for me to take fifteen minutes to read
Hello, I am Connor Love. I am writing this letter as a soon to be former student of Katy Leuschen 's "Waves of Change" writing 111 class. The first semester of my collegiate career has taught me many valuable lessons, from learning how to better succeed academically to how to deal with the flu without my mother. The lessons I have learned in writing class have not only helped my writing abilities grow, but also have helped me improve in other aspects of my life. During "Waves of Change" I learned how to revise my work, more importantly, that uncertainty during the writing process is normal, and revise my thinking.
In Alex Johnson’s text, “Why Isaac Bashevis Singer, Truman Capote, Joseph Conrad and Virginia Woolf (Among Others) Were Having a Bad Morning,” Johnson discusses the difficulties that college students and beyond face when writing essays. In reading Johnson’s piece, one thing that I found particularly interesting was when he discussed the product versus the process of writing (159). I found this part of the reading particularly interesting because I have found that the way I go about writing essays has changed drastically since high school. Generally speaking, as high school students, the key to success was to meet the deadlines set by teachers. For example, in my senior year english class of high school, my teacher had set various dates for