Free Narrative Essays - What I Learned in English Class

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What I Learned in English Class

I feel this semester, only the first of many I will endure, was a

successful one. The objective of the course was to make us better writers,

and I certainly have improved. I learned what makes a paper good or bad,

what makes it easier to write a good paper, and how the manner that the

class is held makes a difference.

However, I feel I should have taken my high school English class more

seriously. The teacher graded rather leniently, which attributed to my

lack of effort. The amount of work required to get an "A" paper in my high

school was about equivalent to the work required to get a "C" paper here at

Lehigh. It was a very difficult adjustment for me. I went through high

school writing what I now know to be not-so-good papers, but received good

grades for them. Then, I thought they were good because of the grades I

got. Now, I find myself working over twice as hard for half the grade.

This isn't a completely bad thing, though. It teaches me that my writing

really wasn't very good. What I used to think deserved an "A" I now

realize only does deserve a "C." Now I have to take my writing more

seriously, and try much harder at producing good output. Also, my goal

isn't to write a paper that will get a good grade. Now, my goal is to

write better papers. I write to become a better writer.

That is, I feel, a very important thing that I learned this semester. I

don't think, "O.K., I have to get at least a B on this paper." Instead, I

think, "O.K., I have to use this assignment to improve my work." This is a

much better approach because it causes the writer to try to produce a well

written piece. Writing for a grade often causes the writer to do just

enough to get by.

I also learned that it is much easier to produce a good piece of writing if

I am kept interested. By choosing our own topics, rather than have the

teacher give us topics to write on, we often are much more interested in

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