As the quarter progressed, these ten weeks have been an enormous journey for me. I learned a lot of new skills and methods as a writer in your class. The methods and skills I learned in this class were very beneficial to me to improve, not only my writing, but also my critical thinking, rhetorical, and creative skills. The three major assignments we have done in our class represents the techniques that I learned. In all major assignments, I have used all the skills that I have learned in this class and revised many of the features that I lacked in ability. Each major essay represents my progression and polished work since I tried to put a lot of effort into to revision and make those an amazing piece for the final drafts for my portfolio. …show more content…
For example, from the poem, “Time for Renewal” I tried to show the actual action that had happened in real life, “People drenched in the variegation of colored water balloons, where their fabrics are concealed with colors./ Preparing and drinking cannabis milk, Bhang fragrance, cold milk sweetness—Thandayi, full of mercy.” These were some of the actions that I added the very last part of my draft three of the poem to make the audience feel more engaged. Later, I changed some of the words that had changed my poem a lot such as “burns grief” into “incinerates grief and leads wonder,” and “prospering flowers” into “sunflowers and pink roses.” The reason I added these images with punctuation is because I wanted the reader to take a breath and pause for a few seconds at each punctuation in each line. That way they will be able to visualize the environment better and the rhythm of the poem would flow well when they read it. However, in my draft one, it wasn’t circulating well and I didn’t have a good rhythm for each stanza because I didn’t use a right punctuation. Later, I tried to improve it by putting them in the correct place in each stanza. Punctuations that I added in the poem had made my poem much better than before because the audience felt like the actions were really going …show more content…
In the first version of the draft, it was very confusing for the audience to follow the prose essay because I found countless errors that directed to the misperception on the audience. In this assignment, having a clear image, environment, and structure was very important. The first version of this essay, I had a hard time explaining and comparing the story of the Sylvia Plath’s poem “Sheep In Fog” because I was not able to understand her piece of writing before. However, I had to read her poem twice by breaking stanzas into short lines. For example, in the poem “Sheep In Fog,” by Sylvia Plath, she states that “A flower left out/ my bones hold a stillness, the far fields melt my heart.” For this stanza, first I had to break those lines and then I had to reread it several times to understand what she meant by a “flower left out.” After reading it a few times, I was able to analyze that she was referring to the death, where she tries to say the life that had passed, there is nothing left in the world, nobody recognizes her. First, reading it out loud several times made me a little frustrated because I was still not able to figure it out what the poem meant. However, after finding out the meaning of each word and then combining, it helped me analyze the stanza even though it took a little longer than what I expected. This was the main reason
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Summer vacation, and school ends for about three months, and then you have as much fun as you can, then back to school… right? Well I had to go to summer school, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Everything was going fine, I had a job after summer school, and that was going fine as well. They say that summer is supposed to be fun and exciting, and it usually is for me and my family. However in July my father started coughing up blood. My father usually doesn’t make it his top priority to go to the doctors, so he waited about four weeks until he really didn’t feel good.
As the dull scent of chalk dust mixes imperceptably with the drone of the teacher's monotone, I doodle in my tablet to stay awake. I notice vaguely that, despite my best efforts in the shower this morning after practice, I still smell like chlorine. I sigh and wonder why the school's administration requires the students to take a class that, if it were on the Internet, would delight Mirsky (creator of Mirsky's Worst of the Web), as yet another addition to his list of worthless sites. Still, there was hope that I would learn something that would make today's first class more than just forty-five wasted minutes... It wouldn't be the first time I learned something new from the least likely place.
Although, I was able to grow and improve as a writer this semester, I feel that there is still a lot for me to learn and room for me to continue growing using these techniques I’ve learned from this class. These academic techniques will help me in the future in my education, career and in life to be successfully educated wherever life takes me.
At the beginning of the semester it had been over six years since I had been in an English class, So naturally filled with panic and discomfort with the subject I began the class with low personal expectations. However putting forth my best effort I attempted to take everything presented to me in stride. Things that were problems to begin with were Grammar, Sounding arrogant, according to a pretest, and staying on the subject during a paper. Things that sparked my interest are peer reviews and using the meal plan. With those things being said I’d like to go into further detail about how I’ve felt about my time spent and performance.
Since the beginning of taking this course, I have certainly reflected more and compared my experiences with drugs with what we have learned in class. Oddly enough, it made me think of something in my group of friends’ back home that just recently happened and made me reflect on our behaviors that are caused by these drugs. Unfortunately, it was a sad reason that I could reflect on this story.
It was just my luck to be seated in a row chair uncomfortably close to the front. The volume grew, along with the temperature, every second as more students crowded into a classroom, which only had enough space for the population of one class. As the teachers tried to squeeze more people through the doorway, I twisted around in my seat to scan the faces in the room. I sighed internally and slouched down into my seat when I spotted my friends far from my location. I was on my own. I glanced up at the impossibly slow minute hand on the clock. This was going to be a long day.
Collins uses metaphors to teach the audience that with patience, poetry can be understanded easily. For instance, he tells the audience to “walk inside the poem’s
While in High School I dint get much homework, I always had time in class to do my homework and class work. College has twice the amount of work had in high school. Before coming here to WMU I already knew that it was going to take a lot of organization and time management to be successful. In High School, I didn’t have to study for tests, I always used to pay attention in class then go over my notes 20 minutes before and still Pass a test. These last few weeks I have been trying to develop a new studying method, but it’s very different and difficult. The change that am I experiencing isn’t bad, its actually good that I am getting challenged and trying to adapt to being on my own and having a lot of freedom. Another thing that have changed
Going forward, I already became accustomed to the high school life and I had settled in… maybe a bit too much. I started my sophomore year confidently and like always I tried my best to earn the grades that would reflect upon me; however, as much as I tried, for the first time I disappointed myself and received a D in the first semester. I solely blame myself for not trying hard enough, but the way the teacher taught was also really confusing and made it worse for me. This teacher just didn’t teach that well and it seemed as if it was her first time although it wasn’t. She didn’t explained the concepts thoroughly enough for her students to understand and I know this because when a different teacher retaught it to me, I completely understood
I had a relationship with a very important person, our relationship isn’t what people think. He was Bill Goff, but to me he was “Papa”. My Papa was the most kind and gentle person I have met in my lifetime, he was full of wisdom. I was about six or seven when he passed away, he had lung cancer but the chemotherapy did more harm then it did healing. He used to make some of the best Kool-Aid and lemonade I have ever tasted. One time we had went to fish and my Papa, had brought my cousins this time. He had found this tree and told us to climb it, so we climbed in it and he took our pictures and we still have those pictures. We used to watch Tom and Jerry on the television, daily. We would always go fishing at Dead Indian Lake near Cheyenne, OK. This one time we went fishing and I had caught a fishing trying to get its last meal. It was getting eaten by a different fish. One other time when we went fishing I had caught the biggest bass of my life, or at last it felt like it when I was five years old. My papa and I had a bond that could not brake and not one time did he doubt anything that I had said.
There is a point in everyone’s life when they step back and realize “I can’t do this anymore, it’s ruining my life”. Many of my friends have started smoking cigarettes while drinking at a very young age, and continue to use this drug currently and don’t realize the affect it has on their future. While I have been smart enough to avoid smoking, I haven’t been as wise at making decisions when it comes to drinking. The amount of partying I’ve done in college has taken over my life, and has had a huge impact on my grades. Changing my drinking habits and continuing to avoid cigarettes will enable me to be the best I can be for the rest of my college experience.
We all have that one safe place that we go to when we need to escape certain life situations. It’s the place we go to in order to fix all our problems and wash away the stressful situations we might be having. I have a special place that always that always helps me when I am having problems. It is a place where I can do my best thinking to solve all of my problems. When I am at this place I am at peace and all of my troubles seem to disappear. It is the one place that takes over all of my senses and makes me feel free.