Going into my writing class of the semester, I thought that I was going to hate coming to class every Tuesday and Thursday but I was completely wrong because this class was very different from my writing and critical reading class that I took in high school. I was nervous about having to take this class because both of my older sisters used to complain about their gen-ed writing classes. After the first few days of going to our class, I was no longer nervous about this class because the class was run differently than my other writing classes. Instead of only focusing on one or two major essay, we would usually have short assignments due each class followed by a discussion. I also realized that Professor Almjeld wanted to make her writing classes …show more content…
At the beginning of the semester, I did not truly know how to engage with a text while reading because in high school we did not usually spend time discussing different articles so I never really learned how to fully engage with the text. My personal meaning of reading and responses changed from simply skimming over an article and being able to summarize it to being able to engage with it by trying to find the deeper meaning of the article and to recognize when the article does not make sense to you. Through this class I learned that responses to articles should no longer just be a summary but it should also include your own meaning of the piece, whether you agree with the authors viewpoint and any questions that you have from reading the …show more content…
Before we did this assignment in class, I had never created my own webpage and thought that it was going to be very difficult. But besides for the few glitches that WordPress has, making the webpage was not that hard and it is going to be a good tool to have as we go through college and start new jobs. After completing this magazine assignment, our class became literate in WordPress because we all could use it to make a website that we liked and were proud of. My personal meaning of what being literate means has changed quite a lot throughout the entire semester but it now means that you can adjust and adapt to new technologies while still being able to excel in other technologies or
Most of us write in some form every day, so you would expect that most of us would be well practiced and pretty good at writing. I read and write all the time; I have been taken several college courses and nearly all of them require write of some form. However, before taking this class not only was I not a good writer, I knew I wasn’t a good writer. Now I am not saying that I am ready to write my first novel, but I certainly more confident in turning in my college papers. The content of this course and the style of teaching was incredibly beneficial to me. Throughout this course we had multiple assignments that were aimed to improve us as writers. I am sure that everyone took something different from this course, and I am sure that each student took more from some areas than others; however for me there were three major things that I saw that I benefited from most. Our weekly craft lessons, grammar plan, but most of all, observational learning.
Going into this course, I felt that the reading and writing skills I learned in high school were very beneficial in preparing me for an English college course. In high school, I was enrolled in GATE and AP English courses. In these classes, I was assigned several readings and was taught to actively read by doing annotations. I was to summarize the writer 's main points, to write down my own opinions, or to connect it to any personal experiences. These annotations helped me understand the writer 's message better because I was able to break down the things the writer said and only focused on the important points. Then, I was also able to form my own opinion on that topic by deciding whether I agreed or disagreed with the author’s opinion. Moreover, I used evidence from the text to support my argument.
This class made me face the repeated mistakes of laziness in my techniques, and created an importance to write what really needs to be said and nothing less. I had a very tough and intelligent teacher for my class in which he would not let laziness or anything but perfect slide. At first I was frustrated and lost, but after relearning how to write properly with actually needed content, I understand and appreciate his teaching. My teacher never forgot to call out any “fillers” I used out of bad habit and carelessness, in doing so changed the quality of the content that I write. Also pointing out the bad structure and overall messiness of my ideas and how they relate to one another, I gained valuable lessons on technique. I now write with purpose and intent with every sentence and within the structure of my papers, as well as spend more time understanding what I am really trying to say and prove. Without taking that AP English course and learning through my teacher that I once thought was too hard on his students, I wouldn’t be prepared for college or life in general. My knowledge now, that what you write should always be necessary to your point and how you write matters, I have reformed skills that will influence my resumes, college education, and even my career. I couldn’t be more grateful for what I learned and changed in that class and that I
To be completely honest, this year has been nothing short of a disaster. Partially due to this class, which it is my fault for taking the class in the first place when I was obviously not qualified to take an AP Literature class. It started out fun, but became more and more stressful as the year went on. My mental capacity has reached its limit, and my physical health isn 't in the best condition either due to the late nights I have spent on homework. However, despite it all, I have learned a great deal from this class. Not only from the curriculum, but I have also learned some of my own limitations and realized some faults that I need to mend. This class tested my patience and my temper, which I had only discovered
Writing is something I always struggled with throughout my academic career. Whether it is for the English class or any other liberal arts class, I have a tendency to deviate from the main task of writing. This semester I took a FIQWS Composition class which helped me explore the unexplored areas of my academic writing. There are three main essays Literacy narrative, exploratory essay and Critical Researched analysis each improved my writing tremendously. In the first day of class, I was surprised to see the amount of work is expected from me because there were only three major essays and three reflections. I thought the workload would not be so intense because of the limited assignments. However, as the Semester has progressed, the work required
As I chose to take this class and better my writing skills at a college level, I knew this class was going to be difficult. With a total of four essays to write I knew I had to be on my game from the beginning. Throughout durations of this class, I have learned how to become more responsible, plan ahead of time, and how to become a better writer. With each mistake made i have been able to learn and improve. An Ad Analysis, Comparative Analysis, Narrative, and an Argumentative Essay are the four papers we had to write for the course.
My portfolio will demonstrate the skills and writing techniques I have developed and honed while taking the course English 1010 at the University of Memphis. Some of the techniques and skills I have learned include how to write with different persuasive strategies on the audience and how to incorporate critical thinking into my work. As well as these skills I have learned how to apply an effective composing process to my writing and have fine tuned my writing abilities. Writing with different styles on different topics has improved the way I approach writing papers. These styles helped me learn quickly, therefore making me a better writer and student at the same time.
From each of my previous English classes from summer 2014 to summer 2015, I have learned a new method on writing a good essay and same method that I have learned previously. When learning the new method of writing a good essay, it was hard as I got too used to doing the regular way of writing an essay. That would be the reason why I would struggle sometime to write a good paper as each English class I take would learn a new unique or same method. I am getting better as I steadily improving my weak points in my paper, but I would still have some problems with grammars in most of my paragraphs, which is the reason why I would go to learning center and have peers review to see where I should change and improved the essay. Learning same and different methods from each English class is difficult to get used to and it takes little by little to develop an excellent paper to turn in.
Ordinarily I have always dreaded writing class. I believe it is because I never knew exactly what I was doing. I would just throw facts and statements onto a page and hope it sticks. During this semester, I have learned how important it is to ask for help more than ever before. I used to see asking for help as a weakness, never as a strength. After spending countless hours in the writing lab. I can now see that it is not a
Writing has always been one of my least favorite things to do. I would have liked writing maybe if I was better at it, but I am not. Whenever I start writing, I have a hard time putting up all the ideas together, or I forget most of my thoughts while writing. My writing seems all over the place, and when I try to fix it, I mess it up even more. In English class, I have done different genres of writing like persuasive essays, satire, response to articles and essays using literary devices based on the stories I read in class, argumentative essays, personal essays, book review, and more. I read many books in that class and wrote essays on them. The teacher helped me a lot, but still, I felt like I did not improve much because I still had trouble meeting the length requirement. Also, I could not write the main ideas in detail and my essays always seemed like a summary. Writing was still a weak spot for me. I have always had negative experiences with writing. Even if I tried to make myself interested in writing by reading books or people’s essays I still couldn’t, but my negative attitude towards writing has changed a lot after going to the class. Even though I struggled a lot in the class, I still enjoyed the things that i was learning in this class. I do not despise writing as much
One topic I enjoyed in this class was social interaction and social structure. Social interaction is how we interact with others in the world. Social structure is our status in the world. The one thing that stood out to me was the three different statuses. Ascribed status is a part of us, something that will never go away. My ascribed status is that I am an African American woman. Achieved status is the things we accomplish in life and put effort into. These are the things we freely do. My achieved status would be when I was in High School and I volunteered to mentor small kids at an elementary school. Also when I help my Aunt every year with grading her papers and helping her teach at her school. Master status is the status that makes up your
As a senior student of Mansfield High School, I have learned to appreciate school administrators, teachers, and other faculty for their sufficient effort to making me succeed. I have taken it upon myself to take an English Composition class in high school rather than taking it in college. I have always had in interest in English, I had heard this was one of the hardest English classes you could take and so I accepted the challenge. This class does have many challenges and sometimes i get quite stumped, but I always try to get through with my work in a decent manner. All there is to do in this particular class is type up essays and revise them, nevertheless, book assignments in between. My instructor does great job at keeping things put together, making sure we know the adequate methods to succeed in the class and making the class as straightforward as possible.
Before entering this class, I thought I was prepared for college English. I had incredibly capable high school English teachers, who taught me detailed mechanics, creative writing style, and of course, the necessity of practicing good grammar. On entering this class, I quickly realized how little I had actually learned in my high school English classes. While most of my high school English essays I wrote were based on literature, the majority of the essays I wrote in this class have been more experiential and centered on real-life issues. I expected to be writing essays on books I read and articles I analyzed, but that was not the case. This class showed me in a variety of ways that things are often very different than they seem originally