Employing creativity in writing instruction is critical because of the increased emphasis on the development of ideas in standardized testing. Although I was introduced to creative writing in the initial sequence of writing instruction as a student, I was still taught the customary written form of a five paragraph essay; introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion referring back to the introduction. My sixth grade teacher changed my concept and believed purpose for writing, she allowed me to enjoy the methods and processes of writing and the implementation of creativity synonymously. Writing is a form of expression and a representation of self. Students should feel comfortable in a writing environment simply because they are given the opportunity to express themselves without judgment or disappointment.
Encouraging students to share their work builds self-esteem and give them confidence to want to write more. These activities also improve reading skills. They need to organize thought and think about the information they need to include in their writing. Jennings, Caldwell and Lerner (2010) advised that it is important to check if thoughts are communicated properly, are the thoughts in order and if grammar and punctuations are used effectively (pg. 343).
Reflective Introduction I began the semester with some knowledge of the different types of writing, and I learned why my audience is so important. Knowing my audience helps me make decisions on what information to include in my papers, how I should arrange my information, and what kind of supporting details will be necessary for my reader to understand what I am presenting. I learned that tone in writing can be very powerful, and I liked how I could express my attitude through my papers. I discovered tones can change rapidly or remain the same throughout a piece of text. The class and I have been working on group activities such as Peer Review Forms, Inquizitive, D2L’s every Tuesday, and four paper packets.
I found it intriguing that some of the essays conveyed the same lesson, an example, ?Writing With Style,? Mr. Vonnegut stresses that language is very important within an essay, Ms Flower concurs with this advice in ?Writing for an Audience.? The essays written by Flower, Lamott, O?Conner and Vonnegut have supplied me with a multitude of lessons and advice so that I may improve my writing skills and engage my reader better. In conclusion, I would like to say with Patricia O?Conner that, ? [a] good writer can express an extremely complicated idea clearly and make the job look effortless?
This approach also makes learning exciting by allowing students an opportunity to connect ideas based on their background knowledge. As teachers we must continue to implement strategies for the purpose of promoting students’ overall comprehension skills. I thought this article was very informational and I took away some very useful teaching tools that will allow me to help my students become better readers understanding what they are reading. In doing this I will be able to teach the different text structures to the students who are at a disadvantage and help them to be able to comprehend by using text structures in expository texts. I also thought it was nice how the article gave the five text structures and three guides as a guide to use with students.
The authors of this article discuss using a strategy for writing called the open-mind portrait technique. Most commonly, this technique is used to help students as they begin to craft narrative text, but in this case, the authors recognize that this technique can be a used to improve student’s expository writing skills; skills which become increasingly critical through middle and high school and finally into higher education and in most careers. Students struggle with writing in an expository manner, in reporting facts and making connections without expressing their own emotions or opinions. Furthermore, expository writing is inherently linked with the ability to read and comprehend information in a text book, something with which students
However, although revision enable students to make their paper more organized, they consider the job of writing done when they complete a first draft. According to Murray, the first draft, and all of those which follow including the revision process, are opportunities to discover what they have to say and how best they can say it (Murray 670). I strongly agree with this proposition. When I compare the essays I wrote through this class, I could find the change especially, the form-related growth, dimension-related growth, and opinion-related growth. I am positive that revision improve students’ essays and writing skills.
In fact, reading and writing go hand-in-hand and they play a very important role throughout the stages of the writing process. Reading allows for students to jot down ideas and vocabulary they may consider interesting for their writings. From my experience, it is very useful to use pre-writing strategies, such as reading, in order to generate ideas and points of view. Even the best writers use them as they give them the opportunity to discover more about a topic. Although reading can be quite time consuming, I believe the more time you spend reading, the less time you will spend writing because ideas will be a lot clearer.
With all the workshops, conferences and class discussions, my writing has improved. Key to the writing process, is the ability to review and edit one’s own paper. While the act of actually writing a paper and developing appropriate ideas may be difficult, the most difficult step of the writing process is finding places in the paper that may be removed and finding places that may be changed. Through the exercises and activities in English 105, I was able to better learn how to find faults in my paper, and I learned how essential the editing process is, in the creation of a great work of writing.
Since they are ... ... middle of paper ... ... counsel more, and to read more. Through correcting these mistakes, I learnt many grammar usages that helped me later when I wrote essays. Accordingly, counseling is an achievable way to make progress both in a short run and in a long run. Taking all these factors into consideration, writing is about asking and practicing. You can either ask others for help or ask yourself questions so that you can consider the same issue from different facets.