When I first entered this class, I already knew that it wasn’t going to be easy just because I 'm not good with putting things into words and explaining myself with proper grammar. I can honestly say English 101 has really inspired me to be a better writer. This class affected me in a lot of ways it showed me that writing takes time and you can 't expect a paper to be great without any revising or editing. That has always been a mistake of mine, I would tend to free write a lot it seemed to be the only way I could get my thoughts processed on a paper. I would forget periods, commas and misspell words without even noticing.
My English teacher senior year also taught me this. She taught what makes the great writing different than the rest. She taught us the different literary techniques to use to make our writing more sophisticated. My problem is that whenever I try to incorporate similes, metaphors, anaphora, or any other rhetorical or literary devices, my writing becomes choppy and disjointed. Nothing seems to flow from my thoughts onto the paper.
My Algebra teacher told me she never noticed this pattern and this fascinated me as I thought had found something that no one had ever found before. When researching possible Calculus Exploration IA topics I came upon this topic again. That is why I chose to do this project. Aim of Exploration For over 270 years, mathematicians have been analyzing the Goldbach Conjecture. In all this time no one has been able to completely prove the strong conjecture.
“Let me write the way I want to write!” is something I always dreamed about yelling at my teacher, yet I still went along with it. After graduating from MMI I moved on to high school where I would find myself exclusively writing in cursive, it was now a part of me. For those who are not familiar with this form of handwriting cursive is a style where all the letters in a word are connected. Fun fact: cursive is also known as script or longhand. The Common Core Standards no longer require elementary students to learn cursive, and some schools are dropping the teaching of cursive all together, dismissing it as an “ancient skill.” However, certain studies have come up, proving that doing so might not be the best idea.
The Power Of Writing When I entered this class I didn’t think that we would be discussing the concept of writing. In fact, I never thought the concept of writing was that complicated enough to be discussed in a classroom setting. However, as demonstrated throughout history different forms of communication, such as writing, have shaped and evolved human interaction and invoked societal change. For example, in Walter Ong’s essay, “Writing is a Technology that Restructures Thought,” Ong acknowledges that means of communication, such as the computer and pencil, have been in argument since Plato’s time (319). Consequently, I asked myself how something so simple has been taken for granted for so long.
Prior to taking English 1301 my method of writing simply involved writing the first thing that I felt made sense, this unorganized strategy resulted in essays with multiple grammatical errors that made absolutely no sense. As an English 1301 student, I am fortunate to have a professor who has mastered the art of writing. In assigning group work activities and the literary analysis of songs, I was able to learn from my professor, that writing is a process not a product. Working in a group divided the workload and gave us more time to observe each other 's paragraph, in doing so we were able to revise, edit and rewrite, this process taught me that a terrific paper is not an overnight miracle. Analyzing a musical selection was tremendously difficult for me; as a mediocre writer it took me a long time to grasp the concept; after continuously rereading and analyzing different lyrics for multiple meaning, I acquired the skill of reading between the lines, by simply taking the time out to ask questions and research information.
I didn’t believe that I would be able to write as many pages as was necessary, but my research was thorough enough that I had to cut information out. That was one of my proudest moments in this class. In English 105 I learned how to write a rhetorical analysis, a research paper, and an evaluation. Before coming to NAU, I was unfamiliar with the idea of a rhetorical analysis. I had heard of ethos, logos, and pathos before, but I never learned how to find or utilize them in a paper.
No Child Behind Act: The history and continued debate of its effectiveness As I filled in scantron form with my number two pencil, I remembered that writing my name was just as important as entering my school code. Thinking back to elementary school I can remember the week long exams. The week in which I longed to be sick just so I wouldn’t have to be spilt from my class and spaced out to test rigorously on my comprehension of various subjects. This describes my first encounter with the ineffectiveness of standardized testing. Teachers were extremely stressed during this period as well but at the time I didn’t understand why.
These state tests have become a barrier to my learning system because my English courses in high school taught me nothing about critical thinking or rhetorical reading. The school was too focused on EOC and TSI and the STAAR all for state exams that didn’t even prepared me for college writing and reading. Students graduate come to college and the professors expect us, incoming freshman, to be experts at writing critically and reading rhetorically. My AP classes taught me a lot, but not the certain skills I needed for college. Even though this might be my barrier, I’ve learned other strategies to improve my personal learning system.
In high school, my teachers never completely enforced formatting of our papers too much. They tended to place more emphasis on the actual content of our writing, versus the framework of the paper. After taking this English 101 course, I now believe that I have a strong grasp of what is expected when composing formal papers, MLA formatting, in-text citations and all. I used to have a slight fear of college writing exactly for this reason. After being taught the ropes, I now know that although formatting may be highly specific, it is very doable.