Taking a writing course is the fundamental structure to gain reading and writing techniques to become a successful learner in everyday life professionally and educationally. The skills that I will learn in this course will directly transfer to my other college courses. Taking English 1010 will help me think more critically and rhetorically. Writing is not only an important academic skill, but it’s also an important skill in any career field. Almost all jobs require you to have some form of writing on the job to be considered qualified. For example, nurses write medical reports on patients. Learning how to become a better reader and writer will help me become more successful in college. You are probably wondering why I am taking a writing course
If a student is bounced around from one writing prowess to another, it can cause massive confusion and possibly stubble them upon the wrong track. Taking the right path is a must when trying to perfect proper English. The First Year Writing Program teaches the correct steps a student should take in order to learn English more effectively. The program offers two separate classes: English 1101 and English 1102. The first class being English 1101 will teach the applicants how to become a better reader, thinker, and communicator by requiring them to construct their own topic using narrative and descriptive essays. English 1102 will be a more difficult challenge because the professors will assign every peer in the classroom the same topic. This will compel the students to research the assigned topic, and they will use evidence found to support the facts in their upcoming expository and persuasive essays.
Throughout the semester I have learned an astounding amount of information. The English 101 curriculum has not only taught me how to write in general, but also taught me a variety of ways to get my point across to the reader. Before I took English 101 I was an average writer at best, but now that I am taking a class that focuses on writing strategies I feel that I have been able to improve as a writer. During the course we were taught how to write an informative essay as well as how to write a persuasive essay. The type of writing that this class has taught me will most definitely help me with future classes as well as my future in the real world. Throughout the English 101 course I have been able to improve as a writer by composing essays
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
Looking back over the course of the semester, I feel that I learned many new and interesting uses for technology within the classroom – both for classrooms that have a lot of technology and for classrooms that are limited with technology. For the majority of the class, we utilized William Kists’ book The Socially Networked Classroom: Teaching in the New Media Age (2010), which provided multiple modes of instruction that both utilized and/or created technology. One of the first things that I remember, and consequently that stuck with me through the course’s entirety, is that individuals must treat everything as a text. Even a garden is a text. The statement made me change the way that I traditionally viewed Language Arts both as a student and as a teacher, as I very narrowly saw literature and works of the like as texts only; however, by considering nearly anything as a text, one can analyze, study, and even expand his/her knowledge. Kist (2010) states that society is “experiencing a vast transformation of the way we “read” and “write,” and a broadening of the way we conceptualize “literacy” (p. 2). In order to begin to experience and learn with the modern classroom and technologically advanced students, individuals must begin to see new things as literature and analyze those things in a similar manner.
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.
In America, when teenagers graduate high school, it is expected they then continue on to attend a college or university. The purpose of the post-secondary education is to prepare one further for their future career, whatever that may be. Most times, students are required to enroll in an English 101 class to hone their writing skills, which will help them in their subsequent classes. Boise State University describes the course’s “central purpose is to immerse students in the writing, reading, and thinking practices of their most immediate community: the university. Students explore how literacy works, both within the academic and without, through extensive inquiry-based writing.” While there is a multitude of ways to teach these skills, it
I am excited to share with you the contents of my website. This website contains an overview of the progression of my writing throughout the semester. Please take time to read over my sample work and my reflection upon it to date. Thank you for your time and I hope you enjoy it.
After reading the two pieces from Yancey, and Royster and Kirsch, I thought for a while about what the word ‘reflection’ means to me. I have never looked at the word in relation to my writing. Writing has never been a strong (or favorite) suit of mine. I have always despised re-reading/ revising my paper, for the fear of not wanting to seem inadequate to other writers (I would compare it to that of hearing your own voice on a recording, thinking, “Do I really sound like that?”). Besides writing, I would best describe reflection as looking at the past, and analyzing your feelings during that period as well as your current feelings for what took place. I used to not use reflective practices in my daily life, but this year I made it a goal
During this College Composition course, I came across numerous obstacles and educational involvements. Every factor of this course contributed to my overall learning experience. For starters, we often read out of our textbooks, “The Little Seagull Handbook” and “They Say I Say”. These books helped showcase proper writing techniques. In addition, we would have class discussions that everyone would participate in. This opened my eyes to different viewpoints that could influence my writing. I recall one class we had a debate over a topic and everyone had to choose a side to argue. Then when we wrote argument essays, even though they were on a different topic, it helped me view my topic in different ways. Lastly, the most helpful to my writing was peer review. We were told to read our paper out loud to our partner. Although personally I am quiet and dislike reading out loud, I found this very helpful. Instantly, my partner and I could find grammar mistakes that one may not pick up on while reading silently. Then we could also talk about other possible revisions for my paper. For every paper, we would have conferences with the professor. This was effective as well to have a professional giving corrections and ideas. When we would get back our graded rubrics on the assignments we completed, the instructor would leave comments to
In part one of my four series of reflective Journals I had discussed emotions in education and how they affect my own attitude to learning, I concluded that the process of learning should be exciting as it enables attention and connection. That is why; I believe that it is important for the teaching process to be one which involves both passion and enthusiasm.
Upon signing up to go to Havana, Cuba with the Education Studies Department of Spelman College, I knew I was guaranteed to gain life long experiences and tools. However, I did not realize the depth and quality of those tools. Although, I have have traveled abroad before -- I have never used scotopic lens to directly focus on the needs of others. Instead, I most often use photopic lens, as in the United States, opportunity is portrayed to be so apparently bright that you have to find the darkness. For example, when a privileged American person is acting entitled and like the world around them is falling apart (even though it is a minuscule problem), one would say, "You have it so good! Think about all the children in Sudan who are sleeping
I saw on the first day what I came with from the previous English classes from writing a simple essay to a research paper. Even simple things, like how to grab the reader’s attention by making the paper seem like it is having a full conversation with the reader. Reading this book gave me a better understanding on what I am lacking in my papers and what I am doing well. I want to be more organized in my essays because I tend to go all over the place when I do not know how to start it. As of the knowledge I brought to the class and what I want to learn. This class English 1010: Basic Writing will help me learn more techniques and expand my vocabulary that should be expected once I get in English
During the course of this class, I have had the opportunity to read literature from authors who come from different backgrounds and places in the world. Some of the stories and poetry we read were straight forward while others were confusing and sometimes required a second look. But one thing is clear, it changed the way I think about literature in a few ways that I wasn’t expecting. Three works in particular stand out in my mind. “ I Wont Let You Go” by Rabindranath Tagore, “To New York” by Leopold Senghor, and Pedro Peramo by Juan Rulfo all had an impact on my thinking for similar yet different reasons. They all incorporate their cultural backgrounds into their work through the setting of their pieces. They also compose their pieces in a way that makes you want to research their history to find the deeper meaning. Finally, a couple of the authors write about things they are emotionally connected to. Some of the examples we will look at, really opened my eyes to going beyond a superficial understanding of literature.
Technical writing skill as help me in ways of writing that I do not know I have to learn. Technical writing class as taught me skills about how to write a job application and prepared for interview, writing memo, oral writing and different writing skills, moral and ethical dilemma in the work place, how to relate to the audiences. It has made me to realize the important of the audiences and how vital it is when communicating. The audience is a vital part of communication because you need to know who your audiences and the level of their education. There must be a relationship between the writer and the