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Ian Bartholomew
Discussion #1
Fri Feb 1, 2013 12:38pm
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My experience with English in high school had some advantages and disadvantages. One advantage was that my English teachers helped me to learn some proper grammar. However after my freshman year my teachers began to stop focusing on grammar and primarily focused on whatever book we were assigned to read. Writing has never been one of my strong points so I always had a difficult time with English. One disadvantage was the fact that my teachers began to focus less on grammar and more on reading pointless books. While I did enjoy some of the books (To Kill a Mockingbird, Night, The Great Gatsby) I found that I didnít like a majority of them (The Scarlett Letter, Wuthering Heights, anything by Shakespeare). I felt like reading all of those books was a waste of time because I learned absolutely nothing from them. I feel like they should have focused more on proper grammar because I actually need to know that for my future. I donít need to know about the setting of a book or what page vocabulary words are in the book that we are reading. I also didnít like memory work, which is another assignment that doesnít help me learn anything and was just a pain to learn. We never did write long papers in high school. I was only required to write two papers that were four pages or longer during my entire high school career. This screwed me over because now all of my papers are required to be at least four pages and I have to write a paper three or four times a month in all of my classes. When I had you last semester I liked how you gave feedback on each paper. I canít stand when teachers mark off your paper without telling you why (such as circling a sentence like Iím supposed to know what I did wrong). I think this helped to realize what I was doing wrong in my papers and helped me to become a better writer. This semester I would like you to continue teaching and correcting my papers like you did last semester so that I may become a better writer.

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