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Jessica L. Rogers
2/1 Discussion
Fri Feb 1, 2013 12:58pm
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In previous English classes, the primary focus has always been reading. We would read different pieces of literature that took up about a month, and then an additional two weeks to figure out what the purpose of the book was. After all of that we would have a quiz or a paper to write. The primary focus of the paper was not necessarily grammatical errors we could fix, like using the passive voice or developing a strong thesis statement, but the substance of our paper. That was helpful yes, but I felt like the validity of my paper was ruined because I couldn’t communicate my idea in an educated manner.

Focusing on just the substance of the paper did have its positives, but I would like to be able to work on paragraph structure, making my ideas flow in a way that makes sense to the reader, and knowing when to use a comma or a semi-colon. Also in a previous class I had an English teacher that gave me a solid “C” on a paper with zero feedback. There were no red-pen marks, marginal writings or stamps of any sort. All she had was a barely legible comment at the end of the paper that said, “This seemed a little silly. You use passive voice a lot throughout the paper.” So, not only did she say what I had written was pretty much stupid; but she also told me what I did wrong, but did nothing to help me fix the problem. I would like it to be graded on how well I communicated what I thought, not whether or not the instructor agrees with my point of view. That was very discouraging and after that I was pretty much done with English.

Having feedback on a paper is the most important thing to me so that I can go through and fix what I’ve done wrong. That’s my main area of concern. And I would prefer not having a comment to the effect of what I write about is “silly,” I would just like the feedback to be helpful and constructive, as long as that’s done I don’t really mind how harshly the paper is graded.

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