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Colin Reilly
2/1 Discussion Repply
Fri Feb 1, 2013 9:35am
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In high school I never really enjoyed my English classes. It was very unclear what the prompt was and what the teacher was grading and looking for. They would usually just give out a very simple rubric for the paper and that was all the instruction and information we were given. These were very frustrating and aggravating circumstances to work under and made a very simple assignment in much more than it needed to be. Not to mention the fact that none of my teachers really explained how to write these types of papers. For the most part they just assumed that we had already learned and mastered the writing, and we all know what happens when you assume so I will just leave it at that. So naturally I wouldnít have a clue how to start, write, or finish the paper and I usually didnít receive the grades I would have liked. When that happened I thought it was because I wasnít good at English and that it wasnít the right subject for me. Another part of my past English classes that I didnít enjoy was the fact that I would receive an 80 on a paper and yet there would hardly be any feedback or comments. So if there really wasnít anything to comment on or correct then how did I get an 80? That wasnít the case because I learned from my last class, English 1100 with Andy Bates, that writing a paper is not hard or frustrating and it can actually be enjoyable if you know how and what you are supposed to be writing. Even the readings in your class had a purpose because we talked about them and helped to teach us how to read beyond the text and pick up the full meaning of what the author was trying to convey in the story. Pretty much everything in my previous classes that I didnít like, your class fixed. I felt as though last semester my reading comprehension and writing abilities improved more than all of my previous years in English classes combined. So donít listen to those douche researchers who told you your methods are incorrect because in fact it is quite the opposite, they were very beneficial to me and many others last semester. And proof of that is why so many students came back for English 1200.

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