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Samantha Adams
2/1 Online Discussion
Fri Feb 1, 2013 11:32am
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In my high school, English classes werenít taken seriously. Despite always taking the honors level English class, I was not pushed to really try to improve my writing style or skills. I remember being a really strong writer in middle school, even winning third place in a countywide essay contest, but not continuing to advance throughout high school. My high school was one where the gym teacher, English teacher, and History teacher are all the same person. One time I was writing a research paper required for a graduation project, and my teacher had marked off some points. While going over my mistakes, I noticed that the teacher had said I was wrong for capitalizing the word ďuncleĒ, when in fact it was supposed to be capitalized. She looked up the rule and then changed it back to being correct. Iím really not trying to be a pretentious bitch when I use that example, as to say Iím smarter than my teacher, just simply saying that I didnít have much guidance in my writing when I really needed it to further develop.

In my English 1100 class here at ECU, I had George Shambley as my instructor. He was pretty cool and claimed to be a strict grader. I was worried at first, but after receiving an A- on my first paper I wasnít so sure he was going to be so tough. Honestly I really appreciate tough graders because it gives me insight on my mistakes and hopefully I can learn to fix them. Professor Shambley often gave my class a list of things he didnít want to see, but not as much detail in what would make our writing strong. I did like learning how to properly format different types of papers, and learning some things I would have never though of like avoiding contractions. I ended up with an A- as my final grade in the class.

I really want to be a strong writer, and try to follow any writing rules I am given. Still I need an improved writing style that can keep people interested and especially with more of a natural flow. I hope to learn how to give my writing a bit more personality and cohesion.


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