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Anna Maria Collins
Discussion 1
Fri Feb 1, 2013 11:16am
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My experiences in previous writing classes include several different high school classes and one college English class. I was homeschooled throughout grade school and high school, and took English, American, and British literature, as well as English composition with other homeschooling students. The college English class that I took was a summer class that was offered at Peace College after my freshman year at ECU. The assignments that I found to be the most beneficial in these writing classes were ones that were due in sections or groupings. For example, if a research paper was due, the first thing that was to be turned into the teacher was a proposal that suggested a topic, thesis, and a short explanation of what was to be written about or included within the paper. An outline was then assigned, which was followed by a first draft. After this first draft was turned in, the teacher read through it and gave it back with comments and suggestions. This allowed the students to see what needed to be improved for the final paper. This assignment process helped me throughout high school, trained me to think in an organized way, and prepared me for the writing intensive classes that were required for my college major. Another technique that I was taught was to free write a ďclusterĒ for thirty minutes. The assignment was to write a topic word down inside of a circle, and draw stems away from this word that connected other words to the topic that were to act as other paragraphs or points within the upcoming paper. This method was to continue for the allotted time, and was supposed to help brainstorm ideas for the paper. I did not find that this method worked, and it seemed like a waste of time. The idea made sense, but I do not see how it benefited me in any way. Based on my writing assignment experiences, I have had teachers return my graded papers with comments on them saying that I need more supporting examples or that sometimes my points are vague because they seem to assume that the reader understands what I am explaining. I would like help improving this aspect of my writing. It would be effective if I was able to be shown where these places are within my papers that may be vague or need further explanation. Also, comments about how or why these places need to be written differently or be supported with more examples would be helpful to my writing.

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