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Lindsey Justice
9/5 Discussion
Fri Sep 5, 2014 2:34pm
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Throughout high school I had a variety of English teachers, each with their own unique lesson plans and way of teaching. Some tended to focus more on grammar and spelling, while others focused entirely on reading and learning about the different components of literature. I did have to write papers for class but it was very seldom. My previous teachers wanted to concentrate more on teaching the different forms of literature such as romanticism and also the different characteristics of authors. I was often forced to read works such as Thoreau's Walden or poetry by Shakespeare. This was also one of the things I benefited least from. I tended to want to fall asleep during some of these lessons because I had no interest in the stories we were learning about. I found it challenging to understand what the deeper meaning was behind the stories because I became so disinterested. However, some stories such as East of Eden by Steinbeck grabbed my attention, it became easy for me to focus on the underlying themes and concepts because it was so interesting. One of the things I found beneficial in my previous English classes was the ability to receive one on one help and assistance. I took advantage of being able to go to my teachers before and after class and receive additional comments on my work. I also benefited from the ability to have peer influence and editing on my work. Often before papers were due we had the option to have other classmates read and review our assignments and add additional comments on what they thought should be added or changed. It really improved my papers because I got multiple views from different people in my class and each had different opinions. I believe that the college atmosphere will help me the most this year. There are multiple resources such as the library and the writing center will help me improve my papers and the process and steps to take in preparation for writing. Also, since all of these services are free I can visit them constantly and they will always be available for my use.
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