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Alli Bruce
10/3 Discussion
Fri Oct 3, 2014 12:16pm
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Iíve written all kinds of papers in middle and high school. Most of the time though, we would write literary analysis papers on books or poems we read in class. We would pick a subject topic as our thesis, and then write a five paragraph paper to prove that our thesis is correct. Most of the time, we would be given a number of different theses to choose from, and then write our paper based on what our teacher wanted us to write about. I always found that incredibly difficult, because a lot of the times I had trouble proving a thesis that I didnít come up with on my own. I felt like I was writing more about what my teacher wanted to hear, and not what I actually thought about the book. When we were able to write our own theses though, I actually enjoyed being able to express my opinion about the book in the paper.
Weíve also done research papers, which involve pulling information from other credible sources to prove our thesis. I always found these difficult, because the teacher wouldnít give us sites to use, they would just let us do the paper without any kind of help.
I donít think Iíve done many papers on poems. We did one or two my sophomore year, but I think thatís about it. I know theyíre a lot like writing a regular literary analysis paper. I always enjoyed writing poem analysis papers better, because I personally enjoy reading a poem, than a novel Iím being forced to read. We spent most of the time in my English classes focusing on our newest novel, and how to properly write a paper on it.
Iím a little skeptical about the TC Boyle paper. I know that our writing isnít supposed to be as routine as our papers were in high school, but thatís what Iím used to. I also think I need to come have rough drafts checked; unlike I did with the personal narrative. I think my only question about the paper would be I would need advice on which stories I should pick, and how to make sure my point prove my thesis, and relate to the paper.
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