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Alli Bruce
9/5 Discussion
Fri Sep 5, 2014 12:30pm
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English has always been a tough subject for me. I would honestly consider it one of my weakest subjects in high school. When it comes to reading a required book or chapter, I can do that just fine. Itís the actual writing part that I struggled with the most. The teachers Iíve had in the past have never really made it clear what exactly they were looking for in the papers I submitted. They always seemed to focus on how to use proper grammar in writing, or how to properly read the book. Whenever I would sit down to write the paper itself, I would find myself spending multiple hours staring at a half written paper, not knowing what to include next.
Most of the teachers Iíve had in the past were much more focused on how many sentences or paragraphs were included in my paper, not the actual content of my writing. In the eighth grade I was required to take an entire course on how to properly write a paper in MLA format. It wasnít until my junior year of high school when I finally got a teacher who focused more on the words I used, and not just the format they were in. She taught me that it wasnít really about how the paper was constructed; it was about what words you used and how well you kept the reader interested in what you were writing about. My senior year teacher also helped me realize that writing a paper isnít just about getting a good grade; itís about portraying your ideas so that the reader could see your point of view.
The one thing Iím looking to gain from this course is improving my writing in general. I want to be able to express my thoughts and ideas about the subject Iím discussing in a more open matter. Today in class we discussed what you expect from our writing this semester. You talked about how our paragraphs donít have to have a certain number of sentences, or our papers donít have to have only 5 paragraphs. From this class this year, I want to be able to actually enjoy the subject Iím talking about, not just stress about how many sentences Iíve written.

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