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Savannah White
Previous English Classes
Fri Sep 5, 2014 12:37pm
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In my previous English classes I did well, I always did my work but I never felt like I actually learned how to become a better writer. I was taught that the introduction paragraphs were only supposed to be a certain number of sentences and that you should only have three body paragraphs in your paper. The papers I wrote in high school were always average, but I want to improve my writing so they can become above average. My teachers always critiqued my papers but never taught me how to better them.
This semester I want to improve my writing and feel more confident in the writing I do. Constructive criticism is one way that I believe I can accomplish this. I plan on turning in early drafts so I can use the criticism to improve my papers before the final due date. Another thing I need to work on is my grammar. In high school most of my papers were composed of short well worded sentences, but I want to change that. My papers this semester need to be well written with longer more detailed sentences. I know I can learn how to become a better writer and I think this English class will help me with that.
One of the least beneficial ways for my writing to improve is by peer editing. In high school we did a numerous amount of peer edits and my papers always ended staying the same. No one took the peer editing serious so as a result no one’s paper improved. Also when my teachers reviewed my papers they would circle or point out my errors but they didn’t tell me how to fix them.
I think my writing skills would improve this semester if when my papers were reviewed instead of just having my mistakes circled there were comments about what I needed to change to make my paper better. I think it is helpful how we already know what Professor Bates is expecting out of our writing. This will be beneficial when we write our first paper because we can review them ourselves before we turn them in to see if we meet his expectations.

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    • Previous English Classes - Savannah White, Fri Sep 5 12:37pm
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