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Taylor Wyrick
9/5 discussion
Fri Sep 5, 2014 2:14pm
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Taylor Wyrick
September 5, 2014
English 1000-030


I have had a plethora of experiences with my previous English classes ranging from fantastic to a complete nightmare, but I have benefited from each English experience.

In my sophomore English class in high school I had this teacher who was absolutely terrible. She didn’t assign reading, so my class never had intellectual discussions about books to help us comprehend different aspects of literature better. She would assign us a lot of papers and not even read them and just give us a one hundred for completing the paper. My teacher didn’t care about forming my class and I into well-developed writers, and as a result of her lax teaching style I struggled with writing the first part of the year in AP English junior year. In my past English class experiences I least benefited from teachers who didn’t care about their job by not teaching proper ways to write papers, teachers who didn’t write comments my papers so I could see if I needed to improve my grammar or style as a writer, teachers who didn’t take the time to read my papers and just gave me a good grade because it was “too much work” to read the paper, teachers who weren’t available so I could ask for help when I wasn’t sure about a detail of my paper or if I was writing it right, and lastly teachers who assigned text to read but never bothered to have a class discussion about it to make sure everyone comprehended it or to help us grow stylistically as writers by grasping different literary devices in text that could enhance us as writers.

My junior year of high school I was lucky enough to have a teacher for AP English who molded me into a decent writer and repaired the damage that my teacher the year before created. The one-year I had in her class was hands-down the most I ever benefited from an English class. I benefited from her English class because we had in-depth discussions on the text she assigned to us and that helped me to comprehend my readings better as well as, be able to see how different literary devices furthered the stories and how I could use literary devices to enhance my writing. She was also very clear on her expectations of me as a writer, which included understanding text, always having the right layout and information included, and meeting due dates. She left very honest comments on my papers and handed my papers back in a timely manner so I could see what she wrote and learn from my mistakes on that paper and make my next paper better. I was constantly growing as a writer in her class because of the discussions, comments left on my papers, and the fact that she was always willing to help me with my papers if I was ever having a writers block or unsure about any aspect of my paper. Her teaching style and my extreme growth in her class as a writer made it the best English class experience so far in my life and it has been so far beyond words beneficial to me since then.

What will help me most this semester are discussions about the assigned text and how the author’s style and use of literary devices furthers the work as a whole because I feel as if this helps me learn how to further my writing. Also honest comments left on my papers so I can learn from my mistakes and make myself a better writer. Another thing that will help me this semester is being challenged as a student. I need someone to push me that extra so I can push myself another mile and gain knowledge from this English class that can benefit me the rest of my college career, in graduate, and in the professional world.

Lastly, I’m hoping I can use what I have benefited from in my previous English classes and apply it to this class and come out with a beneficial experience from this English class.


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