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Isaiah Oliver
Discussion Board 1
Fri Sep 5, 2014 4:50pm
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In my previous English classes, I made mostly A’s and maybe one B. My teachers were extremely cool with me, so a lot of the times when I was late on assignments, they would work with me. So in high school, which were my only previous English classes, the courses were quite easy. They would never get in depth when it came to writing papers, essays, or other literature works. Structure was never something that was encouraged; maybe a little subject-verb agreement every here and there but nothing too serious. Another thing with high school courses, the work would always be based off of a literal work we read.
In my high school courses, the most beneficial thing I was taught was really how to write. The teachers would always push the students to do better, I guess I could say that they gave me the mindset that I could always be a better writer. Although the techniques they used to teach were close to mediocre or worse, their optimistic attitudes is what kept me somewhat interested in performing at a higher level of writing.
The least beneficial lesson in my previous writing courses is the structure of actually composing a paper. The teachers would give an assignment, but would never really take the time to explain or breakdown what they expected of us. Doing this really confused me when it came to writing, and also made the task very dreadful. I feel that if I was given the proper tools to write a good paper, I would be an excellent writer. Like I said before, the teacher teaching techniques were almost completely useless; they never helped us determine how we should even go about starting a paper.
I am expecting a huge amount from this English course. What I like so far, is that you’re straight forward and to the point; no beating around the bush or playing guessing games. Mainly I expect to gain an understanding on how to construct a paper with proper forms of grammar and punctuation. I am also hoping to gain the ability to fully express my thoughts or ideas through writing.

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