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Devin Slingerland
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Fri Jan 30, 2015 3:18pm
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My high school English classes were very straightforward and relatively easy classes. All four of my teachers either focused heavily on literature and books, or writing. It was never a combination of both. Freshman year my teacher decided to do the generic scheduling and assign us several books to read and complete quizzes. Not only was this tedious and boring, but it wasn’t prepping me for future writing assignments I knew were coming. Sophomore year my teacher actually focused on writing and speaking. We had several assignments dealing with writing a persuasive essay alongside a speech and presenting it to the class. I benefited from that class somewhat because my teacher knew we started writing our senior exit paper our junior year. So he would always incorporate ideas and strategies on how to make our paper better. However, they were the generic tips that most English teachers would give. Going into my junior year English class, I really wasn’t “excited” to start my senior exit paper. My teacher had us bring her our topics and have her decide if they aren’t too vague and such. We wrote that paper a total of five times, revising it four times. She taught us the proper way to cite, which was necessary, and more “proper” writing techniques. Since this was a persuasive research paper one of the biggest focal points she drilled into our heads was to back our reasoning’s with research, and provide real examples again backing our position on our topic. She would emphasize this at every opportunity she could get. Senior year English was not at all how I expected it to be. The entire senior exit project was due before the end of the semester yet we spent half our time reading Oedipus and the Iliad. We probably had our teacher look over our paper maybe twice. She would either give your paper back and say “It’s fine” or tell you to do it over. Harsh. I got lucky and she said mine was fine. I felt confident that my paper was decent, but from the having heard the same writing techniques for four years in a row I couldn't help but worry when time came. Long story short I did great and I put out of my mind. The same writing techniques I don’t believe helped excessively because using those techniques I could only change my paper so much. I believe this semester will be different because we’ll actually be focusing on ways to make ourselves better writers and not be fed recycled tips.

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