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Brenleigh Gaines
English Classes
Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:40pm
150.216.115.174

My previous English class experiences have been very different from class to class. My freshman year of high school, I heard the words "You're a failure" more than anything, however, she wasn't wrong considering half the class did fail. The class spent most of the year focusing on Romeo and Juliet, both reading and watching the modern version. Sophomore year was a little different because the teacher was brand new and wanted to become everyone's best friend. That year we started to work with grammar and the writing process, but never wrote a paper. The teacher focused on reading The Kite Runner and A Midsummer Night's Dream, heavily testing both of them. My junior year was by far the best English experience I've had thus far. The teacher's name was Mr. Burke and he was a complete sarcastic asshole, which is the type of teacher I get along with the best. Everything about that years reading I loved. We read some works by Edgar Allan Poe, who is a personal favorite as well as The Great Gatsby which is my favorite book. He was by far my best teacher and made it a great experience, I feel that I actually learned a lot out of that class as opposed to just reading. Senior year is not something even worth mentioning considering that the entire focus was on the senior project. When we were not writing our papers or working on presentations we read a child comic book version of Macbeth and some of Beowulf. The only thing I really enjoy writing is poetry because it's easy to me, with papers I always have a difficult time getting it started.I felt that even though we read a lot in my previous classes I never really learned anything about writing a good paper. The last time I can recall a lesson being taught about writing a paper would be my 7th grade year. I don't think that I am a horrible writer, but I know I can improve.Even though I have written many papers and have never received below a 85 I have a pretty strong feeling that's about to change. I'm really looking forward to this semester so I can actually learn how to become a much better writer.

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  • 1/30 Discussion - Andy Bates, Thu Jan 29 6:05pm
    Describe your experiences in previous English classes. What have you found most beneficial? Least beneficial? What kinds of writing assignments did you complete? How do you think this semester may be ... more
    • o - Shane Donovan, Fri Jan 30 7:41pm
      It seems as if every one of my English teachers had the same idea, which was to give the students timed writing assignments. What they would have us do is write about a topic for around forty-five... more
      • Re: o - Anonymous, Fri Jan 30 7:44pm
        I typed in the wrong Email Address. M school one is Donovans14@students.ecu.edu
    • Previous English Classes - Julie Estep, Fri Jan 30 4:51pm
      I never had anything but good experiences in my previous english classes. Attending a small high school repeatedly gave us one on one time with our teachers. I had the same teacher for three years of ... more
    • Previous English Classes Response - Jada' Kelly, Fri Jan 30 4:37pm
      In my previous English classes, the instructors assigned short stories that had to be read often followed by reading comprehension. Previous class readings also required me to use rhetorical analysis ... more
    • 1/30 Discussion-Previous English classes - Jada' Kelly, Fri Jan 30 4:31pm
      In my previous English classes, the instructors assigned short stories that had to be read often followed by reading comprehension. Previous class readings also required me to use rhetorical analysis ... more
    • 1/30 discussion - Destiny Jackson, Fri Jan 30 4:19pm
      In high school I was placed into AP English and it was dreadful. There were so many papers for that class and starting out my paper grades were terrible. As time went on my papers hit a stop and they ... more
    • 1/30 discussion - Destiny Jackson, Fri Jan 30 4:17pm
      In high school I was placed into AP English and it was dreadful. There were so many papers for that class and starting out my paper grades were terrible. As time went on my papers hit a stop and they ... more
      • Re: 1/30 discussion - Anonymous, Fri Jan 30 4:18pm
        In high school I was placed into AP English and it was dreadful. There were so many papers for that class and starting out my paper grades were terrible. As time went on my papers hit a stop and they ... more
    • Discussion 1 - Joey Casadonte, Fri Jan 30 3:50pm
      My experiences in past English classes have all depended on the teacher. I used to struggle with English and my writing but as teachers broke down what they were looking for and explained how they... more
    • 1/30 Online Discussion - Tamar Turner, Fri Jan 30 3:43pm
      In my opinion I always thought that English was one of my stronger subjects, behind math. Writing and the idea of communicating ideas to others is something I enjoy, hence part of the reason that I... more
    • Previous English Classes - Linda Hargis-Rodriguez, Fri Jan 30 3:25pm
      My previous English classes were very unorganized. My teachers were inexperienced so they truly had no idea what they were doing. Most of the time, my teachers would tell the class to copy... more
    • 1/30 Discussion - Hank Foster, Fri Jan 30 3:19pm
      In my past English classes, I have had up and down experiences. I went to a high school in Southern California for my freshman year that had a year-round classes schedule. I liked this type of... more
    • 1/30 Discussion - Kim Conway, Fri Jan 30 3:19pm
      I have always liked English and been fairly good at it, it's one of my favorite subjects. I've always had a female English teacher who usually loved me and weren't necessarily hard graders. My senior ... more
    • 1/30 Discussion - Devin Slingerland, Fri Jan 30 3:18pm
      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 ... more
    • Online Discussion - John Oliver, Fri Jan 30 2:50pm
      In previous English classes I’ve always been left behind I feel like. The teachers either do not care, don’t want to be there, or have marital issues that they feel necessary to share with a bunch of ... more
    • Re: 1/30 Discussion - Jordan West, Fri Jan 30 2:21pm
      In my previous English classes, I was given many and probably way too many essays and writing assignments. All throughout high school, my English teachers assigned narrative, informative, and many... more
    • English Class - Ethan Diffenbaugh, Fri Jan 30 2:15pm
      For me, I have had more bad experiences with my English classes than positive. All throughout grade school in my English classes the teachers would just assign work to be done and would just want to... more
    • English Class - Ethan Diffenbaugh, Fri Jan 30 2:12pm
      For me, I have had more bad experiences with my English classes than positive. All throughout grade school in my English classes the teachers would just assign work to be done and would just want to... more
    • English Classes - Erica Bonner, Fri Jan 30 1:42pm
      In my past English classes, we actually didn’t do a lot of writing assignments. All throughout high school, I probably wrote at the most 5 or 6 papers. I will admit I had probably the best teachers I ... more
    • previous English classes - James Joyce, Fri Jan 30 1:15pm
      In the past I have had both good and bad experiences with English classes. An example of a good experience would be the time that I had to complete my senior project. The project was on wrestling, my ... more
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      My previous experiences in English classes have made me believe that English is definitely not my favorite or my best subject. During high school, almost all of my English classes consisted of... more
    • Previous English Classes - Stephanie Proctor, Fri Jan 30 11:30am
      I can only remember being taught important skills in high school English classes my junior and senior year. These two classes were AP or “college level” classes. My junior year, our class was a year... more
    • Previous English Classes - Araselie Chavez , Fri Jan 30 11:23am
      English is such an easy subject that includes a lot of patience and dedication. My previous English classes were very straightforward and effortless. Many of the work that I had to do was irrelevant, ... more
    • discussion 1/30 - Marra Ramminger, Fri Jan 30 11:19am
      In high school, I had TERIBBLE English teachers. My freshman year I had Mr. Fryer. He was an older guy who just wanted to be everyone’s best friend. We hardly had any tests, we NEVER wrote any... more
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