English Essay

692 WordsApr 7, 20143 Pages
From the beginning of English 1301, I have gained the appropriate skills and variety of knowledge in writing. I've learned different ways to make my writing effective through techniques taught throughout the semester. From "showing" instead of "telling", interpreting the rhetorical triangle, and using rhetorical devices, I have learned to use all of these skills effectively in my writing. One skill I was able to to use effectively was learning got to "show" instead of "tell". Before this class had began, I was accustomed to writing essays with narrow ideas. Whenever I would write, I would discuss the topic briefly and move on to the next topic. In English 1301, that all changed. I was no longer "telling" the reader events that were occurring. Instead, I was able to describe in detail the actual events that occurred in my life. Also, using action verbs, similes, and metaphors, helped draw a picture for my intended audience when "showing" the reader in my essays. For example, when writing an essay about "My Life as a Nigerian-American", I used forms of dialogue to show what was happening at the time. I was able to describe in full detail the events that occurred in my second grade classroom be engaging the audience with the mood in the classroom. I believe this concept of "show" instead of "tell" was very important because it appealed to some of the five senses. It helped draw a vivid picture of what was occurring and described the character's motives and actions rather than stating how the person felt. Interpreting the rhetorical triangle was another skill I gained from English 1301. The rhetorical triangle was used when distinguishing between the audience, the issue, and the speaker. In the triangle, the speaker usually found ways to make himself sound credible and trustworthy. The speaker also strived to show their credibility by making an impression on an

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