The way I improved my paper was taking my instructors constructive criticism and making the necessary corrections, to the best of my ability. I had obvious problems with the comma usage, dangling modifiers, and it was no question that I have to improve my vocabulary. Referring back to the text book and using the Thesaurus definitely helped me make the best revisions that I can make. The most challenging part of this assignment for me was to expand the use of my vocabulary. I know a lot of words; I just don’t use them in my everyday conversation, thus making it more difficult to incorporate in my essay.
A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Young Black Men. By David E. Kirkland. (New York, NY 10027: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2013. Vii + 187pp. (Acknowledgment, Notes, Reference, Index, About the Author) $39.95, ISBN 978-0-8077-5407-8 David Kirkland wanted people to understand what African American are going through on a daily base.
I have had struggles that have affected me profoundly. I believe Malcolm X fight with politics gave him a voice that we still hear today, not to say Benjamin Franklin did not have a lasting impression in the world, however I conceive that today’s generation could relate to Malcolm X story on a deeper understanding. Growing up and as well as an adult I also learn by reading. I gain my knowledge through reliable resources that will help me understand what I am trying to learn. In conclusion, both Benjamin Franklin and Malcolm X did not let life get in the way of knowledge.
He uses himself as an example he tells us that he does not fit the mold of an African American, however he still is an African American. Baldwin references to the pledge of allegiance by quoting the phrase “liberty and justice for all”. However, the irony is that African Americans in that time period did not have justice or
Alisha Thornton 3/20/2013 English 098-099(180) Essay3 Revised In Malcolm X excerpt”A Homemade education, published from Malcolm X An Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley demonstrates the claims that without knowing how to read or write and understand and express what you are reading you become frustrated. Although Malcolm X struggled with reading and writing, and expressing himself while in prison, he learned that the library was a breeding ground for knowledge and that without this information and skills he’d be cut off from the world. While in prison Malcolm X realized that his reading and writing wasn’t good. He even had a hard time expressing himself. While in prison Malcolm would try to write letters to Elijah Mohammed but would become frustrated because all he knew was slang and street life.” I commanded attention when I said something.
He borrowed a dictionary and copied every word , page after every page , reading and understanding as much as he could while copying , at the same time working on improving his handwriting . He was able to do this because he was in prison and had all the time in the world . Later , he progressed from the dictionary and started reading novels by well-read writers of history and philosophy (Malcolm X .What Malcolm X accomplished could be done just as easily in public schools . The only problem will be how to motivate and inspire the students to do what Malcolm X did and achieve what he was able to accomplish . To this end , teachers should not only be trained how to teach but also how to motivate .
Early on, as children, we are influenced directly as well as indirectly by an innumerable amount of outside forces. These forces later dictate our train of thought and blend in with or own unique character. Seamus Deane’s experiences with vivid, picturesque novels and truthful, simple writings clearly impacted him and his style of writing shown by his choice of diction, syntax, imagery and the way he regards both the novel and essay. Overall his diction is simple and easy, but there are moments when he shifts to “long and strange words”. His simple diction, such as “good”, “bad” and “many” are all solid words, with no need for imagination when interpreting.
He gets a dictionary to study, to learn some words. He tries to improve his penmanship and the skills of reading. He spends time to study and never give up until he is able to read and understand clearly. He starts to read the history books and it shows how the white man has brought upon the world’s black, brown, red, and yellow
He really breathes life through all of the objects that he talks about and makes the reader feel like they're actually there with him. Through the simplest of activities he can make it seem like it's the hardest task he's ever had to go through as he describes, “I would set my dictionary next to me, prop my paper on my knees, sharpen my pencil with my teeth…I would try to write the thoughts going through my mind, but they didn’t come out right. They lacked reality. A stream of ideas flowed through me, but they lost their strength as soon as I put them down”. Taking an idea as abstract as thinking, it's animated as he describes them like a flowing river that has lost the strength of its current.