However, this is in no small part due to my own experiences with language. You see, I find English classes (for that matter papers) and complex readings to be terrifying. So the idea of working with an article by an author I’m very familiar with, like Stephen King, or one discussing the importance of not over complicating a text by trying to use large words, such as Lederer did, eased my anxiety enough to allow me to be more receptive to each of their arguments. Lederer states his thesis, that using short words is just as good, if not better than using long ones clearly in the first line of his article and follows it up consistently throughout the writing. This makes it easy for the audience to know what argument Lederer’s trying to make.
I chose to read the book Mindset by Carol S. Dweck. I picked this particular book because of the second sentence on the back cover, “Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success- but whether we approach our goals with a fixed or growth mindset”. This quote, while selecting which book to read, really stood out to me. One of my favorite books of all time is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, and this book seemed to be a great way to expand my knowledge of the effort that pushes our abilities to their full potential. I’ve always been a person with a growth mindset, I can thank my dad for that, and this book just seemed to be a great fit for the type of reading that I do for fun outside of school ,so I felt it would be the best fit for me.
Additionally, due to the popularity of the book it was evident that I would not have a difficult time finding a significant amount of literary criticism on both the author and the novel. Along with all the reasons above I felt that the issues and themes discussed and portrayed in the novel would be very easy for the average grade 12 english student to comprehend during the remaining parts of my independent study assignment. Conclusively, I chose to read this book because of its relevance in today’s society, the themes, popularity and mainly the recommendation by my teacher. He is aware that my
After undertaking this course, I have high regard for literary discourse that promotes positive thinking in society. I acquired a deeper understanding of Gothic literature and how it influenced various playwrights and thinkers around the world. The course has helped me improve my writing skills by imparting new knowledge. Through studying gothic literature, I got an in-depth knowledge about a literary style that continues to gain popularity in contemporary society. Before joining this class, I had inadequate knowledge on dynamics of literature.
“Life of Pi” by Yann Martel - essay How does the author use his unusual narrative style in Part One of the novel to set the scene for the rest of the story? The book begins with the author stating that "this book was born as I was hungry”. He explains, that it was not , in fact, literally hungry, but in eager to write something of importance to someone, himself included. This makes the upcoming stories more realistic and believable for the reader, as if the writer Yann , himself left a note , stating that he is writing the story, as well as being a main character in it. He continues to be a big part of the plot later in the book.
I took the comments, criticism, and suggestions professor Underwood gave me on previous papers and put them into this paper. I also began to see changes within my grade because last semester my first rough draft grade was a C I believe but, this semester my rough draft grade was an A. When it comes to the quizzes, last semester online quizzes where questions based on the readings that we were covering. I never had a problem with these because as long as I read the required material I did really well on those
The feeling that I have when writing is a very joyous one because it is my nonverbal communication to express my emotions and thoughts without the critism of the outside world. Writing is truly an art that takes practice and concentration, and once you have accomplished this skill, you will succeed in the process of writing. To begin with, the experience that I have had as a writer were both good and bad. They were good because I was able to earn good grades on my essays in school, I made excellent pen pal friends because of my ability to write and I was able to survive my teenage years with the writings that took place in my diary. Writing was my safe haven and it always cheered me up because of the fact that I could transfer my thoughts from my mind and unto a sheet of paper that would hold memories of a lifetime!
By joining this English 101 class, I feel that I learned a lot of things. Though sometimes I did not understand some of the things that being delivered during the class, I feel blessed that I can learn on how to write correctly. I found out that I need to make a kind of brainstorming before I make the essay. After that, I need to make a rough draft, which will be
Randy Pang English 101 & 3125 Professor Connor 11-12-11 2nd essay 2nd draft Reflections and Connections After re-reading and re-analyzing three essays we read this semester, I began to realize that these essays aren't as different as I thought they were the first time reading them. Usually when I read an essay, I tend to forget about everything else and stay focused on it. But, after reading these essays consecutively, I began to see the connections in their themes. I believe this was a great experience for me, because I was never one to compare and contrast essays. Now, I understand that this is a major strength in writing and understanding the essays.
After reading how the note taking process flows, the overall concept is so important. It highly reflects how much you participate as a student or as a teacher. It let me see how complicated I used to make taking notes on myself. This section also let me experiment with different formats of note taking. Learning of the Cornell method was especially helpful.