This first semester has flown by and it is crazy how fast it has gone. Within this first semester, I have learned a lot more about myself; the things that I already thought I knew, it turns out I really didn’t. I feel like the one thing that has improved most is my writing ability and understanding of paragraph structure. However, there are things that I still need to improve on that I have learned in this class. Before coming to college and taking this course I thought I was a very detailed writer and I felt that my paragraph and sentence structure was very precise. On the contrary, after starting this course I found out that I am not a very good writer. My sentence structure was all over the place and my paragraph structure was hectic. Now that I have finished the course and I am reflecting on my work I can tell that I have improved tremendously. More »
In today’s fast growing social media world, the quality and skills of an education such as writing are in need of a drastic positive change. A 2011 nationwide test fund that nearly twenty- four percent of students in eighth grade and twelfth grade were proficient in writing and only three were advanced in writing skills. If that’s not scary, the world’s leading social media empire Facebook is the world’s largest news source. Writing happens in everyday activity, whenever it is writing a grocery list or texting a friend. It is essential that every individual possesses and learns superior writing skills to be successful in life.
Throughout my educational career I have found my strengths were in presentations and public speaking. Having done debate at a very high level it is safe to say I am very good at articulating arguments on the fly. However my problems with writing has always been organizing my thoughts in a clear and concise argument that gets to the point of whatever I am trying to say. In ways I have strong and intelligent arguments but my abilities to put them to paper have always been a struggle. Taking this course I find valuable for the rest of college and as a professional because not only will I have to conduct a number of essays in the future, I also will need to have organized thoughts in written format throughout my professional life should I pursue a career in personal training. Looking at the four essays we have written this semester it won’t take long what I have learned from this course. More »
Starting this semester, I only thought there was one main type of writing for school—a paper written in MLA format, with I.E.E. paragraphs and a good thesis. This type of writing was ingrained in my head since around 7th grade. I believed that if I followed this format my paper would be good. This class challenged me to think critically about crucial topics that are constantly in the news or media. I had to challenge myself and my thoughts constantly during this semester and I believe that it has made me a better writer. More »
Writing is an outlet for people to not only present information, but to channel inner creativity. Though writing is one use of communication aside from face to face contact, it has become censored. In my sophomore year at Fond du Lac High School an article was published by a student member of the Cardinal Columns, the school newspaper. “The Rape Joke” was an article about sexual abuse, with the intent to bring awareness to the students about sexual assault. The article sparked a huge debate throughout the city. Though many saw the article as full of knowledge and important awareness for students, the administration deemed the article as inappropriate and violent. Therefore, the school enacted a censorship policy for the Cardinal Columns, as stated in Andrew Philip’s article. The implemented policy forced the members of the Cardinal Columns to send their articles in to the administration for them to review and edit. This situation brought my attention the importance of exercising the ability to write. Writing is one of the key means of communication, and therefore it is important that people, including students, continue to keep practicing their writing.
IDIS Writing Reflection
Even at a young age, as kids we go through years of schooling and years of learning about writing. Even in high school my writing was not the best, and I receive little above average on my papers. After coming to St. Norbert, not only has my writing changed due to this course, but also my view on writing also. Before beginning this course I did not clearly understand the proper steps to writing a paper .First to state a thesis, support claims with reliable evidence and most of all take the revisions given to me and apply them to my paper. More »
Writing has always been a struggle for me as I have always had issues telling if there was something that needed to be revised or not. It has been difficult to find a way to keep up and get better at my writing, but this class has tremendously helped in building up these skills. Between how to structure an essay to the small things like how write different types of paragraphs, there are so many things that have helped me improve my writing. Without classes like this college writing class, I wouldn’t be comfortable incorporating sources into my writing the way that I am now. More »
LORENA MARTINEZ This IDIS class has given me many concepts that helped my writing. I came into college not knowing how to: start essays, find credible sources, or even structure/order my sentences. I found this out because I would make mistakes often. In high school writing was not a focus and for that reason I didn’t have much practice. Although my writing still needs some work I believe that there has been a major difference since the first day of class.
One of the most important thing that I learned in the writing class was the difference between revisions and edits. When I was in high school when ever I had to do revisions for my second draft I would only do edits. Which are minor/local fixes such as grammar or clarity. When in fact revisions are supposed to be global changes such as basic concepts that are at state. If these mistakes are not revised then there might be a problem with can ruin a whole essay/story. Although both are important, revisions come after edits. This is because in the process of fixing global mistake sometimes minor editing errors occur. I’ve tried hard to work on my writing skills during this semester. Sometimes I thought that the process assignments were difficult but they made it easier in the long run. The first draft of the first blog post needed lots of revisions and edits. I was shocked with the comments given to me because I was used to writing in a different format. In high school I was taught to start with a topic sentence in my introduction. Then my last sentence had to have the thesis. The thesis had to have three points. The following paragraphs had to each be about one of those three ideas in chronological order. If I needed a counter argument then that would come between my second and third body paragraphs. Then I’d end with my conclusion like any essay. In this class I was told to break up my essays by different ideas and not by my thesis. This is one of the major things that I fixed in my first blog posts. Blog post 1 shows this in my final copy. Another thing that I learned in class that helped me with my essays is the structure of paragraphs. To be more specific the point-first and point-last was very helpful. For example in blog post 3, “Drinking and driving is one of the worst things. I have had a few people around me experience this first hand. One of them is a really close friend of mine as she was driving around on a motorcycle with her father.” This paragraph I made was a point first paragraph. What I thought while making it was that I needed something that was going to be short but would say everything I wanted to say in the paragraph. To conclude, overall every lesson helped me produce better essays. Every essay has slowly improved. I am thankful that St. Norbert offers a course that helps student develop their writing skills.
Writing has been a part of everyone’s education since kindergarten. In kindergarten, you first learn the letters of the alphabet and then from there you learn how to write your name and how to write small sentences. As you progress through elementary school and middle school, you learn how to write more complex papers to help prepare you for high school. In high school, you learn how to write more scholarly papers to prepare you for college and the real world. It is important that writing is a major part of education because writing is included in almost every career and job opportunity in the world. More »
What actually makes someone a better writer? In my opinion I believe it is time and effort. With time you can write a clear and long paper without having to worry about using evidence. Also with time you can find evidence to help support your paper. With effort your paper itself will be better. In doing so, it could be longer than you believe but also, it can even give you a better grade than putting no effort into the paper. Throughout this class we have done a lot of things from doing process assignments, looking at powerpoints in class, and watching videos. More »
It has been proven to me that writing is the one thing if any, a college student at least at St. Norbert college should know how to do. However, writing papers is not one of my strong attributes and that I struggle doing it. I know this because before reporting to campus, incoming freshmen were asked to take a writing test, which I failed. Thus, I had to take a writing class which is why I ended up in this class. As many would say, taking this class has increased my writing dramatically, “As I’ve come to expect in your writing, there are a good deal of strong insights, good evidence, and interesting sources in play here”. This is a statement from blog post four’s feedback that you gave me and it shows how my writing skills have been improved.
Throughout this entire course the main focus was to grow as a writer and incorporate new techniques. This course has done that for me, I have learned new things to make my work a lot more educated and accurate and I’ve grown as a writer and know how to express my ideas better. The evidence for that is demonstrated in my work along the course. This course, unlike other writing course, focuses and works on one new technique rather than many at a time. I have learned to become a better writer by adding evidence, citations, better thesis, and how to make my essay flow together. More »
In IDIS this semester, I have become a better writer. Each one of my essays has gotten better with details, citations and evidence. I was always an A and B writer in high school, so taking this class helped me realize I still needed more development. I did not realize until arriving to college my writing in high school lacked the personal evidence and word choice to advance my writing to the next level. One of the main reasons my writing has become stronger would be the exposure to transitions, which allowed my papers to have a polished connection between paragraphs. At the beginning this semester I can genuinely say that my papers lacked proper evidence and structure, making my papers less commendable and more mature. However, with the introduction of the lessons on evidence I have been able to regenerate a very strong and stable paper. More »
Emily Stewart argues in her article “No, we’re not teaching Composition all wrong” that she is seeing more and more of her students succeeding with writing in her class. If students are given the time and tools to revise and work on their papers they will do it. Peer workshops help tremendously with not only learning how to read others work but also how to read your own. Every class we had workshops, which helped me because it gave me the opportunity to work on what we had just learned. Our workshops involved the reading of articles then basing the paragraph off of what you just read. In my opinion it helps when I have to read then write about it because I get to write about different topics and opinions giving myself variety so I wasn’t always writing about the same thing. Stewart believes the more students read and the more students write the better they will become at it. Writing should be a process and if you do that process the outcome will be worthwhile. More »
The one thing someone has to do in every class they take is write. It could be a sentence, a paragraph, or a paper and so on. There is no escape from writing. Everyone has to do it, and it is not going anywhere soon. Writing is not something that someone can learn in one day. It is a skill that takes time to be perfected. If someone wants to learn the skill of writing, then that should be the main focus of one of their classes. Not an English class where papers are due on a topic going on in class, but a true writing class teaching the basics of writing. These include how to form a paragraph, how to create a strong point/claim, using evidence to back up what the paper is about are all tools that make a paper a great paper. To be a student of writing, students must learn from a teacher that has studied how to create strong and great writing. Writing prepares students for other classes, and it can also prepare them for a possible job that they pursue later in their life. It has helped me understand what I was doing wrong in my earlier papers. It was not until college writing did I realize the mistakes I was making in writing, and this was because I had one class devoted to writing. Every student should be required to take a writing class.
All languages have a written form, but for some reason people value other classes over learning more about their own language. English is a very complex language with a lot of rules, and a lot of exceptions to the rules. Also teachers have their own ways of having papers formatted. With so many rules writing should be taught more than it is. Writing is an under appreciated art form, and it is a very necessary one also. Every student should have to take a writing class because writing is an important and very necessary skill. More »
Taking a writing class can help with improving my writing skills. I agree with the article, No were not teaching composition all wrong. As Emily Stewart claims that college teachers are not teaching composition wrong. I have learned from many different resources like power points, examples, and revisions to improve my skills. Power points had helped me to understand layouts for writing productive paragraphs and how to write essentially. The examples made it easier to visualize the layouts in the power points. Revisions are the best tools in improving my writings because it helps me to correct any unclear points. More »