I learned what true English is. I was educated on arguments and different types of them. Examples are counter and Rogerian arguments, which both are fairly common. Rogerian Argument is establishing a common ground between two forces and still arguing for a purpose. Also a counter argument is where the author set up an opposing argument where it shows alternative which most are weak set-ups. Both arguments influence your audience. Being aware of who your audience is, helps style your writing. Understanding that your audience belief systems affect the way I write in my paper because you have to be sensitive to one’s feelings. I don’t want to lose my audience over poor word choices. I learned great things in my English 104 class.
Using quotes and outside source materials also help establish are our opinions. Whatever we were trying to say, or what opinion was formed, it has always been known to back up your information with quoted resources. It shows the readers that you know and understand what you are talking about. Establish credibility and using logic information makes your audience aware that you are credible in what you’re talking about. Using these rhetorical devices appeals to many kinds of audiences because it makes the reader feed into what you’re saying. Certain devices can work on specific audiences because how the way the audience thinks or believes.
Writing a blog modify my way of thinking of how I should be writing my assignments. It made me adjust to interact with my audience. I had to make sure that my essay had a purpose because if not, my audience or comments will appear on my posted materials. Blogs are personal ideas, or ideologies. I feel that it gave us, the authors a chance to have a voice on detailed topics. Making a blog forced me to alter my writing style, so that I can, not only beware of my audience but to use formal writing in my essay. To use formal writing in your blog is to express your opinions while making sure you sound intelligent and proper. Your audience should not be able to describe who is writing the paper.
I was cultured that our opinions truly matter. In class, my professor often asked, “What is your opinion?” and she really wanted to know and how one “supports their claims.”. A typical English class was learning about what the author thinks in this entire semester, while ours were forming intelligent hypnosis on materials we read in class. Being educated on creating and distinguish your own ideas was a important lesson that my English professor embedded in our lectures. I learned how to argue, intelligently and strategically using factual information and outside source material. Learning how to argue, establish credibility and creating ideas based on readings were some of the great things I learned in class.
As a writer, I see my strength is in supporting my ideas to the point, that I seem more knowledge than most when reading my paper. I learned in this class that you have to understand and analyze what the author is trying to say. To break the argument down into themes, counterarguments and also rebuttals was some of the few devices we were talk to look for in articles. If the author is making a claim, we were supposed to evaluate the purpose and to retain and recall the information provided. We formed opinions based off the author’s writing and interpreting through rebuttals. I understood that in order to make a claim, you’ll need to support it with information outside of the materials. I utilize this quality for my benefit when I written my first article, it was about education. I define education in my own way and then showed how my definition is integrated with what society says to be true. Also, I improved my writing skills in this class, with supports claim, establishing myself as a writer and also utilizing my resources.
I struggled with writing my entire life; I just did not know where to begin. I did not comprehend the concept of writing in the beginning. I was not skilled, and lack knowledge thereof. I dealt with this issue, like everything in life. I studied, I read, and I ask questions. I took the time to really understand what my professor wanted in our essays so that I could address them. As I begin to understand what my professor was lecturing, I started to retain some of the information. My first paper, I got a B on it. I developed certain qualities of writing style that I learned in this class. This is my second time taking this class, and I feel that I learned so much in this class with my specific professor.
The Weaknesses during this semester were the chosen reading materials. The materials were not interesting. It was very hard to understand and retain information. Although the articles were not motivating, our professor help interpret what the author was trying to say. I would say that, when choosing a topic to read about, pick something relatable and insightful, nothing boring. Also another weakness for this class was interaction among peers. I felt that I had a connection with my professor but not my peers. I feel that we did not share ideas; it was more personal views vs. personal views. I think that this English class should have more peer-to-peer contact.
Finally, I learned in class was the form of writing. At the beginning of this class, I did not understand the concept of writing. I understood that when writing a essay, you have to understand who your audience is. And by recognizing, what type of arguments to use and to support your claims with resourceful information to use in my papers. And now, I walk away with so much knowledge from writing in this class.