For now, I'll set aside considerations of why The Goal is a novel, how effective it is as a book, whether it succeeds as literature, and so on. This article is primarily about the ideas behind the book, and why some are valuable while others are probably quite useless.
One book that I didn’t really like this semester was The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I didn’t really enjoy this book in a few different ways, one of them being that it was so raw and that all the events that had happened to her in the book, had actually happened in her real life since the book was about her life. It didn’t really appeal to me because her family had often moved around a lot and she didn’t have much of a stable home. Also in the novel it talked about how a boy who was a few years older than her had claimed that he raped her; rape is already a difficult thing to deal with but for someone to say that they had done that crime to you, then to force you to be their girlfriend (the term being used loosely) and give you presents
I chose my book, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, because I recognized that it was in the time period of world war two. The novel didn’t touch on the topic of the holocaust and Hitler was only mentioned in certain parts which was what I was hoping it would, but I ended up really enjoying it anyways. When I began, I realized that their stories were told separately, following the pattern of every other chapter. This is was drove me in the beginning, trying to see if their stories ever connected and even when it was with something so little it was so satisfying to read. As I read, I began to like the book even more, though; sometimes it would go forward in time and suddenly go backwards, leaving me on a cliffhanger and having me wanting
The novel I chose to read over the summer was Catch-22, by Joseph Heller. I chose this novel because it came highly recommended by my 9th grade English teacher, Ms. Moore. I also knew it was one of the most significant novels of the 20th century, and I was interested to see what it was about. I found the novel to my liking because I enjoy humor and good war stories, especially those involving Airmen.
As the Fall 2017 term comes to end, I look back on what I have accomplished in this class. English 102 – Composition II was one of the most challenging and toughest class I have taken at UW-Stout, but feel as though it has helped me to improve my writing skills. Even before the semester started the feeling of anxiety had taken over, as writing has never been my strongest skill, but stayed positive and confident I would be successful. Much to my surprise, my instructor, Michael Critchfield quickly addressed that this class would not be easy and amazingly changed my views of writing throughout the entire semester.
My favorite reading was, Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler hands down. I believe the connection that was made with real life situations such as the Berlin wall of the Cold War or the 1992 Los Angeles Rebellion in which was a very interesting and knowledegable aspect to adhere upon.
English Comp 1 was an eye opening experience. The course was emotionally and physically draining, but I strongly believe it prepared me for Comp 2. Learning and improving are a few of the rewards I received through hard work and dedication during the course. Throughout English comp 1, I discovered my biggest weakness. I improved some of my various difficulties, and I achieved a rewarding high point.
In my spare time, I used to read as a hobby. This year, I did not have as much time as I would have liked to read books for me due to having to read our class books at home. Previously studying literature, if I did not know a character, I would gloss over it and move on. After the first Are You Reading Quiz, I realized that I had not read carefully enough, and I told myself that I would begin to read more attentively. Now, I read slower and notice specific details about the text. I pay closer attention to the literary devices that are used and if I don't understand a part, I will go back and reread it. The book that was most difficult for me was Of Mice and Men. Of Mice and Men challenged me because I had to become accustomed to reading
My Grit Book that I chose is “The Rescue” by Nicholas Sparks. This book caught my attention by the author. I wasn’t very good when it came to sticking to a reading schedule. I have never been very good a that. Or sticking to any plan in general. There was a lot of spots in my book that was referenced the Apache Way. This was so much going on in the book. I loved how intense the book was.
The book I choose to read was, Dead Silent, by Robert Ferringo. This was an interesting process, because I had never heard of this book or author before. I am a person who rereads my favorite books over and over, so to start a new book is a major undertaking. Struggling to stay away from my biases was difficult because I wanted this book to be exactly like my favorites.
“Change is the end result of all true learning”. Leo Buscaglia could not said this phrase any better. Learning new things is my biggest feature in life and I continued to show the effort to learn new information this semester. The moment I stepped my foot in English 111 First Year Composition, it has been a humbling experience. As the semester closes, this class gives me a better opportunity to look back at all I have accomplished with. In the beginning, I really was not interested in the course because reading and writing is not my strongest suit, but I did ended up liking this course after all. I appreciated the bad grade I received on one of my papers because it has aided me in becoming a better writer.
Despite the review I got on any of these assignments I have taken away a ton from each piece. English 103 has given me a short measure of time to deliver a wide range of composing pieces, and in addition winding up more educated while creating bits of work. Going into English 103 I was to a great degree positive about my written work capacity and did not understand the huge measure of terms and methods I had never known about. The greatest perspective I am detracting from this class is on terms I had never utilized or heard in English class: ethos, feeling, and logos. These three associated terms were acquainted with me at the earliest reference point of the semester and were immediately installed into my brain and my composition. In class
As you can see, this book is rather short, only 160 pages. I usually find that short books are exiting and that they’re keeping you interested throughout the whole book. Books that are several
I have only been attending Cleveland State University for two semesters, and as this course comes to an end I feel like I grown and learned many techniques more than ever. I came to Cleveland State University with only my high school knowledge on how to format an argumentative essay, and throughout this course I now know how to write and format many other papers. Taking English 100 has taught me how to break down and analyze an article, it taught me how to find confidence in my work, and it helped me grow to an even better writer.
This first semester at the University of Akron has flown by. I learned many new writing concepts that helped me become a better writer. English composition was a required class that I had to take in order to get my degree. Although this class was required I still wanted to take this class to become more knowledgeable about writing. Coming into English Composition I was worried about all of the papers and the workload that I would have to complete. I knew that I was going to have to write a lot more than I previously had in highschool, but I was unsure of just how much. The works that I decided to include in my portfolio comprise of my Literacy Narrative, Image Analysis Paper, and essay titled Mayas Hardships based on Maya’s experiences in I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. I selected these works because I felt that they are the ones that require the most improvement to them. The papers i've chosen show how far I’ve came In English Composition.