When one enrolls into an honors or advanced English class, there are many worries that come to mind. These worries create thoughts such as ‘Am I a good writer?’, ‘Will I pass?’, or ‘How do I even start a paper?’. My teachers never specifically taught me to write. My teacher that I had for 9th grade English and my 10th grade honors English class always gave good grades. Once I got into my first AP English class, I felt as though my writing was inferior. In my distress, I went to the internet and I found that you do not have to be gifted in academic writing to get good grades on your essays, I found that organization is the key to writing a powerful essay.
Throughout the course of this semester in AP Lang, my eyes have been opened to many of the weaknesses I never knew I had in writing. Coming into this semester, I had heard about the difficulty of this class, but was not unduly worried about not receiving an A; I have always considered myself as a competent if not strong writer. However, after failing to attain desired grades on several important essays, I was devastated, and realized that although I had mastered the basics of grammar and writing, there was still much for me to work on. Also, I did not understand that much of my grade in AP Lang would be determined by speaking in front of others, which is not my strong suit. What I have come to find is that writing essays containing all of the new information we have learned throughout the semester, such as requirements for different types of essays and good writing strategies, takes a lot of work, time, and thinking. Unfortunately, my procrastination caused me to only get done what had to be done instead of putting in the extra work and truly understanding everything.
I decided to take AP Language and Composition due to the requirements of the University of Iowa. For my intended major, I need two rhetoric classes and one literature class. Last year I completed the literature class which improved my reading ability tremendously. After completing ENG 105, I have improved in multiple areas, but I am most proud of my improvement on the writing volume and stamina as I now have the ability to write college level essays. When examining all of the competencies, I have not mastered any one of them, but have improved in multiple categories throughout the semester.
Stephen King includes in his book advice for writers to become the best they can be. One of his tips if that “…good writing consists of mastering the fundamentals (vocabulary, grammar, the elements of style) and then filling the third level…with the right instruments,” (King 142). The fundamentals of writing in which King discusses is learned through practice and studying. Passionate writers will take the time to perfect these skills and then add their own flavor to make their writing more interesting and their own. To make pieces of writing personalized to the author, the author must be creative and original.
The most difficult part of taking the Ap English Literature test was the essay section. Discerning a conversation between both characters in the test and formating a helpful prewrite made it difficult to write the essay with a paragraph per prompt given the 40 minute time limit that should be spent on each essay.
This year, AP English 3 has been my favorite class because of the wide variety of topics that we covered and the essay writing skills that we learned. By providing a large educational basis to students' writing, this class expands the learner's ability to communicate in a profesional, educational manner, a skill with which they will use for the rest of their life. As well as scoring eights (on a nine-point scale) on several English papers, the skills that I have grown and nurtured throughout the semester have helped me score fives or sixes on my AP US History essays (on a six-point scale). Through learning how to go in-depth and synthesize a topic, AP English 3 has taught me how to consistently score high grades on AP essays, as well as communicate
Looking back to when I typed my first AP Language and Composition paper, I can honestly say that my writing skills have drastically improved. I started off not knowing any writing strategies and thought that typing three pages was a lot for just one paper. After completing the course, I can now write a full eight paged paper using one of the three writing strategies that we learned. Before this class, I was never a skilled writer and the thought of taking APLAC intimidated me because I did not think I was capable of completing the course. I never imagined myself taking this class because In my mind I simply was not smart enough to take it. However, due to all the positive comments I received about the class and how it improved my friends writing, I
In the past, I was able to get a good grade in my English courses without writing particularly strong papers. In ENGL 105, however, I was forced to put effort into my writing. Unlike ENGL 105, for which 90% of the grade is based on writing, my high school English classes had more lenient grading by including assignments such as reading quizzes, vocabulary quizzes, grammar exams, and Socratic seminar discussions. As a result, I was able to write mediocre essays and still receive an A for the overall class
As any artist does in their work of art, in order to become a great writer you must be completely devoted to what you are creating. Sentences must flow as if brush strokes, words must compile to create cohesive, clear, and complex thoughts as if colors. Writing is just as much of an art as painting, sculpting, or drama. Just like in writing, every artist has a particular style- the way the artist uses his brush, colors, canvas, tools- In writing a style can be shown by the writers distinct use of different sentence structures, certain types of vocabulary, or other things that distinguish one writer from another. For me, a great part of my style in writing was developed from a sense of humor and inspiration to acquire knowledge from vocabulary.
Generic AP Language and Composition Rubric The score should reflect a judgment of the essay’s quality as a whole. Remember that students had only 40 minutes to read
The knowledge of writing a good essay, speech, or article is important no matter what your life goals are. AP Language and Composition will help with all aspects of your schoolwork and eventually set the foundation of college writing. Anyone can create ideas and invent, but being able to communicate your ideas and beliefs in a strong, persuasive way will bring you success. The best businessmen, entrepreneurs, politicians, and even scientists are those that can communicate clearly and precisely. Knowing how to write a compelling essay will put you above your competitors in the coming years. Additionally, when applying for scholarships and colleges, over the next summer and fall, this class will help you immensely. To be successful in this class not only means getting a good grade, but also using this knowledge
To excel at his craft, a writer must be in control of the words he chooses, and then use those words in ways that will both appeal to the reader and deliver his message. Linguistic elements, such as diction and dialogue, work together to define the author’s style. Diction requires a search for the perfect word, and is a meticulous practice that cannot be underestimated; it involves “choosing the right words for calculated effects [which] is at the heart of writing. Accuracy of description or exposition and force of persuasion depend absolutely on the words in which ideas, attitudes, perspectives, and feelings are conveyed” (Curzan and Adams 292). One way an author can make use of his carefully chosen words is through dialogue,
The essay “The Sense of Style” by Steven Pinker explains that writing is not a natural talent. Pinker argues that to improve the skill of writing, people must read other’s written work to understand and learn the rules of writing. I have written a summary based on Pinker’s essay explaining the importance of reading and how to improve writing skills. Through my response, I indicate the necessity of reading to improve writing skills, but by practicing the rules learned by writing the reader will remember what they have learned.