Until the age of five, I had the inability to speak properly. When attempting to communicate with someone, I would know the message I was trying to convey, but the other person would have no idea of what I was saying. In preschool, this problem continued, so the school gave me a speech specialist. With the help of this specialist, I was able to learn how to make my thoughts clear (as much as a child could).
Throughout high school, I was regularly told that writing was not my strongest skill. My teachers would constantly “shoot down” my writing because it was never “good enough,” except I never understood what that truly meant. However, this class helped me realize that my writing has “potential for greatness,” but it just requires some more time, thought, and clarification.
Children that cannot communicate or express themselves properly often find it hard perform well in school and form relationships because of their speech, language and communication difficulties. Poor communication skills are often overlooked by parents since most of the interactions between parents and children, if any, take place in an informal setting. Parents are happy when children come home with good grades in science based subjects but don’t really put a lot of emphasis on language skills. This means that the effects of poor communication skills are often noticed later in life when children begin to interact with formal settings that require formal communications.
I discovered many strengths and weaknesses through this semester, especially in this latter half. For me, my most instrumental papers were the collaborative essay, my essay on circumcision, and the research essay. These really highlighted some key ideas for me on things I needed to work on or had down already.
Everyone growing up faces many struggles and/or obstacles, and that’s a fact. One of the obstacles that I faced while growing up, was that I could not hear properly. I remember my teachers from
I have been practicing on how to improve my writing over the past few weeks, which has taught me a great deal about writing. My teacher would like me to evaluate and explain my strengths and weaknesses in my own writing. This evaluation is in between my two essays. One on my own and another with my teacher's help. I have strengths and weakness in my introduction, body paragraphs ,and my conclusion.
We are already midway through the first quarter of my last year as a high school student. I find it hard to completely grasp how quickly this year is passing and yet I feel like we've already accomplished so much.
Olympian, Kim Collins said, “Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection.” This quote can also apply to students in school in many different ways. Students always want the best project or writing grade that they can possibly get. While that is a worthy goal it is not realistic because students are not perfect and they are still learning, and developing important skills. In my personal essays throughout the year I did strive for perfection, but I learned that I could not do it. I had to make slight improvements to better my writing for the next essay.
I have trouble writing because my writing seems to be a little “tongue-in-cheek” as my AP English teacher said. (I have a couple unfinished examples that I will attach). I tend to not know exactly what I am trying to say in my essays. It is not that I am a poor writer per se; I just have an issue focusing my writing. I enjoy writing; however, I become engrossed in the way I want to present my ideas. Perhaps it is that I do not know the audience to whom I am writing. I usually use proper grammar and mechanics but that is definitely not enough to write an exceptional essay. In this course, I feel strongly that I will develop these skills. Another concern I have with writing is when it is timed. I have never performed well in a timed writing assignment;
As a recent Egyptian immigrant to the United States, writing is the most difficult subject. In 7th grade, my writing process started to develop with the help of an amazing teacher. Ever since 7th grade I have been practicing wiring to be close to the high school writing slandered. I reached my goal last year when my act writing score is 6 point which places me in English 101. I doubted myself so, I took the Accuplacer test which also, placed me in English 101. I was scared when I saw the results that I’m going to fail this course. After taking this course, it made me more confident in writing and showed me my writing level which needs more practice. This class helped me improve my writing skills, by getting great feedback from my instructor
Throughout this year you have seen me develop as both a writer and as a person. This year for LA has definitely been a challenging one for me, as I learnt how to manage my time effectively, develop my writing and properly edit my writing pieces.
I thought it was funny when on pg. 284 – 285 that Bessie was saying that there might not be a African American president in a couple of years, and she also believed that there might be even a women president before an African American president. So, today we have an African American president and there hasn’t been a women president yet. Bessie was right about somethings but, I believe that is just a coincidence that this has happened. Sadie was right about Bessie, how she could tell the future, I guess Bessie was just gifted. I think that Bessie would be a great president, in my opinion, she knows what made the country fall and what has helped build it up.
My effort to be the best, especially in school, started in middle school when the teachers would separate the grade based on intelligence. I always wanted to be in the highest difficulty class because in my eyes, that meant that I was able to show people that just because I may sound different, doesn’t mean I can’t be as smart. I made sure I was placed in the accelerated classes even if it was a subject I’m not as strong in. I worked my butt off in most cases so people couldn’t tell that I might be struggling on a certain topic. This persistence of trying to be the best and “faking it till I made it” taught me that working hard and striving towards a goal can lead to major accomplishments. However, as I’ve learned only recently, always taking all the APs and honors classes available without taking into consideration one’s strengths or weaknesses will only lead to great amounts of stress and a sense of failure when you don’t meet your expectations. I’ve come to realize that taking a regents level class or a less challenging elective doesn’t make one anyone dumber than someone who takes all APs. Accelerating in all different parts of school has allowed me to challenge myself, prove to myself that I’m capable in succeeding, and allowing myself to be seen as normal in the eyes of my classmates. My speech impediment was a catalyst
I honestly do not believe that there is anything that I would change with regards to how I created my paper. This is because I feel that throughout my paper, I truly put my all into my writing by using a certain passion in order to create a paper that truly reflected the ideas which I wanted to show within the paper regarding the topic. Likewise, I also feel that when it comes to the structure of the paper, it was quite well constructed and had a high degree of “readability” so to speak which resulted in an essay that was a pleasure to read. These conclusions are not based upon my own perspective, but rather from the feedback given by multiple people who I requested to critique my writing within the paper. However, this is not to say that there