The Human Cost Of An Illiterate Society By Jonathan Kozol

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Throughout English 1010 thus far, I can certainly say that my writing skills have been tested and tried. Writing for fun and composing rhetorical essays for a college-level English class are vastly different styles and require contrasting attitudes, voices, and points of view for each. Before writing essays of the former diction, I must admit that I did not understand the rhetorical strategies and had no idea there even was a rhetorical triangle. The assignments included in this portfolio show the advancements I have made in my writing with an academic tone.
While writing my summary and response for the essay “The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society” by Jonathan Kozol, I quickly became aware of my weaknesses with shortening and summarizing essays. Especially when trying to identify rhetoric, I tend to run on and have difficulty cutting out the extraneous and superfluous content. Luckily for me, that was the entire point of the assignment and I filed those skills away for the sake of my future writing career. When revisiting this piece, I found that there were certain sentences throughout that used opinion and have no place in a summary.
For some reason, the visual analysis assignment was by far my most difficult essay to finalize and compile into a …show more content…

That being said, other times you learn just as much from revising your work as you did from completing the initial assignment. Refining my rhetorical analysis was indeed an experience of both – troublesome and rewarding. Since my academic voice is somewhat similar to when I began this class, I decided to simply move and alter bits and pieces of the text. The biggest change was correcting the many instances where I use the wording “the audience,” rather than the actual, specific target audience of the paper. This helped me implement much better usage of my understanding of the rhetorical triangle. Adjusting wording and phrasing also bettered the

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