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Always Do the Reading
Lots of Writing
This class was tough.
Students will gain better insight on how to use rhetoric effectively in writing and be exposed to the components of different writing styles that may be applied to their own. Not only that but students will also be able to read many works of authors throughout the centuries. They will experience different movements and ideas such as Transcendentalism and the Romantic movement. They will not only gain knowledge of how to use logical fallacies but they will also learn about history. It is a great interdisciplinary subject for one who loves literature, writing, and history. For example, many of the books that were read in the course surrounded a historical event. The Crucible gave insight on the witch trials, Their Eyes Were Watching God gave a better picture of the devastating hurricane that hit the United States in the early 1900s, and The Great Gatsby talked about the lives of people in the 1920s. Most importantly, the course will help students acquire the valuable skill of being able to dissect a piece of writing. Students will be able to determine the tone, the purpose, the atmosphere, and all the rhetorical devices that the author uses to effectively get his point across to the reader. This is turn will be able to help students write successfully and at a higher level.
The highlights were being exposed to beautiful literature that I otherwise would have never read on my own, especially the works of Thoreau, and also having a newfound appreciation for literature. Ever since the course I have been more interested in works of Transcendentalist authors and other authors from centuries past. It has also broadened my vocabulary since it has opened me up to writings of different time periods. This course also helped me develop my writing style that has helped me succeed in other classes that require multiple writing assignments and essays such as AP US History. I learned how to establish a thesis in a more concrete manner and organize my writing. As a result, I believe that this class is very rewarding especially as one moves onto college where being able to write correctly and in an organized way is an integral part of success.
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Students should stay focused on the task that the teacher asks them to complete. Also, students should actually read the novels given to them instead of looking for a summary online. After students read the novel they should additionally read analyses on the novel as it would put them at an advantage for tests and other projects. This will help them better understand underlying themes, motifs, and concepts. Also, students should not get discouraged when the teacher critiques an essay for it will only benefit them in the end. They should take heed of the advice the teacher gives and apply it to their writing.