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This class was tough.
I would definitely recommend this course because not only does it teach you important writing and speaking techniques but also allows you and encourages you to express yourself in the classroom and discuss with fellow peers.
The highlights of this course were learning how to express myself through speaking and overcoming anxiety.
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Take the time to study and work hard for this course, but have fun with it as well. You are not only able to gain knowledge on how to write different types of papers but also are able to express yourself within them.
This class was tough.
I would definitely recommend a rhetoric class to any student or adult- no matter what age. Even if you believe that you're already a fantastic writer or presenter, there's no doubt in my mind that this class wouldn't tremendously benefit you. Before my junior year, and throughout the first quarter of school as well, I found myself extremely anxious, overwhelmed, and insecure about my speaking, writing, and discussion abilities. However, as I set precise goals for myself in each of these areas of rhetoric, I discovered that with practice, discipline, and motivation I could achieve a sense of ease and success in my rhetorical skills. Throughout my junior year I gained self-knowledge and motivation in myself as a writer, acquired a great deal of content knowledge in speaking, writing, and discussion, became comfortable and knowledgeable with my writing techniques through rhetorical knowledge, and I have achieved critical knowledge that will carry on to help me in my future.
During the rhetoric course my junior year, I gained self-knowledge and motivation in myself as a writer. My two main goals concerning writing were to communicate and generate my ideas quicker and more effectively. Additionally, I wanted to improve my grammar skills and develop better hooks and transitions. Throughout the first semester, I realized that I am a perpetually lazy and reluctant writer. I would not complete my rough drafts of my paper, and if I did they would be extremely flawed. This laziness strongly effected me when the “Final Draft” of a paper was due- I spent long nights trying to complete a paper that I should have previously had lots of time to do. When I realized that this behavior was affecting my writing, I changed my writing practices in order to better help and benefit myself. I motivated myself in order to complete rough drafts on time, which gave me more time to improve my grammar skills and develop better hooks and transitions. I improved my grammar skills by utilizing less “to-be” verbs, and my transitions between sentences and paragraphs strengthened when I started using the “old-new contract”. I used less “to-be” verbs by utilizing other verbs and “show words” that described the situation. I acquired a great deal of content knowledge in my speaking, writing, and discussion skills throughout my rhetoric class this year. By exercising my speaking, writing, and discussion skills this semester I learned a lot of new complexities, ideas, and perspectives. Personally, public speaking is one of my biggest weaknesses- I find myself incredibly nervous, nauseated, and unconfident. However, by practicing speaking in front of my peers and receiving feedback from you and my fellow students, I became more comfortable. I struggled with the complexity of not moving from side to side or touching my hair a lot, but when my nervous habits were called upon, I addressed my behavior. Concerning writing, I gained a lot of content knowledge by analyzing Allyn & Bacon, which also presented new ideas and perspectives addressing rhetorical writing and generating papers. Additionally, I also obtained content knowledge regarding my discussion skills by reading They Say I Say and effectively using the templates it provided. This semester I became comfortable and knowledgeable with my writing techniques through rhetorical knowledge. This year I learned a lot about rhetorically persuading my audience through ethos, pathos, and logos. In several of my essays I utilized ethos, pathos, and logos in order to accomplish my purpose and appeal to my audience. In my paper “Cyberbully” I wrote, “Grace McComas, a 15-year old sophomore from Baltimore took her like on Easter Sunday of 2012 in order to end the endless pain of a cyberbullying campaign against her. Unfortunately, Grace’s case isn’t the only one that illustrates a helpless teenager suffering from cyberbullying who has attempted [and succeeded] to take her own life”. Here, I depicted pathos by utilizing strong emotion in order to grab the audience’s attention and appeal to their emotions on a personal level. I have learned that the audience needs to be connected to what the speaker or writer is saying, and they also need to understand you. Depending on the audience, you need to adjust your techniques in order to better reach them and appeal to them. I will definitely use this information and rhetorical techniques in the future in order to generate my ideas effectively to an audience when I go into the workforce, and even in everyday life when talking to people. I have achieved critical knowledge that will carry on to help me in my future. Although my writing, speaking, and discussion still contain weaknesses, I have grown and strengthened each of these areas. Of the papers in my portfolio, the weakest would be my “Let Freedom Ring” paper because I wasn’t an experienced writer and my paper possessed a great deal of “to-be verbs, fluffy sentences, and disconnection to the audience. However, my strongest paper would be my Empirical Paper, because I had a strong passion for the social injustice I was writing about and took time to use exceptional grammar, hooks, and transitions between sentences and paragraphs. My ability to identify my strengths and weaknesses during this course has definitely improved sense I am more inclined to notice rhetorical errors, and have obtained a great deal of self and content knowledge. My peers and teacher have played a strong and significant role in helping me become a better writer, speaker, and discusser by giving me positive feedback on my work and providing tips so that I can continue to grow and strive for excellence. If I had more time to go over my past works and papers, I would definitely change my papers so that they would reach the audience more efficiently, and use more of the templates provided in the They Say I Say book. Throughout the year I have not only benefitted from my Junior Rhetoric class as a writer, speaker, and discusser, but my confidence has also increased and I find myself more comfortable talking to groups of people. I am excited to continue to utilize the skills that I have learned in the workforce and in everyday life in my future.
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If you have the opportunity to take a rhetoric course, I urge you to sign up! So many techniques of writing and presenting as well as discussing you will need to be successful in college and beyond, and it strengthens your confidence as well. Students, do not procrastinate about completing papers and do not be afraid to be creative when it comes to presentations and discussions. Also, do not be insecure and unwilling to present your ideas because you think they might be foolish.