What part was most interesting to me:
The part that was most interesting to me while reading this piece was the very first paragraph. When it mentioned how Dame Edith Sitwell would lie in a coffin before writing caught my attention very quickly. It is so bizarre that someone would do that, and it makes you wonder why someone would do that, and how that could possibly make them write better. I guess some people need to go to drastic measures in order to spark their creativity, but hearing this way of doing it was very interesting to read about.
What I like the most about class so far is the revision groups. While working on our essays, I find that it's less stressful when you have others helping you with your writing and giving you input. What my group members saw in my work, I probably would never have caught. From listening what they have to say about my essay, they help me come up with better ideas with how I could make it better. Talking about each of the group members essays you can also feel more confident in how you write from them telling you what they think your strengths are also.
After reading Danielle Williams essay, I found good and bad points to it. What I liked most about her essay was that it was very easy to read even though she went in depth with her experience in her IB English 1 class. She went into specific tasks within the class that ultimately strenthened her writing and reading abilities.
I guess the only thing that I didn't like about the essay was that it wasn't very interesting to read. Even though she explained her experience very well, it didn't seem to keep my attention. The only other spots where I saw some problems were small gramatical errors within the writing. Otherwise, I thought Danielle's essay was quite good.
Personal factors that most affected the students' education:
I thought that one of the personal factors that most affected the Indian girls' education was the fact that she wanted to be back home with her mother and aunt. She didn't want to be where she was, away from home, while she was getting her education, which ultimately greatly affects her education and wanting to learn under those circumstances.
Outside factors that were most influential:
The biggest outside factor that was most influential to the Indian girl, was her missionary school basically forcing her to move away to conform to what they thought was the right way to be. She really had no choice in leaving home, and her mother didn't even want her to come back.
What I liked most about the piece:
I guess I never realized that this type of thing actually happend where kids were forced to move away to comform into the "white people's" way of living. So, it was interesting in reading something new where I got to learn something different.
"I know some very great writers, writers you love who write beautifully and have made a great deal of money, and not one of them sits down routinely feeling wildly enthusiastic and confident."
This sentence caught my attention, because the writer explains that even the greatest writers have their bad days, like us. By saying this sentence she makes the reader feel a little more confident in their writing. It takes the pressure off of having to write a great rough draft right away, by knowing that famous writers don't start off at their best either. Overall, I just liked the way she made you as a writer feel less stressed out when starting to write an essay or whatever it may be.
1. My neighborhood growing up:
As a child, up until the present, I lived in a very quiet and peaceful neighborhood in the German town of New Ulm, Minnesota. Right across the street from my block was Washington Elementary School where I attended fourth through sixth grade. Growing up there weren't any other children my age in my neighborhood except for my one best friend, Jake. You could count on us to be the only two children playing outside every single day whether it was ninety degrees and humid or snow was piled four feet from the ground. Today, it's full of crazy kids running all around. I can always count on five little, but excited hello's whether I'm coming or going, which makes where I live a very cheerful place.
2. What I liked most and least about high school:
I was one person who really enjoyed high school for the most part. I looked forward the most to seeing all of my friends every day and going to all the school events. Just the environment of being surrounded by people you knew for so many years made me feel so comfortable. Of course, the least exciting thing for me was having to pay attention in class and do homework. I tend to lose my focus easily, and I can still imagine sitting in class constantly looking at the clock until the tone would sound and I could talk to my friends again.
3. The best and worse teacher I've had so far:
The best teacher that I've had was my piano teacher for eleven years. There wasn't one specific thing that she did that made me like her so much, but it was the relationship that we shared that made her so great. She was a person who genuinely cared about me and what was going on in my life. Just by the way I played at my lesson, she could tell whether or not I was in a good or bad mood or if I had a lot going on in my life at the time. The worst teacher that I've ever had was my high school government teacher. From the moment the students walked into his room to the moment we left, the mood of the class would go from good to bad. He was the type of person who loved to get under other people's skin to make himself feel good. The day that class was finally done, everyone was definately relieved.
4. Evaluation of my education:
Overall, I feel that the education that I received was pretty good. It seemed that my school did the best they could to educate everyone to their highest ability. I also think that they tried to prepare us well for our futures by teaching us what they felt we should know before moving on past graduation. I am very fortunate to have gone to the school that I did, because I am confident that what I learned, will help me greatly during college.
5. The point that I decided to go to college and who was responsible for that decision:
Growing up there was no doubt in my mind that I wouldn't go on to college. It wasn't really something that I had to think about too hard, because I just knew. I started to think more into it around the beginning of my junior year in high school. Friends that were graduating talked about where they were planning on going to college, which got me to start thinking about it a little deeper. I feel that I was most responsible for making the decision about going on to further my education. If I remember right, I think I mentioned my plans on college before my parents even did. My parents never pushed me or made me do anything, so ultimately it was my decision.