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stedman--annoying-ways.pdf

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This chapter caught my eye because of two words, "annoying" and "sources". Annoying sources, sounds about right. I found it funny how the author began with comparing citing sources with slow driving. Two completely different things that revolve around the same idea. I also really like how the author wrote this chapter as if she were really talking to a group of students, not trying to make it seem like some scholarly article. I feel this chapter will be really useful for our research paper. 

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hinton--so-youve-got-a-writing-assignment.pdf

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Since we were assigned an essay to write in English 105, I thought this chapter would be very useful. I really liked how they offered a lot of tips and tricks. Even though I already know most of them, I enjoyed reading it because the tone of this chapter was really helpful but not overwhelming with all kinds of information. As a first year student it gave me a good description of why certain things are crucial within writing. 

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Critical Thinking in College Writing: From the Personal to the Academic | Writing Spaces

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When a critical thinking writing assignment is assigned, I always have the fear that I interpreted the passage wrong. After reading the section "Attentive Reading : A Foundation for Critical Thinking" it made me realize it's there's nothing wrong with forming my own opinion about a certian text. As long as i remember to keep in mind the main ideas, key points, and the purpose the author is trying to get across. 

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allen--the-inspired-writing-vs-the-real-writer.pdf

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There was a quote in this chapter that stood out to me and reminded me of on our class discussion on sh**** first drafts, "we believe that the writing that comes easily is the only good writing, so we will turn in papers that have been drafted quickly and without revision, hoping for the best (grade)". Throughout this chapter it describes this "inspired writer" who never struggles when it comes to writing anything. Their words would flow out with no problems whatsoever. The whole concept of the "inspired writer" is unachievable to most people. We all should just stick to the idea of embracing our sh**** first drafts because eventually we will make many corrections leading it to be a good paper. 

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mckinney-maddalena--i-need-you-to-say-i.pdf

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Since I am fresh out of High School, I still have my High School mentality where we should not use "I" unless the essay assigned has permitted us to do so. After reading this chapter, I learned first person can improve a written arguement as long as its used in the proper form of context. There were still parts that definately threw me off, especially where it says it keeps your writing "objective". If i were to use "I" in an essay wouldnt that make it subjective? Although that part left me a bit puzzled, I found this chapter informing and very will be useful since we are going to write an essay very soon.  

 

 

 

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