Goals for English

Topics: Henry David Thoreau, Thought, Writing Pages: 3 (1005 words) Published: March 26, 2002
Henry David Thoreau once said, "In the long run, men hit only that they aim at, therefore they had better aim at something high." I agree with Thoreau completely. When you have goals in life, you're going to do anything and everything to accomplish those goals. Therefore why not set higher goals that you will endeavor just with diminutive amount of more effort? One semester of English has gone by and there's another semester to go. Even though I have done fairly well in English the first semester, I would like to do even better the second semester. I can only do better if I have a plan and this plan is the different types of goals I am going to set for myself. You can't be a good student by just doing well in one aspect of any subject. You need to become better in all aspects of the subject and become a better student overall.

Even though my writing has progressed since the beginning of the school year, there are still a few parts that I need to improve in my writing to become a better writer. My vocabulary isn't that strong and for the second semester, I would like to start to build my vocabulary and use better words in my writing. I think I can accomplish this goal by memorizing a useful, common word everyday and using it somehow in my daily life. I can also use better words by using the thesaurus while I'm writing. I don't mean to use the thesaurus and translate every word I'm using but change a few words. By taking words from the thesaurus, I am not only learning new vocabulary words, but also learning how to use them. Another problem that I'm having in my writing that I would like to improve next marking period is using less words. I tend to use too many words and make my writing too wordy. It's not that I repeat sentences, I just tend to add too many details that aren't even needed. I plan on fixing this problem by always going through my writing and seeing which words I could take out that would not make the sentence any different. I...
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