How is college English different?
When we are in high school we are taught simple reading and writing skills. At most the teachers there just introduce us to those skills. We aren’t given much exposure to these skills during the school year. The skills taught to us are the basics and it’s not until we reach college that students see the difference in what is being taught.
The things that were taught to me about reading and writing in high school were simply the basic skills. Such as being taught in the ninth grade to highlight important information and take notes on my readings so when I would begin the writing process I could find the information faster. Then being taught throughout my high school year to try and make my writing more interesting by using a variety of sentences by asking questions, using exclamation points, and making imperative and declarative sentences. If I didn’t intrigue the reader then my writing wasn’t good enough and in those sentences it was required that I had to try and use more sophisticated vocabulary so that the reader won’t get bored of me repeating words. Then in my junior year I was taught how to annotate articles. My teacher said that the reason that we annotate was to put notes near parts of the article that we either found important or that we wanted to go back to for more clarification. I had also been taught the simple skill of rereading where if it didn’t make sense the first time go back and read the article all over again so I can try to understand it. Rough drafts were something that had been required since I was learning how to write paragraph papers. We would have to peer edit another student’s writing and see if we can find any errors however my experiences with this was that my friends would peer edit my writing in the class and wouldn’t be honest with my writing and say that it was good even though there may have been mistakes they could’ve told me about while they were...
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