Dear Ms. Henze

               Some friends I have made in this class who I
didn’t know before are Part, Harmeet, Sarwat, Joey and Navdeep. Some people I
enjoy working with are Sarwat, Part and Harmeet because these guys are my good
friends and they understand me very well when I try to explain my ideas. In
assignments and class works too, these guys help me out when ever I am confused
about something. Some of the classroom routines I enjoy are the self-reading, as
that is the time when we can read any kind of book which we want to read in the
class. Therefore, it helps us to improve our reading and writing skills. Group
work or discussion is another thing which I enjoy because it helps us to
discuss about our ideas about the text or the story by this way we come to know
more about the text and its deeper meaning which the author is trying to tell
us. Reading to myself is enjoyable because It makes me a better person in so
many ways, like to develop my verbal abilities, improve my focus and
concentration, improve my understanding and I get to read about the other
people’s mind.

               When I read the first story “The
Most Dangerous Game”, I felt so disappointed because I did not fully understand
what the writer was trying to say. I switched frequently between my dictionary
and the story to look up tons of new words. Sometimes even, there were two or
more unfamiliar words in one sentence. In addition, I did not have too much
time, because some upcoming discussions were related to this story. I had to
finish reading it in almost one week. That week was tough for me, but
fortunately I was so happy that my reading improved a lot. After that, reading
the next story “A Rose for Emily” was easier for me. After reading it, I
learned how to use quotations from other credible sources and MLA citation. I
also read some texts which helped me write my Second Paragraph. “A Rose for
Emily” is my favorite one, because it made me think deeper in meaning and in
detail. Reading really helps me be a critical writer. When I am reading, I may
stop to think why the author writes in this way, what his main purpose is and
if there are any others better ways. Just like I learned in “The Tell-tale
Heart”, during the reading I made notes on a piece of paper, which helped me
have a better understanding.

               Now, when starting my paragraph,
I write drafts before my final paragraph. This really is helping because I can
write whatever I want on the first draft instead of being stuck looking at an
empty paper. I still have trouble starting off my paragraph to grab the readers
attention and I also have trouble with the conclusion. I’m having a lot of
success with is being able to write down what I want and turning it into a good
writing piece while using drafts to pick out the bad parts. I would probably
have to say my best piece is the 2nd critical paragraph that we have done in
this class. I feel like my writing is starting to mature and transform into a
great piece. The worst writing that I have done in the class so far would have
to be the first paragraph.

               Furthermore, my first weakness
is word choice. Word Choice is crucial for writing a good paragraph.
Inappropriate word choice gives readers wrong information and misleads them. I
think I need to read more books and learn more words. Second weakness is sentenced
in the paragraphs are sometimes too simple. I try to write some complex
sentences, but doing so only increases my grammar mistakes which make my paragraph
even worse. But the writing work in the class made me more conscious of the use
and purpose of language, punctuation, word choice, vocabulary, readability or
sentence structure. Writing is just like talking to people. Think about what to
say is just like writing an outline. Writing teaches me that I should do
everything step by step. Just like using quotations to support my argument, at
first, I need to introduce them as we do in our critical paragraph, specific
claim, introduce context then it’s evidence and at the end linking sentences.

               In terms of my personal awareness and
responsibility, a few areas where I want to improve are being on time in the
class usually when there is a change in the block orders, I usually get late
for the class. Participating in class because I am a bit shy type person until
I’m comfortable with the surroundings. I think I may be at the B level in this
course, because I finish any assignments and turn them in on time. I do not
have any late assignments because I always check what is going to due next week
and start early. Another reason is that I learned many writing skills in the
class and used them in my critical paragraph. Although I may not be very good
at using them, I believe it will get better with practice. All in all, I think
I may get a B.


Navneet Sidhu





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