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Essay on Literacy

February 11th, 2010

Writing is used as a method of communication. In order to communicate with others their must be a connection between the reader and the writer. I learned how to achieve this connection by appealing to how the reader might feel. My personal development of my essays is highly influenced by my ninth grade teacher, Mrs. McKeller. Mrs. McKeller taught me that without gaining a reader’s respect, my own viewpoints are underappreciated and disregarded. Since receiving her advice I am a more confident writer.

When I was in ninth grade I was so non expressive. I did not write with a lot of confidence, so my papers lacked a part of my personality. I remember one incident where I had to write an autobiography about myself and briefly mention someone that had an impact on my life. I was horrified by the words “autobiography” because I hated to talk about myself. I am an extremely analytical writer so this task was very hard for me. For once in my life I was finally analyzing myself. Writing about myself showed me that it is okay to talk about sadness and heartache and the pressure that life brings. Sometimes, I guess it is okay to just relax and let people in to know the real me.

Although I overcame the fear of writing with expression, Mrs. McKeller helped me realize that “Hey Danielle, everyone does not have to agree with what you write about.” She would always tell me that because I would get a little offended by people’s reactions to my writings. Fortunately, Mrs. McKeller taught me that it is the writer’s responsibility to persuade the reader into a new point of view. This persuasion has to take place my making a bond between the writer and the audience.

A bond between an audience and writer is an essential element of a well-written paper. The first goal of my writing is to grab a reader’s attention. Readers do not want to be bored. For example, most people enjoy reading something because it appeals to them, but when a topic is introduced in a dull manner, the reader immediately loses interest. However, once that attention is grabbed, the audience tunes in. Whether or not the audience disagrees is irrelevant. The audience should understand the content before making any opinions. My purpose is to let the audience know exactly where I stand on a topic and deliver the topic in the most interesting way that I can.

Appealing to a reader’s own personal attitude toward a subject, however, involves an entirely different approach. Instead of writing in a way that I feel information should be received, I give the reader some alternatives. For instance, “Hot pink is a prettier color than dark blue” is my own opinion, but if I say “ Hot pink appears to stand out more than dark blue” it gives more possibilities for the reader to think about and explore. Possibility is my main objective of writing. I want the reader to want to change something that they disagree with.

Besides writing to appeal to others persuasively, I generally like to write with open-mindedness. My English teacher told me that the world was full of new ideas, people, and places, so I had to step outside of everything that I knew in order to appeal to others. Her words of advice have proven to be true thus far and have definitely affected me today.

Today, I write with more confidence, pride, self-awareness, and dignity. My awareness shows through my organization. I used to jot down ideas but now I actually plan my paper step by step. Starting from the traditional introduction, I write every sentence with the idea of clear content. I want people to understand what I write about. I want a reader to be able to follow my ideas without being misled or confused by tangled sentences.

When developing my ideas, I subcategorize at least three main pints of interest. For instance, I always write a topic sentence and give at least three supporting details. However, my details are sometimes expanded on so much that I have to break them up into individual paragraphs. After the paragraphs are divided I can elaborate more on one central idea.

Besides structural content, I check for mistakes in grammar. Punctuaton, sentence structure, and spelling are key factors of an effective essay. Another factor of my writing style is getting other’s viewpoints and opinions of my essay. After writing an essay I have always let others edit and make revisions. This process of revision and editing lets me know what areas need improvement. In other words, I definitely need a
rough draft. My ideas do not flow very easily; therefore I have to carefully plan them out first.

Thus, writing plays an important role in my life. Over the years I have greatly matured and so has my writing. Therefore, I will continue t grow from my strengths and build on my weaknesses so that I can become a better writer in the future.

My ideas do not flow very easily; therefore I have carefully plan them out first.
Thus, writing plays an important role in my life. Over the years I have greatly matured and so has my writing. Therefore, I will continue to grow from my strengths and build on my weaknesses so that I can become a better writer in the future.

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