As I sit crooked on my couch tonight typing this blog, I feel compelled (by the assignment) to write about how the year has gone thus far. It has been a roller coaster. Junior year stinks. But it’s also awesome. I have great teachers, and I feel challenged.
Timed writings. I tackled those successfully. How? I listened to Lindner’s advice about not device hunting. Whenever I would sit down to write one, I’d pay attention to what the author was saying and how the phrases themselves were persuasive. I found that whenever I would explain the persuasiveness of a device, it came across more formulaic and less compelling. Furthermore, I would approach argumentation timed writings calmly. An adequate knowledge of current events made my timed writings easier to write. Also, class discussions were successful. I found that participating in class discussions only deepened my understanding of the books we discussed. While this may seem obvious, I think verbally analyzing literature helps to synthesize what we actually know.
Reading for meaning=bad. Whenever I would sit down to crank out a book, I was mostly just trying to get through it. This caused me to miss out on key intricacies in the novels we read. While I wasn’t the WORST about procrastinating, I did end up spending large amounts of time in desperation a few days before the reading tests. This class isn’t riddled with surprises and unjust challenges, but it is fairly easy to fall behind if not careful. Next semester? I will start earlier, and make more notes in my books to really think about what I’ve read.
All in all, it has been a great semester. And I’ve learned a lot about discrimination, society, and early feminism. I can’t wait for next semester. THANKS LINDNER! 🙂