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Project 1 Writing Construct Sample

Project 1 Writing Construct Sample

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Student Sample for Assignment "Questioning a Writing Construct"
Student Sample for Assignment "Questioning a Writing Construct"

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Student 1Student NameENG 1510 MWFMatthew Vetter 13 December 2012
Can I Use ―I‖ in This
?
 – 
The Unavoidable PersonalityFor extended periods of time, any sort of personal writing within an academic text has beendiscouraged and frowned upon. Teachers and instructors have been training their students toavoid the use of words such as I me, you, we, us, they, their,
they‘re,
and so on. All of these personal pronouns suggest a much more subjective form of writing and one that may be far moreopinionated as well. However, countless rhetorical texts feed off of these personal opinions andideas. Texts that do not use personal pronouns are simply written in a manner that may seem lessopinion oriented and appear more evidentiary based. They are, however, just as personallycentered and constructed as the latter; they are merely less obvious to readers.There are numerous myths in the English language in regards to personal writing. Thesemyths are part of the continuing conversation and should be addressed in order to develop a more profound understanding of personal writing.
In ―That Way Be Monsters: Myths and Bugaboosabout Teaching Personal Writing,‖ Lynn Bloom introduces and explains
the thoughtssurrounding these myths. Some of these myths include the following (from abstract):
 
―Anything written in t
he first person singular is autobiographica
l‖
 
 
―S
tudent personal writing is a dying genre, and college courses should concentrate on thenew, complicated and difficult
 
 
All personal writing is sufficiently alike in intellectual and aesthetic dimensions to beunrewarding to read or write
 
 
 
Student 1
 
Encouraging students to write personally will cause them to be solipsists and egotistsand to resist further writ
ing development‖
Such myths seem to be formed by people who do not look clearly enough at texts to see the personality within every word; they cannot decipher or delve deeply enough into them. They believe that academic writing must be strictly supported by evidence and fact, and that a textis not professional if written otherwise.
Assuming that personal writing is ―not allowed‖
or that it is unprofessional can be verythreatening to academia and the people within the writing community. Writing requires a passion that comes from within a personal element. Without that element, the desire and
need 
to write would essentially be lost. Opinions and individual thought would vanish into thin air,therefore leaving behind arguments and the possibility to develop and continue ongoingconversations.When examining the continuing conversation regarding this concept of personal writing,along with the several authors who have added to the conversation, we find many similar aswell as contradictory ideas. Writers such as Greene, Kantz, Murray, Simmons, Elbow andothers have rather similar viewpoints as far as personal writing, while writers such asRosenberg remain slightly deviant. The former agree with personality in writing; they believein individual arguments and inquiry, originality, and voice. Writers like the latter, however,disagree with personal and individual, experiential writing.
Is personal writing truly a ―
d
ying genre?‖ Is
it not difficult or complicated? Is all personalwriting unrewarding? Truthfully, personality will never go out of style, and personal writingis not necessarily easy. It requires long thought processes and emotion established within thewriter, and in turn, is very rewarding. A person can learn much about his or herself through
 
 
Student 1their own writing, and readers can a
cquire a lot from an author‘s
writing as well. Basically,
any writing can be considered personal. A writer‘s own work can be
dubbed personal writingsimply because the writer him or herself wrote it.Research papers, for example, are much more personal than people might presume. Theyare not limited to simply looking up information and putting
it into the paper as ―evidence‖
tosupport a thesis. Many articles have been written as arguments and conversations betweenthe writer and the audience, and give much personal background. These arguments requirethe writer to look into different perspectives and standpoints on a topic. The
writer‘s purpose
is to argue a point, and also discuss in detail other thoughts and ideas about said topic. Theycan show their own point of view without being nailed down to something specific. Writersmay even give each of the ideas they express
a ―winning‖ chance by representing every ide
ain a positive way. They do not necessarily need to
argue that one idea is ―right‖ over another;
they research opposing ideas to understand where the underlying argument(s) in a constructlie, and to discover more about their own thoughts as well.The arguments in texts come from past ideas and conversations; every argument is brought up by another argument. People come up with ideas and viewpoints based on these past conversations and arguments over a topic, and thus they can build upon them. Anindividual
‘s viewpoint comes very much
from
within one‘s own person
al beliefs and theways in which they grew up and were raised.The reality is that writers cannot avoid at least some kind of personal writing within a text.Even if it is a research paper, research that is found has most likely somehow been formed because of a past construct or idea of the same or a similar matter. Writing, even in anacademic setting, has personal attributes and reflects certain values, virtues, and emotions.

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