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Lu and Horner Final Draft

Lu and Horner Final Draft

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Adams 1Margery AdamsDr. Jan ReimanEnglish 1101x21 March 2010Reinstating the Rules of WritingWhen you are in middle school, you are taught that to develop a well written paper, youneed an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. They called it the five paragraphessay. Paper after paper, teachers asked you to use this set up, criticizing your work if youstrayed from the guidelines. From sixth grade to my junior year, I used this form of writing.After taking some English classes in college though, I have come to realize that this little bit of information is far from the truth. In chapter one of Writing Conventions by Min-Zhan Lu andBruce Horner, they explain why it is not necessary to complete a written paper in a certainformat, or in the correct order. Instead, they say writing is a process and that there is no singlecorrect process that can be applied to constructing a paper. This reading asked me to challengeeverything I was taught in middle school on writing. They say you will use different ways youthink are helpful, as you write different papers. Lu and Horner also discuss how crucial roughdrafts are. It is important to save every paper, and not go in and make corrections on the originaldraft. Making corrections on the original draft can erase information that may have been helpful.It is important to be able to see the progress in your work, so you can see how far your paper hascome, how your original ideas blossomed, and it may give you ideas you missed early on, thatyou can now include in your final draft.
 
Adams 2I agree with the majority of what Lu and Horner say. There are no set steps you shouldtake when writing. Lu and Horner use the thesis statement as an example; you do not have tocome up with a thesis statement first, during, or last. Many people create a thesis statement, thentry and fit their paper within those parameters. But wouldn’t it be so much easier to write your draft, and then come up with a thesis statement that fits your whole paper. When I sit down towrite, I just type out what first comes into my head, and to be honest, it usually is not that good.But after I play around, finish the paragraph, go add an introduction, and jazz it up a little, itdoesn’t come out too shabby. If you follow a strict set of rules as you write a paper, I do not seehow you would ever be able to get your thoughts down. Lu and Horner stress the importance of finding a strategy that works well for you each time you write. They state that when you arefaced with the question of what to do, you should "use others advice and your own experiencesto pose possible models for your composing process and re-pose-compose an actual course of writing." They talk about many different writing processes in chapter one, and one topic, theimportance of peer editing, we have done many times in class. It is good to have a fresh eye look over a paper you have written. This new perspective will give you insight to what you haveforgotten, where your grammar has faulted, and places in your paper that make utterly no sense.Peer editing help us "compose" and "re-compose" by using thoughts from our peers. This chapter has taught me how to develop new strategies and reiterated the importance of revising our peer’s papers. I know now that papers do not need to be written in a specific order, no matter how youwere taught in sixth grade.

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