the situation fixed in a timely manner. This story shows how hard it can be for people who are perceivedto be inferior or incompetent just because they dont speak perfect English.The author also talks about how the English language has developed different meanings for herover time. She mentions that when she was younger she was embarrassed by her mothers brokenEnglish and how people treated her mother when she spoke this way. The author also talks about howin school she struggled with standardized tests in English saying theywere more of a judgment callthen a clear cut answer such as math and science. Although she had a hard time with Englishthroughout her life she declared it as a major in college, in a state of rebellion, and began her writingcareer. She initially used her writing to construct wittily crafted sentences, but later decided byenvisioning a reader her writing would be more successful. The reader she chose toenvision was hermother.This idea of envisioning a reader is definitely beneficial to all writers and Im sure she did thesame thing when writing this essay. In writing nothing should be on accident and professional writersare especially conscious of this. Everything has a purpose from the type of vocabulary used to style,writing in first, second, or third person. The author hopes to convey their message or story in the bestway possible and they do this by finding how they can best connect to their audience.I believe Amy Tan wrote a very successful essay. She was able to be personable by writing asthough she was having a conversation with her audience. She connected with her audience through thisconversation as well as sharing personal experiences.These two things help to encourage theaudience to be open-minded and receptive to her ideas. Finally I believe she gave her readers a verytrue view of what its like to be bilingual in America which makes it much easier to change opinions andstereotypes one might have about non-native English speakers.
Evaluation Criteria: Grading Rubric
Categories: Exemplary, Mature, Competent, Developing, Undeveloped
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