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Clevon JohnCarusoEnglish 1101- 05223 August 2011Literacy Memoir My English and writing classes have been a mixture of both positive and influentialteachers. However, one English teacher I had freshman year in military school didn’t seem tocare much about teaching us the freshman curriculum. I didn’t learn some of the essential thingsI needed to know such as grammar, MLA format and how to analyze literature. Instead of learning about the history and content of the book, our class would watch the movies based onthe books.My sophomore year I had been accepted to Franklin Academy. Thinking that I was agood writer, I wrote my first English paper the same way I would have at my previous schoolwhere I ranked top in the class. The teacher handed me back the paper with a failing grade and Iwas shocked because if I would have turned in the same content to my previous English teacher Iwould’ve gotten an A. The reason this didn’t work is because my new school was a college prepschool and in my military school they weren’t so focused on education as they were ondiscipline. Sophomore year was challenging because where most kids in my class had alreadylearned grammar, compare and contrast, MLA and how to analyze literature, I was just beingintroduced to it. It was challenging but my teacher really helped me and I ended up getting oneof the highest grades on the writing test.Junior year, my teacher made me fall in love with writing, reading and poetry. She wasone of the best English teachers I had because there was never a dull day in her class and she
 
really made you become passionate about learning. She made everyone involved in class, had adry sense of humor and for me it was hysterical because I am a sarcastic person. She was alwaysthere to help me when I needed it and she pushed us to think outside the box and realize things inwriting that I hadn't noticed before. She made me realize that I needed to be more confident inmy writing and follow the rules of writing. She also helped me realize the wonders that writingdoes for stress relief and expressing myself.My senior year English class was about the senior project, which helped me find out a lotabout my passion of helping others. She was energetic and only wanted us to be successful byhelping us prepare for our college English classes. She tried making it similar to what we wouldexpect in the future. Giving us deadlines and a lot of online assignments maked it a lot easier for me to adjust to the college environment.My previous writing course Senior year wasn’t too difficult but it helped me mature mywriting skills to a lot better level then it was at my freshman year. I was required to do a coupleresearch papers, annotated source list, MLA cite every paper and a lot of peer editing. It wastaught by my sophomore English teacher, so a lot of the same things we were doing in Englishclass were repeated in the writing course. It was difficult because the amount of papers we had towrite but it wasn’t impossible. If I could do it all over, I would have given the class moreattention. It was just one of the classes you were required to take in order to graduate so I didn’ttake it as seriously as I should have.When it comes to writing and reading, personally I don’t like reading things that don’thave something I can gain from. I have a thirst for knowledge, but I don't feel that everythingthey give me in school helped me learn about the world around me but instead what theeducational system wants me to know. I don’t enjoy reading and writing but in order to have a
 
 better vocabulary and get a job you need to be able to do both. The value of reading and writingmeans a lot to because I know there are kids in other countries who would love the privilege of sitting where I am right now learning how to read and write. It’s almost like here in America wetake it for granted how blessed we are to have free education and not have to walk miles to get tothe nearest school. Reading and writing means a lot because 70 years ago I might not have hadthe opportunity to do either one.My best experience reading was when I used to lock myself in the room and read HarryPotter books and get them finished within the first 3 days. It was magical as if the world shut off and I was inside the book, seeing everything that was happening through the narrator’s eyes. Theworse experience I had both reading and writing was a night that I procrastinated doing a U.Shistory project on George Washington’s speeches. I had to read all of them and write a summaryof each one. It took me all night to finish, but it was the last time I procrastinated something sodifficult.Out of everything I’ve written, I would say that I like writing poetry and free flownarratives the most. Poetry helps me release my inner thoughts that sometimes I didn’t knowexisted and free flow writing is something I learned in creative writing club, it’s a way of justwriting whatever comes to your head on paper. It’s fun, entertaining and sometimes funny theway the stories come out when they’re read. Poetry is art and the paper is like the canvas sowhen I’m writing poetry I feel like an artist, this is why poetry is my favorite.My writing process always begins with writing what I feel my introduction andconclusion would be, while my teachers taught me to write the body first and introduction andconclusion last. I just feel that if I write a really good introduction and conclusion I havesomething to build off of and I also have something to build up towards. That way my pape

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