Tuesday, August 08, 2006


Last blog! Wow....

At the beginning of this semester, I didn't even understand what rhetoric really was. And I most certainly didn't know how to write a rhetorical analysis paper... I thought I sucked at writing in general, and avoided it as much as possible. Hence, why all my writing components were left for my senior year here at UT... Not a good idea btw. I'm glad I learned about some of the major theories of rhetoric and the proper formula for rhetorical analysis papers for future reference. I wish I could say that I'm an expert at applying this knowledge when it really comes time to write my papers, but I can't. I still have trouble finding the right evidence for my claims, and my introductions definitely still need work. But at least I've improved. (The finding evidence thing really sucks when it comes time for the LRO, though. I never know what to put as proof of my improvement throughout the course. Oh well... moving on.) And I loved observing the discussions/debates in class. It's a great learning experience, even if I don't ever join in. (I don't particularly like the sound of my own voice and public speaking is honestly kind of terrifying.) But listen to others debate about the novels we read or the theories we learned was a great way to get multiple perspectives on the same topic. This blog actually does the same thing as well, which is cool. The most important thing I learned this month, however, is that almost everything I was taught in elementary through high school about writing was a bunch of crap. It helped me none in this course... What a wonderful feeling to know 12 years of taking Language Arts was a waste...

In closing, I would just like to say that everyone in this class was awesome... very fine people. I hope you guys have a wonderful 2 1/2 week break before we have to get back for the Fall.


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