Dear Mrs. Dille,
Throughout the course of your class this semester, I have learned a lot of things about reading, writing, and even about myself. At the beginning of the semester, I had no idea about some of the issues that were going on in the world. I had no idea that there were many different ways for people to hear my opinion on some of these issues. I didn’t know I liked reading about these real life topics. As a reader, I thought I only liked romantic fiction and anything we were to read in school was boring because it was the complete opposite. I am now a reader of articles, news reports, mystery, and romantic fiction. I didn’t even consider myself a writer at first because I just didn’t like writing. As a writer now, blogging is something that I really like doing because I can express myself in my writing while still having to focus on an assigned topic.
My approach to reading certain types of genres has changed throughout the semester due to the fact that we had to read so many things that I would never have read on my own. For example, I did not like reading anything that had to do with real life issues because I was that ignorant person who thought any issues of the world were boring and had nothing to do with me. However, my attitude towards reading has not changed because I have always liked reading. The only difference now is that I like reading so many more things than just the popular Nicholas Sparks or John Green books. My two favorite pieces that we read in class were the op-eds on why, why not, or to what extent the confederate flag should be removed from public places. They both had very different viewpoints on the subject but both still had very interesting and relevant points for their reasoning. It made it very hard to choose a side because there was so much more to consider.
My approach to writing has also changed. At first, I hated writing but I think it was mostly because writing in most of my past English classes meant having to present it in front of the class afterwards. What I loved about this class was that through our blogs we could share our writing out with people without having to literally present it to them. Also, I liked being able to express my own opinion and not having to have a very strict outline for our projects. The writing I am most proud of is my I Believe poem. I got to say exactly what I believe about many different things and I didn’t have to worry about having to read it out loud to anyone because they could all read it on their own. A close second would be my feminism op-ed for the same reason and also because I learned a lot through my research and I never thought I could actually write something like it.
My performance in this class was overall pretty good. I think it would have been much better if I would have posted more on my blog during the second six-weeks or posted other projects on time to get more feedback with views and comments. Next semester, I plan to stay on track with my work and plan a little more without procrastination because I feel like I could have done way better on most of my posts if they weren’t done the night before. This class was a lot of fun due to the fact that we each had our own experiences because we had a wide variety of choices for each assignment. As I said before, I liked using blogs because it’s easy to access anyone’s work and it’s easy to turn anything in at anytime even through our phones.
Thank you. I really enjoyed your class this semester.