When we start school as a mere five year old, we learn to read and write words on a page. As we progress through school we learn how to comprehend what we’ve read and summarize it, we then continue to develop these skills throughout our entire lives. Obviously these are extremely important skills, but here’s the question… Do you love this class or dread it?
I’m not completely sure how school systems in other countries are organized (but do fill me in!), but in America, students are required to take an English class (or Language Arts as it’s more commonly known) until they graduate from high school,typically age 18. Many will then take higher courses in college but that all depends.
I personally have a very strong love-hate relationship with my English/LA classes. Growing up, when I was a mere child, I loved reading in class and writing fun fantasy stories about going on adventures. Unfortunately, I did grow up and I was expected to begin writing those dreary essays. At this stage, this is where the dread came in. I was awful at writing academic papers when I first started writing them because I couldn’t get around my over imaginative brain trying to make Christopher Columbus’s journey to America into a story and not a paper.
It wasn’t until this year, when I started my part time college courses, when I truly enjoyed writing papers. I was actually taught how to write instead of someone telling me to write, and not only did it become enjoyable, but my writing also improved. It also allowed me to expand my writing to stuff I actually care about. For example, my final paper last quarter in English was about classism in the Hunger Games. Fun.
The parts about writing and reading in school that I love are…
- It exposes me to new books and writing styles.
- It gets me writing, because we all know starting is the hardest part.
- Learning to properly articulate my thoughts.
The parts about writing and reading in school that I truly dread are…
- Due dates, I’m that type of person where the closer the due date is, the less I want to do it.
- Strange requirements (such as page/word count, format, ect.)
- Sometimes it can really limit the potential that I know I could reach if I wasn’t tied down by the assignment.
What are your thoughts about taking English/writing and reading course in school? What different experiences have you had? Let’s discuss!