Writing 39A Study Guide
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Kasat 1 Siddhant Kasat Dr. Langdon Writing 39A th May 30 , 2016. Cover Letter Dear Dr. Langdon, The first day I walked into your class, I felt that I do not need this class and it’s going to be a waste of time, instead I should concentrate on my Computer Science classes which would actually help me in the real world. (On the first day of class, I felt that this class would be useless or a waste of time and that I should concentrate on my CS classes which would help me more in the real world.) But, it turns out that first ideas are always dangerous and impulsive which can lead to wrong paths. (But, first ideas are always impulsive and devious? Won’t need the next sentence then I think. ) And it seems that this is right. (I am saying this because, ..)I learned a lot of new concepts in this course, which I am pretty sure, would help me more than any computer science course in the real world. (CS course in the real world is maybe getting repetitive so try to use another phrase) (The rest of the essay will be a breakdown of my newly learned skills throughout the course) In the rest of the essay, I’ll breakdown my new skills that I have learnt throughout the course. But before I continue with that, (not needed I think.. I would like to quote your favorite authors’ words which I think perfectly suits the theme) I remembered that your favorite author is Stephen King and this idea of his perfectly suits your class theme “And as a writer, one of the things that I've always been interested in doing is actually invading your comfort space. Because that's what we're supposed to do. Get under your skin, and make you react.” Kasat 2 One of the most important things I learned in this period of time was diction. The accurate use of words in appropriate positions makes the essay even more engrossing and interesting to read. At the beginning of the quarter, I realized that how adjectives can play a critical role in bringing out the description of the place. In one of the first assignments which was based on the reading of Richard Russo’s hometown of Gloversville, I used the words – “dark” and “solitary” to describe the bar. I realized in the process that the synonyms of these words brought out a totally different meaning of the place. For example, the word ‘gloomy’ could have been used instead of ‘dark’ but the place was a very happening one and using ‘dull’ would contradict the reader’s interpretation. Moving onto the food review, these precise use of words helped bring out the sensory features such as sight, smell, touch, and taste of the food. I had analyzed Apurva’s snack and the words such as “dark orange cuboidal”, “floral and scented”, “waxy and smooth”, “tangy” brought out the exact description of the snack. In addition, these new skills were highly constructive in the major assignments especially ( for the UCI archi..) when I wrote about describing UCI’s architecture and the difference in my opinions with Alan Hess. Phrases such as “humongous blocks”, “acute angle”, “hybrid, rugged SUV” brought out the precise image that I wanted the readers to have in their minds. Moving onto the interview, for the setting, the use of these words helped me a lot – “When I reached my room at 6:30 pm on Thursday, 28th April, the place and time we had decided on, Anshul had just woken up from a nap and his Afro hair was all messed up. He tied his hair back with a hairband which looked kind of neat. He was sitting on the lower part of the bunk bed, which had a light grey colored bedsheet on it, in his military patterned shorts with a Kasat 3 pale green tshirt. I could see that he was a bit drowsy because his face showed signs of fatigue. The lighting of the room was somewhat dull.” The use of colorful adjectives actually help readers paint an image in their head. Some more examples which show that are as follows – “All those traits adamant, vigilant, adaptable, strategic, evasive – are clearly brought out by the authors writing. But most readers miss out on the negative aspect of John as a selfish, opportunistic and dominating man.”. This paragraph sums up my summary, thesis and gives the readers another perspective to look from, making my essay arguable and complex. Some more use of words includes, “quite vividly and explicitly”, “mature, poised, hardworking, and social person.”, “meticulous planning and a very revolutionary and modernized goal.”, “paneled façade system”. Some words which I used were to bring out the gestures and body language of the person who I was talking to and some of the examples are ( I was interviewing such as) “eyes glittered”, “while moving his hands in a triangular fashion to show the booth, I guess he meant it like a tent or shade from the sun” Another important thing I improved at was the fluency of my ideas and proving the point of my thesis. I gradually improved this because of different drafts and a variety of assignments. For the first major assignment, I described UCI’s architecture as Organic architecture. Although it was a very good idea and I had done a lot of research to find this out, I had introduced it in the last two paragraphs and this did not make a strong point in the minds of readers. As you suggested, “Always introduce the thesis in the beginning and give evidence throughout the Kasat 4 essay”, I followed this strategy for the character analysis and it turns out that my peers loved my essay and they were especially pleased how I proved my thesis in each section of the essay. “Although most readers of the story have a stereotype of John as a helpless but determined child, which makes them sympathize with him, I believe that John was selfish and shrewd.” The way I wrote my thesis very clearly made it arguable and specific. So thank you for the advice, it really worked! Also, my organization of ideas was disorganized and as I wrote two to three drafts for each major assignment, I understood that some ideas felt disconnected and the suggestions from my peers helped me through all the assignments. I can see the improvement in my relation of ideas as time passed. For the first draft of character analysis, I was not able to bring out the link between my different ideas about John, but after some revisions, I figured that I could tie every attribute of his to my thesis which made it interlinked and engrossing. “He sat next to the “right girls”, stole the “right answers”, smiled the “right smiles” and somehow survived (Smith, 9).” The use of word “right” shows us that everything he did was intentional. This line clearly brings out my idea and makes a strong proof to my thesis. One more aspect to prove my thesis was to use paraphrases and quotations. At the start of the quarter, I felt that using quotations without paraphrasing would prove my point, but slowly I understood the power of the writer’s opinion in the readers’ minds. I used light paraphrasing in my first assignment, which brought out my strong point of view even when I was contradicting the author. Kasat 5 “Hess remarks that as new needs, technologies, academic fields come up, they reshape the old building and design new ones. However, when you have an extraordinary design concept, you should stick to it even when you adapt to new times. From my standpoint, I also concur with Alan Hess on these points. Some new architects came, changed some buildings and designs which later on proved to be not worth as much as Pereira’s designs. We expect a university to be efficient and uptodate. But we also expect a university to preserve our heritage, even when it’s not easy.” One more of my good paraphrasing efforts was when I brought out my roommate’s opinions about successful people. ““One thing that I learned is that the talks by very successful people start with very normal people with trivial experiences and grows only by practicing and exercising professional behavior and connections.”. Anshul Singhal, who is a student ambassador for TEDxUCI feels that no matter how eminent you become, all starts like an ordinary person with almost no experience and is guided forward by luck, networks and professional behavior.” Something, which I was always scared of, was my grammar. I could never really understand the use of tenses to be used and was always confused between the singular and plural form of some phrase. For example, ‘each of the points were not applicable’, instead of ‘each of the points was not applicable’. The constant small assignments were frustrating at times, but they really taught me the basics and actually improved my construction of sentences. I learnt the proper use of punctuations and the impact they had on the readers’ minds. The use of ‘!’ always shows that it’s something to ponder over or something to emphasize on, like in this one, “Well, people say that he couldn’t read, but nah, he COULD!” In the course of time, I understood the concept of using transitional words and paragraph links to bring out the flow in my essays. For the last assignment, I wrote about the characteristics of John, which were brought out in a chronological order in his life, “As a kid…, Moving onto college…, After graduating…, Throughout his life…”. I realized that readers should not feel lost anywhere in the middle of the essay and the phrases such as ‘In addition’, ‘Moreover’ provided the cushion between different opinions or paragraphs. Kasat 6 One thing I understood while writing is that no matter what, it is always important to fully explain your point of view to your readers. So, I always took into consideration my peer reviews which helped me evolve as a better writer. Throughout the quarter, I understood it’s important to get my essay proofread by someone else, so I can know about the different perspectives which highlight my strengths and weakness’. Like get to know which points do actually prove something or which were not explained in great depth and analyze them. These advices really helped me bring about different revisions which made my writing powerful and thorough. One advice in particular really helped me improve my thesis and give proper justification for each point. “I think maybe you can add more details about that to make clear. Besides, I don’t think this part match the thesis that Corcoran was selfish or shrewd (maybe that shows Corcoran was shrewd, but you need to mention that). And for the following paragraphs, you also need to emphasis your thesis. Maybe add more about how each details match the thesis. It would be better for readers to understand your points.” Using my peer’s argument and points to prove my thesis was also something which was quite thoughprovoking and helped readers have a strong opinion about my idea. “Danh Nguyen provides a similar argument by stating that...” The conferences held with you and my peers, were really great and I always got to know what different students in my class think about a particular point. For example, when we had met to discuss about “The Man Who Couldn’t Read”, we all had a healthy argument over John’s ability to learn the periodic table of Chemistry and whether it was done out of trying to learn or just Kasat 7 mugging up without understanding. These small discussions and difference in opinions is what I loved about this class! I feel that I have learned a lot from taking this “Introduction to Writing and Rhetorics” course and have come a long way since the beginning of the quarter. Finally, I would like to thank you for taking so much of efforts to teach us about your passion. After careful thought and consideration, I would say that I deserve an A because of the change in ME because of the change in my writing. I am aware about the areas in which my writing is the weakest and needs the most work and I am planning to work on it over the summer when I take Writing 39B that’s in two weeks! Pheww, it was a great quarter and I learnt a lot out of it. P.S Your kids are tooooo cute! Sincerely, Sid Kasat.
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