Composition English Essay
Once upon a time at the top of a high, high mountain, there lived a wise old retired English teacher who had an incredibly pragmatic approach not only to life but to composition writing. Students would come from far and wide to learn the secrets of his craft. Most listened, scratched their heads and muttered, “Nonsense!” but as Teacher Mary made the long trek up the mountain, she sensed that her journey had not been in vain.
Reaching the top, she greeted him as he gestured for her to sit.
“Have you the answer, old sage?” she said, after catching her breath. “Have you got the key to help my students write competent, articulate, well-organized, exam-passing compositions?”
“I might,” he said humbly. “Only you can decide.”
“Tell me, old sage. I'm all ears.”
“It's simple, my child. We all know that a composition needs an Introduction, a Main Body and a Conclusion, but what confuses everyone is what to do when they come to writing each of these parts.”
“Yes ...?” said Teacher Mary expectantly, sensing she was about to hear The Truth.
“Well, it's simple,” he said, as he wrote in her notebook.
Tell them what you're going to tell them.
Tell them what you told them.
Teacher Mary read the shaky scrawl and gazed up at him in awe. “It is that simple, isn't it?” she said. “No more long, wandering introductions which don't prepare the readers for what's ahead. No more messy conclusions that introduce all kinds of new ideas that the readers aren't prepared for in the last paragraph.”
“You are a genius,” she said, radiant with gratitude. “I must go and, well, ... tell them!”
My Struggles with English Composition Essay
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My Struggles with English Composition
“…As for all the seniors, I want you to challenge yourselves this year and don’t think you’re going to cruise through to graduation.”-Mrs. Smith, County High School. Although some seniors in high school refuse to take a hard schedule, I decided to take a challenging composition course my last year of high school and learned more than ever before from it. My teacher, Mr. Bacz, focused mostly on vocabulary, grammar, and how to right an essay. Each one of these subjects combined to give me a year of hard work, which eventually paid off.
Since, I have always struggled in English, I thought this class was just going to be another hardship. It’s not that I ever got bad grades in English, it’s…show more content…
Along with vocabulary, grammar is another area in which I had problems. For instance, I was still getting confused about proper sentence structure. I worked on this by completing a 30 page workbook full of different sentences to assist me. From learning verbs to compound-complex sentences the worksheets covered it all. I was starting to realize this class and Mr. Horbacz were all about fine tuning me for my big transition into college. The next thing I did was learn how to organize my thoughts onto paper and write an essay. I knew how to write a basic five paragraph essay, but my skills were limited. These are all things I struggled with at the beginning of the year, but soon I started to grow in each area.
After the first couple of months, improvements in my school work were beginning to show, and I liked it. My vocabulary abilities were revealing themselves as well. For example, when I would read homework in other classes the words that would sometimes confuse me began to make sense. I would also listen to other people’s conversations on the street and it seemed as if the vocabulary words that I had just studied the week before, could be heard. It was the weirdest thing. Likewise, my grammar was developing nicely. For instance, when I would read books I could see the different ways sentences were portrayed. Things that I never picked up before were coming to me so much easier. This class that