Learning with Lucas

When I first started this class I had no idea what to expect. I did not really look to into what this class was about. My idea of what this class was about was that it was going to be another language arts class like before. I had thought all we would do was to analyze a lot of literature but at a college level and write papers about them. However, to my surprise, the class was more about learning how to write different types of papers. This was a really good thing and a really bad thing at the same time. I had not written the type of papers we had to write, which was pretty bad, however, it gave me a chance to learn. Even though my papers haven’t been the greatest I believe I had learned so much. To me, it was really helpful that Dr. Lucas had shared her knowledge of writing with us and that she provided examples of writing and further explanation of writing to us. I really believe that the most impact piece of writing that I did was the literacy narrative we did at the beginning of the semester and all Dr. Lucas did to help us write it.

The very first paper that we had to write for our class was a literacy narrative. At first, I had forgotten what a literacy narrative was and so thankfully Dr. Lucas had provided several examples of what a literacy narrative was. For example, she had assigned us to read from our handbook. In our book, we read about Emily Vallowe and her story about struggling to find her identity as a writer (Bullock 73-79). This literacy narrative was a really great example to me because I was able to understand what made it a literacy narrative. Furthermore, the day where we went over this narrative in class was also very important. Dr. Lucas had gone over it with the class. She explained that a literacy narrative was basically a memory of yours that involves writing that later affects your writing. When the day came when we began to write our drafts I now knew what I was supposed to write.

Once I picked up my pencil and began to write my draft I reflected on a piece of writing that really affected my writing. What I came up with was a memory about adjectives and the correct use of the word “they”. I soon began to write what I thought was a literacy narrative. Once I finished I thought I was done and could turn it in so I did. What I didn’t know, however, was that Dr. Lucas would take these up and make comments on this. This perplexed me never did I have a teacher who was willing to correct and mention my mistakes in my drafts. Some teacher would just tell me I needed to work on one thing or the other but Dr. Lucas took the time to read mine and my fellow students and comment on anything that was out of hand. I then went over all the comments she made and was able to learn more from them. For example, I didn’t realize that my narrative wasn’t well structured so I decided to go back and restructure it. This ultimately allowed me to learn how I should structure my writing. Furthermore, she had noticed that I needed more details. Therefore I wrote more details and this let me know literacy narratives need a lot of specific details. I believe that because of Dr. Lucas helpful comments and the fact that she assigned us different things to read I was able to learn more about writing.

Throughout this whole semester, I believe that I have learned to write better. Reasons that I have to learn are because of Dr. Lucas. She was able to share her information to write via commenting on my drafts. She also had shared several pieces of writing that were a very good example of what to write.

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