Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Cayla Lepior Homework #3
As I read pages 64-69 in the book “Everything’s a Text”, I came across two major “hotspots” that I feel are very important. In explaining personal and academic writing, this quote stuck out to me, “Writing is a complex, multi-layered process that can include both the personal and the academic. In fact, all writing should” (Melzer, Coxwell-Teague 64). I feel like this quote is significant because if a writer can incorporate their personal feelings into an academic paper then they will appeal to more people and their paper, speech, essay, etc. will not be as dull. All of the readings that I have enjoyed have combined academic and personal content and it makes it much more interesting to read.
A second “hotspot” I found was, “I would invite you to think about what experiences, both positive and negative, have shaped your understanding or misunderstanding of literacy” (Melzer, Coxwell-Teague 67). I feel like this is an important quote because it encourages writers of all standards to question how they got to be where they are as writers. It also implies that you are the kind of writer you are because of the experiences that you went through in your early stages of writing, such as, elementary school writing exercises or your very first essay. Personally, I have never thought about this but now I realize that many of my early experiences with writing have caused me to feel a certain way about reading and writing. Negative experiences with literacy can cause you to have a misunderstanding about it and vice versa, which I never considered.