The Evolution of My Skills as a Writer Writing is perhaps the single most important skill that is taught in school. Everyone has been involved in the writing process for over twelve years. Each year, I have been exposed to various new genres of writing. Some of these experiences are positive. Others, however, have been negative. In this essay, I will discuss the experiences I have had throughout the course of my education as a writer.
Writing has been an on-going skill that continues to develop. I have been writing for as long as I can remember. The first experiences I have writing was prior to kindergarten, sitting at my kitchen table with my mom, writing my name while she did her grocery list. Sure, now it seems stupid that this simple task could actually be significant, but everything that is taught is a small step towards the goal of becoming an excellent writer. Once the actual schooling process began, more skills were taught. My first class was in kindergarten.
It was here that I was first exposed to writing the whole alphabet, and the sounds that they made. I also learned how to put the sounds together to read words. In the first grade, I learned how to put the words on paper and learned the basic structure to a sentence. Spelling tests became a weekly ritual, with a 3-point bonus if you could use two words correctly in a sentence. In the second grade, I began to slowly learn how to write a "well-developed" paragraph, which included a topic sentence and five supporting sentences.
Also, I was required to write in a daily journal about what I did each day. This gave us practice in writing small paragraphs. Along with third grade came book reports. A tedious task, I was now asked to read books and summarize them into my own words.
This assignment seemed tedious then, but now I understand the purpose of these assignments was to teach the skills of writing ideas into my own words, as well as reading comprehension. In fourth grade, I was now required to write monthly reports, each on an assigned topic. This was the introduction to researching. I also was introduced to new ways of organizing thoughts and facts. Fifth and sixth grade was mainly focused on developing these newfound skills, and using them often.
I was required to write essays, papers, and even short stories. Entering a new school brought on new skills that had to be learned. Along with seventh grade, came a new approach to teaching. I was required to write in a daily journal recording thoughts and small writing prompts. These were random topics that I was required to write essays on. In Eighth grade, I began to write some poetry.
Sonnets, haik us, and other forms of poetry were the main focus. Along with high school, came more work. Ninth grade brought us to the introduction of the research paper. This was a 9-page paper that I was required to use many different sources, footnotes, and endnotes.
I was also asked to write more essays, mostly in preparation for the MCAS test. Tenth grade brought us to a very difficult year. I was exposed to many new figures of speech, more poetry, and almost daily essays. I was also exposed to the full MLA format for the first time. Eleventh grade was basically an extension of tenth grade.
More essays, each on a different topic, were assigned. I was taught how to write a well-crafted topic sentence, as well as how to write a well-constructed conclusion that summed up the main ideas. More reports, as well as a research paper, were also assigned. Each assignment more tedious than the last, but also, each assignment taught me something new. I hope that twelfth grade brings more learning experiences that will assist me in becoming the best possible writer that I can possibly.