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A tribute


Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
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Monday, February 5, 2001

Two writing classes have been major influences on me. One is an Advanced Placement English class. The teacher of this class has done many things to improve my writing. The other was a class on grammar. I signed up late for the class on pulling teeth. I feel fortunate though because the teacher of this class has also done many things to improve my writing. I realize now that I will be most appreciative for the help they have given me when I am in college and writing for very strict professors.

As a result, I would like to dedicate the rest of this editorial to the teachers of these classes, and use it as a tribute to show how well they have taught me.

Why would I want to do this you ask? It gives me an opportunity to show off all the skills that they labored over to get me to know. For instance, they taught me that when you deal with infinitives of verbs you shouldn’t split them. But they have done much more than just teach me how to correctly use infinitives.

I feel that I have a firm grasp on most parts of formal writing. Thanks to them, I never have dangling modifiers or things. My punctuation has improved greatly too. In fact its so good that I never miss the little things like apostrophes in contractions or possessives.

My English teacher has also been nice enough to inform me of many things that college professors won’t want to see in the writing I do for them. One thing I know that college professors definitely won’t want to see are words like like, you, and I.

Another thing I know that college professors won’t want to see are signs of an immature writer. One example of this is the use of parenthesis. Another sign of an immature writer is if they use questions in their papers and then supply the answers. An example of such a question and answer is, “What is the significance of the psychoanalytical use of allusion in ‘The Red Badge of Courage?’ It has to do with the similarities of the warriors of the Civil War battles to those of the battles of Homeric times.” (Using questions and answers in any type of writing is just silly).

One last thing my English teacher has taught me is that you shouldn’t go on and on in a sentence and you shouldn’t include those ramblings in a single run-on sentence that seems to last for three to four lines where the subject of the sentence seems to drift off into space.

There are, of course, many other examples of how good my two teachers have taught me, but it would most likely sound like I was bragging for them if I shared any more. I just hope that this has been enough of a tribute for their great influence on me. I can’t wait to see the looks of joy on their faces when they read this editorial.

David Parker

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