My experience with grammar has been a struggle over the years. I have come to realize I am not good at DGP warm ups, or diagramming sentences. But who needs to be good at that stuff? Yes, maybe your English teacher does, but I don't believe DGP warm ups make or break a writer. It is for this reason I agree with Fish. I agree with him because a student may end up focusing more on whether or not they have used many different grammar techniques and styles, instead of focusing on telling a story.
I was about to leave with only my phone when I realized I had left my wallet on top of my laptop next to my water bottle.
It was a cloudy cool November day in 1987 and John was the team leader who had led his team to the championship by winning every game so far that season, he saw the pitcher standing in the dirt ready to strike him out, but John knew if he hit a homerun this would be the end of the game, and his team would be the all-star champs for a third year in a row, he knew there was no way he was going to miss that ball, and when the pitcher threw it John smacked it out of the arena without hesitation, that was it he had won his team won the championship for the third time.
I've been learning grammar since elementary school, and still there are many things I haven't grasped yet. But, from my general tests scores I'll say I can spot most grammatical errors pretty well. I feel that grammar is necessary when trying to communicate with others, but too much is a distraction. For this very reason I agree with Fish. Most people do not speak using formal grammar so it isn’t really necessary. The usage of formal grammar can cause interference when trying to communicate with someone who it is unfamiliar with its proper use. For example, when I was looking up articles for my research project, there were some articles that were a bit to scholarly for my taste. There was too much formal grammar in the article. I was so focused on trying to figure out what the foreign vocabulary meant; I never really understood what they were trying to convey so I quickly lost interest. In this example the use of formal grammar became a hindering distraction instead of a helpful tool.
1. Book, couch, remote, coffee table, TV, should
Before sitting on the couch, I shall grab the remote from the coffee table and turn off the TV so I can read my book.
2. Sick and tired of his owners mistreatment, Scruff, a chestnut, fringe haired, scrawny Irish wolfhound, decided it was time to leave his owner, knowing very well that it wouldn't make him happy, Scruff bolted after a squirrel that ran across the street while dragging his owner wailing behind him uncontrollably, the owner was shocked and when Scruff stopped he realized he forgot to give Scruff his daily treat.
Grammar has always been a struggle for me throughout my life. I always had a hard time grasping the ideas and methods of formal English. I was never a good writer from the grammar prospective. To this day English is still the hardest subject for me, and it goes back to my difficulties learning as a child in elementary school. But, just because my grammar was not formal enough for all my teachers does not make me an overall bad writer. In this aspect I agree with fish, because writing one's ideas can come easily to some and harder to others. Shooting down kids writing for not being completely grammatically correct is not a good confidence boost. In order to love writing throughout your life you should be encouraged to write freely, even if it causes you to make a few small mistakes.
1.Before going to bed, I need to eat dinner, then go shower and take my contacts out so that I can go to sleep.
2. It was a drowsy and wet championship morning for the little league football team. The game was a sloppy one and would eventually come down to the last play of the game. Steven, the teams QB, was the best in the league, all he needed to do now was to complete a 2 yard pass for the touchdown to win the game. With seconds remaining on the clock Steven hikes the ball and throws a perfect pass to his wide receiver. The crowd roared as Steven had just lead his team to victory.
1) I have been learning grammar for a very long time, and over this time span I have learned that I struggle with it. Grammar warm ups have always been difficult to me and I also never understood why they were so necessary. I agree with Fish because a writer needs to be more concerned with the story they are trying to convey and not the grammar techniques they are incorporating. Having correct grammar is important and sometimes if the grammar is very wrong then it can be a distraction, but having too much technical grammar can also be a distraction. When writing a story the writer should focus on the ideas they are trying to convey instead of the sentence structure, and that is why I agree with Fish.
2) Before writing the paper, I shall move the books from the desk and put them in the bookcase next to the window.
3) In the middle of the music festival during an important concert in the mid-afternoon, Billy, the band’s trumpet first chair soloist, hesitantly but beautifully played in time the solo written in the impressive piece of music to the critical audience, who have played in high end concerts of their own and sat with intimidating looks upon their faces, especially as the house lights brightened over the audience, making the expressions of the audience more visible to the soloists, rendering it more difficult to concentrate on the notes and rhythms, but between him and the audience the conductor was waiting for an applause from the audience or silence, prepared for which ever was going to happen.
1. As a student of public education, I have extensively practiced proper grammar. Now, I may not remember past participles and gerunds perfectly, but I do not feel that this lapse in memory limits my writing abilities. In this way, I agree with Fish that one's writing skills are not measured by grammatical understanding. I do not feel, however, that this means grammar is irrelevant. Grammar allows one to compose proper sentences to be more easily comprehended, but the ability to write well and captivate an audience goes far beyond just that.
2. In order to leave, I must turn off the alarm clock, locate my socks after turning on my lamp, and put the box of tissues back on the night stand.
3. Following a rushed morning with an alarm clock that failed to go off, Sarah rushes towards the cafe, stuffing a granola bar wrapper into her coat pocket while struggling to remember her boss's coffee order, arriving just in time to see a line looping three blocks, making Sarah reroute, leading her to another coffee shop which was further from her office and closer to her ex's loft, but Sarah knew that her job was in jeopardy should she not arrive ten minutes early with the extra foam no-fat soy latte, the order which she forgets immediately upon stepping in a deeper-than-average sidewalk crack and snapping the heel on her left, brand new Louis Vuitton pump.
1. I have had good instruction on grammar uses, parts of speech and sentence dissection in middle school. I agree with Fish because when a writer’s piece has too much structure it can sometimes feel overwhelming to read naturally because it is too formal. An individual may lose their creativity or style of their own writing if they focus too much on correct grammar use.
2. I should clean up the water with a napkin or a paper towel so I can return to the table to use my pencil to write notecards.
3. On a dreary, rainy winter afternoon, Carol, the white haired sweet Grandmother, heated the old antique stove as the black pot clanged, the soup bubbled and boiled and the smell filled the air of chicken and hearty broth lingering throughout the home warming her senses and inviting her taste buds as she eagerly awaited the first spoonful of her culinary creation especially prepared in the most loving way for herself and her family who spent the last few hours carefully gathering the many ingredients and cutting carrots, celery, and parsley to sweeten the broth of Carol’s chicken noodle soup which is finally completed.
I grew up with a natural inclination towards being able to write extended papers about topics I was either interested or possibly not so invested in, but grammar was constantly holding me back. Teachers often told me I should focus more on my grammatical errors because it would better influence my overall knowledge, but I believe that the real function is in the writing itself and whether or not the piece was truly moving, regardless of grammar, so I agree with Fish in that respect. Writing is, or at least, should be about the content rather than the measly punctuation or spelling errors within the piece. A formal grammar instruction can most definitely be harmful to students because that focuses them in on something that ultimately means nothing when put in comparison to the actual writing piece (fiction or nonfiction), which can move an entire audience of spectators.
1. After eating a massive breakfast, I promptly went to the bathroom, washed my hands, then brushed my teeth in order to prepare for school.
2. As he stepped up to the free-throw line, painted in that cold, iridescent black on the beautiful hardwood that he had grown to love, Bob the builder looked at the stunned crowd and their miserable doubt, not knowing what to think or rather, what not to think in order to make the pressure free throws that could tie the game and send the never-ending classic into double overtime, after already having suffered through five quarters of treachery against an under-matched and far inferior team that their high school was supposed to easily beat and win soundly against.
1.Fish offers up a valid argument in chapter 2 about formal grammar instruction that offers a broader ideology. In my own opinion, I believe that anyone who is anyone can memorize the structure of a sentence or what the definition of an independent clause is. However, it is more beneficial for young students to be taught how to lace sentences together with a proper knowledge of the relationships between words.
2. TV, Book, Candle, and Pillow
After reading a book I will rest my head on my pillow and then light a candle and turn on the TV.
3. During a tense day in April of 1775, the British, also known as the Lobster backs, named for their red coats, who had been terrorizing the colonists for many years, began exchanging fire with the minutemen, the colonists militia, who were rebelling against the taxation that had been put on them by the British, who had initiated “the shot heard round the world”, which in turn sparked the American Revolution, which had gained America it’s freedom and independence from the British, who had lost at the Battle of Yorktown, which had guaranteed a loss for General Cornwallis, who ended up surrendering, which ended the American Revolution, which gave America its freedom.
1. Throughout elementary school, I was taught an absurd number of songs that were supposed to help me throughout the rest of my education. One of them was, "A sentence sentence sentence is complete complete complete when five simple rules they meet meet meet: it has a subject subject subject and a verb a verb a verb, it makes sense sense sense with every word word word. Add a capital letter letter and an end mark mark, now we're finished and aren't we smart? Now our sentence has all its parts!" I've never known a bigger lie than that song. In the years following, I learned about compound sentences and compound-complex sentences and other grammatical things that made the simple five part sentence song fade into nothing as it no longer applied to anything in my English classes. Doing DGP every day as a warm up burned an image into my brain of a long line with smaller lines jetting off of it where I was to put the words in the given sentence in the spot where they belonged. I do not believe that this was helpful in any way, so I do agree with Fish that grammar practice can be harmful to writers. I always feared that my sentence no longer made sense or my adverb was in the wrong place or that my understood you wasn't quite understood and I found myself over-thinking the simplest tasks of writing summary sentences. I agree that the focus of writing shouldn't be on the level of maturity shown through the elaborate grammar techniques but rather be on the story being told by the writer.
2. After I make my bed, I should put away my laundry, open my mail, and turn off the television.
3. As the violinist strutted across the stage to tune the orchestra, Michael, the last chair bass, quickly lost his grip of the instrument's neck, which was a rental from a prestigious shop in Italy where his parents were on vacation, and the remaining members of the orchestra watched with wide eyes as the enormous and beautiful piece of hollow wood crashed to the floor and shattered, sending shards of oak across the floor.
When it comes to grammar, deciding which verb tense is best, majority of the time is something that comes natural to me. However, when it comes to deciding between words like “effect” and “affect” I struggle. At the same time, I sometimes struggle with punctuation marks such as a where to place a comma, colon, or semicolon. Fish states that the form of instruction of how to use grammar has a harmful effect and I agree with him. Students often learn the different grammar techniques in order to pass a test or a paper but they do not retain the information. For me when a teacher gives me a sheet, and tells me to fill in which the blank for the correct verb tense, I would be able to do it since the sentence is structured for me. However, if I had to do come up with the sentence in my own writing, I would not be able to produce a sentence similar to include in my own paper.
-Before leaving the office I must clear the magazines off the desk and put them inside the shelf on the wall.
At the beginning of the fourth class on the second Friday of the school year, Nolan, the class genius finishing first, quickly but quietly slide down his desk the paper written with beautiful handwriting which was soon to be Paper of the Week writer who had written his last five papers in an amazing style while staying in the chair for fifteen minutes and who therefore proved an impossible task for anyone watching him, especially since the teacher smiled behind the desk, observing the techniques of his writing and examining it close even to see the structure as she read his deep meaning behind the writing, which was about a boy, waiting to say father or daddy and the father excited for finally seeing his son again.
1. Growing up in a bilingual household, I did not learn formal English until I was in about Kindergarten. It was very difficult for me to grasp the complex structures and formality that came with learning grammatical tools, and it frustrated me further when I realized they were used so infrequently in both common spoken and written English. Although my grammatical abilities have advanced over the years, I find them to be negligible because I do not make use of them outside of my English class. I do not believe that formal grammar is necessary in any aspect and in that respect I agree with Fish. Grammar exists to offer clarity and structure so that we may communicate effectively with one another, but it is not something that decides whether a piece of writing is superior or not. Passion, creativity, individuality, and courage are what encompass the great qualities of writing, something that cannot be defined by rules or principles. Writing in itself is art, and art is not meant to be perfect or fluid. It is meant to express emotion and significance in all it’s flawed, profound, and often mysterious ways. The teaching of formal grammar strips away the endless possibilities individuals have to express their truth and color outside of the lines. Formal grammar teaches us to be safe and meticulous, taking away the ability to thoroughly express ourselves.
2. After a half hour of zealous searching, I reached underneath my pillow for my laptop, and sighed with relief as I felt the smooth cover of my journal beside my textbook.
3. The smell of burnt rubber and gasoline filled the air as Sarah stepped out of the car, wobbling and dizzy, as the sirens of the ambulance echoed off the trees, beginning to recount the accident in her mind, she thought about how she was bolting 120 miles per hour down the road, before a woman came running out of the trees, the last thing she remembered being the ghostly pale terrified face of the woman, and the screeching of the brakes of Sarah’s car, as they tried vigorously to stop the vehicle, before she skidded off the road and fell into a ditch, her head hitting the steering wheel and everything going black, recalling her crime she struggled to climb out of the hole toward the flashing bright lights, screaming for help, until finally she saw a figure running toward her, and the terrible moment became nothing but another memory.
When I started at Midway in third grade, I was taught Shirley Grammar. I learned and practiced Shirley Grammar all the way through eighth grade. By then, I felt pretty comfortable and confident in my grammar. But when I went North Cobb Christian, their grammar was not the same. I don’t know the specific name of what they had been learning (probably just “grammar”), but they didn’t teach Shirley Grammar. So I had to do some catching up to get to the same level as the other students. Luckily, my work with Shirley Grammar actually helped at some points during the years. I enjoy good grammar. It’s just hard not to be amazed by it (whether it’s astonishingly amazing or absolute trash). Grammar has always been a strength for me. I was always asked by my peers to proof read their papers for grammar and punctuation and things like that. Even people I didn’t really even know would know would ask for my help. So I have a pretty wide-versed background in grammar. Concerning Fish’s claim, I can kind of agree. Because everyone has their own style of writing. And with all of the rules and standards, sometimes our own style can be drowned out and it’s just the same five paragraph essay everyone has written. So I do agree with his claim, though I do also believe that those standards are there to help writers have a base. But overall, I agree with Fish’s claim.
1. I should probably clean up my LEGO’s and move my backpack and controllers before my parents come downstairs to the mess.
2. With doubtful and worrying thoughts, Liam, a very loving and sensitive young man, paced back and forth nervously in front of the phone waiting to hear back from his girlfriend, for she had not called back for hours and hours upon end and had assured him that she’d be back very shortly from running some errands, which were not many in number but were necessary because her mom had requested for her to go out and get some groceries for the following week immediately, leaving the young man to stay in an even greater state of perpetual angst.
Often times when writing, I feel as if I have to focus more on the grammar and literary techniques used in my writing rather than getting my point across. There is so much focus in school on grammar and stylistic techniques when I believe that students need to focus more on what they are trying to say rather than be caught up in the details. Obviously, grammar is a fundamental part of writing and a basic understanding of it is necessary to successful communication.
Candle, desk, envelope, picture frame, must
I must blow out the candle by the picture frame before I address the envelope on the desk.
On a cold Saturday in November, the starting catcher for a travel softball team, received a throw from the first baseman in an attempt to save the game and take it into extra innings by making a play on the girl who was running home, trying to score the winning run, in the last inning of the final tournament of the seemingly never ending softball season when the girl decided to slide in illegally to knock the ball out of the catcher's mitt and upon successful completion of the illegal slide, the catcher fell to the ground, screaming in pain as a result of breaking her leg.
I have learned proper grammar use since I began going to school. I found that grammar was not a noticeable weak spot for me. I did struggle with grammar from time to time, but in general, I was able to grasp the concepts fairly well. I would probably consider grammar to be one of my stronger links in a language arts class since I’m not very confident in reading comprehension or developing ideas in writing. I do agree with Fish when he says that grammar instruction can negatively affect a student’s writing. An important aspect for students to focus on is to develop their own writing style and taste. I would say most students are right-brained; therefore, they like to be creative and innovative. When an instructor forces these grammatical requirements in students’ essay, students will focus too much on the grammar usage rather than the actual content and story they wish to portray. This can cause students’ writing to lack self-expression and sound artificial.
1. Before doing my math worksheet, I should take out my calculator from my backpack and just put it in the trashcan because I give up.
2. After I woke up 30 minutes late, I hurried to the bathroom and quickly splashed water on my face, sloppily put on some jeans and a t-shirt, which were thrown on the floor in my room, brushed my teeth, and made my teeth dirty again by eating some leftovers from the night before prior to miserably leaving my house to go to school.
Through out my years of school I have had a lot of practice with grammar. However I have never been very good at DGP and I have no idea what a gerund is, but I don't feel like that impacts my writing to much. I agree with Fish because if writing was solely focused on extensive grammar techniques, then the meaning behind the writing would be lost on the readers.
1. Before leaving for school I must put on my shoes, get my snacks, fill my water bottle, and grab my backpack.
2. I was running late for a birthday dinner and I needed to do my hair and makeup, get dressed, run to the store to get a present while trying to write a card to make it on time to dinner.
Grammar has always been key to me in writing for any english/literature class. To me, grammar needs to be used well to make the sentence flow and for an idea to be understood. Grammar has also been something I haven't really struggled with. I have my mess ups here and there but in the end they are just minor. I agree with the statement made about grammar by Fish. I agree becasue really if a story becomes too complex and structured to read then how can a reader idenify a main idea or purpose. Grammar is good but has to be used in the right way or at the right place.
After, I have eaten dinner, I should take a shower, study notes, and get my clothes ready for the next day.
Close to the end of the 4th quarter in the football game, Derrick, the all state football player, had fumbled the ball, he hadn't fumbled since freshman year, and the opponent had picked it up and ran for a touchdown, the opponent had just beaten the defending champions causing disbelief in everyone.
I have not had the best teachers when it comes to grammar. I have found myself honestly dreading grammar. I do not see the point in harshly structured grammar. I believe that certain parts of grammar are important but when it comes to breaking down certain words and defining what their purpose is it can be useless. Also, I do not find it important to have to memorize each of these purposes, as long as you are using them correctly it should matter what they are called. I agree with Fish, memorized grammar means absolutely nothing when trying to create beautiful sentences.
Desk, light, chair, computer, should
I should turn on the light and sit in my chair to use the computer on my desk.
It was a wet and humid morning and the sun was just peaking over the mountains, in the distance fog blurred the surrounding fields making the team feel isolated, they were waiting for the lights to come on so that they could begin their game against the number one ranked team in the state, the adrenaline was already starting to build before they even hit the field.
1. I am taught the same things in my language class every year. Teachers stress the importance of sentence structure and syntax so excessively that I often find myself focusing more on what sounds right than what sounds like my thoughts. Grammar can sometimes act as a distraction and obstacle to just letting your ideas flow. For this reason, I agree with Fish that formal grammar instruction can be harmful to writing.
2. (folder, light, book, letter, should)
I should turn on the light in order to read the letter that is sitting next to the book and folder.
3. Having managed only a few hours of sleep the night before school after the break, the exhausted and unmotivated student dragged herself into the classroom with heavy eyes, shocked by the bright, fluorescent light that seemed to shine as bright as the sun, but even though she could think of a million places she'd rather be and things she'd rather do, she continued on to her seat where she collapsed and sat in agony as the hands on the clock failed to budge and tried with every ounce of strength in her body to discern any word of the lecture.
From some of the papers I have written, it is not hard to see that I struggle with grammar. Whether it’s a casual conversation or even writing a paper, using correct grammar is always something I have had an issue with. I definitely agree with Fish. Learning grammar is a building experience and when one teacher one-year contradicts what the previous one has said in the past, it can get confusing. Now I won’t put all the blame on my past teachers but some of them definitely had some affect.
1. Bed, phone, water, shall
Before going to bed I shall get a glass of water and turn my phone on silent.
2.Late at night after hours of procrastinating, realizing I forgot to do my homework, I stopped what I was doing and rushed upstairs and got my book bag out, with little sleep and heavy eyes, dreading the task ahead, I begin to sloppily write my essay only wishing to be in my bed.
Throughout my school years, I was horrible at language arts, especially when I had to do DGP. I would sometimes get the gist, but most times I failed. However, when I had to write papers and sentences on my own, I was much better than learning DGP. I agree with Fish completely: Learning formal grammar had no benefit to me, but learning to write papers did because I could unleash my creativity instead of having to focus on specific points and strucutres .
1. I should probably pick up my clothes so I can walk around my room and have easy access to my bed.
2. It was his first meal in over 12 hours, and the burger was looking bigger and juicier than ever before, and with every breath he took, the succulent smell swept into his nose and made his mouth water; time was counting down until he finally took a bite of his long-waited reward.
I studied law when I went to college so I am very familiar with the rules of grammar. However when I was igniting a revolution in Russia I usually did not pay much attention to the specific rules of grammar. I was appealing to the exploited proletariat class so the people who I was speaking for were mostly uneducated. In most of my speeches the grammar is common and basic. And in my perfect Marxist classes system there will be no need for the proletariat to have a high level of grammar education because everyone will be equal. There wont be any bourgeois scum who talk voraciously so they can feel better than everyone else. I will reorganize the education system so everyone has the same level of knowledge of things like grammar.
While saving the proletariat, I will obtain peace with Germany and give land to the poor and make loafs of bread for the hungry then stomp out the bourgeoisie.
I was reading the Communist Manifesto and every time I turned the page I felt more enlightened than before I did and then I wanted to share my new knowledge by started a revolution in Russia.
In my experience as a high school student, I have realized that I am very good at recognizing when the grammar of a sentence or a passage is incorrect, and I can fix it without difficulty. However, I have a hard time labeling the grammar in a sentence, such as the different types of phrases. I agree with Fish in his statement that memorizing the names of the parts of speech and the types of sentences are useless, but I believe that knowing how each part of a sentence functions is very important. This knowledge can help if you are aiming to be an English major or if you need to create a scholarly essay in which you need to establish your credibility of the subject through your choice of words and your varying sentence structures.
I must turn on the projector to watch the movie on the couch with a blanket and a pillow.
Surrounded by businessmen and businesswomen on their way to distant and foreign places, while witnessing the sunrise through the fluffy clouds just out of arm's reach, the girl, exhausted but eager to travel somewhere unfamiliar, while mindlessly flipping through the Skymall magazines and the safety instructions brochure, flew over the country that she has always called her home, on her way to Germany.
1.I have had an extensive background with grammar. Teachers have drilled my classes with grammar lessons sense as early as fifth grade. I agree with fish that this much practice is unnecessary. I believe that formal grammar should definitely be practiced, but as long as a writer can effectively get their point across while utilizing a variety of sentence types they do not require more practice on the topic.
2. Bag, car, bed, house, should
Before leaving my house I should grab my bag off of my bed and place it in my car.
3."Jack veered to the right."
During the final lap of the most influential race in the sprint cup, Jack, the fan favorite leading the pack, quickly but intently veered into the lane to his right that was already occupied by the predicted champion who had won his last two races in an impressive manor leading the entire second half of the race and who therefore presented a frightening feeling to anyone challenging him, especially as the checkered flag dropped over the finish line, surrounding which were the fans, anticipating the remarkable finish that was about to occur.
Grammar has become the factor of literature that has turned me off from writing. Now that I am in high school I feel that whenever I write something it is considered bad if it doesn’t have blissful grammar. Obviously, I know the typical basics of grammar any AP Lang student knows, but I am not the best at grammar. To make up for that however, I normally come up with great ideas in my writing and back them up with textual evidence. Despite this strength, I feel that teachers don’t see the bigger picture over just grammar. I 100% agree with Fish in which gramma is important, but should not be the determination of good writing or not.
1. Laptop, start, paper, T.V., off
2. I should Turn off the T.V. and turn on my laptop, so I can finally start my paper.
3. It had been a long weekend and the girl was exhausted from all the excitement she had experienced in the last 72 hours. Sadly, Those 72 hours had come to an end, and reality was back. Because she left right after school Friday while she spent her entire weekend swimming, eating delicious seafood, and touring the historically beautiful city of Savannah, coming back home to an AP Lang paper was not the ideal Sunday for the girl. Finally finishing at 11:00 p.m., she dreadfully prepares for the long and busy week ahead of her.
1. One of my earliest memories of grammar that I can think about would have to be when I went to a German Kindergarten for half a year. I struggled a lot because I heard the two languages and the different accents and had a hard time not mixing them up. So, I was taken out and my mother home schooled me for the other half. I improved on every subject especially grammar and after that spring, I was ready to try Kindergarten again. I was enrolled in a private American school coming in as one of the weakest students and left as one of the top and from that point on I have only improved. I agree with Fish in that everyone has their own different style and shouldn’t have to be restricted from expressing themselves in the way they write. Grammar can disrupt the quality of a piece and take away from its panache entirely if it is constantly utilized. However, grammar is imperative to any work of writing and shouldn’t be disregarded completely.
2. I will have to dust underneath my nestling dolls, my globe, my Nancy Drew books, and my picture frames before I have to give up my room for my Grandfather.
3. Before she could take a step she heard an unsettling sound, the sound you hear when you are safe and comfortable in your bed and you just pretend it was fake because you don’t want to check and see what it was, a sound she had only dreamt of slowly and trudging down the long corridor which came and halted at the crack of the door, breathing heavily through the seam, the dark object peered through with one giant yellow eye and huffed a breath with the most sour stench and noxious perfume that she fainted with one inhale and fell to the ground.
1.I agree with Fish; grammar instruction can be harmful to writing. As a student, I have experienced the distraction grammar instruction creates. I believe grammar is important, and I appreciate my teachers for educating me; however, I have experienced frustration when my teachers require me to apply specific things I have learned instead of allowing me to choose the way I construct a sentence for myself and develop a personal writing style. I have received assignments that require my paragraphs to have a certain amount of sentences and what type of sentence each should be in addition to certain grammatical techniques required in the sentences. This instruction and emphasis on structure made it nearly impossible to write how I really wanted to write. Crafting a sentence with structure that provides the most value and conveys my thoughts in best way is more important. I hate becoming distracted by specific grammatical requirements. This distraction is why I agree with Fish that grammar instruction can be harmful.
2.(bed, computer, water, book, will)
Before I go to bed, I will turn off my computer, drink some water, and read my book
3.(Julie brushed her hair.)
On the most windy day of the year, Julie, a stressed out college student that wanted her appearance to be perfectly polished for her job interview, retrieved her comb from her backpack and anxiously brushed through her horrifically tangled hair that received it’s knots from the helmet she wore and the wind that blew in her face as she biked across the extremely long campus to the building she met her future boss, Mike Smith, a very intelligent man with enough authority to make or break her dreams.
Year after year, I have been taught the grammatically correct way to write a paper or sentence. All the constant exercises, such as DGP, have made me have a slight detestation towards the focus on consistant proper grammar. Students are forced into focusing on the little technicalities of their writing rather than being able to transfer their own creative ideas onto paper. Therefore, I agree with fish when he states that often times formal grammar instruction can be harmful to writing.
(water bottle, bed, backpack, lamp ,will)
Prior to going to bed, I will check my backpack for homework, take a quick drink from my water bottle and switch off my lamp.
After having the longest day of her life, Jean, an intelligent high school student, dragged herself over to her brown, wooden desk in the corner of her room and began to work on what seemed to be a mountain of homework, only to realize that she had no motivation what so ever to complete it at all.
I, as a narrative writer, do agree with Fish on the premise that formal grammar can ruin the flow of your writing. My pieces are meant to tell a story, not flood the reader's brain with vocab that may slow their figments of imagination while reading my stories. As a written word expert, my background is extensive with the use of grammar, and have developed my own style which is quite simple to read.
I will enlighten students of the 10th grade with a book that could garner millions.
The evening had started with the sound of trumpets as the moon shot up and time seemed to fly by. The people were moving all around and the sight of wild lights seemed to shower down on the people of West Egg. Through the bustling noise and the sound of cream colored cars riding up to the mansion the sun could be seen finally awaking, marking the end of a party. A few hours later, Jay woke up.
1. In school, I remember going over those Daily Grammar Practice packets, identifying parts of speech and analyzing sentence structure. Today, I utilize grammar to improve my writing and make it sound nicer. Nevertheless, I would still agree with Fish’s claim. Sometimes, writers focus too much on using grammar and exotic words to convey their ideas. By doing this, they distract the reader from understanding those ideas and draw them into trying to comprehend all the diction and grammar. In my opinion, writing should not be about displaying your mastery of grammar. It should about conveying your thoughts and ideas thoroughly and in a fashion that will be understood by the audience.
2. Before turning off the lamp I shall use the mouse to turn off the laptop and place it on the shelf.
3. In the middle of the night, Andrew, the seventeen-year-old boy, quickly and firmly set his foot down on the brake of his car that stopped seconds from hitting a deer that was crossing the road, since having dark fur was unseen, prancing in front of the vehicle into the woods, in which were trees, swaying in the wind and other animals, waiting for their opportunity to cross the asphalt.
As I stepped up to the podium, in my custom fit suit, the oak wood podium felt smooth, then the crowd began to roar and chant my name, I was confident that I would be able to deliver as the president of the United States, I waved to the ecstatic audience, a brisk breeze began to bluster through the stadium, I felt ready to give them the best speech ever, after already having to persevere through terrible leadership in the past, the best is what the people deserved, I knew that the speech was the opportunity for myself to help make America great again.
I have been taught many different aspects of grammar every year in school. The stress to teach grammar is not as productive as one may surmise. That's why I tend to agree with Fish.
After a wonderful day at Trump Tower, I raced home, ate a wonderful dinner, then relaxed in my jacuzzi to prepare for bed.
1. Up until AP Language, every year grammar has been a very large focus, if not the main focus of study. I believe grammar is essential to creating sentences and writing, because it provides a set of rules to follow. If there is a correct way to do it, then there is a right answer and it becomes objective rather than subjective. Being able to identify parts of speech and phrases is very important as it helps students understand true meanings of sentences and how they work.
2. "stapler", "paper", "folder", "desk", "will"
In order to put the "paper" in my "folder", I "will" first move the "stapler" that traps the sheets on the "desk".
3. At the end of the last quarter of the excruciating game within the long season, Thad, the senior captain leading tackles, softly, but decisively yelled at the teammate coach benched with little sincerity near the guaranteed All American quarterback who had lost in his first 2 games in a disgraceful sense while playing the entire pitiful game and who subsequently provided a glimmering hope to everyone playing him, additionally as the rain poured down the cloud, obstructing the functions of Thad's brain and making it hard even to control his raging temper as he reached his breaking point for the last time, before which was the inevitable event, expected to come at any point soon, and he let it all out, everyone ready for whatever Thad had planned to say.
I agree completely with Fish. When writing in an excessively formal tone the creative side of your writing is extremely dulled. Being forced to write in a formal tone almost all through school has had a definite negative impact on my creative writing. When speaking to people I would not speak how I write. I would speak much more casually.
My 5 things are dog, fence, backyard, ball, and forest.
My dog jumped over the fence in my backyard in order to get the ball in the forest.
The cow said moo.
As I drove down the long, desolate, bumpy, country rode I passed a large, grassy, open field. Close to the edge of the barbed fence I saw a large, black and white cow. As I stopped my car and got out to get closer to this magnificent creature it slowly walked closer to the fence. As we finally met with only a few slim feet dividing us the cow spoke to me. All the cow said was "Moooooo", but I understood what he meant on a deeper level. He said to me "why did you procrastinate your homework so long"?
1. I do hereby tend to disagree that studying more complex grammar inhibits the pursuit of good writing. I remember when the red coats were closing in and we knew not whether we shall live or perish from the earth; this momentous question, like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror. Luckily, my love for grammar and historical document doth prevail and I lived on to write Our esteemed Declaration. The more one is exposed to our vast world and different styles of prose, the more experience he has to draw from.
2. Words- Tea, pen, Declaration of Independence, ink, bifocals
Before writing the Declaration of Independence, I should put on my bifocal that good ol' Benjamin gave me and take exquisite care not to leak ink from my pen into my tea.
3. Original Sentence- Benjamin got those Frenchies.
In the midst of a daunting war with Britain, a formidable naval power to which we were nothing, my good buddy Benjamin Franklin, who is a solid inventor and diplomat who always talks about being on money in the future, traveled to France, a country full of French speaking people who typically strongly dislike the British, our enemy, and definitely got those Frenchies since they then sent troops and money to help aid our cause, which was beginning to look dire before they joined but quickly improved.
1) Throughout my years of school and my literature classes, my teachers have continued the act of forcing confusing words into my vocabulary like participle phrase or interjection, but I have never quite understood them or been able to pint them out in a sentence. Despite this fact, I can still write complete sentences and create incredible stories with great detail and sophistication. Therefore, I agree with Mr. Fish that learning memorized grammar is harmful and useless but I do find that knowing the structure of a sentence and knowing what each grammatical function's job is can be very important and necessary to writing intelligently.
2) (Ball, glove, cup, shoes, may)
With cup and glove in hand, the spectator reaches for the ball as her shoes fly into the air in what may be the greatest catch of her life.
3) (The band plays their music)
The band, in front of hundreds of spectators, feel the tension rise as they await their director's swift move as a cue to play with flying fingers and aching cheeks their music composed by the great Bach,a man who has composed hundreds of pieces, judged by infamous director's and players from around the world in the opportunity of a lifetime never to be forgotten or erased from the hearts and minds of each sweating musician on the cool wooden stage.
As someone who has never been strong with the specifities of the English language grammar rules, I agree with Fish on the fact that it can have the power to hinder the writer and bring out an irrational fear to mess up. For me personally, almost all the time learning grammar unfortunately has gone to waste as I tend to write with a "gut feeling". This being said, I do not agree with throwing all grammar rules out the door because basic sentence structure is important to relay a complete message to the reader.
Souls, Satan, Sin, Should, Mercy, Hell
Those souls who need not bow down to God should beg Satan for thy mercy, for they have committed a unforgivable sin and will be sentenced to an eternal hell.
He will die soon.
He, the average man who holds neither dignity nor pride, lacks that of moral character which in essence is the blood, sweat and flesh society is now bound together with, by the shackles of the looming presence of sinners who shall experience the most gruesome death in the distant future.
1) My educational background with grammar is mostly from Elementary school, where I learned most of the grammar rules I know today. Not to say that I haven't learned any grammar rules throughout middle or high school, we we're just taught most rules in K-5. I agree with Fish. I believe grammar, when forced on people, often makes the point they are trying to make seem muted or forced because they can't convey what they want to say the way they want to say it.
2) Computer, paper, lamp, bed
After I use my computer to print off my paper, I will turn off my lamp and get in my bed.
3) He scored a goal.
He, who had been practicing for months, day in and day out, tirelessly, endlessly, zealously, for just such an occasion, after all those hours and hours of tedious, seemingly never ending grinding, who had finally reached the opportunity to show off all the work he had been putting in, put his entire body into the most perfect and precise shot he could conjure, watched in slow motion as all the struggle he went through took shape and whistled through the air in the form of a ball, as the ball passed the defenses of the goalkeeper and went in.
I have learned most of my knowledge about grammar in elementary school. I tend to not have many problems with pointing out grammatical errors but I do struggle sometimes remember all of the exact rules. I believe this is because of the way my generation communicates. In today's generation, it is so typical and normal to speak and write with slang. Our language has been broken and pieced apart because of the trends. I agree with Fish because people that are forced to use certain grammar, they are not able to express themselves completely.
1.) Cap, bottle, table, television
After I opened the cap off my bottle, I placed the cap on the table next to the television
2.) He passed his test.
The boy, who studied for weeks, with no breaks in between study hours, barely seeing his friends during the weekend, missing football practice, sometimes missing dinner, struggling and tired, finally, took his test and passed with a 100%
Mrs. Walter's AP Language Students gather here to talk about their readings and try new writing techniques.