For the purpose of this blog lets take it back to last semester, when I was taking English 276 and English 277. In English 276, I was instructed to write ARPs(Analytical Response Papers) on certain week’s readings. I caught myself struggling when it came to analyzing tales from Chaucer to sonnets from Robert Herrick. That is why, I was constantly going to office hours before the assignment was due, to double check that I was on the right track or at least understanding the purpose of the assignment.
I was really committed to analyzing the readings because I knew that if I were to enhance my understanding of analyzing now, it would benefit me in the long run.
Two weeks after writing my first ARP, I was then instructed to write a blog from the readings we were currently doing in English 277. As I sat on my bed working on my blog, I was unaware that I was using the same method of analyzing that I did in my English 276 to my other course. This method that I had improved in was becoming natural to me. Yes, most of us have done analyzing in high school. However, the feedback that I was receiving back from my Professor did not compare to high school. The time dedicated into analyzing line per line did not compare to high school.
Just like Kim said in class on Wednesday, we all have that semester(mostly your junior year) when we realize the connections in our courses and how everything seems to come together. Last fall was my junior year semester that I realized it all makes sense (and that too) *Laughing Out Loud*. When I received my feedback from my blog I was thrilled to know that I was enhancing my knowledge and that other Professors were noting it.
Now, how does this tie to the reading we were assigned to? Well, I do have to be honest that I actually enjoyed the reading. Yes, it was long and I found myself having to take a few breaks here and there…but overall I managed. In David R. Russell’s paper on, Activity Theory and Its Implications for Writing Instruction, he states, “As one becomes adept at more and more activities that require writing and hence at writing more genres, it is more likely( but no means certain) that one will be able to master a new genre/ activity that resemble features in a genre/activity one already knows”(Russell 11). I am not sure if I am hitting the ball right with this one but here it goes. From my understanding, the activities that I encountered myself with included blogging and writing ARPs. The features that resembled in each were analyzing a text. Although they were different in genres I was able to transfer and transform my knowledge to another activity/genre. Exposing my self to different activities helped me master another course.