Re: report on how kids can't write

Subject: Re: report on how kids can't write
From: "Westra, Kayla L." <13718westr -at- KCPBLDG01 -dot- BV -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 1994 14:41:00 CDT

--Kimberley Lackey 97372509 -at- wsuvm1 -dot- wsu -dot- edu--------

I am happy to say somehow I made it through the public school system knowing
exactly what a noun was. I could even diagram my sentences. I am also happy
say I am one semester away from having a bachelor's degree in english, with

technical writing emphasis.


I didn't know much about grammar until college, when my "Modern Grammar"
teacher taught us variants from the traditional way of teaching grammar. I
finally got the clue after working with transformation grammar. BTW, I
can't diagram a sentence to save my life. Nor do I want to.

No lie--I actually had a participant (engineer) in my tech. writing class
ask if we could do some sentence diagramming! Again, the analytical
personality is good at breaking things apart, and he was good at diagramming
sentences. He'd succeeded in that part of the English class, even though he
had difficulty with the creative writing part (which, of course, gave him
the idea that he was not a good writer). Of course, many engineers can
write well. They just don't like to do, "If I were a tree, what tree would
I be?" essays.

Kayla Westra
Black & Veatch
13718westr -at- kcpbldg01 -dot- bv -dot- com

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