University of Oregon
On my personal profile page, I compare the English language to a flower with eight petals. It is true some flowers have eight petals, just as there are eight parts of speech. When you learn what roles the eight parts play in building beautiful sentences, your writing will begin to smell like a bouquet: nouns will make your subjects clear, your verbs will always move your action forward, and writing techniques, like metaphors, will help your readers visualize images.
I earned an associate degree from Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon, and a bachelor degree in journalism and communication from the University of Oregon. I also spent a year writing for a newspaper on the Oregon coast. These experiences provided a basis for writing skills, but home schooling three children for the past five years really gave me the time to study grammar books from elementary school to college level. Furthermore, reading the best authors, like J.R.R. Tolkien and Steinbeck, allowed me time to study why their writing was so beautiful and effective.
Knowing some simple rules also allows you to write with ease because you don't have to guess how a sentence should be put together. Reading should accompany writing practice. This was my three-legged approach to teaching my own children to write. We read together, we practiced grammar principles, and we studied the writing of great authors.
I would be happy to start at any level. Soon, you will read for the fun of decoding the sentences and techniques of good authors. Then you can use your new skills to express your thoughts in book reports and essays. The process will be exciting when English is demystified. On my personal profile page, I compare the English language to a flower with eight petals. It is true some flowers have eight petals, just as there are eight parts of speech. When you learn what roles the eight parts play in building beautiful sentences, your writing will begin to smell like a bouquet: nouns will make your subjects clear, your
I began playing clarinet in the fourth grade. I participated in band, playing the clarinet, through elementary school, middle school, and continued in high school through my freshman and sophomore years. As is traditional, the school band played at graduations, and programs celebrating Christmas and other occasions. In high school, pep band played at football games. Occasionally we were able to travel to participate in programs attended by multiple school bands.
In high school we had frequent challenges for positions. I usually played second clarinet, occasionally securing the first clarinet position. I was proficient in instrument care, assembly, and respect for the instrument. Altogether I played five days a week for seven years, and regularly practiced scales and band materials at home.
I had only two instructors in those seven years. They were both dedicated and expected high standards from their students. They instilled in us pride of owning an instrument, and delivering a polished performance.