Our class discussion today started with talking about a reading we did on Berlin. The reading was about how Berlin believes that writing is all about writer, reality, reader, and language. He says that teaching writing is teaching a form of reality.
As a class we then discussed how we learned writing from Kindergarten through the present. Going to school at a college preparatory private school, from a young age I was taught how to write persuasive essays, personal essays, research papers, and many other types of writing. There was always a basic form. The all needed to have an introduction paragraph and a conclusion. The introduction needed to have a thesis of some sort and the body of the paper had to back-up the thesis. Then, the conclusion needed to restate the thesis and sum up the main points one last time. For several years, this is how I wrote every single paper. Now, in college, the concept of writing a paper has changed. There is more freedom. It is more important to have a voice and a specific writing style. But, it is still important to have all of the correct grammar and some sort of structure.
All of the concepts that Berlin discusses applies to writing, not just one of them. All writing needs many different aspects to make it a concise, grammatically correct, well-written piece of writing.