Wherein My English Teacher Rightly Hangs Me Out to Dry

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  1. jenny_o says:

    No wonder you turned out to be such a great writer (I know, I know, “great” = a blah word, too, but then I use “wonderful” a lot so what can you expect?) given you had a teacher with such high expectations. What grade would you have been in at the age of 15? I’m trying to relate your experience to my own. At 15 I was in grade 11 (May baby, skipped a grade in elementary) and I don’t remember doing anything quite that demanding. And our teachers were much too straitlaced to joke in their comments on our papers! But it was still the early 70’s. Maybe a sense of humour hadn’t been invented for teachers yet. P. S. My mom was an English teacher. Not sure why I felt it necessary to say that. Common ground, maybe?

    • Jocelyn says:

      I was in my second year of high school, what we call 10th grade. And: I like knowing that your mom was an English teacher! There is much common ground, friend.

  2. kmkat says:

    I thought I was a great writer, too, until I hit college and discovered that an essay had to have a thesis. Why had my teachers not informed me of that? It might have saved me from a D in freshman quarter.

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