From Taiwan and Back Part II

15 Jan

If the title wasn’t indication enough, this is the second installment of a blog series of mine. For more details you can check out the original post, but in a nutshell, this post acknowledges the work of three of my mom’s writing students from her second class on Monday mornings.

Most Informative

I found Wendy’s paper, Compare to Accomodation and Commute, rather informative. She has commuted and has lived on campus, and so she was able to speak well of both experiences. I appreciated her explaining the differences when it comes to transportation and her lifestyle, and I also like that she included the difficulties she has faced. Someone who was trying to decide where to live could find this helpful as it gives them plenty to consider.

Most Appealing

Ruby’s paper, Difference between the movies The Time Traveler’s Wife and About Time, was very appealing. She started her essay by saying Rachel McAdams was her favorite actress and then proceeded to compare two of the movies she has been in that also regarded time travel. She talked about both movies as well as McAdams’ performance in each, and it wasn’t just pleasant to read, it also made me want to watch About Time since I haven’t seen it before.

Best Utilization of English and Grammar

Belle’s piece comparing the influence of books and music was very well written; I imagine if someone didn’t know English wasn’t her first language, they would think they were reading the essay of a native speaker. I would have to get really nit-picky to edit her paper, and though it will be revised, she is off to an exceptional start.

Congratulations to Wendy, Ruby, and Belle! You are doing very well! All of mom’s students are, really. My advice for the rest of the class is the same as it was last time: use your experiences to your advantage! The three ladies who won from your group all wrote about her experiences commuting, her appreciation for two movies starring her favorite actress, and her emotional connections to books and music. The extra details are what made their essays stand out so keep that in mind when you begin your revisions! Good luck, guys!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

7 Responses to “From Taiwan and Back Part II”

  1. Deborah 01/15/2014 at 7:24 am #

    Nice commentary! My students are lucky to have you reading their essays! 🙂

  2. Deborah 01/18/2014 at 8:53 am #

    In appreciation for all your support, I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Check it out at


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