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What is the purpose of a compound sentence?
The purpose of a compound sentence is to further develop an idea. With a simple sentence, it is difficult to develop an elaborate thought. However, by combining two simple sentences (independent clauses) along with a comma and a coordinating conjunction, the writer has the ability to expand. The ways in which a writer can take a thought can vary. By having seven coordinating conjunctions, a writer has options in how to develop a thought. As a result, the compound sentence's purpose is to allow a writer the freedom of expression.
In Mark Salzman's "True Notebooks," he focuses on teenagers who are incarcerated in juvenile detention center. He also touches upon their time in a writing program. In a 5-paragraph essay, describe how Duane's attitude changes towards his students.
At the beginning of the text, Duane was very prejudice towards the incarcerated teens. Without getting to know them, he was very dismissive of their abilities. He would constantly make excuses to not get personally involved the student's journey. For example, he would say things such as "What if a kid with no father gets too attached to me? What if he gets released and shows up at my house asking for help..." Such statement shows how he was hesitant at the beginning. However, once he saw their writing, his mindset began to change. He even went as far as trying not to gush because of their writing. At first, he reminded himself that these teenagers were delinquent, but as time passes, he did not hold back and became a mentor.
What has been the biggest obstacle you had to overcome in order to pursue higher education?
The biggest obstacle I had to overcome in order to pursue higher education was self-doubt. Growing up, I always believed that I was never good enough to pursue higher education. Therefore, I would always give up without trying. At some point, I became satisfied with receiving the lowest passable grade. However, everything changed when I took my first basic English course at a local community college. My professor saw that I had the ability to write well. It was through his encouragement that I started to become interested in not only writing but also pursing a degree in English. Writing also grave me the confidence I lacked.
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