Citing your sources is of utmost importance when composing a piece of written work.  If you fail to do so, you are plagiarizing the work of others, which can result in academic discrediting, and in the case of a student, expulsion and a permanent ban from academia.  There are several sources of citation including MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association), and Chicago-style.  Chicago and APA focus on in-text citations whereas MLA uses a works cited page at the end of a work.  I chose to include this journal because it focuses on the importance of citation and drafts.

Writing an Essay Journal

Library iPod Tour

Although I grew up in a Chinese family, we rarely spoke Chinese at home.  Because of this, I grew up speaking English and have yet to pick up another language.  I think that it would have been nice to learn some Chinese during any point in my life because it isolates me from talking to some of my relatives who don’t speak English very well.  It saddens me that I can’t talk to these people properly because of the fact that my parents chose to raise me speaking solely English.  Although I regret the fact that I was unable to learn it, I understand where they are coming from.  Their parents were not as lucky as them to be born in America and faced many hardships when they first moved over, including discrimination.  English gave immigrants such an advantage back then and I understand why my grandparents imprinted the importance of speaking English onto them.  This does hurt the cultural diversity in the United States though.  As people speak their native languages less and less, stories of past generations are less likely to be passed down from generation to generation, making certain dialects or tongues die out.  This is a shame because every language is unique in its own way and ought to be treasured properly.  I chose these two essays because they concern the effects of wording and the struggle of immigrants to fit in, as well as the push to make English the official language of the United States.

Essay Three: Comparison and Contrast Final Draft

Essay Four: Rhetorical Analysis Final Draft



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