The definition of being literate is being able to read and write, but I think it goes beyond just being able to do that. Being literate goes to a greater extent of being able to make deep connections to whatever you are reading/writing and having knowledge of literature.
In my opinion “good” writing could mean different things. For example, “good” writing could mean being able to comprehensibly portray one’s thoughts and ideas through their writing. “Good” writing makes me believe that the person doing the writing is taking their time to create “good” writing. “Good” writing could also mean that writing flows, is logical, and/or free of grammatical errors. Therefore, grammatical errors, lack of interest, or lack of main focus in writing are examples of what is not found in “good” writing.
Like the article I read, I am a “grammatically conscientious person.” I care about what my writing portrays to others, so I would not be caught writing the wrong “their”, “there”, or “they’re.” Thus, one of my many pet peeves in writing is when someone uses the wrong “their”, “there”, or “they’re.” Or when people write or say “me and you” or “my sister and me”, the proper way of saying/writing this was engraved into my brain after my chorus teacher would get onto us for saying it incorrectly. Sometimes I don’t understand how people can get these words confused/wrong.
I found the article “Teaching as Unteaching” to be super interesting. I found that last semester (remembering that it this is my first year of college) I would be asked to do writing assignments with little to no requirements, unlike in high school writing assignments were very straightforward with directions on how to and what to write about. I feel like high school teachers make writing in college out to be something that is drastically difficult, but I’ve found the opposite. After reading this article my thoughts on what “good” writing is has become questionable.
This article has made me sort of confused as to what is the correct way to write. Or is there a correct way to write? This article has made me realize that as long as the writer has a main focus and gets the point across that’s all that really matters. Also, I feel like this article has clarified what professors want our writing to be like.