When class first began I had a felt overwhelmed thinking about all the genres and how little I knew. Literacy was always something that made me uneasy, especially learning about different genres. I was always intimidated to walk into a library to find a book. I could hardly pinpoint a genre if I tried. As this class began I wondered how I was going to remember all of the genres and be able to tell them apart let alone know characteristics of each. I quickly began to be amazed at how much I was retaining and how easy it all was to figure out. Although there are many different genre names, I learned that many of them can overlap. This put my mind at ease, knowing there is not always a single right answer. As I was learning about each genre, I also realized that they are not always in a specific format as I had previously thought. There is a large amount of flexibility within each genre. For example, an expository text is not always an essay. It can also be in the form of a textbook, or even a poem. If an expository text is a poem, then it includes two genres which is the overlapping I was introduced to.
At the start of this class I felt as though I had an understanding of each genre, but not necessarily a deep understanding. I knew what a poem looked like, or could pick out an expository text, but I wasn’t sure that I could create one of my own and feel confident. Once I was introduced to the endless formats and uses of poems, I felt as though creating one would be more manageable. I think this was my largest growth throughout the semester. That being said, I can't necessarily pinpoint a single genre I grew in. Overall my eyes were opened to the variety that I had not previously been exposed to. I now feel more confident in each genre, that I can mold it to what I need and express myself without feeling restrained. I hope to teach my students to feel this way as well.
Just like my growth, there isn’t a particular genre that still intimidates me. Descriptive writing is my weakest point still, but this is incorporated in all genres. As a writer I do not easily convey my message with descriptors. I often leave too much to the reader to infer, as I leave out the details in my writing. This is a part of my writing that I have always struggled with, no matter what genre I am writing. I tend to get to the point and not elaborate as much as I could. This is my goal as I continue to grow as a writer, to incorporate descriptive writing more prevalently within any genre I write.