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To build a house a contractor starts with a firm accurate foundation Then equipped with the proper tools he or she can proceed to build the house So also a writer must have the basic structure of language before he or she can write anything understandable A good grasp of the English language is essential in presenting ideas to others and in creating smooth writing that wont distract the reader from the message My English classes at Saint Lawrence Elementary School began to teach me that foundation and those tools beginning in Kindergarten and continuing until grade six My mother read my English book aloud as I listened and followed along and then she helped me do the exercises that followed Although it primarily taught me the basics of sentence structure parts of speech and dictionary use it also taught me the importance of using my language correctly As I got older that underlying message was reinforced with every new concept I learnt In grade four I started diagramming sentences I knew all the parts of speech their varied terms and their functions I also learned their more complicated forms such as adjective and adverb phrases verb tense and phrases and noun and pronoun case Revising and proofreading came in grade six along with clarifying unifying and developing a topic how to construct a proper paragraph etcetera Saint Lawrence instilled in me an intimate knowledge of the mechanics of the English language from the very start It always progressed through repetition review and by building on previously learned material The series came to completion with grade eight at Saint Joseph Junior High School I learned to write a decent composition I planned the subject used an outline to organize it and I made attempts to revise it for further improvement I also learned more on developing stories writing poetry and creating well-written letters notes summaries and reports Throughout my four years at
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