Ms. Bolinski,

From Michelle

Whoa, it's, like, time to talk about my year with you!

Dear Ms. Bolinski,

Thank you for all of your hard work and the effort that you have put into this 8th grade class.

Why do authors write?

I think that authors write because it is their way of expressing their emotions. Or at least, that is why I write. I'm not exactly an author am I?

What have I learned?

Well, I guess I've learned so much over this last year at Stone Bank. You didn't only teach about English, but also about friendship. First of all, you taught me way more complex stuff about grammar. You also taught me how to write well; you taught me about the sensory details. Now, I love to use sensory details in my writing. You also taught me a lot about friendship. One example could be when my grandma just passed, you were really there for me. I know it sounds weird, but it's true. Oh, I thought I should let you know that when you ask me, "How's it going?", in the morning, I really like it. I guess I am just comfortable with opening up to you. So, all in all, I think you really taught me how to trust more.

How have I, Michelle Jane Parks, grown as a writer?

Well, like I said before, one thing that you taught me was sensory details and I use that in almost all of my writing. But, I also grew in many other ways. One way would be with my verbs. Yes, that's right, I'm going to talk about passive voice. Now, I can write a whole three page paper in active voice.

How has what you've learned this year relate to your future?

When I first started your english class, I really didn't know what to expect. And, at the start of this year, I was really starting to think about high school and beyond. It dawned upon me that I really didn't know much about english. Now, I am almost 100% positive that I am going to do great in high school and in collage regarding english.