Bridging the Gap

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Samantha Kinder (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
Web Site: http://www.uncp.edu/academics/library
Advisor
Susan Cannata

Abstract: One of the first things I remember learning in college is that college teaches you how to think, not what to think. Composition courses, I believe, act as an introduction to this truth. The Bridging the Gap Project introduces college level requirements to high school seniors through the individual experiences of college students. This project is based on my personal experiences as I faced the challenge of acclimating myself to the requirements of college level composition courses. This project is not about improving high school English curriculum or changing Composition coursework. As a freshman, I remember my composition courses as extremely challenging because of the portfolio requirement. I did not even know what a portfolio would include, and suddenly one notebook became a huge percentage of my grade. This paper is about the experiences that lead to the development of the bridging the gap project. The gap is the difference between the pace and expectations that students in high school experience compared to what they are expected to perform in college. The writing process is one of discovery, and after several attempts to write this paper as a professional thesis paper, I have decided to step out of my shell. Therefore, this paper will feature some examples of my writing before, during, and after my college composition courses. This is the best way to illustrate and explain the need to bridge the gap between college composition coursework, and high school English classes that I experienced as a college freshman. I can only hope that my experiences will help other students in their future endeavors as college level writers.

Additional Information

Publication
Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2010
Keywords
Writing Process, Writing Skills, Rhetoric and Composition, College Composition Courses, High School Composition Courses