They say I say chapter 9 "Ain't so, Is Not" by Russell Durst and Cathy Birkenstein states on how Academic writing doesn’t always mean setting aside your own voice. The texts give many different ways to write in an academic and properly way by using “big words, long sentences, and complex sentences” (Birkenstein 121). The authors are trying to explain how we can write an academic structure while holding on to our voice. They give us some steps like developing a set of key terms and phrases for each text you write, and repeating yourself, but with a difference. They don't want us to drop our language we use every day, but once we walk in a classroom we should be a tad bit more professional when it comes to our vocabulary. Because everyday language shouldn’t be used in academic writing. We have to earn how to switch it on and off.
I'm going to use an article I wrote a year ago and take a paragraph from it. It was about how the police use too much force and kill innocent people. Looking back through it I saw some words that weren't very academic like and to slang for an English report. I wrote "The cops are wack and there pigs, There goes the popo or the 50 driving by" and I even shorten a word because to "bc" I can't believe I use to write this, my teacher was disappointed in me because he knew I could write better. I guess I let my anger get the better me because when people talk about the cops nothing good comes out of their mouths. And I let that come in my writing. Ever since that mistake, I learn how to turn off my slang in school and keep it in the streets where it belongs.