To be a part of a discourse community, one must be credible, possess factual knowledge and draw on the values of its members to be accepted into the community. At the same time, a person must learn typical ways people in that community communicate and argue. When I entered the discourse community of my high school athletic department I acquired knowledge, established credibility, and drew on the values and emotions of other members of the community. Although, one might question my standing as a member of the athletic discourse community, I am a member because of my knowledge, credibility and my ability to sway the emotions of others in my group. The knowledge I have gained from being a part of the athletic community is very vast and I would argue that is why I am a member of the discourse community. I earned my first gold medal when I was in the second grade for winning the 50 yard dash. That was a day that I will never forget. Winning that race motivated me to participate in sports more often and take keen interest in learning more about the athletic community. Since then, I learned how to train for many different sports my school offered. I trained for running, long jump, javelin throw, discuss throw, and table tennis. I learned the basic techniques of these sports and mastered them with ease. I remember clearly how I was able to beat my own friend who had taught me how to play table tennis. I took part in many competitions such as the state tournament for table tennis. There, the other competitors were at times so much better than me. I carefully examined the other players’ style, understood my own mistakes and practiced them to perfection. I developed my skills through practice as my knees and arms grew to strengthen and coordinate better. But later in my high school, winning alone wasn’t enough for me. I was motivated to learn the developmental history of each sport and its origin. Furthermore, I learned to understand the posture,...
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