Throughout this semester, I have had many struggle when it came down to doing an assignment for ENC1102. When it comes down to my growth, I have noticed throughout my papers that various struggle I had in the past, are now not as difficult for me. One of the main examples of this is being able to clearly state my thesis. The thesis statement has always been an issue for me because I never really knew how to get my point across clearly through a thesis statement. When doing the proposal, I had to figure out how to properly state my thesis and have it linked into the rest of the paper.
When reading through a multitude of articles, a skill that needed to be honed was annotating. Asking questions and underlining important parts were things I already knew how to do. However, a tool of annotation that I did not utilize was identifying the structure of a paper. Learning how an article organized its paragraphs and highlighting the thesis was a tool that I learned to incorporate later on while researching articles and noticing which ones correlated with my paper. Identifying the thesis within an article helped me understand the meaning of a thesis in context to the whole paper.
Subsequently, the first essay I had to write about was using Mark Edmundson’s Pay Attention! Since this was the first essay I was quite nervous about it because I was not confident with my skills. However, before I did my essay I read Chapter 20’s “A Rhetorical Guide to Research” and it helped me immensely. Chapter 20 explains how to actually use sources
One of the first steps that I had taken when I approached this weeks assignment was to determine how the article had fit into my research topic. While it was difficult as I remained intent on finding the articles that dealt with Transnational Criminal Organizations and Terror groups, the search was made a bit easier with the APUS library. After I had located the articles I believed I was going to be using one of the next steps was to determine the articles content, I had questioned the content as well as what the author was trying to convey. As was described in the lesson this week as well as seeing the example given, I made an outline as well as placed them in my own words. What my criteria was in order to determine what was appropriate was, the keyword as well as content.
However, as a teaching assistant, I had to retrieve past recollection of the course material and organize them in a logical, coherent manner for some else. For example, one of my teaching assistant duties involved conducting online test reviews. I now have a greater knowledge of the course material from conducting online test reviews. Before the teaching assistance experience, I had an unreasonable expectation of when I believed a test or a paper grade should be completed. However, I now have a new perception and appreciation for professors and teaching assistants.
Therefore, literary theory gives them a scholarly way to shape their readings and develop the level of “intellectualspeak” that colleges seem to require, which teaches them the skills needed to discuss literature and add to the scholarly conversation. While Graff makes a valid point about the instruction and importance of
If I take more time to edit my essay and make it well thought out and clear to others, I should be able to have a better structure and correct grammar. For my word choice, I should look up easy words and find synonyms to them to expand my knowledge and vocabulary. My overall writing process for this was incubation, reading the speech multiple times and marking it up, writing my thoughts on paper and researching the rhetorical appeals to better understand them, and then writing my paper and editing. It effected my end process by helping me understand and convey clearly to others what the speech meant and what appeals were used, however, if I spent more time prewriting, my essay could have been
I think the main problem I had was not believing in the thesis I chose and not picking a better one. Since I left this piece unfinished, there was a lot to be improved on it. There was only an introduction, so I did my best to add the remaining parts of it. This included writing support for my thesis and providing sources to do this. This revision was more difficult than the polished revision since I had to basically write an entire essay from the
By writing down student ideas and perspectives in essays, even in non-academic disciplines, they hone their own expression skills, identify patterns, observed events and consider possible solutions. The skills we are learn for college and university can help us in career, as well. Reports for office jobs, essays for scientific journals and many other careers require us to know academic writing. Learning it early and getting lots of practice is a good way to get ahead in our