While writing the unit 3 paper, I got to practice and meet the course objective of actively reading. While reading the assigned articles, Begley and Heilbroner, I left comments in the margins as well as underlining quotes that stuck out to me that I could potentially use in my essay. Another objective that I struggled with is the idea of properly combining my ideas with the ideas of others. I understand that doing this can make your paper stronger. It can help open more doors and help you go someplace in your paper you didn’t think you could go.
To analyze means to understand on a level deeper than the surface I picked the individuality vs conformity prompt because I felt like it was the most prevalent one throughout the book and it was really interesting to me. To write this artifact I first had to read and annotate
She claims that the title and the introduction needs to tell the reader clearly what they are going to read. This opens the reader to the essay and the information in order to process the essay completely (Lunsford). She conveys that in the conclusion the writer needs to reevaluate the reader of the claim/ thesis. After that evaluate your sources in the paper, Lunsford suggests to organize all the sources In addition to drafting, the writer must proofread the essay to see if it needs improvement (Lunsford). She gives tips on proofreading the final draft before finalizing and
The introduction of They Say, I Say by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein outlines the basic template of the authors’ approach to rhetorical writing. The central template the book focuses on is “they say, I say”, as the title suggests. This technique requires the writer to assess and evaluate the author’s argument and paraphrase it in his or her own words. Then, the writer must respond to the argument with her own stance, provide evidence, and formulate an opinion. By going through this process, the writer is forced to think critically and read closely, improving not only their own opinion, but also a better understanding of the original piece and the original author’s ideas.
From the article, “Responding, Really Responding”, Richard Straub explains the process of peer response. He taught me that it is important for a responder to give as much feedback as possible to the writer. For instance, when I would do response papers, I would give small simple comments, and then, the writer would always come back to me and ask about my comments. From what Straub shares, he explains that it is acceptable to write a lengthy comment as long as it is giving support to the writer. From now on, I plan on giving details in my comments, so that way my peers will have a better understanding of my suggestions.
As a reader one has to know what to look for and identify the main idea and understand what the author is trying to argue. Before taking Writing 10 I felt I was a good reader and able to identify the main idea in a prompt, but little did I really know. After going through the research process and trying to identify reliable sources I have essentially cut out the unnecessary information and I go straight to the idea or argument being made by the author. As of before, I would focus on every detail of the writing. Having been assigned readings and having discussions about the readings during class, I soon realized that writing is about an argument being made with supporting evidence.
Critical thinking is analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating, and thinking logically like thinking something through before you do it. Reading and writing help with critical thinking, because it helps you navigate how to get to the solution of the problem you are having. In writing, you have to go through all these steps to get a good paper like brainstorming, rough draft, and proofreading so while you are doing all these steps your brain is putting everything together so in the end you come out with a great paper. In brainstorming, you are thinking of all these ideas and connecting them so you can come up with your two thesis statements, argument, introduction, hook and a conclusion. A rough drafted is taking your ideas and making them into a body paragraph and writing about your topic.
Make sure the title works with the overall theme and thesis of the paper. I have found it helpful when I start writing a paper for Bywater’s class to write the entire paper first and look through my main points. This helps me better define my thesis. Having a two-part title with a semicolon will help your paper. For example, my last paper was about bullying so my title was Bullying: Time to Take a Stand.
Listen to the instructions given by the certified instructor, employ the process of prewriting, and outline their draft before writing so that they will be able to write better. In addition,” explaining a concept” in chapter of the textbook have influenced my choice of an even to write about because it explained deeply on how I can explain a subject to those that do not know anything about the subject, how to give listeners a clear dictionary definition, and how the concept is important or useful for me to be remember. For example, it is better to know the concept of a memorable event like eye-witness event to talk about; so that, one would have better things to tell the audience than to just grab a concept one do not know much about. Finally, I appreciate the good advice I had received from my instructor—Prof. Laura Baltuska; she taught me how to use prewriting process, outline my draft, and let me know that title do not need to be underline.
When I signed up to take English Comp 1, I thought this was going to be a simple class. I assumed because I enjoyed reading and writing I would pass this class with an easy “A”. I was completely wrong. I learned my writing wasn’t as good as I thought and that I had a lot to learn about how I translate my thoughts and opinions into writing. Taking this course has helped me mold my writing skills in the proper way that is vital for achieving my future goals.
I have learned about brainstorming and gathering ideas on the topic. In addition, I have to comprehend and manage my research and gather information how to achieve my writing or improve my using these techniques in writing. I have able to expand my writing and brainstorming, pre-writing, first draft, rough draft, and final draft in my research experience. This planning in brainstorming will me to achieve faster process and managing the information or ideas about the topic and prepare to for pre-writing. My prewriting strategy is to writing a first draft on a topic that helps the reader to understand from the beginning.
An excellent writer might revise their work by adding missed words or phrases, fix misspelled words, or reorganize their thoughts. Revision gives the writer a chance to see if their writing is really worth saying and if the reader will understand it. The writer should think “Does the introduction clearly state what you intend it to? Will your aims be clear to the reader?” My opinion about writing has changed positively because i now understand why writing is important for daily life. As I get better at writing, I have the opportunity to understand my own thoughts.
This essay is a reflection over English 131 taken at IPFW. This course (English 131) was very informative and helped me further my knowledge over essay writing, revision, and formatting. This paper is a critical analysis of this course and how it helps increase my skills within the writing criteria. Therefore this paper will identify specific points made within this class that helped me personally, to maintain my writing skills and helped me overcome specific challenges within this class. This class has taught me the steps needed to write a rhetorical analysis, and an argumentative essay.
The moment I knew I had strengthened my ability to comprehend the history book was the final assignment. One area I feel I could still improve on is professionalism in writing papers. Grammar and correct punctuation is something I try to perfect, but it takes me many tries before it’s correct. This is a skill I am constantly trying to improve upon, and will be important in any class/job. I can improve on this skill by having others proofread my papers, and see which mistakes constantly they notice.
Writing the first essay had its challenges, starting from the preparation in developing a good paper. I had challenges getting previously annotated work, on paper, in a way for the reader to understand. My writing style emphasizes my voice and thoughts in the moment instead of thinking it over in advance before I begin writing. This was our first essay in English 20, so I wanted to put an extra effort to make sure important points from the text were mentioned in a way for the reader to understand. I was able to get more feedback about what I needed to improve on instead of the things I was successful within in my writing.