Also when I don’t feel the need to go back and add more words or details because I already had. That is how I know when I have written my best. I am taking this class because I need an English credit, but I am not just taking it because of that. I want to further my writing skills and feel more confident when I write. Also I want to be prepared for the more
With a topic I truly care about I wish I would have done a little more with my paper than I did. Grammatically, I still need a lot of improvement. I write like I would text sometimes, and that is a bad habit that needs to be broken. But just in one semester I can see my improvements though my
Furthermore, during the instructor’s critique of my essay, Ms. Flynn stated the paper “Needs more focus on a particular audience”, and more audience engagement. Throughout this ENG 101 class I believe I have consistently improved my writing by using a refined process of outlining what I want to write about, properly identifying my intended audience, and continually
As a former AP Lang student, I feel that this class has been very beneficial for me in that it has allowed me to apply the techniques and strategies I learned last year toward more relevant subjects. Having the freedom of choosing topics to write about for our various essays made this class more enjoyable than the other English classes that I have taken. AP Lang focused heavily on the techniques of writing solid essays, but instead of writing about useful topics, we analyzed the short stories provided on the exams. Writing a personal narrative essay was very helpful in my college application process and allowed me to employ the same kind of strategies that I learned in class into my college essays. Likewise, creating a cover letter taught me many useful strategies that I will definitely put to use when it comes time for me to submit an official cover letter to a company.
When it comes to improving these skills, I believe that the only way to do that is to practice and work on incorporating those skills into each essay. I will not become comfortable with those skills unless I force myself to use them. I also found myself struggling to meet the word count requirement, I would easily be able to write a good portion of my essay, but I struggled to stretch and add to my ideas to reach the length requirement. In order to improve this, I need to further develop and elaborate on my ideas in each essay. Prior to AP Language I really enjoyed writing, but during that class my love and ease of writing went away and I often found it to be dull and like a chore.
Metacognition is an awareness and understanding of one's own thought processes. The writing process I use to help write my essays for English is the same writing process I use for history exams. I create an outline of what I want to write, then organize them into different paragraphs where I then elaborate on the ideas I wrote down. What I have realized as a writer the key important part of my writing process in order to create the final draft is to do peer reviews. When I have many people read my papers and edit them or analyze them, I am able to take the constructive criticism and produce a great piece of
With my current drafting process, I write my entire essay, read what I have written and add a little bit more if something comes to mind. I came into English, with very poor writing techniques. One of the reasons that probably caused me to not get full grades on essays in school is because my first draft is what I would submit, rather than reviewing and editing it to improve it. Something I take great pride in is my grammar and spelling. Although I sometimes
Skills that were weak have become strong, and my strong skills have become even stronger. Having the opportunity to write a variety of different essay styles has challenged me to improve my writing techniques even slightly. Having good credible sources was another technique I learned and improve. For most of my work, I used to go to Google, and just type whatever it is I was looking for, and usually I do not end up with that much great information. Now I start searching for information in databases because they are credible and more reliable.
With my willing to learn attitude and my great teacher Mr. Winn, I should be able to accomplish this difficulty of mine by the end of the semester. As I have stated once before, I don’t enjoy writing, but I don’t enjoy a lot of things but end up having to get the task accomplished. I speak better than I write which leads to me dragging out an hour long essay into a two week task at hand. Writing may be an easy thing for some people that have no problems with doing so, but others have such a hard time with because of their inexperience with do so. My process of writing is definitely not anything to brag upon, but will come easier to me as I write more in the future.
I felt that it helped me enrich my writing as well. Moreover, seeing different kinds of writing was delightful and fascinating because each person wrote differently, and I gain a lot from only editing. Furthermore, it seemed that I could edit others' works better than mine. I noticed that when I edited my work, I sometimes did not repair some of my errors, or did not erase ideas that should be erased since I was attached to my work. However, after noticing it, I started to edit my work again after approximately a week since I noticed that after a while, I was more capable to edit my work
When I thought about my essay I realized I never truly revised my essays, I just cleaned it up a little then turned it in. Making sure there is minimal grammar errors is important, because it will make it easier for the readers to understand the essay, just like the sentence and thesis errors. When I would review my drafts for each essay, I started to look harder for these errors with each essay as the class progressed. I started to find more and more errors that I know I would not have found in the beginning of this class. There is an article that helped me learn to truly revise my essays, the title is, “Revision Strategies of Student Writers”, it is by Nancy Sommers.
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.
I tend to look for what I need when reading, which means I skip a lot of important information that later on I have to go back and look for. This also impacts my vocabulary and when writing I tend to get stuck when writing because I can find the words to express myself. For writing I need to take notes and brainstorm. I tend to just write straight the point and when I’m done I would always be short from the minimum word count. By having a plan, which involves taking notes and having a sequence of events on what I will be writing, it help me emphasize on the sections for a longer period and be able to write deeper
I do not want that to happen in my essays. I want to push myself to write outside of the class to practice what have we learned until I know I will not and cannot forget it. Another goal is to better understand the rules of grammar, even though I am mostly able to implement them, I am still slightly unsure of when they are used. My third goal would be to clearly communicate my thoughts in the form of an essay. I have always enjoyed writing,
I definitely think that this second essay was much more effective and well written than the first essay. This essay for me almost brought the topic of language full circle for me and showed the importance of grammar in language. I noted that I did not think that there were many transitional issues in the essay because I believe that this essay could flow many different ways. The way that the author had it set up at the start works and I am able to understand it, but even when I try and move paragraphs around, I am still able to understand and retrieve the meaning of the essay. I think one of the reasons why it is hard to decide positively whether or not there are any transitional issues is because the essay had no thesis or guideline for the reader to follow.