Ever since I was little, I struggled to write down on paper what I thought in my head. I never dreamed it would change in such a short amount of time. I’m not trying to say that my writing is anywhere near perfect, but it sure is a heck of a lot better than it used to be. Advanced Composition has helped me reach new limits in my writing and it can be easily seen by comparing the first paper in wrote in this class up to the most recent. There are numerous reasons why I made the number of errors during my writing. I quickly learned that most occurred because of not taking the proper time needed to go back and carefully proofread. It was one of the easiest things to fix, but for some odd reason I never took the time to do it until I realized how important it was when the grading became harder. I also focus on avoiding the use of words such as very, you, would have, and could have. By finding or rephrasing a sentence to avoid these words, it makes my writing stronger when being delivered to the reader. The reason I wrote about this is because it makes me realize I no longer struggle nearly as much relaying information from my head to a piece of paper. This is an important trait to be able to do going into the workforce which I …show more content…
After having points taken off various papers it made me quickly learn to insert better alternates for words. I think I have moved away from being as descriptive as I was when we started, but it also hasn’t been the main focus in most of the recent essays. If I had to write past essays again, I would try to inquire more detail and description throughout it. After looking back at the first essay I wrote and the most recent, I did notice how much more I used ethos, logos, and pathos. Besides the fact that I wasn’t too sure about what these three words were at the beginning of this class, I am able to naturally apply them more
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Five Cognate Strategies from the Three Rhetorical Elements I have chosen five of the nine cognate strategies to dissect and represent in this assignment. In my consideration of the available topics, I strove to include cognate strategies from each of the rhetorical elements (logos, ethos, and pathos). My emphasis strongly leans toward logos (logic), thus all three logos-related cognate strategies are represented here (clarity, conciseness, arrangement), followed by an ethos(ethics)-related cognate strategy (reference) and a pathos(emotional appeal)-related cognate strategy (tone). First Cognate Strategy: Clarity Clarity, as a cognate strategy, is one of the three logos (logic) strategies which refers to clear and simple phrasing to foster understanding in the reader. In my own formal writing, particularly in essay writing, I strive to be as clear as possible, without sacrificing academic vocabulary.
This semester was filled with many bumpy roads. I struggled in the beginning of the semester with my writings , as I didn 't feel confident enough to write a well developed writing. I seemed to find myself struggling whereas writing was not my favorable subject. The major errors I had in my writings this semester would be , grammatical errors,work citations, transition words, formatting ,paragraph development, sentence structure , and sentence level issue. Therefore I have set goals to improve my writing in the future.
As I was reading Out of the Dust, I found myself relating to the story. Billie Jo was desperate to get out of her small town, just like I was when I was growing up. I grew up in a small town just like Billie Jo and I wanted to escape from it. When I graduated from high school I was highly anticipating college. Although I would only be moving about 2 hours away, I was so excited for this new adventure because in my mind anywhere was better than Aberdeen, Idaho.
I am not a “go with the flow” writer. I am a person who is constantly checking my work and reviewing my paper. I still struggle with word choices and comma placements. I know that myself as a proofreader alone is not enough, and I need that extra support. I contniue to use non-descriptive words in a handful of sentences.
Skills such as proper grammar and MLA format still need some adjustment. Even though I have things to improve, I was still able to improve some areas of my writing skills regardless even if it was a small improvement. In the beginning, like
When I recently wrote my analyzing essay for my book, I focused really hard on replacing vague words with ones that were more descriptive and would catch the reader’s attention. I also tried to develop a better products by being more specific on details and giving good explanations. My strengths as a writer have been grammar. I always use paperrater and I have my mother proofread all my papers. I hate reading papers that have grammar and spelling errors all over the place, so I do the best to try an make sure mine is not like that.
My Writing Struggles After taking AP English III, I became better at organizing my papers, but realizing I need to improve my grammar skills and staying focused on my supporting points. All throughout my writing career, I was always thought to be an outstanding writer, especially using vocabulary above my grade range. Naturally, I would see myself as an excellent writer as well until I took Mrs. Bingham’s AP English II course. Mrs. Bingham always gave pointers, tips, and work to improve my class’s writing skills as a whole.
Sentences became impressively long run-ons; only they were not impressive. My writing did not read smoothly because my punctuation was not where it should be. To improve this issue, I plan to use the Kaplan Writing Center to allow a tutor to review my work and add commentary where necessary. A second aspect of my writing I wish to improve is the writing process. I tend to use free-writing as the main process of my writing.
As stated in Chapter 8, the use of rhetorical features is a great way of synthesizing and analyzing ideas. Incorporating the use of pathos, logos, and ethos has taught me much about the different ways I should analyze an article when writing an essay. Furthermore, it helped me structured my essay in a different way and I believe that the use of rhetorical features will be very useful with my future assignments. For instance, when analyzing my past essays, my best work was my visual analysis because it was the assignment where I incorporated new techniques.
When it comes to writing I have always struggled forming the ideas in my head into actual sentences. The modules that we have worked on have made me realize that a lot of writers struggle with the same problem. I had always figured that my ideas would come across as long as I understood them unfortunately I was wrong. At first, while I was working on these modules I thought that the work we were doing was not going to be of any help to me.
Going from a tenth grade English course to a college level English was a change I underestimated. I wrote the first paper, and receive a ten out of ten. My confidence about the course continued to grow, until I wrote the second paper. I received an 80 on the rough draft, and to other people that might have seemed like a good grade, but I had never received a grade lower than an A on papers before. I realized that one of my weaknesses was the strength of my writing.
Over the duration of this year, I believe I have increased the quality of conventions and mechanics in my essays. I have improved my mechanics in such a way that I pay more attention to the way the sentences sound and if they make sense, also how the paragraphs flow. An example of my improvement is the difference between my S.L.O.B essay and my Romeo and Juliet essay. Between the first term and the second term, I switched classes and my essay quality before I switched was horrible. I never used the correct grammar, I used so many run-on sentences that my writing was difficult to follow along with.
Reflecting back to the beginning of the semester, I believe I have improved a lot in my awareness while writing. While editing my papers, I have found improvement in my bad habits and overall phrasing of sentences. I would usually have to go back and deconstruct some of my sentences, but now I have found myself doing less of that and focusing in on less of the basics and more of the transitional and organizational aspects. Before, I did not use a lot of transitions from paragraph to paragraph or even with sentences. Now, I have become a lot more aware to make my overall paper flow in an organized way.
Reflective essay This reflective essay is going to discuses about the learning outcomes of interdisciplinarity and environment subject; I have been studied in the second semester 2014. Further, in this reflective essay i would elaborate the strength and weaknesses of knowledge practises and challengers to be faced while working on collaboration and integration of cross disciplinary knowledge practise in environmental decision making. For that i would incorporate my experiences in which i have been working as a researcher in a socio economic field of knowledge. In addition to that i might incorporate knowledge i gained from the lectures, tutorials, reading materials and gathered experiences from group activities in this subject as well as others.