Over the semester, I gained a great amount of knowledge. I am going to explain how my writing has changed since the first day of class to the last essay/research paper, and also some of my strengths and weaknesses as a writer. ENG 102 has improved my writing skills well compared to last semester's writing class. Dr. Wenzell taught me various skills of writing. The beginning of this semester, I decided one goal for my English class, and I tried to accomplish it.
I have many goals for myself in language arts that I hope to complete by the end of the year. In my life, my mom loved to read. When she was little so she gave me book recommendations that she liked which helped me learn to love to read. Reading and writing also come with accomplishments and struggles along the way but in time you improve and become better. I have learned my strengths and weaknesses
Academically, I have taken eight college level courses and have been enrolled in mostly honors class since my freshmen year of highschool. However, I have always feel like there are numerous areas I need improvement on. One aspect I want to improve on is my writing skills. Throughout my entire highschool career, I have gotten comments that my essays contained awkward wording, confusing sentences, and poor grammar. Going forward I want to improve on my writing and have the essays read nicely.
Being a part of this course has helped me improve my writing in different areas such as my grammar, editing, and planning. Being that, when I got back my teacher 's essay edited the first thing I noticed was all my grammar and my paragraph structure were all off. As a result, after I turn my essays in I always review my paragraphs and sometimes I even ask my friends to read over my essays to see if I need to improve either my paragraph structure, thesis or conclusion. Another, way I tried to improve my grammar, editing skills, and planning is
I applied many of the new techniques and styles of writing that I learned into the rhetorical analysis aspect of my paper. My final paper is more analytic and focuses on my own arguments. I incorporated the new skills such as synthesizing my own argument through past examples into the essay. Furthermore, I was very careful with my work to eliminate grammatical and citation errors. In this course, I also learned how to efficiently utilize the research database and I was able to use it to enhance my
I tried to take thorough notes and ask questions when I struggled. I have learned to analyze everything I read in a beneficial way that helps me grasp the story and see it’s full meaning. I mentally ask myself questions while reading and try to find every perspective. Furthermore, I learned multiple crucial life lessons that will benefit me as I mature. For example, “Less is more”(Jane Sullivan).
Over the course of the semester, my main goal was to become a more precise writer and develop my identity as a writer. According too, the Portfolio Letter assignment sheet, becoming a better writer consists of precise planning, draft and revising. It also includes understanding a variety of academic genres by examining the basic characteristics that defines each type. In order too efficiently meet my goal of becoming a better writer, it was very important to have my work evaluated by others and myself as well. The use of rhetorical knowledge, critical thinking, reading and writing all are the important aspects in this course.
One of my biggest writing errors that I have now learned to fix is comma splice errors, which is when I incorrectly connected my sentences with only a comma. This paper also made me realize that in the first draft you can forget a lot of details that you think you put in. Then when spending the time to revise you can make your paper more engaging to the audience by adding the missed details. When finished with this paper it made me realize that I need to work on my lead-ins and thesis at the beginning of my paper to grab the reader and tried to improve this with each of my papers that followed. Then in my second paper I took what I learned from the first paper and worked to improve my
The weekly reading assignments were very helpful. Some of the topics were great refreshers of common mistakes made when writing; these knocked some of the cobwebs in my mind loose. The other topics with sample writings gave me an idea of what to do. The instructor feedback and the revision recommendations were probably the most helpful tools in my composition process.
In the past few weeks, I have seen myself grow step by step to become a good writer. I have had to work on essays which took time and effort and a few corrections from my peers and my professor. I have become accustomed to new writing skills and techniques which I believe will be of great use in years to come. I intend to incorporate corrections provided in class and even in peer group discussions into my writing. I believe learning is a process which demands discipline and proper guidance.
While taking English 090, I have learned to overcome this fear. Getting feedback from others during workshop days was very useful because I received tips on how to make changes to your paper to make it stronger. This gave me the opportunity to practice my critical reading/thinking skills by actively reading our partners papers. This also gave us the freedom to leave remarks in the margins of others’ essay to not only help them, but help ourselves learn. While writing the unit 3 paper, I got to practice and meet the course objective of actively reading.
In the text "Why I Read" by John Dufresne, I learned that reading opens up new worlds to an individual. Reading allows one to learn new things and to become a more knowledgeable and understanding person. It is much easier to be more understanding of people and their actions when you have more knowledge to be able to understand. The reading from my past that I most identify with is "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen. This novel taught me that when times are tough and the odds are against you, perseverance and ingenuity are the key to success.
Self Assessment: Jacob Thomas As a writer, I have grown in many ways, First I took English Comp 150 last semester. This class taught me a lot about my life due to a book we read The Last Lecture. However, I did not like to read so I showed much resentment towards it. As the deadline approached I finally opened the book that would make me love to read again. In school there is many classes where I can express creativity just like Dr Seuss did in his imaginative books.
When doing these steps you have done all the steps needed for critical thinking and this is how reading and writing are very important in helping you become better at critical thinking. Critical thinking is a good skill to have because it can help you think about the outcome of an idea and not just doing whatever pops into your head to do. Most people start using critical thinking when they 're older because they have learned from there previse ideas that didn’t go so well so by making the mistakes of not going throw all the steps they know now to always think you options through and not just skip ever thing and go right to the