I would write about several different topics instead of focusing on one topic. Lastly, knowing where to place my thesis created a challenge for me. In the past, my thesis would sound good, but I had a difficult time knowing where to properly place it. When I began writing this paper, I knew that grammar was going to be a huge problem for me. Comma splices were one of the major grammar problems that I had struggled with in the past.
Having read the two articles provided and a choice of my own; gave me more understanding of the ways writers write personal narratives. Reading the short article, A Bad Why College Essay about the reasons behind students writing personal narratives and how they are incorrect. There is an example of how you
I did not understand the purpose of the essay so I wrote about what I thought altering public space meant. After reading the assigned reading I still did not understand what was being asked of me and this is where I should have emailed my instructor for clarity rather than guessing. If I would have had a better understanding on the assignment rather than going into the assignment guessing if I was doing it correctly I would have gotten a better score than I got. There was some misuse of commas and even commas splices included in the essay. In previous course and now I do not know how to correctly use commas I did not really understand the concept whenever my
Looking back at my past papers, I decided to do revise my Textual Rhetorical Analysis. I came to this decision when I noticed how weak my introductory paragraph was. I then noticed that there were other areas that I could improve on within my Textual Rhetorical Analysis. The first thing I changed was my title. Although my title gave a nice introduction to what my essay was going to be about, I thought it needed to be more intriguing.
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
Author's Note: I’ve decided to do a response on symbolism throughout the short book “The Lottery”. I wanted to give my personal opinion on how symbolism was presented to me as I read the story. This response was out of my comfort zone, which is why I wanted this to become a challenge for me. My goal is to explain my thought process with well-written reasoning to prove my point. Also, I would like my audience to understand what symbolism really is, and how it relates to “The Lottery”.
I wrote this essay because I wanted to know how my grandma's life influences mine, and I wanted my readers to know that even the differences could become one's inspiration and supports. At first, I had a hard time to pick a role model, because I had so many of them that I didn't know which one would be suitable to write about. However, after reading Raymond Carver, Mentor, I thought I could write about people who are close to me. For this reason, I chose my grandma. While I was writing this essay, what’s interesting was I realized that my grandma's life is completely different from mine.
Even though I knew what my story was and how I felt about the situation, I could not come up with a way to properly structure the narrative. To accomplish my personal narrative paper, I started to just scribble down all my ideas and then started to weed out the ones that I could live without. It turned into an outline that took me from start to finish on this assignment. After I had an outline I still did not know where everything should go, in my first draft I structured it more like an argumentative essay. The best advice for that was to not have an introduction paragraph, but that advice was a little too vague.
Overall, I was unsure how to achieve improvement in my scholarly writing. During this course I have learned that the development of a step-by-step process will insure that I meet the basic requirements of a well written scholarly paper. For example, I reflect on the writing components and the APA citation guidelines I have collected in my writing binder. In order for me to make sure that I use concise wording, proper APA citations, and the inclusion of a well-constructed thesis in my introduction.
The article “Political Rhetoric, Immigration Attitudes, and Contemporary Prejudice: A Mexican American Dilemma” by Robert Short and Lisa Magana starts by explaining what social construction theory means. They explain that social construction theory is how individuals are perceived and characterized by the large culture. Sometimes the way these individuals perceive comes with stereotypes that either positive or negative. The article talks about those in power receive greater proportion the resource and is perceive in a better light. This only because they have political power, and they are the lawmaker within the society.
The editorial “The Stain of Racism in New York’s Prisons” by The Editorial Board is about the racial profiling that has been happening in some prisons in New York. Rhetoric is a persuading tool to make your claims and evidence stronger in an argument, using ethos logos and pathos, which is used throughout the editorial. Ethos is when the speaker gives background of themselves so they can be more credible. Logos is when you give facts of your claim. Pathos is used by using words with connotative or emotional meaning to them.