With the assistance of classroom instruction, and practical application I have refined my writing process. In the first graded essay, I learned my paper was not written to capture a specific audience as I intended it to. Applying what I learned after the review, and practice of critical thinking helped me create a map of what I wanted to write about. I asked myself questions to help me clearly identify the audience that I planned to address, and outline the main points. Another observation I made after reviewing my graded essays was the lack of use, or placement of keywords throughout the paper.
Critical thinking is like a muscle, you have to work it out over and over before it gets strong. Passively learning the material will only get you so far, as we have discussed in LSC 101. I need to make sure that I am actively engaging in the classroom, this will allow me to flex my critical thinking muscle on a daily basis. Besides not actively engaging in most of my classes in highschool, I could get away with writing papers the night before and not studying at all for math tests, that is a bad habit I need to drop. When I look at it now, I can see that it was because of a lack of pressure.
The beginning of the year started of rough as we started writing our first essay. I had no idea how I was going to write it at all. I struggled and struggled, but I started to get the hang of it, or well I thought I did when I got the essay back i had mad a 64. I was only one point from passing it which was still a bad grade but like I said I have never been good at writing. Although I was not expecting a good grade, I still wondered what I had done wrong.
Ending a semester usually proves to be a happy event, however, I wrote my entire paper for module four before realizing I selected a topic in the wrong convention. This is just a sign, that I need to continue forcing myself to take English classes. All in all, this was the most challenging college course I have completed by far. Thankfully though, the difficulty I had with this class has highlighted many weak areas I will need to focus on in the future. This class forced me to endure long nights, reading instructions and writing, but in the end, every struggle to improve knowledge is always worth it.
HUMN-101 Information Literacy Prof. Mica Racine Unit 1 Discussion Board (Sun) Mikey (Michelle) Lewis My reaction to this week’s discussion board scenario is that of anger for feeling cheated on the work I would have put forward. I have witnessed a similar situation in my first class, design 101. While reading the discussion boards I noticed a classmate copied almost an entire web page for her discussion post. I recognized it as something I had read before, because I had used that web page for my own research. This particular post did not seem to match the student’s grammar and vocabulary used in her previous posts either.
This is what I grew up doing and while I am typing an assignment my finger automatically hits the enter button twice. Furthermore, I need to use more of an active voice and not a passive voice when I write. There is a website that I use that helps me with my grammar on my assignments, just in case you need extra help:
Most of young students got marriage and dropped out of school by 11th and 12th grade. There were no examples in terms of academic aspirations or career options. Despite this fact, I dreamed of going to college. I developed a fascination with computer science from academic class and online courses, and started learning about software, codes, and web development. Even though the time and money are the issues for my higher education, I knew if I worked hard, got good grades and stayed focused, I would find a way to make my dream a reality.
Last spring semester, I took GOVT 2305 - the Federal Government- and found myself involved in discussions and debates. I immediately registered for the next government class and thought it would be another interesting class. Not many students have an opportunity to study government during the most intense and exciting time in America - the presidential race. Considering it is an Honors class, I thought it would be a challenge with many assignments and exams that are due weekly. By taking my academic progress to a new level, I wanted to challenge my time-management skill and improve my writing skill; I also want to get a special recognition from the Honors institution on my transcript and separate myself from other students.
Looking back through my days of writing in high school there was a lot I did not understand about the writing process. My writing was much unstructured and overall very poor compared to what it is today after this class. I believe that I have always been a good writer I just have not had the tools and knowledge to create a well written and knowledgeable paper. This course has helped me to meet the learning outcomes of learning to conduct factual research, making original and unbiased papers, writing different genres of papers in a professional way, correctly implementing the academic writing process, learning proper grammar and mechanics, and implementing critical thinking skills into my drafts. Essay three was the essay that helped me to
Starting off the year, I was and still am, very intimidated of a college level writing course. Since it was an engineering based writing class, my worries eased up a bit. When I attended the first class I didn’t know anything over the technical communication writing style. Slowly I developed an understanding over the writing style by reading the text book and other supplemental readings. When our group (Construction Management and Nursing) was assigned with the first group project, I was able to apply what I’ve learned so far in the class.
Mrs. Lanza would then reveal the grade she gave the response, hoping that each group fell within one point value and had relatively the same constructive criticism to give. Following this, students worked on independent writing assignments on MyAccess. Accommodations/Modifications: While working on evaluating student responses to the PRCs, Mrs. Lanza utilized the document camera to project the selected responses onto the whiteboard. In addition to visually seeing the responses, Mrs. Lanza also read the responses orally to ensure that students who had trouble seeing the responses could hear them instead.
Reflective Letter on MWA #1 I believe that the purpose of major writing assignment number one was to improve our interview skills and solidify our understanding of genre as used in the context of our class. For this writing assignment I created a Weebly website that is meant to teach the class about the most important genre used in the field of computer science. To successfully do this I first gave a brief description of what computer science entails and that what it does not, I then followed up the description with a few questions and answers from my interview while also describing my professor that I interviewed. Finally, I began writing about my genre—developmental collaborative writing on a whiteboard—and gave its purpose followed by a few links. These links lead to the descriptions of my genre’s audience, rhetorical factors, structure, and style of writing; with all of the information presented on my website there should be a good enough description of developmental collaborative writing to help my fellow classmates understand what it is.
While this question does deal more with vocabulary, making it more understandable that so few students answered it correctly; I decided to work in activities that would continue building our source analysis skills nevertheless. One way I did this was during our lesson covering the Plessy v. Ferguson court case. I had students read both a primary and a secondary source and then answer questions that tested not only their knowledge and comprehension skills with respect to the sources, but also their evaluation and application skills as well. In general, this pre-assessment allowed me to better understand where my classes stood with regards to the subject matter at hand. The knowledge I gleaned from this activity resulted in a more tailored and focused learning experience for my students which met them where they were instead of assuming what they did or didn’t know.
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. It is about different strategies students can use to revise their paper. She stated in her paper that for many students the idea of revision makes them uncomfortable and can lead to them not spending very much time working on it. She found that the students were never taught how to truly revise their essays (Sommers 380-382). After reading and
For me this was a turning point in my life, I realized the true meaning for me coming to college. I think the true meaning is not worrying about what other people think of you in life, if you’re in college or not. Overall I can say that I came to college and got over my little mindedness in my first semester. I think that having these experiences in life makes you realize the real reason for what you’re doing. I think a lot of people go into college straight out of high school with the littlest mindset about what there getting into.