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Throughout this portfolio, I demonstrate my abilities to critique my own writing and to make an argument based on evidence and analysis. My revised papers are the evidence, and the analysis I make is how these papers show my growth, improvement, and now capable writing abilities to meet the outcomes of English 131. In the very creation of this portfolio, in addition to the revised essays, I accomplish multiple global objectives for this class. These objectives include writing a complex claim, writing with intertextuality, showing awareness of my audience, and revealing the effect of successful, critical revision and editing techniques. As I aimed to meet these outcomes throughout the quarter, my writing slowly, but surely developed into critical, organized, and academically correct text. At the beginning of the quarter, I had preconceived notions as to what "good" writing looked like, and how I should formulate it. I found that to be successful in this class, I had to leave my thoughts from high school at the door and start from scratch. I quickly came to understand, for example, that a thesis statement is completely different than a claim. This was a big issue for me as I was confident in my thesis-writing abilities at the beginning of the quarter. However, when I received multiple papers back regarding my claim, I was discouraged. Although I didn't have any specific goals for my own writing at the beginning of the course, this immediately became a goal for me to work towards. I needed much additional help, and found the Odegaard Writing Center to be particularly useful. I took what the tutors there had to say directly into account, along with Allison's recommendations. With their help, and also in following by example, I devel... ... middle of paper ... ...e tools to take my writing to another level. As an "intro" class, it is designed to prepare students for more advanced classes, and while this one was certainly very challenging, I am much more confident in my writing abilities that are necessary to take my writing to a deeper level. Without having learned what I did, I would not be ready to take this next step in advancing as a writer. The final portfolio is, in a sense, my final performance. It demonstrates the ablities I have gained in continuously practicing certain writing habits. Just as I worked to improve certain aspects of my music which demand my focus, I worked to gain vital abilities for my writing. As I "sit on the stage" and play my piece to demonstrate what I have accomplished in my music, this portfolio functions as an example of what I have accomplished in my writing this quarter in English 131
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