Reflection Essay

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I signed up for English 131 because I enjoy writing and figured it would be a fun and informative course in which I could learn writing strategies to help me in my college career and beyond. I’ve always thought of myself as a pretty good writer, as I took AP English classes in high school and it has always been a subject I’ve naturally gravitated towards. This course exceeded my expectations as to what I could learn in ten weeks. I feel that my writings skills have developed in all aspects, and I can take the skills I have learned and applied them to other courses and my future career. It’s an extremely good feeling after finishing an assignment, reading it over, and feeling very proud of how I was able to develop my thoughts and resources into something that has the potential to make a lasting impact on its readers.

In this portfolio, I will exhibit my understanding of the four course outcomes and showcase how I was able to demonstrate each one effectively in my writing throughout the quarter. The purpose of these outcomes is to develop skills that are essential for becoming a successful academic writer,
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I knew that I should have a thesis, a few body paragraphs with evidence, a paragraph dedicated to the counterargument and a conclusion. After learning to replace the thesis with a complex claim, my writing has really evolved because it forces me to plan out the organization of my papers in advance, and can be used as a point of reference whenever I’m unsure about which direction to go next. The first draft of my Short Assignment 1 – Advertisement Genre Analysis is a pretty good example of how I wrote most of my papers in high school. After going back and revising the assignment for this portfolio, the final result is an excellent showcase of how my writing has evolved and become more thoughtful and
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