Throughout the quarter in Writing 20, my professor instructed the class to write three essays. Out of the three assigned essays, I chose to submit two of the three into my Entry Level Writing Requirement portfolio. The prompts' for the essays in my portfolio were quite different from each other. One prompt focused on an argument Stephen King made in his article "Why We Crave Horror Movies." King's argument was that audiences watch horror movies to feed and control their dark sides. Agreeing with King's argument, I supported for his stance for why audiences watch scary movies. The second prompt, dealt with an argument Bruce Forbes made in his article "Mickey Mouse as Icon: Taking Popular Culture Seriously." In Forbes's article he argued, Disney's icons portray messages that shape their audiences' minds. Finding the prompt interesting, I wrote about how Disney's princesses shape their female audiences' minds. Though both essays were different from each other, they display my strengths, my weaknesses, and my developments as a writer.
The next paper I wrote was, The Tornado of the Century, it was a descriptive essay and I really focused on finding the small things in my papers to make them correct. I begin to use a website called paper rater and going to Mrs. Thomas for help during the next couple of papers, so I starting narrowing down the grammar mistakes to make my grade better. The third paper I wrote was, How to be a Wingman, I found out in this one that punctuation was everything, because I got some points off for using the wrong punctuation. However, taking out this grammar issues did help my grade in the end. The final paper I wrote was, Success, this was by far my favorite paper, because I knew how to look for grammar errors and punctuation errors. Even though I still took this paper to Mrs. Thomas, she was not marking it up to badly just for the fact that I learned these things over the course of the class.
Throughout this semester I have learned many ways of writing through two main essays literacy narrative and comparison and contrast. These two essays have taught me how to correctly fix my comma splices, thesis statements, and capitalization. I have engaged in numerous learning material during this summer class. Many times when I thought it would be hard to work on those three developments I never gave up. I gain more positive feedback from my teacher because he pointed out most of my mistakes I made on both literacy narrative and comparison and contrast essays to help me understand what is it that I need to work on. My development as a writer became stronger.
In the course of this semester of writing, I grew more than I ever had in my ability to write well. I remember on the first day of class several other students were talking about how hard this writing professor is. I was a bit worried and even thought about switching to an easy professor for a guarantee A so I can get a 4.0. Now, I am grateful that I chose to decide to work hard for a 4.0 instead. Even though I may not get it, I am still glad I stayed because for once, I learned and became a better writer. I can see that my knowledge of conventions definitely improved from last semester. I really loved the feedback for my assignments, since it allows me to realize what I need to improve on and what I should keep doing. Unlike the previous semester, the writing professor only told us our grade on the very first assignment after two months. There were no feedback on how I could improve either, so I had no idea if I was having trouble with anything. Prior to this course, I always had trouble writing sentences and organizing them in such a way that flows and delivers my idea well. I also rarely outline or plan out how I will write a paper too, and even when I did, it was very vague. Out of the five learning outcomes, I grew the most in rhetoric knowledge and writing process from the reading responses and 4 assignment.
Throughout the WRD 102 class, I have had to write a lot of essays, personal narrative, response paper, evaluative review, and argument essay. Before this class, I would start to write thinking my teacher is the only one who is going to read it. However, in this class one of the things I have learned is that, in order to write a good paper, you have to choose your audience and write according to what would they argue about.
Each of these types of writings are unique and challenging. I definitely had to step out of my comfort zone and explore new ideas so that I could improve my writing ability. For example, I used peer review to help steer me in the right direction on a few of my essays. It was nice to have fellow peers commenting and criticizing my paper. I felt getting others perspectives helped me get a broader aspect on different thoughts and ideas, so that my paper would appeal to readers of all kinds.
Writing essays was never my forte, it just never came easy to me like it would to others. Since other subjects came easy to me and I had to focus more than others on writing, I had a negative attitude toward the process as a whole. During this summer semester, I was able to grow as a writer, and gain a more positive attitude toward how I write and a better feel for writing in college. Writing a paper is a process in which there are many different stages. In high school I would never write outlines or any sort of pre planning work. Other struggles I encountered in my writing were my theses, and framing quotes.
Somehow after all the assignments, and putting a good amount of effort into the papers that I wrote, I have become a better writer. My writing has improved because I have concentrated on two very important areas. With help from a good teacher, I have become a better writer by focusing my improvement on my skills in the areas of content and procrastination.
This has been a fascinating semester as I was able to focus on a few new styles of college writing. In the beginning we had a short but intriguing group discussion that we had for the first month provided many opinions to use for my ad analysis essay “Super #1 Ad Analysis of Hallmark Bear Thing.” We felt a little stress at the time as for most of us have never even considered a deeper meaning behind the commercials and the addition of starting on the text analysis while finishing the first project did not help either. I managed to get by fine although I do not know how well the others fared. As for the second essay, it was a controversial subject to say the least as I recall the class was divided on who to blame for Richard Fee’s Adderall addiction and eventual suicide, one side voted to solely blame the morally bankrupted doctor for providing unregulated prescriptions and another side argue that Richard’s suicide was the fault of his own lack of self-intervention. My text analysis essay “Super Paper Two: Death by a River of Pills” had a lot of details to consider but those were mostly centered on the author of the text Alan Schwarz’s perspective of the situation. I am not a particularly fond of the man’s article because personally I think he is a bit out of his league writing about the complications of medical prescriptions, although I cannot say much about my own essay as it scored a little lower than my first. This incentivizes me to work harder on the movie evaluation so I picked Kung Fu Panda 2 a movie and a franchise that I knew well. My movie evaluation “Kung Fu Panda 2: Movie Evaluation Paper” has been complete but has not been properly graded yet so I cannot say if the all of the effort was worth it or not. Over the mont...
Throughout this semester we have had to write many types of essays. Although this is a college English class there is still room for improvement. I made much improvement during the semester of the class. I was able to identify my weaknesses. I learned how to make improvements to the areas I was having problems in. Although each essay we did was different I was able to begin with one essay and throughout the semester turn it into two other essays. I was able to change my style of writing to fit the type of audience I was working with. I will continue to work on my writing and keep improving it.