Also, I have trouble with when I use a quote from a book how to introduce it and explain why I chose it. I hope to overcome these obstacles next semester. However, I feel my strengths were collecting information after I understood what I was reading and also adding evidence in my papers. Once I took notes on my reading and then read over my notes a couple times it was easier for me to lay out an outline and come up with ideas to talk about. The evidence I would always choose would be quotes from the books, which I feel I picked the right ones to use.
My introduction was not clear and could not set the tone for the remainder of the essay. I remember my professor said that, “Do not leave the reader gue... ... middle of paper ... ...e clean pages, I realize that I did not actively read the book. In EN 101 class, I have learned to read with a highlighter which has drastically taken my writing to a new level because I am able to connect back my initial insights marked on the page. I acquired many skills over the EN 101 semester. My major weaknesses in essay writing which were writing a sound thesis statement, expository writing and critical thinking now became my strengths in every essay I write.
will prompt them to put more effort into research and execution of their topic. Picking a topic that appeals to the masses is great but sometimes students still need a little nudge in the right direction. Good prompting is very important to student success in first year writing classes. Effective prompts give a few ideas as to where to steer a paper by suggesting effect main points voicing exactly what it is the teacher of the cou... ... middle of paper ... ...y practice on their own in class but also to understand the importance of how all these steps work effectively together. Now that we have discussed topics,texts, and in class writings lets wrap it all up.
In one semester of English 101 I have learned so many things about writing. I used to believe that writing was just putting words on paper, but have since learned that writing is much more than that, I now understand that writing is a way of exploring my mind and of making connections with other writers and readers. Over the course of the semester I have been learning to write in a way that uses the skills of reflection, critical thinking, and much more. I have used these skills to compose two academic essays that I am submitting in a portfolio to determine my final grade in English 101. In order to have a passing final grade my essays need to display skills I have learned in the course that are required by the Portfolio Assessment Rubric or
I read the minimum I was required just to get by, but little did I know I was hurting my vocabulary. Being able to read in class, and at home, gave me the opportunity to read the literature and walk into class the next day ready for in-class discussion. I did not know how much I was into feeling a character’s emotions, or being able to imagine myself as if I was there in the book. My favorite story in the class was “Two Kinds”. The story meant a lot to me because as I read the story I could somehow relate to the characters, and I found myself wanting to read more pieces of literature similar to “Two Kinds”.
As a strong math, science and engineering student, writing has not come easy to me and by taking this class, I was hoping to become a stronger writer. Throughout the semester, organizing ideas in logical ways has become straight forward thanks to the peer discussions and review I have had. Before this class, I struggled to transition between ideas and discuss each idea in a logical sequence and, unfortunately, my language arts and history grades suffered as a result. By exuding effort and receiving guidance, my hope was to improve my writing and prepare myself for the college writing which would be
Writing papers has been one of my biggest fears as a student. High school English class prepared me for the editing of my essays, for example, grammatical errors, spelling, font errors, and things that were under the category of fixing my paper. I realized that the writing process requires more than just editing, you have to understand that the paper is like a human body, it cannot function if every single part is not effective. I can certainly say that I have improved as a writer a great deal and this portfolio and the final revised drafts of my work certainly can argue for that. English 101 was certainly different from my other English classes; we actually focused on different parts of the writing process in each class instead of wasting our time discussing the same components of the process over and over again.
This English composition class changed all of that. We were able to write about anything that related to the given type of essay, which greatly improved our ability to fully immerse ourselves into every paper. This greatly affected my writing thoughts about writing; they changed from hating to write for school to actually enjoying it because I was able to find new things about my self while deepening my knowledge for writing. With our first paper, a Literary Analysis, I wrote about the struggles of changing writing styles in college. I reflected on the types of writing we did in high school and how it shaped everyone to write in a passive tone to get more information across to the reader.
Writer’s Reflection The first day on my English 908 class, with my Professor Mahony I was a bit nervous about the course. I finally took a deep breath, after my professor explained and discussed clearly the guidelines and instructions from the course syllabus for the semester. At that moment, I realized that this class is not going to be easy. As the weeks go by, through my professor’s excellent teaching, guidance and writing expertise, I was able to understand and improve my writing capabilities. Even though we have a couple of weeks left on this course, I believe that I was able to accomplished my goal in this class to become a better writer, and write different types essays effectively such as descriptive, comparative and contrast, argumentative and research.
I am seriously thinking about becoming a teacher because of my experiences in her classes. If I could do for one person what she did for me, then I would feel like I had done my job well. The things I learned in her class have stayed with me and influenced many of the things I have since done in my writing and personally. She taught me how to use writing to understand my own problems, which was the first step for me as a writer. I now try to use writing to illustrate the problems of others and the strange situations people are put into in this culture.