Writing a thesis is also endless. It is difficult to choose a side upon a given subject especially if it’s a controversial one. By having the opportunity to look and read at each other’s essays, correcting grammatical errors, misuse of words, and suggestions on structure helped me see my essay in a different mindset. With the help of my peers and the Writing Center I was able to develop some confidence into my writing and overcome the endless revising. Over the course of the semester, my writing developed from elementary level into an undergraduate college student’s.
With these skills that I have developed from this course, I will be able to achieve the goals that are needed in my future classes and in the workplace after college. The first learning outcome in this course is to produce writing that demonstrated my ability to identify, describe, and analyze various occasions for writing, genres, conventions, and audiences in my discipline or profession from a rhetori... ... middle of paper ... ...rove on the next project. I believe some of the ways that I improve was by the organization of my paper. I’ve learned the proper way to make my paper flow correctly. In Project I, the organization was horrible.
With the feedback from fellow classmates and Dr. Eldred I have continued to better my writing skills. One skill I always use is that I make a box outline, I learned this in high school. It allows me to see what certain points I would like to cover in each paragraph and also lets me know how many paragraphs I need to cover all my information. My main weaknesses with all my papers were summarizing too much, citing quotes, and not having a good thesis. I’ve always struggled with coming up with a supportive, specific thesis.
Firstly, one of my struggles that I have improved on is creating a thesis statement. I have always had difficulties coming up with a thesis. Most of my essays that I have written, I wrote background information then an actual thesis statement. For example, one of my essays that I wrote for the English course is “Love and Gold”; my thesis statement on that essay was too vague and disorganized but my professor gave me advice to help me. I know now in order to have a good thesis is always to get to the point of what the essay will be about.
These are the things that I have worked on and improved over the course of English 1B and I feel that my work shows this. For example, in my peer review essay #1, I realized that the process and research of the information I wanted to incorporate into my essay is a critical step in order to clearly express my thoughts in my essay. I had many ideas and thoughts about what I wanted to say, but had to find a way to put my critical thoughts in an organized way where I could properly express myself. I found that putting all my critical thoughts down on paper though a map or chart helped the organization of my paper greatly. At the start of writing Peer Review Essay #1 I had many top... ... middle of paper ... ...me and unnecessary, but the process of feedback and revision was essential, it not only helped me fix my errors, but it also allowed me to reassess and better structure my essay.
These lessons such as, analyzing the text in depth and figuring out what to research in order to help me complete the assignment has progressed my writing. Reflecting on all the assignments completed allows me to realize how much my writing and thinking process has changed. Writing essays before writing 37 was something I dreaded. However, realizing now that I have the ability to write compelling essays such as my RIP project where I wrote an editorial for The New York Times. I am proud of this project and as a result has impacted my decisions when it comes to my writing process, such as spending more time researching, having others peer review, and revising it.
I understand why my essays always need improvement. With sentence structure, I always have trouble because it also comes from my grammar which also have to work on. In this essay, I 'd made the mistakes to write and not go over it so I didn 't have the chance to make it good the fist time. I had mistakes with the simplest things
Throughout this course, I have struggled with developing an idea I am trying to deliver, and I have also struggled with sentence structure and punctuation; however, I have made some progress in being able to write precise, articulate sentences and organize my thoughts through the paper, I still have to work on improving my writing skills. My greatest weakness in writing is writing deficiencies; I have plenty. Developing the message I am trying to deliver in my writing is very challenging because I struggle figuring out how to add on to my ideas. I am the opposite of being a proficient at this task. Most of the
The easy part was reading it, writing a summary, and even choosing the rhetorical choices the author used. However I struggled with being able to explain and show evidence of how the author used the rhetorical devices in their arti... ... middle of paper ... ...ntinue to work on after this writing course is; editing and revising my drafts. There were many times where I felt my essays or assignments were ready for submission, but the grades I received revealed that my papers indeed needed more revision and editing. Now that it's at the end of the course. I would have to say I enjoyed the challenge of this course.
My form and structure are not always the best. In one of our more challenging essays, the Rhetorical Analysis Essay my form and structure weren’t as strong as they should be. As stated before, I made the mistake of not staying focused on the rhetorical elements of my topic and venturing my own personal opinion in the essay, which crowded and weakened my form and structure. Continuing with Murray’s path, the development of my essays is based on the rubric. I always seek to include information that the rubric is essentially telling me to include, but sometimes I fall short of developing my thoughts enough.