Without being given specific guidelines, besides “write about a memorable experience involving reading or writing”, I was forced to use my own creativity to write a paper that met the limited requirements (I use the word limited very loosely). This first paper really helped me figure out my style and made and impact on my other papers that I wrote for this class. The evalua... ... middle of paper ... ...ough my writing, not only as a writer but also as a person. As I look back on my first semester of English at Tri-C, I can tell that I have grown in my writing ability. The changes that I have made will impact my writing style and techniques for the rest of my time in college and life.
Moving on in high school we started writing essays and reading novels. This past years I used to refer to reading and writing as two different things with no relationship between them. Now that I am already done with elementary, middle school and high school, as a college student the improvement in reading and writing is still continuing. College is a time for more improvement, a place where students recognize that reading and writing are complements, in order to read well we need to be able to write well and vice versa, to write well we need to be able to read well. High school was a good experience, since I was an ELD (English Learner Development) student my first year in high school did not consist of essays and reading long novels as compared to my other freshmen fellows.
This was definite once I received the feedback given by ... ... middle of paper ... ...cessary for feeling confident in my writing and completing my essay three. As I complete my portfolio, my main focus is to emphasize the improvements of my writing by placing my worse essays first, followed by my best essays. This process will not only show how well my writing has excelled over the semester but also it will show that the peer review and conference sessions were very beneficial. This course has made realize that I love to write, as opposed to just being good at it. As far as any other information that I feel that shows my improvement as a writer I would like to include any and all of the information that from the reading assignments as well as any in class information that has helped with my writing skills over the semester.
In the beginning of the English Composition 1 course, I felt as if I was not a very good writer. A lot of what I learned in high school was completely different than that of my college English course. Over the course of this semester our class worked on several different types of essays which include scholarly discourse, discourse community analysis, a persuasive paper, and finally a critical reflective essay. After almost completing the course, I feel like I have grown to become a more prepared writer because of all of the useful information that I have learned. Campus resources such as the Writing Center have also contributed tremendously to my success in my English course.
My ultimate goal in writing and reading is to get advance and go beyond my expertise. I only wanted to obtain new knowledge in writing and reading, but the first year learning goals helped me understand what I need to work on to achieve my ultimate goal. I have learned to read variety of texts and write different styles of writing in English. The work I have done in each semester has fulfilled almost all of the first year learning goals. Learning new ways of writing and reading is very significant because it helps us become a better writer and reader.
Ashley made the course very enjoyable, and retained the fun aspects of writing, which I thought would fade away upon entering college. In the end, one point of improvement that I have noticed is that I have refined my ability to articulate myself in writing (thanks to the various styles of writing we did). I can write with feeling. As for my future in writing, I hope to improve my scope of vocabulary, and I believe I could start by reading a lot more. English 101 has taught me the ropes of writing in a delightful way, and I can only hope that English 102 will be the same!
Editing, an area that has never been a strong suit of mine, is also taught in First Year Writing. Peer-editing is a valuable exercise in which students exchange drafts with their peers and edit them for each other. This process helped me greatly during the semester as my peers were able to point out flaws and faults in my essay that I would never have seen myself. This, i... ... middle of paper ... ...t response to my concern coming into college, First Year Writing helps increase responsibility and independence in students. By giving them time and space to develop their writing skills students are “empowered as agents responsible for their own learning” (Gere, 2).
I never really liked to write essays, but I think now I have come to enjoy it. With the right topic and guidance I think I could write wonderful essays. I look forward to making my writing better as my English classes’ progress and I think with everything I learned from this class that is very possible.
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.
English 1010 was exactly the class I needed to improve myself as an assertive reader and writer. This semester, I have learnt not only about genre and genre selection, but also using concise language, sources, improving drafting skills and overcoming writers block. In How to Write Anything, the various genres and sub genres were displayed. This has helped to me to identify the genre of any paper based on the type paper I’m completing. For Example, I know that if I’m completing a product review, the genre of that paper is Evaluation.