Jared Lawrence 4/23/2014 College Writing 101-04 Critical Rationale Essay As I reflect on my experiences throughout the semester of English 101 I’ve come to figure out that I have met very important requirements that I feel were very valuable for me as a student. I have become a better writer; I have also learned valuable information on the proper rhetorical choices as well as understanding the materials we have went over throughout the semester. During this process, reading and comprehending the materials given were not only a difficult task for me but I also needed much improvement in this area. As far as my portfolio layout goes, I decided to use a layout which shows my gradual improvement as a writer throughout the entire semester. Other aspects of the writing process over the semester such as the revision stages were also something that I continued to progress in.
Through the last 4 papers I feel like I’ve improved on each one as the percentage of the grade was increased. On each paper I feel my development as a writer has increased not dramatically like I would have hoped but I’m starting to see what professors are looking for. Some of the changes I had made were using the Writing Centre more often: to have another eye pick up on things that I would miss while writing my essays. At the beginning of the semester my paragraphs would be off track and short not giving the description and evidence needed to prove the point that was asked. I also feel like I’ve been able to change my whole perception about writing, I’m starting to write in a more serious tone as well as giving the strong backbone to what I’m being asked to write about.
I learned new ways olf intergrating quotes such as the indirect quote, which I used barely before I came to this class.What I noticed in my papers this semester is that this part of my writing has improved a lot : I was able to intergrate my quotes in my paper organically and with ease. In the past it felt like I was doing some of these methods, because it seemed like the thing my teachers wanted rather than it helping my paper. Something else that was fixed with time that dealt with my paper organization was my word count. When instructors would give me a word limit many times I would find myself going over it; however, with time I was able to keep some points concise to downsize my
One of the patterns I have stuck to is using first person. I think it has worked well for the assignments that I have gotten so far. Also, I have gotten better at following the directions of the assignment and not assuming that what I wrote was enough to meet the page requirements and instead aiming for right at the end of the page or a little bit higher than that. Also, my grammar has improved. When I started going to the learning center I would have a lot of my grammar fixed but it got to be less as the semester went on.
I have been typing papers and doing research on them throughout my middle and high school years. The only little improvement I have noticed is that my typing accuracy and speed has improved. The more I write papers the better my typing will be and this will help me before more accurate and save
Over the entire spring semester seminar I made improvements in my reading deeper into texts. I also improved in my oral and written communication skills by being less shy and collaborating more with students to enhance my ideas of the text to write a well supported thesis. I made no progress in improving my ideas through collaborative inquiry. My analytical skills did not improve because my ability to use a text to argue my point was at an adequate level. In conclusion, my first semester of seminar was beneficial to me and improved my skills.
This is my self-assessment paper. I am going to explain how my writing has changed since my first day of class. I am also going to explain some of my strengths and weaknesses as a writer and how I have improved my writing also about some goals that I have, to become a better writer. Before I enrolled into this English class, I knew my strengths were limited as a result of being out of school for a long time, I had forgotten most of the writing rules. Last semester I took English 101 with a lab which helped me refresh my memory on grammar, punctuation and helped me organize my thoughts.
Furthermore, I had others that I was at standard level at them, yet, they needed a lot of improvement in many ways. Last year, as for memorable things that teachers told me, was that I had a lot of trouble in the thesis statement structure, which however, affected the rest of the writing. Knowing all my mistakes now, moreover getting more advice this year, I hope that I will make huge progress. As for the present, during writing an essay I usually jot down my ideas on a piece of paper, next I prepare a peaceful environment, which I could easily get out my concentration, which is usually on a suitable desk in my room. The surrounding that I must have to write, is a well lighted room, where I am all alone without any distracting noise.
Learning new ways of writing and reading is very significant because it helps us become a better writer and reader. Goal#1 is “To help students understand the ways that readers read and writers write in and beyond university.” Some of the texts which I have read last semester which has left a huge impact on me are “Unteaching the Five Paragraph Essay” by Foley, “Mother Tongue” by Tan “Teaching Standard English…” by Christensen and last but
This semester I was able to flourish as a writer due to essays given in class. I am now better able to analyze prompts and to communicate my ideas better on paper. Although my writing has drastically improved, it has not always been that way. As evident through past essays, my writing was poorly structured and contained spelling errors. Also through practice this semester I was better able to write a concrete thesis statement, something I was puzzled with in my previous English courses.