My portfolio consists of three papers, including: an analysis of an argument, an argumentative paper, and a research paper. The first paper, an analysis of an argument, is written on an article debating if eighteen year olds should be considered adults. I chose this topic because I thought it would correlate to the age range of the class and as something they could relate to. For my first large paper, I thought I accomplished what an argument analysis is intended to accomplish. The practice exercises and examples of argument analyses were helpful in developing this paper. After I began writing the first draft, I second-guessed the article I chose because the author maintained a neutral stance on her argument. The feedback I received helped with this struggle. In result, I added more information as to why the author chose to write this article since she did not take a stance on the argumen...
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..., my greatest strength as a writer is my ability to find evidence to support my topics. I think that is the most fascinating part of writing, being able to learn more on your topic and creating an interesting article for your audience to read. Another one of my strengths is being able to come up with related ideas if my original plan doesn’t meet the length requirements. I begin the writing process with an outline, which makes the paper more organized in my head as I write and I don’t add irrelevant information. On the other hand, my main drawback is my transitions between ideas, which is something that I will continue to work on in the future. I believe with practice and the skills I have learned, my writing will continue to improve. The main thing that I have learned from this course is that writing is a continuous process and there is always room for improvement.
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