Over the course of the year my use of topic focus and critical thinking has improved greatly. In the beginning of the year on my “Reading Reaction Essay” my thesis was unclear and basic: “For Amy, her mother, and I, the use of language and communication properly has presented various problems for us in life” (1). In comparison, my more recent “Synthesis Essay” I typed “Animal testing has been necessary in the past and is still used today even though there are a number of problems within the use of animals for experimentation” (1). The second thesis was more sophisticated than the other general three part thesis. With the improved thesis the body paragraphs became more analytical without the specific limits of the three part thesis. As the thesis has progressed over time, so has the introduction and conclusion paragraphs of my writing. Once I wrote that “Improving my skills and growing as a writer is a very important in being a good student… Through practicing my writing has improved over the course of this school year” (“Mid-term,” 1). Within the introduction I discuss being a good student, but I do not address this topic later. Later in the year my introductions became more connec...
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...nd what clauses were. With these rules I learned how to improve grammar and with these rules the style of my writing has become less basic and more sophisticated. Using more punctuation correctly makes the style of the essay more visually appealing to the reader. Now that I understand how to use punctuation correctly to improve essay quality, I deserve at three and six tenths out of the four points.
With the improvement that I have achieved over the course of this semester the grade that I deserve that will reflect this accomplishment is a fifteen out of sixteen. At the end of this course my abilities as a writer have exceed my own expectations on how much I could improve as a writer. Each new essay used more elements the subjects learned in this class. Since I have learned, improved, and keep the quality of my work above adequate I should receive an A on this paper.
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