In the first essay that I have written this semester, I learned quite a few largely-important points about writing. Before this class, I knew very little about any writing method. The first essay taught me the incredible importance of a thesis. Without a thesis, a paper cannot accomplish anything; it becomes nothing more than rambling nonsense. Another important thing that the first essay taught me was comma placement. I have always struggled with comma placement. This essay helped me to understand it a lot more than I previously did.
The second essay that I have written for this class, the profile essay, was my favorite essay this semester. I believe that this essay was a major turning-point for me in my abilities as a writer. While working on this essay I learned the power of "showing" through words, instead of "telling." This essay also helped me to increase my knowledge of punctuation use; specifically, the semicolon. In my previous essay, my over-use of the semicolon ran rampant. For reasons unknown to me, I detested short sentences. In an attempt to length...
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- Over the course of the semester, I have learned to apply crucial aspects of writing to my papers. For example, prior to this class I did not know how to brainstorm I would start writing without jotting down the main points of my essay or what I was going to write about. Throughout this semester I have been focusing on brainstorming first and it has helped me so much. In the beginning, I would not do this and I can tell from the quality of my first essays to my essays now, how much brainstorming has improved the level of my work.... [tags: Writing, Essay, Revision, Writing process]
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- Rearview Mirror While looking back at my first semester in English Composition 1, I am surprised by how much I actually learned and how much I developed the writing skills I already had. The rough drafts and group work we did helped me a lot during the four papers we wrote. My portfolio of the semester includes four pieces of writing and this reflective essay. The four assignments we had were a culture description, observation, comparison-contrast, and a persuasive essay. During the semester and the papers we wrote, I found out some things that I struggled with but also found that I’m pretty good at certain aspects of writing.... [tags: Writing, Paper, Linguistics, Writing process]
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- Within this portfolio lies four different types of writing genres from the spring 2016 semester. This collection consists of an analysis of word usage, a research paper, a personal narrative, and a letter. Before entering Eastern I worked on many different kinds of writing, however none have been as extensive as this. Comparing my high school work to my Eastern, at Eastern I found myself creating more detailed, larger, and more organized assignments with a much smaller time frame. In high school we worked on other less detailed assignments, such as research papers, journal entries, paragraph responses, and other small forms of writing.... [tags: Writing, Writing process, Research, Paper]
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- Since I was a kid, I was never an enthusiastic writer (my mother says it’s because I don’t read enough). However, after taking this FIQWS course, my attitude towards writing has changed. Prior to college, I was the kid who sat in the back of English class and groaned whenever the teacher would mention the words, “write” and “essay” in the same sentence. In contrast, now I actually look forward to writing essays. In retrospect, after looking back on FIQWS class and the pass writing assignments, I discovered FIQWS showed me an aspect of writing 4 years in high school could not.... [tags: Writing, Essay, Idea, Kanye West]
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- Oscar De La Hoya once stated, “There is always space for improvement, no matter how long you’ve been in the business” (Hoya). My writing skills continue to improve, and I learn something new each day. Self-reflection is a humbling process that one must endure in order to grow. As my freshman literature and composition course begins to wrap, I am in awe of the amelioration I have made. I have surpassed my goals and am dreaming of what will be possible next year. This semester, I have learned how to connect with the author’s emotions and intentions, which resulted in a deeper understanding of writing.... [tags: Writing, Learning, Oscar De La Hoya, Skill]
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- This semester has taught me a great deal about how to develop my rhetorical, persuasive, and reflective writing skills. In the rhetorical essay, I believe my skills revolving around analyzing evidence to support my claims were improved drastically. My rhetorical analysis introduced me to that a direct correlation between tone and what a writer is trying to prove must be present if an argument is going to be strong and effective. My persuasive essay forced me to focus on my tone and diction, as I chose to discuss a very controversial topic that is currently a major social issue within the United States as of today.... [tags: Writing, Essay, Rhetoric, Critical thinking]
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- Cumulative Reflection Letter Over the course of the semester, I have learned a lot regarding the process of writing. When comparing my open letter to my DSP, it is very clear how much this process has progressed for me. When writing my DSP, I wrote the initial draft and then edited for grammar, but not really content. When writing my open letter I made quite a few changes to content and had more rounds of revision. My process was as follows: I wrote a brief outline, then I wrote the first draft, then considering the comments that I usually make on my peers’ essays I made structural and content changes, then I sent my essay to my peers for feedback, then I made even more content changes, the... [tags: Writing, Essay, Essays, Paragraph]
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- Writing papers has been one of my biggest fears as a student. High school English class prepared me for the editing of my essays, for example, grammatical errors, spelling, font errors, and things that were under the category of fixing my paper. I realized that the writing process requires more than just editing, you have to understand that the paper is like a human body, it cannot function if every single part is not effective. I can certainly say that I have improved as a writer a great deal and this portfolio and the final revised drafts of my work certainly can argue for that.... [tags: Reflection Essay]
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- Writing is an activity which allows me to express thoughts I can not always verbalize. I enjoy writing, but typically need time to get my thoughts in order. The benefit to writing down my thoughts, as opposed to speaking them, is that I can edit and decide if my written words match my thoughts. In the following paragraphs, I will look at the class assignments and appraise them to determine what I have learned this semester. The first three topics we were assigned to write about were personal narrative, evaluation and argument.... [tags: Course Reflection]
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- A Reflection on My Writing The journey through language and literature has always been an intriguing one for me. It is for this reason that I chose English as my major. It seems that every teacher or professor that I have had, has always been able to pinpoint one specific element in my writing that I need to work on. This has not been a negative thing by any stretch, because with each passing semester there is an element of my literature that will be perfected for the next. This is the wonder that is English, and the reason for my passion in this subject area.... [tags: Personal Narrative Education Writing Essays]
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