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Reflecting on English Class 111 Essay

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Reflecting on English 111 My experience into English 111 not only left me anxious, it became a self-revelation. My learning capabilities were challenged because writing did not come natural and the possibility of becoming a prominent writer were going to take a lot of time, effort and hard work. In spite of not knowing what to expect, I entered into this new semester pumped up carrying an “I can do this” attitude and feeling confident.
Oh boy was I scared into complete and utter silence on my first encounter with my new instructor. The demands on us, as a student, seemed to be exceedingly high leaving no room for mistakes. On the contrary, being that this was all pretty much new for me, I began to panic. Meanwhile as I tried to…show more content…

Reflecting on English 111 My experience into English 111 not only left me anxious, it became a self-revelation. My learning capabilities were challenged because writing did not come natural and the possibility of becoming a prominent writer were going to take a lot of time, effort and hard work. In spite of not knowing what to expect, I entered into this new semester pumped up carrying an “I can do this” attitude and feeling confident.
Oh boy was I scared into complete and utter silence on my first encounter with my new instructor. The demands on us, as a student, seemed to be exceedingly high leaving no room for mistakes. On the contrary, being that this was all pretty much new for me, I began to panic. Meanwhile as I tried to remain in control of my emotions, so not to let any instruction slip bye, I collectively viewed English 111 as being a totally new, yet overwhelming task. Without delay, I begin my in-depth look into the requirements of this study and what was expected of me, as an English 111 student. To successively complete these assignments, I would need to be focused on the process of such writing assignments. Along with the instructor’s ideas that our writing would be done in such different ways it will eventually consume every waking moment of my time and become top priority for the next four months. In fact, I began this semester with plans to accomplish skills that would eventually bring me to an understanding of what a great writer is.

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A reflective essay is one that collects your thoughts on a subject — writing the essay is just a way of thinking back on what you learned.

This should be a very personal piece of writing: it is more about you and what you learned. It should highlight the problems you faced, how you feel you improved, and factors that went into the choices you made in your essays.

With this reflective essay, you will account for and evaluate the choices made in your essays by

  • considering your own composing and design strategies given the purpose, context, medium, and audience.
  • explaining how writing your essay positions you as the writer in relation to other people, their ideas, and their writing.

 

Writing your reflective essay will help you pull together what you’ve learned so it isn’t just a jumble of unrelated techniques or facts. You know more than you think you do, and a little bit of critical thinking about it all will help you realize how much you do know. This essay of your reflections should draw on what we have covered in class, but it should be centered primarily on how you have seen yourself change (or not change) throughout the semester. While your essay should discuss specific skills, concepts, and changes in thinking related to your own writing and writing process, you need not limit yourself to a consideration of your growth as a writer.

Given the number of possible items you could address, it’s important to have a clear controlling purpose in your reflective essay so that your writing does not sound like a long list of points in paragraph form.

A successful reflective essay includes:

  1. a title
  2. a thesis paragraph, at the very least a thesis sentence
  3. discussion of what you have learned as a result of your work in our writing course
  4. discussion of what you would like to learn more about

Consider these questions when writing your reflective essay:

  • What was your writing like when you began the course?
  • Is it better now?
  • Are you more confident?
  • Do you know where to look stuff up?
  • What do you consider the single most important insight this course has given you – the idea that had the strongest impact, or will stay with you for a long time?
  • Do you have any ideas for improving this course?

Be specific. What specific strategies, techniques or skills have you learned? It never hurts to be specific.

You can and should discuss things like:

  • important revisions you made in the process of writing
  • decisions you made in building your essay, and rationale for these decisions
  • challenges with specific parts of the assignments
  • what you learned from the authors you read
  • how you look at writing differently than when the semester began
  • how your writing has changed
  • how your writing process has changed

You should avoid comments like:

  • “I learned a lot this semester.”
  • “My teacher was so great” or “My teacher was horrible because…”
  • “Thank heavens this class is over”
  • “I hope you were impressed with my essays. I worked so hard on them.”
  • “Clearly, I am ready for English 211/213.”

Final note: This is an essay about you and your writing. Do not interpret or EXTENSIVELY summarize other authors in your reflective essay. Some summary is OK, but just for the purpose of getting to your reflective point.

Criteria for grading will be: How well organized is your essay? Does it flow smoothly and logically from one point to the next? Do you back up your points with specific examples? Do you identify your sources (no sources are required, but if you use one you must cite it)? Do you understand the concepts I’m asking about? How thoughtful is your essay? How creative is it?

 

LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW IF YOU USED THIS PROMPT IN YOUR CLASS. HOW DID IT GO? WOULD YOU DO IT AGAIN? DID YOU MAKE ANY MODIFICATIONS?

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