The art of writing is a complex and difficult process. Proper writing requires careful planning, revision, and proofreading. Throughout the past semester, the quality of my writing has evolved significantly. At first, I struggled with the separation of different types of paragraphs, and I found writing them laborious. Constant practice, however, has eliminated many of my original difficulties, and helped to inspire confidence in my skills. As a collegiate writer, my strength lies in my clear understanding of the fundamentals of writing, while my primary weakness is proofreading my own work.
I was actually surprised how easy the draft comes together with all the components. I was having a little bit of a problem organizing each portion, making my paper flow properly. There was many times I rearranged sentences, especially in the introduction. Organization of papers like these can be a daunting task as well. There is so much information that needs to be in specific locations throughout the paper. This items has probably taken up the most time for me.
Another thing that I have learned that goes with writing multiple drafts is using the reader’s feedback in order to craft my next draft. I have learned through the semester that the audience plays a huge part in
Many different genres were introduced to me that I had never experienced writing in. Genres like, arguing a position with sources, proposing a solution, analyzing a visual and justifying an evaluation. Not only were the genres new to me, but every assignment had a different type of audience with different point of views. In the assignment, “Analyzing a Visual” I was writing to an audience that consisted of parents. I never addressed the audience writing in first person just because I kept the tone of the paper in first person plural, which made every issue a “we” problem. This helped put the audience on my team, so they could see where I stand and we could address the issue together. As a result of each essay having a different genre and audience, there were different tasks each time I wrote a paper. Starting with “Arguing a Position with Sources”, I had to pick an article from The Concise St. Martin’s Guide To Writing and decide rather I agreed or disagreed with the author and their position on the topic, while also backing up my own positions with sources from the book. Where in my assignment, “Justifying an Evaluation”, the objective was to pick a non-profitable organization’s website and state if I had a negative or positive claim after making an entire evaluation of the quality of the site. As a result of all of this, I now have the skills to successfully write in a variety of genres and to diverse audiences, so
Today, time and experience have taught me some immensely better tactics for writing essays and papers in general. I've found that by getting an early start on my assignments, I have much more time to focus on the overall quality
Lastly, I discovered my hard working personality through the rhetorical process of writing. The new process of writing that was introduced in college writing was a longer process that forced me to be hardworking. The process took not just one night but many nights of work to develop a strong interesting paper. These tasks included the invention writing exercises, narrative outlines, messy drafts, rough drafts, and finally the polished paper. Invention writing was one step of the process that forced me to work hard. In the composition of everyday life the authors explain,“Invention workshops can be the most powerful element in a composition course. If all parties are invested in the struggle to focus and vitalize ideas, the process can dramatically
For some of us writing a paper comes really naturally, but for people like me it’s easy to get stuck looking for credible sources, organizing ideas, writing a thesis and fine tuning the finished product.
The purpose of this memorandum is to explain how I will go about writing my documents for the remainder of the semester. The goal is to show how I will apply various tips and guidelines I have learned throughout the chapters we have read.
In my writing the things I do well are content and organization and coherence. Content is the topic covered in a piece, so it has to do with the overall paper such as the thesis and evidence included. “You include appropriate headings, identify a specific subculture, develop a relevant research question, and detail how you will gather evidence.” (Casual Prospectus). In the Casual Prospectus there were questions that needed answering and I was able able to do that in a little over 300 words because all the content was focused on one point, which resulted in a clear paper with minimal wording. When I write I try and make sure everything I write ties back to the topic making all of
This is something that I have discovered and learned more about whilst taking Comp. I. Too often, I would have an influx of thoughts and ideas on what to write about and would begin typing every thought at once rather than organizing these thoughts using graphs or outlines. In doing this, I found it difficult to put every idea where it needed to go in order for the paper to have clarity. From the knowledge I obtained, and mainly because it was required, I started to begin every essay with a formal outline. By starting the paper with organized ideas, made for a much clearer way of writing that
As shown by my portfolio, my writing has progressed in various ways through this quarter. In some of my first writings, such as early journals and test essays, I didn’t use the compelling adjectives that are able to paint pictures in the reader’s head. As a starting point, I used bland adjectives that would not be able to grab the reader’s attention. For a simple example, I used “good” and “better” in my A Raisin in the Sun essay when I could have wrote more effective words, such as “exceptional” and “superior”. Details can build up writing in a substantial matter, and I was not able to grasp this concept at the beginning of the quarter. Further, I rarely utilized transition statements to connect differing topics and ideas. In my first identity essay draft, my paragraphs were choppy and difficult to follow. When introducing new ideas, there has to be a certain shift among them. Without these shifts, my writing went through radical differences through paragraphs. With each draft, I strengthened the flow of my paper by adding a multitude of transitions. Instead of placing transitions only at the beginning and end of paragraphs, I utilized one every few lines. The sentences meshed much smoother this way. Most
Over the course of the semester, I have been fortunate enough to work with a student who is having difficulties when it comes to reading. My student does not have difficulties when it comes to hearing a word, but rather when he sees a word. My student has definitely benefited from one on one work with me as well as the additional help he’s getting from the reading specialist during their WIN (what I need) time. My student does not like to read because he knows that he is struggling and he is embarrassed about it. When my student goes to his WIN time, he does really well because the instruction is at his level and there are only two other students who are also on the same level there as well. Besides the current intervention, programs I would recommend are Direct Instruction: Reading Mastery, Letter Spacing, Wilson Reading System and the Lindamood program (LiPS).
I really enjoyed the two speakers that we had in class this past Wednesday. Katie and Shane both had such unique experiences and were both very open to talking about their lives. I remember Shane coming to talk with our SPED 201 class and how much I took away from that experience. This past week was no exception, I left with so many ideas that I would never have thought of as a future Special Education teacher.
It’s an ambiguous concept. It’s got a scale range from getting a new bed to losing a loved one. Sometimes it’s asked for and other times, it’s not. Sometimes you’re a little girl waiting to get a haircut only for the final result to be disastrous and other times you’re walking out of the salon feeling like royalty. Sometimes you’re simply changing the color of your walls and other times you’re moving to a new house. Sometimes you’re meeting new people and other times you’re losing your best friends.
Of the many writing experiences I’ve had as both a student and a military officer, two events stand out that shaped both my appreciation of and confidence in writing. The first happened when I was in grade school and involved my father. He enrolled in a basic computer class sponsored by his employer and I clearly remember him agonizing over a short writing assignment to describe the applications for computers. I remember thinking it seemed like a simple task, but for him it was an arduous process for which he was not prepared. The second incident occurred during my MBA studies, working in a group of three on a capstone research project. As the integrator of our combined contributions, I was astounded when one of my project partners sent his portion, of which a large section had the faint blue background evident of a cut-and-paste from Wikipedia, yet no citations. These cases stick out because of what I’ve found are two truths in writing.