Answers to the Following Questions & Reflection Questions.
1. What is your best piece of writing? Why? My best piece of writing was my speech. I felt really good about the content of it while facing my fear to actually present it. The quote I was given I felt comfortable explaining. Even though I feel like I just kept repeating the word "decisions" all the time, I felt that the paper was easy to understand. Being able to stand up in front of the class and reading my finished product out loud made me realize that I should feel more comfortable with my writing and be proud of it at times. I have never really thought of my writing as "good" and after reading it out loud and hearing it for myself rather then just inside my head, I have come to a new realization. The writing I would consider to be my best was the speech I have written. 2. What piece of writing challenged you the most? Why? Not all papers were as easy to write as some. The paper I found to be the most difficult to write was the argumentative paper we have just turned in. I was not quite confident with the topic I chose making it very difficult to find supporting information. We received a list of instructions to follow, but even those I found at times hard to understand and misleading. I was unable to figure out what it meant to stack my resources in my paragraphs. I followed all proper guidelines for the essay, but still feel uneasy with my finished product I turned in. I think I would have been able to do better on this essay had it come at a different point in the year and I was not already so consumed with all the homework, projects, and studying for finals. 3. What is your favorite piece of writing? Why? My favorite piece of writing was my personal credo. Of all the topics in the world I would enjoy to write about, I love writing about myself. I feel like I know the most about myself making it easy to freely write without an outline. I felt like this specific piece explained who I was as a person so well that I want to frame this piece on my wall. I am a blunt and straight forward person making this paper very satisfying because I get the point across, portraying a perfect image of who I am. Voice was a strong component of this piece making me believe that I actually wrote this paper rather then the specified paper with strict research. My personal credo was a lot of fun to write and I would consider this to be my favorite piece of writing. 4. What is it you have learned as a writer throughout our course? I have learned that I am a better writer than I have thought myself to be. Incorporating key components like rhetorical devices and diction can make a paper sound better. Also, I learned that when incorporating vocabulary words into an essay, it is key to make sure that they actually sound alright. There is most likely an alternative word that would make the paper flow better. Reading an essay out loud can help to make sure the piece flows and the sentence structure is fluent. There are devices that we can incorporate into our papers, that can make the piece work or just sound choppy. I would consider ENG 101 a success and look forward to becoming even better of a writer throughout ENG 102. 5. What advice would you give to an incoming ENG 101 student that would help them to succeed in this class and with their writing?
Vocabulary words are not necessarily needed in the final draft
Prewriting can help when it comes to writing your essay.
A final draft is not necessarily the best you can do, so take the time to write a rough draft.
Be critical when editing someone else's paper. This is a college level class.
The header goes on the left side of the paper, not the right.
Formatting is important to the final draft.
Works Cited; not work cited, or resources.
Reflection Questions. 1. Did I do more or less than was expected by the instructor? By me? Why, or why not? I would say that I did the needed amount that was specified by the instructor. I believe that I could have probably done more and put a little more effort towards my work. I only did the passing amount of work because I felt like the people around me were only doing the necessary work as well and I was not quite motivated to do more. English is an important subject and will forever stay with me, but I just find that I am less excited to study for it. I did the amount of work that was necessarily expected by myself. To be able to move on with my day, I have to finish all the required work that is set in stone by my teachers and therefore I make sure to complete it to my best knowledge. I would say that I did the amount of work necessary to complete this class. 4. Has the course irritated you? Motivated you? Touched you personally? Has it made you uncomfortable about yourself, about society, about the future, about learning? Are you the same person who began the class 18 weeks ago? What's different? I do not believe that this class irritated me. I have come to believe that the assignments we received throughout the course were reasonable and okay for being a college course. I was motivated to take this class because I am excited to start college next year and this class will only help me be successful. Being able to freely choose my topics and being able to talk about what I wanted to made me personally satisfied with my work as a whole, for I enjoy talking about myself and my love for the opportunities I have available. I did not find this class to make me uncomfortable about anything because it only gave me a good point of view to what I am to expect in college and the real world. Some of the pieces of work we read throughout the course gave me a good perspective of the society I live in making me feel only more comfortable with the world I live in. I am physically the same person who began this course 18 weeks ago, but my ability to write has broadened greatly and I feel that it has only made me a better writer.