Reflection on English 102 Experience: Developing Reading and Writing Skills


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Basic Expectations: • Academic Reflective Essay or Letter Format: For the reflective assignment, you can choose to write your content in academic reflective essay format, or you canwrite an academic reflective letter. Your reflective essay/letter must address all of the questions below (should be written in academic paragraph formatting, not bulleted or outlined form) • Length: Your essay/letter must be at least 4 full double spaced pages, 12-point font with 1” margins • Audience: You should write your essay or letter for a scholarly audience. Writing should be academic and professional. If you choose to write a letter, you can select an academic or professional audience of your choice. Some examples could be: your current writing instructor, a past writing instructor, a future English 201 student, and so on. What information does the RR include? Your RR should reference class concepts that have added to, or developed, your understanding of academic writing. Your RR should include responses to the questions below, arranged in a focused, coherent essay or letter. In this class, you have learned how to effectively analyze popular culture by learning how to perform a rhetorical critique and by applying various theoretical perspectives. You have also learned how to perform research and how to develop that research to produce an analytical research essay which will add to an academic conversation. For this assignment, you will evaluate how you developed over the quarter regarding your ability to participate in an engaging scholarly discussion about pop culture. You will discuss what you learned and how you were able to incorporate this into your participation in this course. 1. Reflection on Past: Think about yourself as a thinker and a writer at the beginning of this quarter. What was your relationship with academic writing a couple months ago? If applicable, reflect on how you’ve developed since concluding English 101 as well. I also encourage you to review and reference your first “Reflective Writing Prompt” submission! 2. Reflection on Present: Compare your relationship now—how has it changed/developed? You should provide a thoughtful analysis about how and why your understanding/relationship has changed. Think about the concepts you have learned, the discussions/peer workshops we had, new habits or awareness developed, and so on. 3. Learning Assessment: Reflect on what you learned throughout the reading, research, and writing process that you completed in this class. How did your understanding about researching and writing develop? What did you learn from completing the class readings? What new awareness did you develop regarding popular culture? 4. Topic Assessment: What have you learned about your topic? Why did you select it? Why was it important to be aware of? What do you plan to keep thinking about regarding this topic? What did you learn from your peers? 5. Final Reflections: In your final project for this class, what are you proud of? What do you wish you could have improved? Overall, what are you proud of accomplishing in this class? What have you contributed to class activities and discussions that you are proud of? What do you plan to take away from this course and what have you achieved?
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What is the style and format of the RR? Since you are talking about your own work, the RR will be written from the “I” perspective, but you will want to make your “I” authoritative. You want to draw on specific knowledge that you have gained in this course to analyze your own writing. Make sure you provide reasons and point to specific examples from your experiences.English 201 Reflective Response ExampleDear Future English 102 Students, You will be soon embarking on an intensive but extremely productive quarter of academic conversation. Buckle down and get ready to read an array of essays, experts from books, lectures, reviews and prose written by members of the academic community. Not just read these pieces of writing, but analyze, annotate, connect and write about them in reflective thought as well as respond to your peers’ posts. Make sure you pay attention throughout this process, because it is all involved in a cumulative essay that you will research for, develop, tie in textual evidence, and submit as your own contribution to the academic world. This class is challenging, time intensive, demanding but very rewarding. You will come out of it a better writer and with the tools to join and add valuable input to academic conversations. You will also glean interesting information and read essays that will change the way you think about society, culture and authority. Don't let me intimidate you though, because I know that you can do it! At the beginning of this English adventure I was a minimalist writer. I did the least amount of work possible to get a good grade. I recited the content of essays that I read rather than analyze them. Even if I at times ventured into the terrain of analysis, I never thought that I would (or even could) add any valuable information to any academic conversation! At the beginning of the quarter I learned to annotate and critically read pieces of writings, which was the first vital step in becoming an academic writer. We learned about inquiry; asking what is important about the writing and questioning ideas rather than simply accepting them. These were the first two skills that I learned in English 102 that broke my previous reading and writing habits. One very useful aspect of these skills is that by reading critically and with an inquisitive mind, you are actually beginning the writing process! The process of annotating and critically reading an essay is one tool that I have been continually developing and utilizing throughout the quarter. Eleven weeks after beginning this English class, it's easy to forget just how far I've come in developing my reading and writing skills. We began the quarter learning how to critically read and annotate our readings, which is truly the first step in the writing process. This is a tool that I didn't utilize at the beginning of the quarter but one that I have slowly been honing in on. Looking back on my Ways of Reading textbook, it is not at all difficult to figure out which essays I have read for this course. Each reading is covered in marks, notes, annotations, circles phrases, lines, stars, arrows; each little marks that I can come back to when it is time to write a response or re scan the reading to begin my own writing. I can pull out sections more easily this way to utilize them in textual evidence, remember thoughts and questions that I had at the time of the reading and begin writing the outlines for my response in the margins. This tool has been very helpful in utilizing the texts we read to the fullest extent. Not only do I interact with the texts that I read differently now than at the beginning of the quarter, I also write differently. Tied
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