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Kathleen Morrison- Final Reflective Letter

Kathleen Morrison- Final Reflective Letter

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Dear Malcolm,
Throughout the course of the semester I feel that I have grown as a student, writer and person.English 1103 has truly been an experience that I wasn
t too sure about to start with. This class has beendifferent than any English class I have taken before. I think that this not only has to do with theinstructor but how the class was taught. It involved a lot of my own opinions and feelings with moreopen-ended questions instead of a strict rubric that needed to be followed. Some of the assignments Ididn
t fully understand the purpose of and all of the reading from the textbook got tiring but, in the end,it was worth it.The classroom work ranged from free-writes to informal writing assignments to majorassignments that were worth half our grade. At first, I didn
t see the full purpose of the in-class writingbut I feel that I have found some meaning in it. I enjoyed doing the free-writes each class because itallowed me to go beyond what was discussed in class and let my mind wander. These writings gave methe chance to think deeper than I could have before. One thought led to another which led to anotherand so on. I now see the reasoning behind doing them after each assignment, it really did help to seewhere I could have improved or what I really thought about what I wrote. Before I knew it, I was writingabout things I had never thought of before. The in-class writing gave me the opportunity to thinkthrough different angles when tackling major assignments like the Topic Proposal and Extended InquiryProject.The Informal Writing assignments were also very helpful. We did multiple assignments includingan Interest Inventory, Peer Reviews, and Annotated Bibliography Search and Rescue. The assignmentsgave me the chance to expand on my knowledge on the various elements of the course. Each of theinformal writing assignments linked with a major assignment which helped a lot for backgroundknowledge. The Annotated Bibliography Search and Rescue aided me a great amount with the
 
Annotated Bibliography assignment and navigating through Moodle. Before this Search and Rescue Iwas lost when it came to Moodle. I became very familiar with the resources available and knew exactlywhere to look for help with each assignment after this assignment.Another thing I found extremely useful were peer reviews and group work. By having theopinions and thoughts of another incorporated with my own work it gave me insight to where I couldmake improvements. The feedback wasn
t negative, only suggestions that helped me as a writer.
Noone writes alone
” is
something I remember from the video we watched before doing the peer reviewswhich is completely true. As a writer I occasionally struggle with getting right to the point I am trying tomake. In the peer reviews this was pointed out in my Extended Inquiry Project (EIP) which helped meunderstand where I needed to concentrate my revisions. It was simply suggested that I omit a few thingsand work on making fluent transitions from one paragraph to another. I
m not always an outspokenperson so doing group work helped me a lot with speaking my thoughts. I find it easier to speak mymind in a small group compared to a classroom of people. The work with my peers helped me to notonly say my thoughts but, also, get directly to the point I was trying to get across.At the beginning of the semester I was very nervous about the EIP but after seeing how it wasbroken down it became easier. I really liked how the assignment contained different components whichled up to the main assignment (EIP). The Inquiry Process was one that I found more difficult than Ithought I would. It was difficult because I didn
t know exactly where to start and then, when I found mytopic how far I would be after to go with it. The Interest Inventory we were to complete for an InformalWriting assignment helped me a lot. It gave me an idea of what really interested me and the differentdirections I could go with the topic. After I found a topic, genetic engineering, it became easier to findout where I wanted to go with the idea.
 
The Topic Proposal was an assignment that I found fairly easy to complete. After choosing mytopic it was easier to do research on it. I knew where I wanted to go with my topic which also made iteasier to write. I feel like I put a good amount of work and information into this assignment to clearlystate what my topic was. If I could go back and change anything about the assignment, it would only bethat I started it sooner. I thought it would be a simple assignment but it required a lot of time.The Annotated Bibliography was one of the most difficult assignments I have done in the classand even University. It wasn
t that the assignment was actually hard, it was just a lot of work and I foundit very uninteresting. I had the hardest time just starting it which led to it being started at the lastpossible moment, the night before it was due. I think part of the reason it was so hard to was because Ihad no idea what an Annotated Bibliography was. I can summarize, tell you how the information isimportant to me and find out information about the author, but do citations? I had never heard of acitation before in my life. Then, when I finally started the assignment I regretted waiting to the lastminute to d it. It took so much time to read through all of the material and do research on the author.Then, trying to put it into MLA-style, which was a problem all on its own. Thankfully, I stayed calm. Ilogged onto Moodle, read, reread, and reread the supported documents multiple times until I finallyunderstood how to correctly do the assignment. Even though the assignment was very lengthy I can seethe importance it has after completing it. It is important to know who the source is and what makesthem credible, as well as, what importance the information has to you.The Extended Inquiry Project was an assignment that turned out to be easier than I thought.When I heard it must be at least 7 pages in length, I started to have a mini heart attack. But, after Ibegan writing and found out it was to be double-spaced, 7 pages came easily. Doing the Peer Reviewsand Margin Outline helped me a lot to see where I needed to make changes to my essay that I wouldn
thave noticed otherwise. I was actually surprised at how well everything worked together. Each

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