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Final Reflection

Final Reflection

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Final Reflection
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Michael WoodsEnglish 1103Malcolm Campbell12/4/12Dear Malcolm:This past semester has been a time a growth as a writer, and as a person.Such growth beckons me to reflect upon the experiences and assignments that have made meinto the person that I am.The most important piece of writing that has helped me this year were the day book entries. At the beginning of the year when they were assigned, one word was screaming inside of my head: busy work. As I began to work through some of my entries I noticed the diction of myvoice. This does not sound like a lot, but I finally got to see how my words and thoughts cameacross to another people. I noticed that I was more blunt about things that I originally thought.Through those writings I have become more cautious about the way that I speak to people. Whenreading through those entries, it almost sounded as though I was talking down to others. I wastaught when I was little to respect one another and seeing that I was not doing that through mythoughts and writings was very eye opening. Now that the veil is lifted, I am trying my best totalk to others as though they are more significant than myself.Another reason why the daybook entries were so helpful because I can now look back through them and see what I liked and what works best for my writing. It helped me betteridentify the style of writing that I was good at, and the styles that I needed to work on. One of thethings I am good at is being a questioner. I love to ask questions about things humans may havenever even thought about before. That makes you wonder, was I the first human to every wonderwhy you drive in a parkway, but park in a driveway? That is just a simple example but my
 
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curiosity has stunted this year to really challenge myself and the world why things the way theyare. One of the things that I noticed that I am not good at is analyzing a passage or video that Ihave just watched. For some reason there is something that is hindering my brain from talking tomy hands. What I mean by that is, I am able to get a series of thoughts together in my head, but Iam unable to put those thoughts onto a document in which it makes sense and movesprogressively.The biggest eye opener for my was the Peer Review that Ross had given back to me. Apoint that he intentionally drove home was that I have good material, but at times where mypaper can really begin to take off, I take a couple steps back. At first I agreed but didn't really digdeeper into it. As I began to read back through my work over the semester, (EIP, topic proposal,annotated bibliography, daybook entries) it became more of a real concept that needed to befixed.At the beginning of the year going into the class, my biggest weakness was writing ingeneral. In high school I would do everything in my power to make at least a "C" on any papersthat I had to write. I hated writing. I didn't hate writing because it took up a lot of time and effort.I hated writing because I wasn't any good at it. When I was told that 1103 was going to be a lotof writing, I was nervous from the start. Then I remembered, writing is just like playing sports,you have to practice at it to get better. This is one of the reasons why I praise the daybook entriesso much, because it's practice. THESE THINGS HELP! I look back at high school and wish thatwe were required to do entries because I'm curious of how good my work would have gotten if Iwould have started early.My strengths at the beginning of the year in writing were just getting the assignmentsdone. Plain and simple. Writing was just one of those things in school that I was forced to gothrough. Writing really lost its relevance when I looked at it in the perspective of how much myfuture job would require. I have came to the conclusion that writing is not busy work, it is a way
 
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to express yourself, to effectively communicate with others, and it is a way to learn from others'work. So my strength has now shifted from getting the busy work out of the way to doingsomething that is beneficial in making a more effective communicator.Inquiry Process:I actually did enjoy this assignment because I had to sit down and really think about whatI cared about. Not only cared about though, but also cared about it so much that I would like toperform research on it. I had so many options to choose from that I started to become unsure of myself. On the flip side, this was also challenging because I had to choose what I wanted to writeabout. Usually teachers give the students a prompt to write about in English. Unlike otherclasses, we got to choose something we in interested in which I did not like one bit. I liked whenteachers give out an assignment that is black and white more than when a teacher gives outliterally thousands of options to explore. I would not make any changes to the way I went aboutnarrowing down my topics as to what I wanted to write about. I chose things that I waslegitimately interested in and I stand by that.Topic Proposal:I am indifferent on whether or not that I enjoyed this assignment. I haven't ever done atopic proposal, so I wasn't sure what to expect. If I could go back, I would obviously take thisassignment a little bit more serious, and I would have changed my topic. Honestly, as much as Ilike to lie to myself, I took the easy way out. I wrote about something that I had a pretty goodunderstanding on. I'm ashamed of it but that is the biggest change I would have made. Iobviously found this assignment pretty easy because I asked questions that I already knew theanswer.Annotated Bibliography:Looking back, I really enjoyed doing the annotated bibliography because it was a giantsession of research which made my paper a whole lot easier to write. In high school I used to do

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