Jessica Morris

Suzanne Thomas
UWRT 1103
April 24th, 2016
WID: I have more understanding of the SLO’s than I did at the beginning of
the semester. Upon completing my final reflection, I discovered that I really
do know more about the SLO’s than I thought I did. When having to answer
the questions, I was figuring out that I had learned little bits and pieces
about each SLO throughout my writings in this class. I could make
connections to how I critically red something or how I composed my writing.
Each SLO kind of runs into the next one in that you need to know every
aspect of reading in writing to be well rounded.
Final Reflection
1. Choose a song or musical composition that communicates your experience with writing
and UWRT 1102. Consider including a video of the song. Explain your choice.
If I had to choose a song to communicate my experiences with UWRT 1103 this
semester, it would have to be, “I can see clearly now” written by Jimmy Cliff in 1972.
The first reason I chose this song is simply because of the title. It was freeing to be a part
of a writing class that was not stiffly structured like most I have taken. I felt as though I
could write in my own style and write about what I wanted to write about which made the
class more enjoyable and the assignments much more bearable. With that being said,
writing assignments are still not fun in my opinion, after all I am a science major and
writing just is not my forte. But this song indicates how amazing it felt to accomplish an

assignment to the best of my ability, pushing through all of the obstacles, and being able
to “see clearly” now that the class is done and I have learned so much. UWRT 1103 has
taught me that writing does not have to be stuffy and painful; it can be “bright and
sunshiny.”
2. If you were to teach this class, what ideas would you emphasis?
When teaching UWRT 1103, I would definitely emphasize the idea of being able
to write freely about the topics of the student’s choice. I would emphasize the student
learning outcomes (SLO’s) because of the importance of each one in the writing and
reflection process. Lastly I would emphasize the “They say, I say” because of the infinite
amount of uses it has in one single piece of writing. Each one of these topics is key to a
student producing a well-rounded paper that has personal passion yet includes credible
outside information. I believe it is important for a student to want to write as well as feel
comfortable writing in order for them to complete an assignment to the best of their
ability.
3. Explain how your understanding of rhetorical knowledge has changed over the course
of the semester using at least three examples from your writing. Ex. Did you shift an
assignment to better fit a particular genre like a proposal?
When I first came into this class and I was asked to explain rhetorical knowledge,
I had no idea what that meant. Throughout the semester, I have come to learn what it
means and how I can apply it to my writing. For instance, for my thesis paper I used
rhetorical knowledge to shift the way I talked about my topic to agree with more of what
the audience may want to hear. Another example was when I wrote my literacy narrative.
I changed the composition and style of my writing around a little bit to get out of my

comfort zone and do something out of the ordinary. Lastly, I used my knowledge of
rhetorical knowledge to write some of my daybook entries. I made some slightly more
formal and others slightly less formal in order to learn to write in multiple different ways.
4. Explain how your critical reading has improved during the semester. Ex. In what ways
did you read across texts for connections and patterns in your inquiry?
My critical reading has improved drastically since the beginning of the semester. I
used to read text for bolded words or quotes just to get the basic information that I
needed. As the semester progressed, I began actually reading the material and understand
what I was reading rather that it just going straight over my head. When reading
information for my inquiry topic, I wanted to learn something new therefore I began
reading the articles that I knew little to nothing about. If I had known all of the
information in the article, then I moved onto the next one. I began taking notes about
what was in each article and how I was going to use it in my inquiry paper. It was
extremely helpful to critically read the sources I used because I had the information
already ready to go into my paper.
5. Discuss your composing processes. Ex. Did you conduct additional research while
revising or after consulting a colleague? Provide at least three examples to support your
assertion.
My ideas about composing processes certainly changed throughout this semester.
At first, I thought it just meant how one came about their writing at first, but now I know
that it means even after a piece of writing is completed too. I certainly did conduct
research during and after when writing my thesis paper. At first, I did not know how to
approach it so I ask my classmates how I should go about my paper. Secondly, a

classmate suggested I look at another speaker pertaining to my topic, which I did and
found some of his knowledge insightful. Lastly, I used all of the research I had possibly
found to compile the final details to my paper in order to get it to a solid length.
6. Provide at least three examples of your knowledge of conventions Ex. sentence level
changes, MLA citations.
One of my biggest issues with conventions was in text citations, which I had to go
through and change throughout my entire thesis paper. Another example of learning about
conventions was the way to frame quotes in such a “they say, I say” manner. I used that to
my advantage when writing all of the research I had found for my inquiry project. Lastly,
I found creative ways to split paragraphs in my literacy narrative that was not necessarily
normal but still grammatically correct in my writing, which was kind of interesting.
7. Critical Reflection: A) Explain the importance of reflection in learning processes. B)
Explain what you think is important in providing commentary on others’ work and
receiving commentary on your own. C) Provide at least three examples of your nuanced
use of commentary in your writing projects.
Reflection is one of the most important things anyone can do after they have
completed just about anything, but in my case after completing a writing assignment. It is
critical to reflect on what has been written to make sure that it makes sense, everything
has been included, and there are no errors overall. Reflecting on one’s writing is
important to the learning process because it helps someone to see the mistakes they have
made, how to avoid it in the future, and what they did well when writing that assignment.
When reflecting, you get to be the first reader and get a feel of how well your piece was
done.

Commentary is another extremely important aspect of a writing assignment. First,
it is important to have others go through and comment on your work in order to gain
insight from a reader’s perspective. Other people may have good ideas about how to
relate to your audience better or how to make your work flow effortlessly. Second, it is
also helpful to read and comment on someone else’s work to help yourself notice flaws in
your own writing. It can also give some great ideas on how to make your own writing
better by looking at someone else’s writing styles and the mistakes that they have made.
Some examples of my commentary in writing projects include things like “add
something here” to remind myself to add a topic or a paragraph containing important
information. I also did a lot of highlighting and commenting in order to point out that I
did not know if those paragraphs were finished or in the correct place in my paper. Lastly,
I used commentary when I was unsure of what I wanted to do next in a paper, I would put
ideas or say what is good about that part of the paper and what else I may need. It was
helpful to comment on my own writing to help myself remember what else needed to be
done.