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Davis Powell
UWRT 1103-52
Ashley Marcum
Post-Course Reflections
Rhetorical knowledge has been used in every assignment we have composed in this class
this semester. I believe rhetorical knowledge is extremely important because it is the foundation
of everything we write. Every writer needs to have this skill, especially if they are in journalism
or part of the press. It is very difficult to write a piece in journalism or in a newspaper without
understanding your audience and your purpose. The audience and purpose of a paper shifts the
substance a paper entirely depending on each of those factors. I believe that I will most likely use
rhetorical knowledge quite frequently in the future. I will most likely have an occupation
somewhere in business, so writing memos, letters, and e-mails would all require rhetorical
Critical reflection is also extremely important in writing because it heavily deals with the
writers purpose and how he or she can become a better writer. Being able to state why you wrote
certain sentences and thoughts in your writing is significant because it demonstrates the purpose
of your writing. Also, being able to revise your work and learn from your mistakes will make
yourself a better writer in the future. I think everyone needs to have this skill, regardless of his or
her career field. Everyone should be able to articulate their purpose and improve as a writer by
simply reflecting on what they write. This is why I think that I will absolutely need this skill in
the future.

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Knowledge of conventions is definitely important for a serious writer to have and
especially a student. I do not feel as if knowledge of conventions is as important as rhetorical
knowledge or critical reflection because you can write an essay without good use of grammar or
mechanics and the papers ideas and purpose will still remain the same. More serious writers
such as journalists, the press, and authors definitely need to have knowledge of conventions in
order for them to be taken seriously. Also, people who are applying for jobs or sending memos
and e-mails will most likely be seen as less professional by their co-workers if they do not have
knowledge of conventions. For example, over the last few weeks I have been e-mailing my
manager over the summer for a job I recently acquired and I have to use proper conventions in
my e-mails in order to make him believe I am professional and care about the job. I will most
likely be writing an ample amount of memos and e-mails in the future because I will most likely
be in business, so knowledge of conventions will be important to have.
Before this course, I first started to get in depth about rhetorical knowledge when I was
started my sophomore year of high school. This is when I started to utilize metaphors and other
figurative language and understanding what it means. Also, during this time, I developed into a
decent writer and could explain why I would put specific details in my papers. I cant remember
specific assignments in tenth grade that I used rhetorical knowledge for because it was a long
time ago. During this class, every assignment we have done as helped me develop my rhetorical
knowledge. One assignment that particularly helped me was the Readers Guide because in the
Readers Guide reflection I identified the audience and throughout the whole process of creating
the Readers Guide, I made sure to maintain my purpose.
In high school, I started to develop the skill of critical reading. I was taught how to
identify tools the author uses to make his writing contain deeper meaning and valuable

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substance. I particularly remember going through this development in eleventh grade when
reading a book about the worlds water crisis. The book was extremely dull, but the teacher made
us understand the authors underlying meaning to every paragraph in the novel. In this course, I
have used critical in many peer reviews we have done, including: the Readers Guide and the
Invention draft. In both of these assignments I had to read into the readers purpose and find out
what he or she meant by what she was saying.
Out of all the SLOs, I think composing processes is the one I learned the most about
from this class. I learned a lot about composing processes from the Invention paper because I had
to write various drafts in order to collect all my ideas and come up with a final draft. This taught
me a lot about patience and gathering my thoughts before I write. Before this class, I was not
well versed in composing essays and it took me a long time to get all my thoughts on paper. I got
better at composing papers in tenth grade when I was writing essays every week, but by the end
of that English course, I was still a poor composer.
I started developing my knowledge of conventions when I was in elementary school and
developed them to where they are now mostly in middle school. The most important exercises
that shaped my knowledge of conventions were in seventh grade. My teacher, Ms. Cates, would
break down every piece of a randomly chosen sentence and explained the importance of every
part of the sentence and why it was there. In this class, my knowledge of conventions hasnt
changed much because there is only so much a person can learn about the conventions of writing
and we didnt harp on writing conventions much in this class.
During this course, I learned quite a lot about critical reflection. For most of the
assignments, we had to write reflections on what we had written. For both the invention paper
and Readers Guide we had to write reflections about what we had written. Before this class, I

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didnt have to reflect on my work very much, so this class especially helped me in that aspect. In
high school I had to reflect on my senior exit project. This was the only reflection I had written
before this class.