Assignment Write a 3-4 page essay in which you argue how you have grown as a writer and what you learned about communication in this course (English 1). It should have an arguable thesis with reasons. The purpose of this assignment is to carefully consider what you have learned about writing to an audience, writing for a purpose, and writing in a context or situation (rhetoric). You should also consider how you might take what you have learned and apply it to future writing tasks whether in higher education or your chosen career.
Some questions to consider • What have I learned? What have I learned that’s important? How will it help me academically, personally, and professionally? • What contributed to my learning?
What particular assignments, techniques, or activities really helped? What evidence from my course materials can I use to support my assertions? • How have I developed as a writer and as a student? What specific skills, techniques, and strategies have I learned that will help me in the future? What are my strengths as a writer, or what do I do well? What are my weaknesses, or what do I still need to work on?
Additional Ways to Consider This Reflection • It should comment on the most interesting, most difficult, and/or most surprising things you learned about yourself as a writer. • It should make a clear, debatable assertion about your ethos (credibility) as a writer, your development as a writer, and/or your past and present writing skills. • It should analyze your progress as a writer; this will likely include some reporting and reviewing, but analysis is the main genre for the essay. Therefore, it should go beyond autobiographical narrative, beyond factually reporting or listing evidence, and beyond a simple judgment. It should explain the role of each exhibit or evidence in your essay and interpret how those examples illustrate your progress as a writer.
Format Use correct MLA format (spacing, type, header, heading, etc). Use clear signal phrases so that any reader of this essay would understand which essay, other assignments, or bit of feedback you are referring to. You do not have to include in-text citations or a works cited page.