ENG 100 – The Self-Reflection Essay (F18)

ENG 100 – The Self-Reflection Essay (F18)
You yourself are the primary audience for your reflection. Here you will turn your newly-acquired rhetorical
skills toward your own work. Remember the first three essays you completed for this class—the summary, the
critique, and the argument? The strategies you learned in order to write those essays effectively can now be
used in any reading and writing you do in college and beyond, including this self-reflection essay.
Your reflection essay gives you a chance to turn your critical gaze toward yourself and your work. In this
reflection essay, you are asked to
synthesize and analyze content from your previous essays in order to
describe your development as a writer throughout this semester. You will use your own essays as sources of
evidence in order to describe in detail the ways that you have grown and where you might still need to grow
as a writer, reader, and critical thinker.
The reflection is a rhetorical self-analysis that will be developed by
synthesizing several specific aspects of your writing from the included essays.
To do so, first consider how well you have met the course goals, which include developing:
Techniques to write effective expository and argumentative prose
Techniques to read, understand, analyze, and respond to expository and argumentative prose
Invention strategies; techniques to develop a thesis, unity, and coherence in a piece of writing
Ways to anticipate and address audience expectations
Paragraph structure, transitions, logical development
Choice of appropriate diction; development of sentence structure and style; understanding of
connotations and denotations
Revision, editing, proofreading
Next, focus on offering a detailed response to at least
two of the following general questions:
How would you describe your confidence in writing when you began the course? How has your
confidence as a writer changed during the course?
What work did you struggle with most, and what came the easiest?
What was a turning point for you in your writing this semester?
What aspect of your writing do you feel still needs improving?
Then, address at least
two of these more specific questions.
What aspect of your writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing) has developed the most
throughout the semester, and where do you most clearly see that growth demonstrated in your work?
What technical or mechanical aspect(s) of your writing have developed the most throughout the
semester, and where do you most clearly see that development?
What risks have you taken as a writer this semester, and where do you see that risk-taking reflected in
your work?
What are the strengths and the weaknesses of your argument paper, the previous essay that you
wrote in this class?
What is the strongest essay you wrote this term? Why?
Lastly, conclude by considering one or both of the following:
Complete the thought: “As a writer, I am….”
Reflect on your experience in preparing this essay.
Remember that this is an essay and should, therefore, adhere to the conventions of an essay, as they have
been discussed during this class.
Due Dates
Draft: In conference (12/4 or 12/6).
Revision: In Blackboard, by 11:59 p.m. on 12/15.

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