Topic: You’ve spent an intensive series of weeks focused on the science and art of writing academic essays in a US college setting. Now that we are approaching the end of the quarter, its time to pause to reflect on your growth: what have you learned? What are you still learning?
Pre-Writing: This essay,Essay #5, will be in the front of your Writing Portfolio as an introduction to your work for your audience: the De Anza English teachers who will be evaluating your portfolio. Next in your Writing Portfolio will come your Essay #4: Timed Essay. Finally, you will select a final essay to include in your portfolio: either Essay #1: Freire, Essay #2: Anzaldua VS Tan, OR Essay #3: Coates.Review all the work you’ve done for the class to reflect on your learning and to select which essay your will submit. Consider why you chose the essays in your portfolio and how they show your readiness for EWRT1B or 2.
Task: For Essay #5, you will write an essay of 3-4 pages to look back on your progress in writing this quarter and explain why you believe that you have succeeded in EWRT 1A. Your overall purpose is to demonstrate how your writing, reading, thinking and studenthood have changed as a result of what you have learned in this class. (Studenthood is about your general skills as a student, such as being organized, submitting assignments on time, taking advantage of academic supports, etc.) You must provide specific evidence for your claims, meaning quotes from your essays or detailed descriptions of specific events or processes.
?Discuss what you have learned as a writer in LART 250 and/or EWRT 1A. This might include practice in organization, analysis, development, vivid examples, construction of better sentences, proofreading, writing process, and so on. Give specific examples from these essays to show your improvements. (This is 2-3 paragraphs after your introduction.)
?Writing is learning. To demonstrate how this worked in your case, choose two topics from your writing, and explain how your understanding of these issues changed as a result of reading and writing about them. What did you understand or believe about these two issues before EWRT 1A and LART 250, and how do you see those issues now? How does that impact your personal, career or academic life? Give an example for each topic. (This is at least two substantial paragraphs)
?What still needs improvement? Write about what you’d still like to work on with your writing. All of us are still trying to be better writers, so what are you going to focus on in EWRT 2, 1B and beyond? (This is 1 paragraph before your conclusion.)
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