ENG1101-Freshman Writing/Emotions 1101

This ENG1101 course introduces concepts of critical writing and thinking along with skills integral to constructing and documenting a college-level essay. As a First Year Learning Community, we will pair with Psychology 1101 to explore the emotional impact of the first year college transition and consider ways to identify and deal with new stressors.

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Resource 19: MLA Works Cited Page: Basic Format (OWL)

MLA Works Cited Page: Basic Format

We are starting with the end in our exploration of transitioning into research essay writing, the Works Cited page. I like this approach because you get a tangible feel for how you are technically working the ideas of your sources into your own original ideas.

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) gives a good overview of how to approach proper citation for a research essay. Our textbook Writing for Success even refers readers to go to the regularly updated MLA information on Purdue OWL.

We will start here with:

MLA Works Cited Page: Basic Format

College Writing

Writing is considered to be a medium of human communication that represents language and emotion with signs and symbols. writing to many people including myself can mean much more than that, writing represents a form of expression to me. I love writing, and I feel like my writing has improved a lot since I started taking my English 1101 class. one aspect that has improved in my writing since the beginning of the semester would be thinking critically, as well as being able to develop my thesis and introduction paragraph. In the beginning of the semester I was having a hard time developing my thesis statement and making a good introduction, but I feel like I’ve improved in those areas and now I can start my essay easily. one aspect that has been challenging for me in college writing would be being able to be detailed about what I am arguing, or trying to express. This aspect has been challenging for me because I tend to not give a lot of examples to prove my point of view, or argument.  One aspect of college writing that I enjoy would be writing the supporting paragraphs of an essay. I enjoy this aspect of college writing because I feel like it becomes easy for me to write the supporting paragraphs after I narrowed down my thesis statement and introduction. I feel like after that then I can go on  and develop a decent supporting paragraph. I enjoy this aspect of college writing because I can put feeling, as well as thought into developing the supporting paragraph and proving my thesis statement.

“Six Myths about Choosing a College Major” – New York Times

This article came out this week in the New York Times and may be of interest to all of you as you finish your first semester and think about college classes and registration for next semester. There is a chart that shows the lifetime earnings of various majors; however, the main gist is to pursue a major that you personally find value in pursuing.

No! This is not a “required” reading. It should be, however, of great interest to you.

My College Writing Improvement

One aspect of my writing that had improved dramatically since the biggining of the semester is the organization of my ideas. Before, I would write down about a certain  topic in one parararaph and later on in the same paragraph I would start talking about another topic. Then, in the following paragraph I would go back to my original topic and my essay would be all over the place. Through the help of Proffesor Sears corrections on my essays and outlines that she provided I was better able to organize my thoughts and expand them. One aspect of academic writing that is still challenging me is creativity. By creativity i mean the ability to come up with content that might be usable for the esssay. Due to this, i still struggle to write essays because  it takes me a while to think of something good to put down. Lastly, one academic writing that i enjoy is using the first person because it makes me feel as though people actually wants to listen to my opinion. By being given the choice to write down what you personally believe about a certain topic, i feel as though am impacting the way the reader thinks.

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