ENG1101 English Composition I, FA2023

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The final post!

Dear students,

Thank you for such a wonderful semester together. I’ve had a blast getting to know everyone and appreciate the opportunity to be your teacher. I hope can walk away from this class with a new perspective and understanding around writing and personal expression.

Here’s a recap of any last-minute work you’ll want to get in by tomorrow (12/20 midnight) and how much they are worth for your grade:

  • Participation assignments (25%), which include:
    • OpenLab posts – all of the OpenLab assignments are posted here
    • Your Perusall readings and annotations, of which there are eight total readings
  • Revisions of your Unit 1 personal essay (20%)
  • Revisions of your Unit 2 Reflective Annotated Bibliography (20%)
  • Revisions of your Unit 3 project and Artist Statement (20%)
  • Your Final Reflection, which was due 12/14 (10%)
  • Revisions of your “Later” assignment, which include the post for 9/21, a re-reading plan, and the post for 9/28 (5%)

I will have candy for those coming to today’s optional class!

Have a healthy and restful holiday break. Good luck with all your future pursuits – I wish each and every one of you success in whatever you put your mind to. Don’t hesitate to reach out in the future if I can be of help!

Best,

Professor Annie

Homework due 12/14

WRITE: 750 words for your final portfolio assignment. Review ALL the writing you’ve done this semester (OpenLab posts, your in-class writings, reflections, major papers, even emails!). Use the writing that you started in class to work on this. See instructions below. You can post this on OpenLab, or you can email it to me separately if you’d like your reflection to be more private. This is worth 10% of your final grade.

Consider the following questions:

  • What have you learned about yourself as a reader, writer and scholar this term?
  • How will you be able to use what you have learned this term and transfer that knowledge to other writing situations—either in college or in your community?
  • As evidence to back up your points, you must use at least three quotes from your own writing this semester in your reflection.

As you browse through your work, ask yourself about and take notes on the following questions (you don’t have to answer them all in your final reflection.  These are just to give you some ideas.

  • How would you compare/contrast work you did early in the semester to now?
  • What was your favorite/least favorite assignment and why?
  • What are some notable lessons that have stuck with you after completing certain assignments?
  • What changed in your writing (reading, thinking) as the genres and assignments changed?
  • How did you make decisions in your assignments about content and design?
  • What were your early assumptions/beliefs about yourself and writing? Have they since changed? Explain.
  • What was your experience revising assignments?
  • Was there any peer feedback that stands out to you and why?
  • What was particularly challenging for you in our course this semester and how did you overcome it (or attempt to)?

Please, be honest! I want to know your true and honest thoughts about how you thought this semester went in terms of your writing. Your writing should be organized in paragraphs (with some sort of reasoning as to the order), proofread, and have some evidence/analysis. Most importantly, I want you to be honest with yourself. You are the main audience here. 

SUBMIT YOUR EVALUATIONS: Please find the email from NYC College of Technology Course Evaluations ( SPSSurveys@scantron.com ) and submit your course evaluation for this class. This will help me become a better instructor!

CATCH-UP: This is the last “official” assignment. Between now and December 20, you should be:

  • Revising and resubmitting your Unit 1, 2, and 3 projects
  • Catching up on OpenLab posts
  • Catching up on Perusall readings and annotations

Email me if you have any questions!

Homework due 12/7

Your Final Portfolio project will be submitted a bit differently. Each week’s OpenLab post will count as a part of your Final Portfolio submission and will be graded as such, so make sure you are paying attention to the clarity and structure of your writing.

WRITE: Write a paragraph explaining what you would do to revise your Unit 2 RAB, if you had the time (or why not). You need to mention what you got from the feedback you received (from me and from your colleagues), and why you would incorporate it (or why not). Post this to OpenLab.

REVISE: Spend some time revising your Unit 2 RAB. Use the materials that we covered in class today. You have until Dec 19 to re-submit this paper for an updated grade, but I encourage you to get to this earlier if you want to re-submit other assignments as well.

REFLECT: Part of your Final Portfolio grade includes writing a letter to yourself reflecting on what you’ve learned this semester (due Dec. 19). This letter should be at least 750 words.  Here are some questions to start thinking about before you begin writing this final reflection (it may be helpful to re-read some of your old OpenLab posts, as well):

  • What have you learned about yourself as a reader, writer and scholar this term?
  • How will you be able to use what you have learned this term and transfer that knowledge to other writing situations—either in college or in your community?
  •  How would you compare/contrast work you did early in the semester to now?
  • What was your favorite/least favorite assignment and why?
  • What are some notable lessons that have stuck with you after completing certain assignments?
  • What changed in your writing (reading, thinking) as the genres and assignments changed?
  •  How did you make decisions in your assignments about content and design?
  • What were your early assumptions/beliefs about yourself and writing? Have they since changed? Explain.
  • What was your experience revising assignments?
  • Was there any peer feedback that stands out to you and why?
  •  What was particularly challenging for you in our course this semester and how did you overcome it (or attempt to)?

Homework due 12/5

Your Final Portfolio project will be submitted a bit differently. Each week’s OpenLab post will count as a part of your Final Portfolio submission and will be graded as such, so make sure you are paying attention to the clarity and structure of your writing.

WRITE: Write a paragraph explaining what you would do to revise Unit 1, if you had the time (or why not). You need to mention what you got from the feedback you received (from me and from your colleagues), and why you would incorporate it (or why not). Post this to OpenLab.

REVISE: Spend some time revising your Unit 1 essay. You have until Dec 19 to re-submit this paper for an updated grade, but I encourage you to get to this earlier if you want to re-submit other assignments as well.

REFLECT: Part of your Final Portfolio grade includes writing a letter to yourself reflecting on what you’ve learned this semester (due Dec. 19). This letter should be at least 750 words.  Here are some questions to start thinking about before you begin writing this final reflection (it may be helpful to re-read some of your old OpenLab posts, as well):

  • What have you learned about yourself as a reader, writer and scholar this term?
  • How will you be able to use what you have learned this term and transfer that knowledge to other writing situations—either in college or in your community?
  •  How would you compare/contrast work you did early in the semester to now?
  • What was your favorite/least favorite assignment and why?
  • What are some notable lessons that have stuck with you after completing certain assignments?
  • What changed in your writing (reading, thinking) as the genres and assignments changed?
  •  How did you make decisions in your assignments about content and design?
  • What were your early assumptions/beliefs about yourself and writing? Have they since changed? Explain.
  • What was your experience revising assignments?
  • Was there any peer feedback that stands out to you and why?
  •  What was particularly challenging for you in our course this semester and how did you overcome it (or attempt to)?

Presentation Guidelines (starting 11/21)

Remember: Your Unit 3 projects are due next Tuesday, 11/21, and the Artist’s Statement is due Thursday, 11/30.

Here is the presentation order. If you’re interested in swapping dates, please work it out with the other student directly, and then email me with the other student CC’d to confirm.

Tues Nov 21 Tues Nov 28 Thurs Nov 30
Ivan Akeem Tariq
Lacey Daniel Jade
Mia Steven Britney
Ibrahima Luis Bianca
Ty Brian T Gabriella
Franceley Thiek Leslie
Yusra Duval Brian B
Emilio Jayden

PRESENTATION GUIDELINES

  • Remember – I am not grading you on your presentation. However, you will lose a participation point if you do not present in class.
  • You can earn up to 5 points of extra credit if you have an outstanding presentation. These points will be applied to your lowest major assignment grade.
  • These are the only 3 days we will have presentations – no exceptions.
  • You have full freedom in how you’d like to present your work. Here are the only required elements:
    • Introduce your topic and why you were interested in it
    • Explain who your audience is and why you picked that audience
    • Explain what your genre is and why you picked that genre. What are some conventions of the genre we should be aware of?
    • What is the most important thing we should know about your topic / research?
    • Show us what your project looks like. If you’d like, email it to me in advance so I can project it on the screen.
    • Must be 5-8 minutes long.
  • Here are some optional but helpful guidelines:
    • Summarize the different sections of your project. How did you organize it? What decisions did you make for each section?
    • Walk us through what it was like to write for this audience and in this genre. Talk about what you found most surprising, challenging, or fulfilling about this project.
    • Feel free to read some sections of your work aloud to demonstrate some key points – but don’t read the whole thing!
    • Additional visual aid (slides, etc.) beyond your existing project is not required but may be helpful. It’s totally up to you!
  • Afterward, you’ll spend a few minutes answering any questions from me and your classmates.

Homework due 11/16

Keep working on your Unit 3 project. Remember, your projects are due Tuesday, Nov. 21.

As announced in class today, the Artist Statement due date has been postponed to Thursday, Nov. 30. 

Are you looking for the Unit 3 assignment sheet? Find it here: Unit 3 Assignment Sheet

Extra credit reminders:

  • (worth 0.5 participation points) Are you interested in meeting with me to discuss your Unit 3 progress? Sign up here
  • (up to 3 participation points) Visit the Writing Center to work on any of your major ENG1101 assignments this semester. Each visit will be worth 1 extra point of participation, up to 3 points.

Homework due 11/14

READ AND ANNOTATE: “Annoying Ways People Use Sources” on Perusall. We’ll be doing some in-class writing about this article next class.

REMINDER TO VOTE: How would you like to spend the last 4 classes of the semester? VOTE HERE

YOUR PROJECT: Continue working on your Unit 3 project. Stick to your workplan!

Extra credit reminders:

  • (worth 0.5 participation points) Are you interested in meeting with me to discuss your Unit 3 progress? Sign up here
  • (up to 3 participation points) Visit the Writing Center to work on any of your major ENG1101 assignments this semester. Each visit will be worth 1 extra point of participation, up to 3 points.

Homework due 11/9

VOTE: How would you like to spend the last 4 classes of the semester? VOTE HERE

WRITE: Finish writing your workplan and email it to me. What do you plan to get done, by when? Make sure you are SPECIFIC about dates and what work will be completed by when. You can download a copy of the workplan here: Workplanning document.docx

Get started on your workplan!

EXTRA CREDIT:

  • (worth 0.5 participation points) Are you  interested in meeting with me to discuss your Unit 3 progress? Sign up here
  • (up to 3 participation points) Visit the Writing Center to work on any of your major ENG1101 assignments this semester. Each visit will be worth 1 extra point of participation, up to 3 points.

Homework due 11/7

FINISH: Complete the “Know Your Publication” Questions we started in class for the publication YOU would like to publish in. Post your answers on OpenLab. Here’s a reminder of what the questions were:

  • What’s the publication (or platform or organization) that you would like to publish in?
  • What kinds of articles/ stories/ media  (and ads and videos for that matter) are on that site?
  • What does that tell you about who think their audience is? How do you draw that conclusion?
  • How long are the pieces usually? (pages, words, minutes)?
  • What is the tone, usually? (funny, serious, casual)
  • What kind of diction is usually used? (casual, formal, academic, etc.)
  • How do they usually use evidence/ support (such as data, quotations, interviews, etc)
  • What can you tell us about their visual presentation?  Is it all black and white text? Video with lots of graphics?
  • Do you think this would be a good publication or forum to reach your intended audience?  Why or why not?

IF YOU MISSED CLASS: You can make up for today’s in-class writing by reading one of your colleagues’ Unit 3 proposals, and commenting on them. Comments should be at least 150 words. Please do not simply say “sounds great!” because that is not helpful! Think about the kind of things that might be helpful to you as you embark on this project. Here are some ideas:

  • A specific publication or website you think the author could write for
  • A question or comment to help narrow down the audience: “You say you want young people to watch this video essay, but there’s no publication that all young people watch. Are you actually trying to reach New Yorkers?”
  • A question or comment to help narrow down the genre: “There are a lot of different kinds of articles in the world. You could be writing for a newspaper like the New York Times or a website like Buzzfeed, and the writing is totally different for both. Can you be more specific?”
  • You can also just talk about things in the proposal you find especially cool or exciting.

EXTRA CREDIT!: Everyone can receive up to one point of extra credit by providing a thoughtful comment on a second colleague’s Unit 3 proposal by 11/7.

Homework due 11/2

WRITE:  You will need to write a proposal of at least 200 words outlining what you plan to do for Unit 3. Post to website. This proposal should tell us:

  • A 1-2 sentence statement of what you want to teach your audience (the most important thing you learned in Unit 2)
  • The audience you are trying to reach
  • The genre you are planning to write in and why you chose it
  • A plan — how do you intend to get started? What will be your FIRST STEP?
  • Anything you might be worried about.  What are your concerns about finishing this project?

Homework due 10/31 (Halloween!)

Your reflective annotated bibliographies (RAB) are due next class!

Email your bibliographies to me as a Word document or submit as a hard copy. They are due at the BEGINNING OF CLASS.

If you are struggling putting together your citations, I recommend using Zotero. You can review the assignment requirements here (overview) and here (road map), and the grading rubric here.

Late policy reminder from our syllabus:

For Unit 2 and Unit 3, a late paper will receive 5 points off the total score for the first day it is late. Every additional day it is late, another point will be deducted, up to 5 more points (total impact of a letter grade).

All extension requests must be emailed and approved prior to the deadline. You cannot request an extension after a deadline has passed.

Homework due 10/26

WRITE:  A short post on OpenLab reflecting on how the annotated bibliography is going. Here is the prompt:

  • This is how I feel about the project so far: how I think it’s going, what problems I’m having, what I think is working, and what I think I need help with, what I’m proud of, etc.

REVISE: Revise your RAB based on the feedback received so far.

FOR NEXT CLASS: Bring out a printed copy of your conclusion.

Remember – the RAB is due Oct. 31!

Homework due 10/19

We will begin one-on-one conferences in our next class. Unlike last time, everyone must still attend class even if their conference is not scheduled for that day. There will be plenty of in-class work to complete!

WRITE: Final Source entry and post on OpenLab

BRING: Everything you’ve worked on for the bibliography to class.

CONFIRM: Please check and confirm your individual meeting time on this Google sheet

Homework due 10/17

READ AND ANNOTATE: Graff & Birkenstein, “Chapter 3: As He Himself Puts It – The Art of Quoting”  on Perusall

WRITE Complete your first “Source Entry” if you didn’t already finish in class today, and also write your second “Source Entry” Draft.  Post on website. Try to include all five steps of the IQIAA method for at least one quotation. 

Don’t remember what a source entry includes?

Don’t remember how to cite something in MLA format?

Want to make an appointment at the Writing Center?

TO MAKE A TUTORING APPOINTMENT go to https://citytech.mywconline.com

  • First you’ll need to register and log in.
  • Then you’ll be able to see the Schedule once you log in.
  • Click on the white box of the tutor you want to make an appointment with.
  • Fill out the Create New Appointment Form.
  • In-person appointments are in G-608.
  • If you have an online appointment, your tutor will send you an email with a Zoom link shortly before your appointment time.
  • Screenshots of the process to help you are on our Home page.

Any questions, email us at WritingCenter@citytech.cuny.edu. See you soon!

Homework due 10/12 (no class on 10/10)

RESEARCH: With your revised research question, start your research! Spend some time finding good search terms. Pick at least two sources you’d like to get started with. Visiting the library site or talking to a librarian could be a great start if you feel stuck!

WRITE: Write a blog post that includes:

  • Your revised research question (it’s okay if this is different than the one you turned in during class today)
  • The search terms that you decided to use
  • The bibliographic citations (MLA format) for the two sources you think you’d like to start with (it’s okay if this changes later!)
  • Start your first source entry! Pick one of the sources and write a summary. Refer back to the RAB roadmap to see what the summary needs to include.

FOR NEXT CLASS: Bring any source material to class, as you will finish writing the rest of your first source entry during class time.

Homework due 10/5

WRITE: Write a blog post (at least 300 words) in which you introduce your research question. You may find your topic anywhere– from Unit One to the blog posts we wrote last week, to your peers’ blog posts! (It’s really okay if two people write about the same topic– I promise you.) What is important here– and I can’t stress this enough– is that you research something you want to know more about, not something you think you already know the answer to.

You may be curious to know why there are so few African American ballerinas in major companies, or you may want to know how much “housing projects” have changed in New York since James Baldwin wrote “A Talk to Teachers” in 1963, or you may want to know what we really learn from playing computer games.  Just be curious.

REMEMBER YOU MUST GET YOUR TOPIC APPROVED BY ME! Write it in question form (it can’t be a yes-or-no question, though). You must cover all of the questions in bold:

  • Why are you interested in this question?  (Feel free to talk about your own personal experience with the topic, or to tell an anecdote about your experience with this subject matter)
  • What do you expect to find in your research? (Why do you expect to find this?) Remember that it’s okay to be wrong– you might find a completely different answer than the one you intended to find. You won’t get marked down for that!

Spend some time on this– because this will serve as the first draft of the introduction for your annotated bibliography!

Homework due 10/3

READ AND ANNOTATE: “Research Starts with a Thesis Statement” from Bad Ideas about Writing  on Perusall

READ AND ANNOTATE:Schools are Killing Curiosity” from The Guardian  on Perusall

WRITE: Blog Post (at least 300 words)

What is something you were interested in when you were a kid? Are you still interested in that topic? How did asking questions help you learn more about that topic?   If so, how has your curiosity changed and grown over the years? And what role did the educational system play in your curiosity (good or bad)?   If you are not interested in this topic anymore, what do you think happened to that interest? Do you remember the specific time you LOST interest?  What did you become interested in instead (and why?)  

THINK: Start thinking about a topic you are interested in, something you might want to know more about.  This can be something heavy, like police brutality, or it can be something that seems on the surface more light-hearted, like ballet.  The only criteria is that you are actually curious about it.    This may seem like strange advice, but it can be helpful to go for a walk and think about topics you’d like to write about. Come home and jot down a few notes. By October 5 you will be expected to have some idea of a topic you’d like to research, even if it’s a bit vague.

Homework due 9/28

FEEL FREE TO SUBMIT ANYTHING EARLIER.

WRITE: Continue revising your Unit 1 essay based on feedback you got from your peer review and 1:1 meeting (reminder: it’s due Sept. 28). You don’t need to email it to me unless you’d like me to review your in-progress work. Feel free to schedule more time with me if you’d like to chat!

REREAD and ANNOTATE: Using your plan for re-reading as a guide, re-read (and annotate in a different color than the first time) “Later.” Find it on Perusall or download the PDF here.

WRITE: When you’re done, write an Open Lab post of approximately 300 words about what you learned from rereading. Again, be specific, quoting from the text!

Remember that the 3-part difficulty paper (1. 300 words on what you found difficult or confusing, 2. Plan for rereading and 3. 300-word reflection after rereading) is worth 5% of your grade.

Homework due 9/21

WRITE: Continue revising your Unit 1 essay based on feedback you got from your peer review and 1:1 meeting (reminder: it’s due Sept. 28). You don’t need to email it to me unless you’d like me to review your in-progress work. Feel free to schedule more time with me if you’d like to chat!

READ and ANNOTATE: “Later” on Perusall. You can also download the PDF here.

CLICK AROUND: https://www.yourprocrastinationstation.com/ 

WRITE: After reading and annotating “Later,” write an Open Lab post of approximately 300 words in which you reflect upon the article. What, particularly, did you find confusing, irritating, boring or otherwise difficult?

  • Please note: I want you to BE SPECIFIC. Quote from the text directly. That is, if you were particularly dumbfounded by a particular passage—quote that passage, and explain WHY you found it confusing. If the vocabulary was difficult, quote a particularly difficult passage, and try to figure out what the author might have been trying to say. Explain WHY you found their particular word choices difficult. Dig deeply!
  • My point in asking you to do this is that usually the places you struggle the most are the places you are doing your best thinking. I want you to stay there a while, even if it’s to explain to me why you don’t understand!

Homework due 9/19

Apologies for the late post; however, I did communicate to everyone during their meetings or over email (as well as in previous classes) that everyone should have their full Unit 1 draft complete for tomorrow’s class. Please bring 2 printed copies of your paper to class tomorrow.      

See you tomorrow!

Homework due 9/14

WRITE: Finish up your Less Shitty first draft (at least 650 words, ideally 800). OpenLab, Word document, or email is fine. Must be submitted by 2:05 PM.

  • Pay attention to your paragraphs!
  • Recall our class discussion about intros and conclusions.
  • Remember that you can use anything we have already written in this unit if you want. All low-stakes assignments are to help you write the major papers!

READ / WATCH:  Review the slideshow we went over in class about emailing a professor

WRITE: Write me an email for us to discuss during our 1:1 meeting. See some options below about email topics.

  1. Ask me a question about Unit 1. This can be a question about the assignment or your essay in particular.
  2. Explain how your essay is going and any parts you’re struggling with.
  3. Anything else you’d like to talk about, feel free to write about.

** I will use our 1-on-1 time on Thursday to cover what you wrote in your email, so write accordingly!     

Don’t use ChatGPT. Do your best to follow all the guidelines given in the presentation! If you don’t get it right, that’s okay, but give it a shot.

BE ON TIME for our chats!

*** If your name is not on the schedule below, make sure you have signed up for a meeting.

THURSDAY MEETING SCHEDULE:

4:05 PM – Emilio

4:15 PM – Akeem

4:25 PM – Steven

4:35 PM – Duval

4:45 PM – Brian Brown

4:55 PM – Thiek

5:05 PM – Mia

5:15 PM – Leslie

5:25 PM – Daniel

5:35 PM – Ty

5:45 PM – Jade

5:55 PM – Jayden

6:05 PM – Luis

Homework due 9/7

THINK: Think of one specific incident that changed your views on education. Picture the scene

REVIEW : Please review the slideshow we watched in class about what paragraphs are. You can find it HERE

WRITE: A blog post of at least two distinct paragraphs describing one specific incident that changed your views on education using Concrete, Significant detail. The incident you described in class will be a great place to start.

Homework due 9/5

READ AND ANNOTATE :  “Maybe I Could Save Myself by Writing” on Perusall

READ AND ANNOTATE: “The Fourth of July” by Audre Lorde on Perusall

WRITE:  (250 Words) So far in this unit, we have read (and heard) three examples from the genre of the “education narrative.” Your first essay assignment in this class will be to write in this genre yourself. So in this discussion forum, I’d like us to have a conversation about what the features of this genre are. Please discuss some of the following:

  • What, from what you’ve seen so far, are the “ingredients” (also known as “conventions”) of the education narrative genre?
  • What do you think might be a place to get started with your own education narrative?
  • What are your questions or concerns about writing an education narrative of your own?
  • If you like, you can also feel free to share an educational experience you had and ask for feedback from your colleagues (and me) to see if we think that might be a solid place to begin writing.

Homework due August 31, 2023

WRITE: Go back and edit your OpenLab intro post if you didn’t finish during class time.

READ AND ANNOTATE: “How to Read Like a Writer” by Mike Bunn on Perusall

WRITE: Write a post of at least 300 words discussing the following questions.

  • In his article, Mike Bunn writes “You are already an author.” He’s talking to you. What do you think he means by this? What are some of the things you write already? (Hint: “Nothing” is not an acceptable answer.) Think of all of the ways you already use words in your everyday life. That’s authorship! How will that existing expertise help you in your college reading and writing career?
  • Was there anything you noticed in Bunn’s article that you would like to try to do in your own writing? What, in particular? Please be specific!

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Homework 12/14

I learned that I am a reader; it depends on what I’m reading and how long it is. Also Depends on the setting. I knew that with good Planning, I could be a good writer. If you follow the guidelines, it makes it easy. “I think a better environment will be good because I was reading it on the train and good lighting.” “If the reading wasn’t so long, I might have read it once in a while, but I got the point of the assignment.” “I would do my work slowly, but I would get serious once I realized it was about eight o’clock.” I would compare and contrast my work from Earlier this year because Earlier this year, it was more brutal because of the Amount of Stress I was going through. My Physics class was right before my Writing class, so once I was done, I had written, but I was mentally drained because, in my Math class, I wasn’t even up to where they were in Physics, so I was confused, and the teacher moved so fast. Then, I had construction drawings right after, and I didn’t have the supplies at home, so I spent most of my nights there working by hand almost every day of the week. It improved because I dropped the physics class, and we started working by computer with the Drawings. I got to go home earlier and work on my other homework.
My favorite Assignment would probably be Unit RAB because I got to work on something I’m really into. I don’t have the least Favorite, or I can’t remember a bad one. Not procrastinating stuck with me because when I didn’t procrastinate, it was better, and I had more time to prepare my writing instead of rushing and struggling. Another one is asking for help. Professor Wang made it very easy to ask for help at any time you need it, and she would always answer her Email in a short time. I think I became better at Reading and Writing because we did a lesson on how to read as a Writer, and that helped because it taught us how not to take advantage of the reading. After all, if it was good, then that meant that the writer went over it as a reader to make sure it was clear for you to understand. When Writing, it wasn’t really up to me; it was mainly about the requirements of what I asked to do. I like how Professor Wang put it in bullet points to make it easy to do one by 1. What I would do is look at the Word count and look at how many different things I need to talk about and divide it. That way, I know how much I must write to stay on point. I’m a Math type of Person, so when I found out I had Writing, I was somewhat mad. My high school Ela teacher made it seem like I was joining the Army and reporting to the front lines. We used to turn in work, and he said this isn’t college Acceptable when, in Reality, the Teachers are so lovely. Once I got the hang of it became easier. My class used to go through it because he used to have us write 1000 words and tell us the first thing we did wrong and ask us to go back and fix it while not even reading the paper at all. After revision, I wish my eyes were more open to learning. I learned a lot, but it could have been better if I had put in more work. The peer feedback that stood out was the positive one because sometimes my and my classmates were going through the same thing, so it helped. A Challenging thing was meeting and doing work on time. Everything was easier. I waited till the last minute to do it. This was due today, and I’m now doing it.

Late hw 12/7

In unit one I made simple mistakes but they affected my writing in very different ways my grammar could of been better my use of the words and periods could of been used a lot more and the structure of my writing could have been a lot  better as I revise my unit 1 assignment I compare it to my assignments and projects I’ve done recently I can see the change and the progression between the two the best way for me to fix this would be to form a new way of understanding writing structures to help me best fit my style of writing and a way of revising my work in a story for the reader to better understand

based on my past writing in the class I see a growth of vocabulary and research as well. I was more opinionated and spoke more, but I will say that the effort has increased and helped tremendously. in my writing I seen that I would just write blindly and things with no meaning really, but it changed as I continued because every sentence was said in my head it’s like I was a printer printing my mind on certain topics. the biggest change by far has been the effort put into it. instead of trying to meet the word count I just tried my best and whatever the outcome was is what I got. I am not a good writer whatsoever and I need to improve greatly but it’s just something I overlooked. I realized that writing has always been put in my head as something I don’t need. and when I tried my best and got a 60% it really shows. I would often try my hardest to get carried with my source but sadly this wasn’t the case. in my writing I would be very repetitive as I am in this writing. I’m going to use what I learned in this semester about writing to take it more seriously. it’s a factor just as important as speaking. and I definitely need to improve on my writing skills and basic reading as well. an example of my repetitiveness in my writing is when I said. “This quote supports my op ed idea on the effects of money onto people. this ideal of the greed and the desire of money goes all the way back to times of Christ as this quote is actually a quote of the bible. the greed can affect you negatively without anyone knowing. slowly and slowly, you become less patient and humble.” as you can see, I would repeat my words a lot and it’s just something that’s imbedded in my writing, I guess. the receptiveness is seen often. another thing about my writing is that I would go off topic a lot and it wouldn’t really be interesting I tend to write as if I’m my own audience it’s a bad habit that I have. for example, “We have scamming robberies and all the normal stuff but what if you already have money? That greed doesn’t go away at all. In fact, rich people can go as far as to put people “below” them in difficult situations. To profit off homeless people on the streets and much more. The greed for money and the lust blindsides right from wrong sometimes.” as seen here I was repetitive and put my opinions first and i would just try to meet the word count. but i have now become better. I learned to be simpler and straight forward instead of trying to complicate myself. In my new writing i don’t repeat myself too much. I feel like this semester and class thought me to take reading to the next level and writing more seriously. i realize that i don’t have even basic writing skills and have a lot of room to fill to become a decent writer. i will visit the writing center more often from now on. in this semester i also learned the analyzing and how fun writing can be sometimes. it’s like getting everything out. although i prefer to speak it writing your thoughts can help. the class was very fun and made me write more than i did ever in my life, in high school I never wrote essays or anything like that neither did i take it seriously. but it’s very time consuming. “During the projects I had to split weeks per research, and I took my time with it because I wanted the best examples that directly support me and my idea. And I would break up my days as my other classes require me to do work every day it’s like squeezing it to the point where I don’t be motivated for it. The topic being interesting is what kept me going because I had a mutual interest in it. I would have days of research and drafting then I would write it out and finish it little by little. I hate being rushed but the pressure made me finish it quicker than I thought I would.” this is an example of how i would write my thoughts on the writing and it would really help me. this class was perfect for learning the importance of writing.

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