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When I started this course I thought I would learn to write clearly and be able to have people who read my writing obtain a better understanding of my meaning. I now can write clearly and know about sentence structure, paragraph length, purpose, audience, voice, and invention. I have learned about time frame references and comma splices. I can fix a comma splice using a comma and an F.A.N.B.O.Y.S. (for, and, nor, but, yet, and so) (Latham and Triplett, RW 50) or a semi-colon. Along with reading and writing skills being strengthened I have learned proper sentence structure, MLA (modern language association) formatting, use of Microsoft Word, the structure and length of journals and essays, the use of invention technics, and the development of a thesis statement.
I am also taking a more professional approach with my writing concerning my other courses. I now turn in my course assignments typed and formatted. Doing so has awarded me with compliments from my other instructors. I have progressed with my writing, first by writing essay 01: Literacy (Roberts 1) and then by writing essay 02: Justice through Vigilantism (Roberts 1) and using the skills and technics taught in the course WR60. I have also improved my vocabulary and sentence structure and also improving my ability to maintain focus in my papers written for other courses.
By writing essay 01 and essay 02 I have improved my knowledge of the writing process with the use of the invention processes such as free writing, mind mapping, outline, reading, and research. Doing the preliminary work; using SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review) technics as mentioned in Reading Writers: From Story to Essay (Latham and Triplett, RW 20). I have learned to develop the voice, audience, and purpose in the paper I am writing. I am now able to develop a thesis statement. I also have developed the ability to organize my writing, write a draft, revise a draft, and finalize the writing assignment. My favorite type of invention process is free writing.
Concerning the structure of a standard essay; I have learned many skills taught to me through this course and have learned to use them when writing essay 01 and essay 02. I have learned an essay should have an introductory paragraph and a conclusion paragraph. The thesis statement should be the last sentence in the introductory paragraph. The essay should contain at least three paragraphs comprising the body of the essay between the introduction and the conclusion paragraphs. The body of the essay would contain supporting statements for the theme of the essay. Each paragraph will contain at least five complete sentences. The total word count of the essay would be nine hundred and fifty words or more.
The most difficult part of the writing skills I have learned was developing a thesis statement. When I wrote what I thought was a thesis statement for essay 01 and essay 02 no one who read them recognized what I wrote as a thesis statement. It was very frustrating, but I have managed to write a few that have been recognized as thesis statements. I am improving in the use of WR60 writing skills. Along with the thesis statement I now understand voice, audience, purpose, point of view, and have the ability to utilize these skills in my writing. I now write with these skills in mind, so I am no longer writing words on paper without a purpose.
Through the peer review process the class used following the rough drafts of essay 01 and essay 02 I have learned that I write well and I have gained confidence in my ability to write. I did feel embarrassed and was worried about giving my paper to a classmate to review. I soon realized that the process of peer review is like a gauge and very helpful in showing me where I am in my skill development. When I had to review a classmate's paper I felt inadequate. I did my best to review the paper so that the classmate would benefit from the process and be able to produce a better paper. I now feel the process is very beneficial to both the writer and the reviewer.
Another benefit I have acquired from this course is the increase in my college level vocabulary. There are many words that I had not known before, the Wr60 course, which are in the college text books. The WR60 course has taught me that when I find a new word I write it down on a list of words. When I finish reading I get the list of new words and look them up in the dictionary. After I learn the meaning of the words I write my own sentence using the new word. In this system of looking the words up and using them in a sentence I am increasing my vocabulary. The skill I have used in increasing my vocabulary has assisted my writing of both essay01 and essay 02.
Editing my own writing has been a valuable skill that WR60 has taught me and made my essay's 01 and 02 look very professional. With the things I have learned about grammar, spelling, and diction I have been able to produce papers that I feel people can understand. With the knowledge I have gained from this course I can read my writing out loud and notice areas that do not sound right. I can then correct the errors I have found in the assignment before handing the assignments over to the instructor for grading. These skills have assisted me in completing assignments for this course and in my other college courses as well. Skills learned in this course are useful in all areas of my life; like when writing to explain a subject or writing a letter to a friend. My experience inWR60 has helped me discover personal biases I have on controversial subjects, when I use the skill of active reading through SQ3R as I have been taught in WR60.
This course has also instructed me in the use and understanding of literary devices. I have learned that a simile means to compare two unlike things beginning with the words like or as like. A metaphor means a phrase literally denoting one object as being used in place of another to suggest a likeness. I have learned that irony is a sarcastic statement with the intent to cause harm to someone. Personification is attributing human traits to inanimate items and symbolism is using symbols to represent an object. The WR60 course has armed me with skills to achieve writing both my essay 01 and essay 02.
I have learned to investigate sources thoroughly to assure myself that they are credible and to properly cite them. This course has taught me to properly format a works cited page. I have also learned how to properly execute a parenthetical cite as well as I have done in essay 02 (Roberts 2). I now understand the importance of making sure the proper author gets credit for the writing that they have produced. The citing of a source also allows the use of an expert's work in the area I am writing about and will add to the creditability of my paper.
The following items are some random rhetorical items I have learned through this course. An essay should contain at least three evidences to support the main topic. My expository and position essay's 01 and 02 both make a definite claim, and their theme is their focus; however exposition essays are generally written in third person while position essays and reflective essays are written in first person. A position essay would be written in present tense while a reflective essay is written in past tense. I know the value of the knowledge I have been given with this course is an inexhaustible subject and I am doing my utmost to share this knowledge with my readers.
I have also learned how to access information online and how to determine which sites are likely to be creditable. Sites with .org or .edu are probably the most creditable with sites ending in .com not likely to be creditable at all. I am sure anyone reading this essay will probably agree with me when I say that I have acquired so much skill in reading and writing in the WR60 course. If a reader were to read my essay's 01 and 02 as well as this essay they would be witness to a definite progression in skills. What may come as a shock to most readers is I possessed none of this knowledge, skill, or reading and writing abilities before taking this course. I would strongly suggest that any student or interested person desiring to acquire this knowledge and these skills experience the learning in WR60.