In my opinion, the strength of the essay is within the introduction and conclusion. I have always struggled with this, but feel confident with the turnout of this one. As for the weakness, I would have to say punctuation tends to be incorrect from time to time. I habitually insert commas, when I should be using semi-colons or periods. I feel that I have utilized these punctuation marks better this time around.
Running head: Self Assessment/Reflective Memo Strayer University Gordon McQuaige English 115 Dr. Brandy T. Wilson February 20, 2011 Pre-Writing/ Invention Process I used the brainstorming / listing invention process. I did find this strategy effective but it was hard to focus on one individual subject that I could inform my audience with. I guess my main problem was to focus on one particular subject because I had many thoughts going thru my head. I learned that I should try more prewriting strategies to find the one that will give me what it is that I need instead of staying focused on the one that is not working well for me.
Although brainstorming is a critical process, I do it in my brain due to the fact that in my brain, I know what to write about right after I get my assignment. Like my instructor, I think about it for a few days, maybe three or four. Then, I work in the best of my ability. While my brainstorming is going on in my head, simultaneously my brain outlines my text for me. I get the rough conception in my head and progress it into actually writing.
Every person and certainly every student has had their own positive and negative experiences with language. My personal background with writing and thus language has been very influential on me, particularly in my selection process for the pieces I would write about in this assignment. In this essay I will analyze the quotes by Stephen King and “A Case for Short Words” by Richard Lederer to demonstrate that although both arguments are effective, Lederer’s is the strongest. I selected the pieces by Lederer and King because, to me as the reader, they where the most convincing of the writings provided. However, this is in no small part due to my own experiences with language.
Expand your horizons to more challenging material than you typically read, and pay attention to sentence structure, word choice, and how the material flows. The more you read, the more likely you are to develop an eye for what makes a piece so effective, and which mistakes to avoid. 4. Break down writing that you like. Most people read the same material or sites on a regular basis because the material appeals to them but fewer people understand why their favorite reads are so appealing.
Planning can help you to formulate ideas and to ensure that the structure of your final essay is logical and appropriate to the essay title. There is many different way of planning that I use such as drawing pictures, making lists, brainstorming, using graphic organizers. Planning is important because it make the writing easier when I plan what I’m going to talk about. Also in the article by Berkenkotter which she did study and experiment on Donald M. Murray to see how perfitonal academics and she found that planning is important process in Murray writing Strategy. “Some of the more provocative findings of this study concern the sub-processes of planning and revising that have not been observed in conventional protocols”.
Cheri Ghant Jody Weaver ENC 1101 – 14560 October 6, 2011 Style and its Relationship to Good Writing Style, it’s a small word that packs a powerful punch, and most writers do not stop to think about what it truly means. Writing style is the manner in which a writer chooses to write to his or her audience. A style reveals both the writer’s personality and voice, but it also shows how he or she perceives the audience, and chooses conceptual writing style which reveals those choices by which the writer may change the conceptual world of the overall character of the work. Initially, I thought style was a personal element in writing specific to the writer and to change this personalized style of writing was absolutely forbidden. What is a good writer?
It was what I had expected, before I read the book, I thought that the writer will argue how gaming is more effective in learning than the traditional method of reading. The strategies listed on page 91-92 would help a lot because there are crucial information that should help prove us understand what the author is trying to imply. There were a lot of parts in which the author included the beneficiary of reading books, which makes me confused and stayed off topic for a bit. Overall, the author was trying to convince that eventually the society will begin to see gaming as something better than reading books. I think the writer provided the facts of both reading and gaming to make a realistic approach towards the reader.
2. What two pieces of advice from the essay will you work to apply to your own writing? Remember, your goal is to say something! I think good advice was using colorful words when you are writing. I usually have trouble with this because I like to be strait forward and to the point.
Procrastinating homework is never a good idea. Even though you may not want to do it, it is always a better idea to get the homework done and over with. After putting of my Frankenstein paper for quite sometime, I have learned many lessons. I have learned to get my homework done in a timely manner, plan ahead, and be more thorough with my work. After procrastinating a lot of my homework this year, I have learned now, for second semester that I need to step it up a little bit.