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The Reflective Essay : Becoming a University Writer. Amy Berry Southwest Minnesota State University English 151 College Now Springfield High School December 7, 2012. Freshman Writing, or Welcome to the University ‘Discourse Community’.

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the reflective essay becoming a university writer

The Reflective Essay: Becoming a University Writer

Amy Berry

Southwest Minnesota State University

English 151 College Now

Springfield High School

December 7, 2012

freshman writing or welcome to the university discourse community
Freshman Writing, or Welcome to the University ‘Discourse Community’

College freshmen students are new members of the university community.

You are ‘newbies’ learning the ‘ropes’ of academic thinking, writing, and research.

You are learning what your readers and listeners expect of you

the reflective essays
The Reflective Essays

The writing reflections in this course are designed to give you the time and the space to reflect on, analyze, and make sense of your experience in the research and writing process

After your experiences this term, you are no longer ‘newbies’

The reflective essays help you to understand your experiences

reflecting on each assignment process
Reflecting on Each Assignment: Process

Reflecting on your writing process helps you to understand yourself and your experiences—and to make improvements that help you to grow as a writer

At the end of each major essay assignment, you have an opportunity to think about and write about your experience

You have been developing research and writing skills. What processes did you develop? What parts of the process are strong and worked well?

What parts of the process need improvement and change?

reflecting on the written essay
Reflecting on the Written Essay

What parts of the process helped you to write strong sections of your essays? How can you build on these effective writing processes to become a better writer?

What parts of the process created weaker sections of the essays? What do you need to do to improve those weaker parts of the process?

the most important lesson
The Most Important Lesson

What is the most important thing you learned about yourself as a writer?

As a writer, where do you want to go from here?

How did this experience, and this course, help you to become a better writer? Do you feel more prepared for college writing tasks after taking the course? How? Why?

the final reflective essay
The Final Reflective Essay

The final reflective essay is your time to make sense of your experience in class this semester and to tell the story of your becoming a college writer.

the most important lesson1
The Most Important Lesson

What is the most important thing you learned about yourself as a writer?

As a writer, where do you want to go from here?

How did this experience, and this course, help you to become a better writer? Do you feel more prepared for college writing tasks after taking the course? How? Why?

What was easy? What was difficult?

tell a story find those metaphors
Tell a Story, Find those Metaphors
  • Think of your overall experience in the course. What is the story of your becoming a college writer in this course? What is the most important lesson or lessons you learned?
  • Get a good sense of the total experience from beginning to end and communicate it to your reader
  • What was the experience like? Find a metaphor (for me, becoming a college writer was like…)
start from the beginning of the story
Start from the Beginning of the Story
  • Start from the beginning. What did you think and feel about the course, writing, and research at the beginning of the semester? How did you begin to understand the assignments? How to do research? How to plan, write and revise the essays?
move through the assignments and use them as illustrations
Move through the Assignments and use them as Illustrations
  • Use examples from one or more of the assignments to tell the story of how you have become a college writer
  • Evaluate—how far have you come in the journey toward becoming a college writer? What have you done and learned? What do you still need to do and learn?
assess your success
Assess Your Success

Evaluate your success in the course

What did you do well? What are you proud of ?

What could you have done better? How can you make improvements to succeed at a higher level in your next writing assignments?

advice for incoming freshman writers
Advice for Incoming Freshman Writers

Now, you have experience as a college writer

What advice do you have for students who are coming into the freshman writing class after you?

What do you wish you had known, what skills do you wish you had BEFORE the class began?

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