How to write a successful reflective essay!. Mrs. Nieto, writing genius. A reflective essay is an exploration of a topic using personal thought and experience.
Mrs. Nieto, writing genius
A reflective essay is an exploration of a topic using personal thought and experience.
Draw a circle with your topic written in the center and draw lines around it, extending out.
At each point, create categories such as "experiences," "facts" and "world events."
Draw circles around those categories, each with lines extending to further, more specific ideas.
Brainstorm which personal experiences you can disclose in your essay, as well as facts or events you might include. From each specific idea, map out your thoughts and reactions.
Select your strongest experiences and points and group them into paragraphs.
Order the paragraphs in a logical way, focusing on the reflections the reader should absorb to follow the evolution of your thought.
For instance, if you are writing about grief, you would want a paragraph dealing with reactions to death to precede one that centers on coping mechanisms.
The credibility of your essay will depend not only on the voice you develop as an author but also on the veracity of your facts or the historic events you recount.
We will be peer editing your work on Tuesday, so please come with a completed rough draft on Tuesday, October 11th.
Your final paper will be due on Thursday, October 13th. The paper will be no less than two pages in length.