Reflective Cover Letter
The three homework assignments that I have included have helped me to write more clearly so that people can understand what I actually want to say when I write. The first piece that I have included is the questions we answered for chapter 3 for In Cold Blood. Here I answered some basic question about the book to better understand the text. Then you develop that into more complex answers about the reading. This was good because it taught me to think of theme and language use, rather then just the story point of view. The second piece in my portfolio is a brain storm that I did when I was writing my mid-term. As I read my mid-term I really didn’t formulate a question, but just agreed with the text. Honni gave me some ideas and I just started putting things to the paper and organizing them. This gave me the idea for a question and then I used the lists to formulate my paragraphs. The last piece of writing that I included was a close reading. This was the most important tool that I have learned from this class. This helps to understand what is really going on in a book and also helps in writing a paper. To close read something involves not just reading the words, but thinking of theme, characters, point of view, vocabulary, tone and narrative voice when reading the text. This often helped me formulate my claim in essays and also gave great points to prove it.
I think as a whole my writing has improved just by learning how to close read. This is such an important step in the writing process and even though I was doing it before, I didn’t know I was doing it. Now that I know what to do, I can write an essay more proficiently. This class has taught me there is again more to writing then I thought.
Another thing that I was partial to was the blog entries. It was a pain to post entries into the blog, and sometimes it was confusing to post, but I finally got the hang of it. Also it’s hard to get everyone to post. If everyone in my group posted and commented, then it would be fun, but it was just me and one other member in my group posting at first. I finally got used to the idea of blogs because they are a way to write informal about any topic. This was fun because it left room for exploration and I didn’t have to worry about writing something formal. It also helped in the overall writing process and to get ideas off of other peoples comments and entries.
This class as a whole has been one of my better English classes because I actually learned another format to the writing process. This course has been a great one and the books that we read were fairly decent, although I wish we did more with In Cold Blood. English 111 has helped me with my writing and I will continue to use the methods that I have learned from this course. Thanks for a great quarter!