You will write a 500-600 word reflective essay that follows full MLA-style formatting guidelines. To begin this essay, do some initial brainstorming. The following generative questions and activities are a good place to start:
- What was your writing (and your perception of writing) like when you first began the semester?
- How has your writing (and your perception of writing) changed?
- Look over your previous assignments; what growth or development do you see?
- What assignments have been the most challenging? Why? Which were the most rewarding or engaging? Why?
PLEASE DO NOT WRITE A 5-PARAGRAPH ESSAY. Instead, here are some organizational strategies you can use to develop this essay:
- Use a standard academic structure that begins with an introduction, includes several body paragraphs, and ends with a conclusion.
- Use an open-form narrative structure that builds chronologically from start to finish. Tell the story of your writing growth so far this semester.
- Compose a set of vignettes–3 or more brief episodes or themes that work independently as well as together. These vignettes could explain or narrate the 3 (or 4) most memorable/challenging, successful/etc. moments so far this semester.
Your work will be graded using the following criteria:
- 50% – Follows all assignment guidelines set forth above and meets or exceeds the 500 word minimum.
- 10% – An original title, a properly-formatted header in the upper right corner, and a complete 4-line heading on the left side of the page
- 10% – First line indentation at the start of each new paragraph (press the tab key once before typing)
- 20% – Double-spaced in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font from start to end with no extra spaces bet. paragraphs
- 10% – Includes the total word count, not including the header or title, on its own line at the end of your