Letter From Birmingham Jail Reflection

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Before beginning this course, I knew that I lacked confidence within my writing. People say that you are your own worst critique, and I fully agree with that statement. My writing was not terrible in some aspects, but I knew that it needed to be improved upon. I lacked the experience needed because writing was not something that I did on a daily basis. When I first started English 1302, the little confidence that I had significantly plummeted since my writing seemed childish compared to other students. However, as I progressed through English 1302, I realized that my I was developing new skills that begun to transform the way I wrote. Peer reviews helped me most this semester because having a new set of eyes allowed me to see the mistakes that …show more content…
This paper was an analysis of Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. This was the paper that took the most time for me to write because I was insecure about my writing. The content of the paper itself was well thought out; however, there were some small grammatical errors and unclear sentences. The responses that I received from this paper exceeded my expectations because I was very astonished that people could comprehend my writing. After taking their comments into consideration, I realized that I might have judged myself too harshly. The paper itself followed all of the criteria, and my simplistic writing style allowed the reader to straightforwardly comprehend the message that I was trying to convey. While it did contain some incoherent sentences such as, “His repetitiveness compels the audience to listen and his extreme exaggerations show the audience that the situation is bad and needs to be fixed immediately,” (Nguyen “King’s Persuasion for Success” 3). I recognized that I did not have an extensive vocabulary; I was not able to efficiently argue my point in a consistent fashion. As I continued this course, I realized that my downfall would be because of my lack of experience and …show more content…
The paper itself started out very vague because I focused on arguing for the female gender as a whole. However, after reading the assignment instructions, I decided that I would argue for a more specific topic, which I chose how mothers are portrayed in the media. This paper contained my strongest thesis and a concise conclusion that I was very proud of. The paper itself was very compelling because it specifically described how mothers are perceived by society because of how media depicts them. The thesis that stated my position was, “The representations of how mothers are the caretakers of a home affect the younger generation’s perspective about gender roles because they base ideas and beliefs upon what they know,” (Nguyen “Through the Eyes of a Mother” 1). The thesis of this paper was more clear and specific that so that the reader would easily comprehend. Compared to the first paper I wrote, the thesis statement is much stronger because I stated, “The strongest rhetoric appeal used in this letter was pathos because it changed the perspective of others, and as a result makes paragraph fourteen the most persuasive” (Nguyen “King’s Persuasion for Success” 3). This thesis statement was simple but could have been improved upon to because I used many unnecessary words that make my thesis statement wordy. The progress that I made within this class is clearly shown by comparing the

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