Reflective Exploratory Paper

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Over this semester I worked on four significant essays, each with its own goal, and a new skill required or improved. My writing abilities grew, and I set new goals for myself as a writer. A major contribution to this was my peer review, and the teacher’s feedback on the essays. The major essays were the Annotated Bibliography, Rhetorical Analysis, Exploratory Paper, and the Persuasive Research Essay. They each worked on a different skill set, such as the rhetorical triangle, or using research and a proper warrant to make a claim. Although, one thing that stayed universal amongst the essays was the value of the feedback I got, the feedback was unique to each essay and helped me improve many different literary skills. On the Rhetorical Analysis, I worked on the rhetorical triangle, and properly applying logos, pathos, and ethos, …show more content…
The exploratory paper was the basis on which I was going to structure my exploratory paper, but as the argument developed, the thesis from the two papers changed. The exploratory paper’s thesis and main objective was to compare third world poverty to first world poverty. However, as the paper developed, I realized that the broadness, and mass amount of information that this topic covers would be too much for the research paper. If I had gone along with this, my research paper would become convoluted, and also wouldn’t be arguing much; instead, it would just be comparing two different forms of poverty. In the exploratory essay I was trying to tackle too much by analyzing the two different forms of poverty, then their causes, and the effects they have on people and generations, government’s involvement, and effects on crime. Whereas, in my research essay I decided to cut it down to only about USA’s poverty, and the effects that government aid has on it. Thus, creating a more concise thesis, with a hotly debated topic, that can be

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