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Organization is an integral part of writing an essay. Without organization, ideas will be jumbled and the argument will be unclear. As a writer in English 101, I learned how to structure my essays and how to organize my thoughts in a way that strengthens my arguments. English 101 greatly helped me advance as a writer. Before this class, I would never add my own voice into my papers; however, throughout the course of the semester, I learned to draw from my own experiences and integrate those experiences into my support. Every essay that was assigned was easier to write than the one before; therefore, my writing abilities and strategies have immensely improved. Overall, as a writer in English 101, I have improved on my previous writing strategies …show more content…
While, I did develop a strong thesis that was structured correctly, my support for that argument was lacking. One main weakness throughout this paper was that I did not develop on my ideas. I wrote about how logos was the most utilized rhetorical device that the author used; however, I did not expand on this idea. I did not explain well enough how logos contributed to the central argument more so than any other rhetorical strategy. I also took the easy route on this paper. I found and used very obvious examples of logos, pathos, and ethos that provided weak support for my claim. On this first essay, I learned that taking the easiest route does not produce the best outcome, but a more original route leads to more satisfactory …show more content…
While I started to incorporate my voice into the previous papers, I did not fully understand the benefits of doing so. This essay allowed for me to support my thesis about the American Dream with my own experiences since the thesis was essentially my own definition of the American Dream; furthermore, I realized how my experiences would help strengthen my argument and my voice. I also was successful in adding outside sources in my essay that would support my claim. Before, I always stuck with the sources provided to me, but with this essay, I added outside sources that strengthened my argument. In addition, I did not take the typical side for this paper. The side that I took was not supported by many of the articles assigned in class; therefore, my outside research was integral to my essay. Overall, I learned how to draw from sources I was given while also using outside articles to support my argument. While I had many strengths, I also had a few weaknesses. I tended to repeat the same ideas throughout my essay by using different wording. I feel like I need to expand on my ideas more, which I achieved in the next

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