Personal Writing Reflection: The Progress And Improvement Of My Writing

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After completing a difficult yet rewarding semester in RC2001 and reflecting on the works I have done, I can confidently say that the progression and improvement of my writing is extremely evident. While improvement was not as apparent during the daily class periods or between each assignment, this portfolio showcases where the growth began and who I’ve become as young writer. The organization for my portfolio follows the stream of assignments that we received in class, and two of which I chose to revise. Three of my personal works I completed along with their drafts are placed in order of their completion to further show the steps I took and how those steps varied between assignments. This critical rationale essay is placed at the end of the …show more content…
This portfolio demonstrate my advancement in both these areas while also exhibiting new obstacles I faced along the way. Prior to my personal writing assignments in this portfolio I have included a group project completed with two of my peers. This brief work served to begin the conversation about not only our discipline but also the vast multitude of other disciplines. We examined the discipline of visual art, who their audience is, potential issues they face, and how they utilize writing within their field. While this assignment is not entirely representative of my own writing capabilities, it displays where this class began, the flow between assignments and the overall theme for RC2001.
The first assignments included in my portfolio are the Literacy Narrative second draft, final draft and portfolio revision. Out of the three major writing works completed this semester, my literacy narrative was by far my favorite and most passionate. From prior writing courses I knew the main idea of narratives was to tell a story but in this case I was telling a story while also
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Being that my desired field to go into is nonprofit management I chose to analyze and article written by Mark Sidel on recent regulations pushed onto organizations within the nonprofit sector. I had only one past experience writing a rhetorical analysis in which I analyzed an advertisement, not an article. Because of my lack of experience I referred to the book during much of my writing process but during my conference I was told that my paper was basically a summary. The revision between my second draft and my final draft was night and day as I practically rewrote the entire paper. Despite the fact I received a decent grade on my final draft I knew I had not quite hit the mark and my weaknesses were more prevalent than my strengths throughout much of the essay. The revised portfolio version of this assignment displays my pursuits in trying to refine my writing so that it fit into the category of a rhetorical analysis. Despite having read the book’s chapter on rhetorical analysis thoroughly and referring to essay models during the writing process, I realized that my major fault was that I focused on telling my audience what I was reading instead of telling the audience what rhetorical concepts made the article work. For much of my revision I scratched the parts that felt like a summary and attempted to replace them

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