Rationale Essay - Original Writing

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Rationale Essay: When I was in high school, English came easy to me. I got straight A’s in every single English course from freshman to senior year, while expressing minimal interest and giving minimal effort. No matter what the subject, or the type of paper, I always ended the assignment with a good grade. This did not prepare me well at all for English at the University level. When I received my first essay assignment, I was sure it was going to be a “piece of cake”. I assumed I was just going to take an easy A on the paper, and then an easy A on the course. Up until this point, I had assumed that I was a great writer. When I heard that there was going to be a portfolio assignment, which would be comprised of several essays, I had expectations of easily getting an A on the portfolio, just like I thought I would on my first essay. Unfortunately, for my first essay, I did not do as much planning as I should have, and the results showed. I wrote a basic outline, and thought that due to my extensive knowledge of the subject I was writing about, mixed martial arts, I would not have to do any research. I was rewarded for this line of thinking with a C-. While I did not do enough research for my paper, I was careful to establish ethos and pathos within my paper. I established ethos through my background knowledge of the subject, and I established pathos through my use of imagery and appeal to various emotions throughout. While the grade did not reflect it, this first essay…

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