Reflection Of 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower'

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During my 2016 fall quarter at Cal Poly Pomona, I was enrolled in the First-Year Composition course where I was required to read two novels, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and Norton Field Guide to Writing 4th edition. This course consisted of writing four essays in total, including one in class timed essay. I have included three of these essays, with both the rough and final drafts of each one, in my portfolio. Certain outcomes had to be demonstrated while writing these papers. These outcomes included: prewriting and drafting, rhetorical analysis and arguments, critical reading, researching, quoting, paraphrasing, and documenting sources, style, genre conventions, and disciplinary knowledge, revision, and proofreading. …show more content…
My in class, timed “Voting Rights” essay, was based on a passage I had to read and analyze then answer an argumentized question. It was a controversial topic regarding the presidential election, “should all Americans vote in the presidential election?” Mike Rowe, the author, wrote about how he feels that not every American should vote due to their lack of education. My goal was to read it, analyze it, and then write an essay stating my stance on his view. I agreed with Rowe’s view and expressed that I believe not everyone should vote if they’re uneducated with what’s going on but instead be required to take a course or two that’ll alert them with the truth. For example, I discussed in my essay “if everyone was required to do a study on both candidate runners, they would discover history is slowly starting to repeat itself due to Donald Trumps’ similar ideas to Adolf Hitler” (see lines ). Another problem is “women are voting for Hilary Clinton because she’s a female” (see lines ). I stated my views on a question given to me and then used real life examples as arguments to prove my …show more content…
My concept essay, “Middle Eastern Religion/Culture” was all fact based because it required a lot of research. I didn’t know much about all three religions so everything I wrote was based on internet research. My professor instructed my classmates and I to gather as much information as possible from google scholar while on campus. Any information I didn’t know beforehand must be cited. The majority of my data was paraphrased to help me understand difficult topics. When talking about Christianity’s three branches, for example, I gave an overview of them as a way to help the reader and I both understand it better (see paragraph 4 of essay). I conducted my first face to face interview while writing “Upcoming of Denise Sandoval.” I included many citations because it was an essay based off of an interview. I asked more questions than I needed just to be on the safe side. Unless Denise was talking about a certain topic or experience, I tried to paraphrase rather than quote directly because I like to use my own words as much as possible. It’s easier for me to understand and learn things using my thoughts instead of copying someone word for word. In addition, my English professor emphasized to try to stay away from using other people’s terms which helped me develop my own language. For example, when Denise was talking about her car accident I preferred to quote her to help the reader develop a

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