Reflection Of Writing Skills As A Critically-Literate Citizen

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In this course, the students were asked to act like a critically-literate citizen, which is someone who uses their skills as a literate person to impact society in a positive way. The point of this class is to strengthen our writing skills to become an even more effective citizen. To help strengthen our writing skills and to give us a way to organize our writing, we were told to use the MEAL Plan, which are paragraphs broken down into main ideas, evidence and analysis, and linking back to the larger claim. Our assignments included discussion boards with topics stated from the instructor, peer review responses to the discussion board assignments, writing essays, writing reflections essays, summarizing passages, and peer review responses from …show more content…
Somehow, I talked myself into staying in this class. The first couple of assignments were rough on my part and I was more than happy with the grades I received on those assignments. In my way of thinking, as long as I earned an A or a B on my assignments, I would be content with my overall grade, but as I thought more about my future, I started to pay close attention to the comments from the instructor. The comments and peer reviews on my essays helped me the most with this course and I think my improvements show in my writing. Looking back at my first essay, I laugh at myself because now I see different ways I could have wrote the personal narrative. Both the instructor and my peer said my grammar and structure was poor and that bugged me on so many levels; I used to hate receiving feedback that made me lose my mind, but I learned to accept the feedback because I learned from my mistakes. The Documentary Recommendation Essay was a good example of showing my new writing skills and my writing skills made my essay …show more content…
Since I love to write down my thoughts, planning and writing essays was a breeze for me; words flow freely and sometimes, I kept going and going. Another strength I displayed in this course was my summarizing capability. Throughout my school years, I have fought with the burden of not understanding text that I read and I also found out that the information I read was not absorbed in my brain; however, one day, I decided to paraphrase and summarize every page or every few pages I read in order to help me comprehend the text, and that idea actually helped me. This course also hit me in the face with new weaknesses. My grammar is horrendous and sometimes I do not even notice it. My excessive writing is also a bad habit; I do not know when enough is enough. Another weakness I encountered in this course was MLA. In high school, my classes do not teach us MLA and I worry that I cite sources the wrong way. To make my weaknesses into strengths, I am starting to pay more close attention to the comments on the assignments to help me with my grammar and I asked my high school English teacher to help me with my essays. With my situation with MLA, I borrowed a few books from some of my teachers at school and some of my teachers actually sit down with me to teach me the

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