Reflective Essay In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

Good Essays
Throughout my high school career I have worked on many essays. I have, over the past four years, improved in a variety of ways. I have not only improved in my English writings, but also in my social studies, science and art writings. Also, I have become more efficient in my grammatical and my structural skills as well. Throughout high school I have improved my writing through class warmups to standardized tests. I have also learned and demonstrated that I am capable of producing well written papers and essays In the past four years the areas of writing that I have been the most successful in are essays because I can quickly write on the topic, then compared to my ability to write with nothing to start off of. But over the past four years my ability has significantly increased, I have gone from starting sentences with the same word consistently, and making punctuation errors to making very few. I also had errors in my citations, explanations, and the amount of times that I …show more content…
I also had punctuation errors, putting periods inside of quotations, and capitalizing words that didn’t need to be capitalized. And, I realized that my descriptions were vague, so I started to divulge more details in the essays. I can fix this by either taking out unnecessary details, or by making them into multiple compound sentences. Also I have noticed that I had run on sentences. My essay did have some good qualities to it though. For example, I was able to realize what quotes best help support my claims. An example of this in the essay is when I was talking about Atticus being the main source of good, or light as Harper Lee would put it. When Atticus was at the jail house, Jem tells Scout “That’s funny’ said Jem, ‘Jail doesn’t have an outside light’” Another thing that I did well in this essay was that I had no spelling errors, which is one of my strongest traits when it comes to

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    Reflective Report

    • 1141 Words
    • 5 Pages

    At the beginning of this semester I knew I was not the greatest writer, however, I never thought I was a horrible writer. In this semester Professor K. Jagasia had given the class a syllabus that stated expected student learning objectives. Between both classes, English 1001 and English 0920, there was a total of twenty learning outcomes. Within these outcomes I believe I was able to accomplish them all. Although, I have learned many things in my high school English classes, however I was able to comprehend the information more clearly.…

    • 1141 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    I really did grow as writer since my senior year in high school, I can see it in this semester and last semester. I went from having to revise six or seven mistakes on my first essay to only two mistakes on my other essays. Now my paper are not as summary-heavy as before, I know how to use ethos, pathos and logos in my writing, and I can synthesize an essay. These are things that I did not know how to do before starting…

    • 2009 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    My reading and writing scores continued to increase throughout the school year. The lengthy year flew by with the help of Mr. McGee and his entertaining lectures. This was one of the first time I have enjoyed doing so much homework, and this is all owed to the teacher who truly taught me how to read. There are a few things that I wish I could have done a better job with. Yet there are also some categories where I am proud of what I accomplished.…

    • 1261 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    As I started to review my previous essays I realized that improvement was needed. Some sentences didn’t flow well and one essay was written better than the other two. My style needed improvement. Some concerns for these writings, was that some sentences needed to be fragmented. Simple spelling errors were also looked over.…

    • 798 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    I also spent more time making the structure of my paragraphs cohesive and I with elaborated on ideas I originally had in my topic sentences. I focused on the examples I used to make sure they supported the claim I was trying to make. Without this connection the quotation seemed like a disjointed idea. Another main point of fixing was to make sure I narrowed down my ideas. In my original essay, I used words that were not descriptive, which made the point I was trying to prove unclear.…

    • 1048 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Being in GSW 1110 my senior year of high school has taught me so many things and made me become a better writer as well as getting me ready for my future college classes and my future career. This class has bettered me in my writing abilities as well as my ability to do better research. I have learned many things throughout my semester in GSW 1110 such as counterarguments, different…

    • 1407 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Throughout high school, I have noticed an overall growth in my writing skills. The skills that I have learned since freshman year has helped me grow as a writer. In the beginning of Freshman year my writing had limited vocabulary, informal expressions, and it lacked proper organization. My English teacher encouraged me to use a thesaurus and to read more books to help broaden my range of vocabulary and sentence structure. Therefore, these resources helped me build a vast range of vocabulary including transition words which helped my writing flow more smoothly.…

    • 556 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    As a student who struggles with English greatly I have seen self-improvements dramatically. My reading speed has increased in just one quarter of participating in the program RAMP. I have been able to learn new words and clarify the definition and understanding of words that I have learned in the previous years. Not only has RAMP help me with my reading levels and grammar understanding, but also in my speech. Gaining knowledge on vocabulary has helped me speak more comfortably and understanding the meaning of sentence by just listening to them.…

    • 757 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Throughout the whole semester I had hit many walls that have kept me from doing better but, I have improved in many of my writings whether it 's small errors or large. I am beginning to demonstrate competence in the SLOs which are, research and reading, essay composition, and polish and formatting. I chose two specific essays which I didn 't do as well as I should have but, has shown a lot of improvement. In these two essays i have shown improvement in organization, grammatical/mechanical errors, and thesis clarification. Essay composition in my essays have improved and I can demonstrate with the following writing.…

    • 988 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    During my first semester of college I have learned a lot of information. Though, one of the most important things I learned was better writing techniques. From the first assignment to now, there has been a lot of improvement in my writing skills. These skills will help me in the future, not just in other writing courses but in all of my courses. Some of the specific things I have become stronger in include: argumentative writing, being more detailed, citing sources correctly, and using a more adequate word selection.…

    • 784 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays