Last Day of 0399

Please carry these important ideas about writing with you as you exit your first semester as a "bona fide" college student!

Writing goes out into the world and makes things happen!

Throughout history and into present times, ordinary people have written and spoke and acted with COURAGE and CONVICTION to make the world a better place. I encourage you to follow their lead in whatever way you can!


  • I am holding regular office hours today: Classroom East 213E. After that, if you need to visit me, please set something up via email. I will be on campus all week!

We have one quick goal today for 0399, our last class. I would like you choose 1 section of portfolio prompt to work with and create one strong paragraph of reflective writing. Make certain to reference of piece of evidence you plan to include in your portfolio.

  • If possible try to incorporate some of the "habits of mind" language into your paragraph.
  • You need to make certain that you follow the evaluative criteria we used in 1302 on Friday! For the Habits of Mind terms and the evaluative criteria, see the work below.

Habits of Mind

English 1302 and First Year Seminar will promote students' development of the eight habits of mind that are essential to students’ success in college writing (The Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing). You will also find these same concepts in the ACRL Information Literacy reading, where they are described as "dispositions" that support and promote the development of students' information literacy:

  • Curiosity: the desire to know more about the world.
  • Openness: the willingness to consider new ways of being and thinking in the world.
  • Engagement: a sense of investment and involvement in learning.
  • Creativity: the ability to use novel approaches for generating, investigating, and representing ideas.
  • Persistence: the ability to sustain interest in and attention to short- and long-term projects.
  • Responsibility: the ability to take ownership of one’s actions and understand the consequences of those actions for oneself and others.
  • Flexibility: the ability to adapt to situations, expectations, or demands.
  • Metacognition: the ability to reflect on one’s own thinking as well as on the individual and cultural processes used to structure knowledge.

Reflective Writing Exercise

In 1302 on Friday, we worked on evaluating different pieces of student reflective writing. We used the following criteria to evaluate: Evaluate this piece of reflective writing for the following criteria:

  • Has the student clearly and explicitly set the context for the his or her learning experience?
ExcellentGoodAverageBelow Average
  • Has the student provided enough specific details and examples to make it clear what has been learned?
ExcellentGoodAverageBelow Average

Has the writer made it clear and compelling case why this type of learning is significant?

ExcellentGoodAverageBelow Average
  • Does this piece of writing have the structure of a strong paragraph with a
    • Topic Sentence
    • Several Sentences of examples, details, and reasons to illustrate the topic sentence.
    • A Concluding Sentence that helps the reader to understand the significance of the preceding information?
ExcellentGoodAverageBelow Average

If you missed class on Friday, here are the samples we worked with on Friday!

Reflective Writing Exercise