Here is Some of the Things I Saw ...
Okay, I really enjoyed reading your work from these two assignments. What I noticed in your writing was that many of you were really struggling with making adjustments to writing and studying in a college setting in the following ways:
- Not accustomed to writing more than 1 page papers.
- Not accustomed to using a writing process
- Not familiar with citation systems or only had used MLA
- Not accustomed to being able to choose your own topic to write about
- Not accustomed to seeking help or asking questions
- Not accustomed to proofreading
- Not accustomed to reading assignment instructions thoroughly
- Not accustomed to the essay format of introduction with thesis, body, and conclusion
- Not accustomed to using paragraphs as way to present and organize your thinking
- Not accustomed to providing a thesis to guide your essays
- Not accustomed to providing evidence to support your ideas
- Not accustomed to doing course readings
- Not accustomed to moving beyond "I'll just find the 'answer'" paradigm
Here is What I Would like to Focus on for the Rest of the Semester
Okay, I would like us to really focus on moving forward in our thinking as WRITERS! So, what does that mean?
- Writers are always making decisions about what put in, what to take out, and what to keep just as it is.
- Writers are thinking about what is it they truly want to say and convey. That is, writers consider their purpose.
- Writers consider the needs of the audience.
Looking at some of the more concrete, practical skills, here is what I would like us to concentrate on:
- using a variety of prewriting techniques
- seeking help and feedback often from professors and peers
- developing a strategy or strategies for introductions and conclusions
- becoming more comfortable with developing and using thesis statements
- getting better at assessing and evaluating all sorts of writing and rhetorical acts --yours, your peers, and others
- becoming more comfortable with citation and APA format in general
- using paragraphs to present and organize ideas and main points
- learning how to fully develop ideas in your paragraphs