Reflective Overview Information

  • Essay should be formatted with 1 inch margins, double-spaced, and each paragraph should be indented.
  • A unique creative title is a must!
  • You will not be given a guideline for length other than the reflective overview prompt. To create a strong reflective essay, you will need to provide examples and details to illustrate your thinking and learning and discuss how the evidence you provided in your portfolio is representative of your learning. It will be important for you to explain your understanding of different terms, such as “novice writer” and “critical thinking” and “personal responsibility.” Additionally, you will need to explain why you feel that your different learning experiences are significant and offer some suggestions about how they can be used in future situations. If you do all these things, your reflective overview will be several pages long.


  • Essay needs an introduction that establishes the context for your essay. You need to let your readers know you are looking back over your first semester and give them a sense of who you are as a person and scholar. What does your reader need to know about you to understand your learning and engagement this semester?
  • The last sentence of the introduction needs to be a thesis. Explain what you will be discussing in the remainder of the essay. The thesis should reflect the prompt in the assignment directions.


  • The body of the essay should have an organizational structure that reflects the prompt and supports thesis statement. The body should be several paragraphs long.
  • The writer must write about each class in the Learning Community.
  • The writer specifically references the evidence provided in the portfolio and demonstrates in a convincing manner how the evidence is indicative of learning.
  • The writer should work to set the “context” throughout the essay by providing the necessary “backstory” for the reflection with regards to evidence, learning, and significance,
  • Writer should avoid, like the plague, generic statements and using second person (“you”). Be specific. Be detailed. Be thoughtful. And speak about yourself, using first person (“I”). Be ethical and truthful in your reflection. If you missed 42 classes, it is not wise to say that you were great about attending class.


  • Writer should restate the thesis statement and sum up the points made in the body of the essay.
  • The writer should address the significance his or her learning and how it might be used in the future.
  • Writer should offer some final assessment of learning and engagement in Learning Community B