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December 1, 2017Ruby NancyEnglish Department1000 E 5thstreetGreenville, NC 27858Final Portfolio Cover LetterDear Portfolio Reviewers,When I first came to English class I thought I knew the ins and outs of the process and all the logistics of creating a “college caliber” paper. When I say, “college caliber” I don’t mean a perfect essay that I think my teacher will be jaw dropped by, I mean an acceptable essay that will meet average expectations and possibly get me a “B”. Little did I know there was much more to it than what I had in mind. There were so many more tools I needed to know and if I didn’t learn them quick I would be in for a rude awakening as we got deeper into school. After writing my other papers, I quickly grasped on to many things that were unknown to me before. Itook many small steps towards becoming a better writer. We often sat quiet in class which led our teacher to believe we were clueless, but we were soaking up the knowledge and applying it to our papers as we went on. As we went on my writing got better and oddly enough encouraged me to want to better my writing. I have learned a lot of about what it takes to become a better writer and improve my writing structure, grammar, content etc. Everything we do in class is worthwhile and helps us develop a skill in something even when we think it doesn’t. I want to continue to work on my writing and eventually be able to write a superb essay. Making major revisions on these last two essays was the last part of my journey in English1100 and the major changes I made showed me that no matter how good I believed my papers were, there was something I could do to make it better.I chose to revise the first project because I think it would be good to flip the scenario I first wrote about to what a teacher could do in that position. For project one I wrote about my writer’s block and my discouragement when I first walked into my AP English class because I did not take AP English the year before and everyone seemed as if they belonged and I was the one lost soul in the class. Along with AP English, I took a few other rigorous writing courses which really made me feel a heavy weight on my shoulder because I was not the best writer on certainassigned topics. I brought up past teachers that I looked back on and gave me motivation to write when I believed I couldn’t and a famous quote that encourages people to keep writing no matter what, then look back on it later and add to it or make changes or whatever you need to do. I wrote that paper to motivate kids who have constant writers block to keep it going and
think of things in the past that could help them with their writing. To revise this paper, the first thing I did was to change the target audience of who I was trying to reach out to. I decided to write this paper for teachers because they often have students who have a bad case of writer’s block and don’t even know it or just plainly don’t believe in it and think students are being lazy.