Kurtz 1Tawny KurtzProfessor Douglas HuntENG 105-074 December 2019Writing Portfolio Reflection My first short essay was on a writing sample we completed after reading a short story titled It Is Always a Matter of Life or Death. This was the best essay to compare my writing skillsbecause we got to write it at the beginning of the semester, and then rewrite it at the end of the semester. I enjoyed bringing to my own attention what I thought my obstacles would be because I think it helped me address the situations immediately. I noticed my writing strengths greatly increased between the first and last writing of this short essay, such as having a better introduction, better sentence structure, and having an actual conclusion paragraph at the end withwell thought out sentences. I had more trouble with the first essay than I did with the last. Havingmore experience throughout the semester writing multiple different, longer essays, helped me to elaborate better on my thoughts and ideas. If I could work on this essay further, I would go into more detail on other obstacles that I find difficult, along with incorporating some of my strengths. I found being able to write this essay twice the most important part because I enjoyed comparing them. We did not get an opportunity for a memorable reaction as this was a shorter style essay, more so based on comparing our writing strategy and abilities. Professor Doug mentioned I brought up a good point about having a better conclusion paragraph, which many students had difficulty on with their first versus last paper.
Kurtz 2My second essay was titled Visuals of Labor Dayand this was one of the more difficult essays for me to write due to the emotional relation behind it. I did enjoy getting to tell part of our story about what happened that day, and I also enjoyed getting back in to actually writing a real, larger essay. English has always been my strength, so I find writing about most topics easy as long as I can relate in some way. Being able to pour my emotions into this specific essay allowed my strengths to come through and I found this the most important, even if this essay received the lowest grade. I also did not realize I could look at the feedback of the essays, which I realized shortly after. My troubles with this paper were with quoting and citing, as is always myissue. I do not put quotations in properly, or cite them correctly after the quote, or forget to put the period in the quote or outside of the quote, etc... It is endless. I also used the word “you” and contractions, which is not allowed. I learned my lesson quick. If I could work on this essay