Cover Letter - Lander Hall Box Seattle WA 98105 Melissa...

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Lander Hall, Box Seattle, WA 98105 December 11, 2006 Melissa Baty-McGovern English Department University of Washington Box 354330 Seattle, WA 98195-4330 Dear Ms. Melissa: My name is Brian Lau and I am a freshman at the University of Washington. As the first term of my freshman year ends, I think it is safe to say that I’ve truly learned a lot about college writing. When I first entered the English 131 classroom here at the UW, I was thinking that it would be difficult and that I would slowly learn to adapt. I was wrong. Unlike high school, where you would read a book, write a one page summary as a rough draft and then write another page to make it a final draft, college writing is completely different. There is this new process that involves revision after revision. And this revision isn’t checking for spelling and grammar errors, it requires reanalyzing the text several times in order to further enhance a papers’ claims. I now realize that a paper can never be finished. There is always some type of revision to be done. As you read through this portfolio, it will be easy to see how the development of my writing from high school to college has progressed. I remember on the first day when the “Lister & Wells Close Reading” was assigned and I truly had trouble understanding the concept of a close reading and making a claim. You can clearly see that my Close Reading essay did not consider any type of audience in my tone. I’m not going to try and say that I’ve become an expert at writing, but as you read my portfolio, you’ll notice that this class has had an influence on my writing. Once you begin to read my essays and see the revisions I made, it will be evident that I’ve spent a lot of time and effort on my portfolio.
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