Sida 1 Dear Jessica, This class has been an interesting experience, a decent refresher from past experiences. I would not say that I have particularly learned more per say, rather this provided me with an opportunity to put to practice things I had rarely used prior. I would like to particularly note that I do not feel like this class has any impact on my personal theory of writing, that is a belief that is far too entrenched within my own mind to be change by any single course. That of course does not make this course a waste, I definitely am able to make use of things I have learned. To address the certain readings specifically, I enjoyed expanding my knowledge of writing strategies as we did during unit four. These were more about the strategies presented by Lessner and Craig, where I was able to practice different ways of getting started when writing, something that has cause me decent trouble throughout my life. This is contrast to things like Lamott’s method, because while it may solve one problem in my inability to get started, it relies on me being able to express lots of information quickly, something I cannot do well either. Beyond that I do not have any specific examples that have change my methodology of writing. My goals in revising theses two projects was to clean up the papers and make everything more understandable. In particular I went in with almost no intent to do content revisions on my unit four paper as I felt that I had the content that I wanted. In my revisions for unit two I was more varied in my direction, I wanted to focus primarily on cleaning up how I presented information but was also open to adding content. This is only to the comment and response essay, I do not feel that the analytical report warrants more than a quick passover to correct obvious flaws. In unit four I chose to start by going sentence by sentence through my conclusion and debated how beneficial each sentence was to me. In the end I decided that I wanted to remove one sentence that felt redundant and reword most of the others. In a more general sense I just spent time reviewing every sentence to improve clarity. Originally I was afraid of adding asides to the reader, but this time round I decided that certain phrases warranted it. Another thing I felt that I needed to fix was over explaining myself in certain earlier parts of the essay. I tried to explain quotes a bit better, but that was a minor improvement based on the changes I had made going from rough to final. The changes I made to my comment and response for unit two were focus on repurposing the content to better address the topic at hand. I have debated formally bringing in my own specific examples to counter Weitz, but I still rather not do so. My goal in my comment and response to to encourage further query by explaining why the situation couldn’t be so simple. To me, if I were to just throw in an example to counter it I would be forcing my writing to be more combatative rather than explorative. Because of this I chose to emphasize the sources I had
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