Matthew ChisekProfessor Espinoza CTW 2March 10, 2014What did the CTW sequence help you achieve in terms of writing and critical thinking?Throughout this quarter, our class completed a variety of tasks that both personally im-proved my overall writing and critical thinking ability, and led me to become a more well-round-ed person in terms of my approach towards reading, evaluating other opinions, effectively form-ing a dialogue with a reader, and using external sources to my advantage. The first task that was asked of us was to read the essays, articles, and journals as pre-sented in the syllabus. These readings were always on topic, and prompted in class discussions tovoice our own opinions on the subject matter, as well as debate the opinions derived from the readings. The conversational style of discussion allowed for a comfortable forum to express dif-ferent ideas, without the tension produced from a more formal style. Accompanied with these readings, were critical reading logs in which we summarized and presented our opinions on the given topic. This ensured that we truly understood the central meanings of each reading, allow-ing for more in depth discussion in the class. Through reading the various works, presenting the central meanings behind them, and offering new insight, my critical thinking and writing abilitieswere developed substantially, especially due to the unique topic at hand. In addition, by listening to the opinions of my classmates on several topics, my understanding of the role of personal ex-perience in how an individual interprets different topics expanded as well.
The three essays assigned in the class prompted me to explore and develop my writing ability, as each topic required a different approach. The first personal essay lead to me try to es-tablish a connection with the reader, and in essence paint as clear of a picture for them as possi-ble. While normally my writing is centered on viewing popular issues with a critical lens, the de-velopment of personal writing was very helpful in reflecting on myself and past experiences. The