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Unformatted text preview: My experience in WR!50 was nothing like I expected. I imagined myself to be this amazing writer with clear progression from WR100. However, this was not the case. If anything, WR150 was a realization to how important the fundamentals were for writing. Through Paper 1, 2 and 3 I wanted to improve my ability to contribute profound ideas, however, I wrestled with the ability to even come up with an argument. Despite the fact that I didn’t progress much through my papers, I learned a lot. I found new ways to dissect arguments from scholars, outline my own arguments, and find similarities and differences between my ideas and other people’s. More so than high school, I understood the importance and meaning of everything going back to the basics. 7 Jung Self-Assessment Linda Jung WR150 – A1 January 23, 2012 My writing has never been something I was particularly confident about nor did I excel in it either. But it definitely has undergone major improvement over the last several years of my career as a student. The serious writing instruction began when I was a freshman in high school. My teachers taught the basic structure of essays and how they should be written. Since then, I learned more and more in detail about how my essay should be structured throughout the following three years. It started off with a three-part formula to body paragraphs: claim, evidence, and warrant. I was told the distinct difference between the three and how they each should be used to prove my thesis. In addition, I was told that the introduction should lay the foundation for the paper and the conclusion should answer the big, underlying question of my paper: “So what?”. From there, I slowly gained more knowledge on writing “acceptable” essays. I dove into the idea of an essay being structured like an hourglass – the essay would being with a universal thought, narrowing in on the specific thesis of the essay, and then concluding on a universal idea at the end again. One of the final things I learned was qualifying my argument. That is, introducing, briefly, the argument against my thesis and then stating my objections to that idea or reinforcing my original stance on the topic. Going into Writing 100, I would say that my basic understanding of how to write an essay was fairly good and that I had somewhat of a strong foundation. WR100 was where I really learned how to specify my argument and create a more convincing one as 8 well. My WR100 professor taught me a lot about primary and secondary sources and how to use both effectively in my writing. This was the biggest help in strengthening my abilities as a writer. Also, on a lower-order scale of things, I learned the proper way to cite different sources both in context of the essay and also in the bibliography. Out of everything I have learned thus far, I feel the most confident in supporting my arguments and claims However, I would like to be better at formulating a more clear, and concise argument claim as the basis of my paper. argument claim as the basis of my paper....
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