An introductory reflection letter or essay will appear on the second page, and may be copied directly onto the page or uploaded as a document. For quick reference, the instructions for this section are included below:
Part I. Introductory reflection letter or essay
The purpose of this opening reflection is to think back over the semester and re-examine with new eyes the communication work you’ve done in English 250 in order to assess your growth as a communicator using the WOVE modes. Write your overall reflection in the form of either an essay or a letter (addressed to your instructor or a future employer), using the questions below as a guide to help you generate ideas. (You don’t have to address all the questions and may add information not included in the questions.) Note: Whether you decide to structure your reflection as a letter or an essay, it should include an introduction, conclusion, and examples from your work.
- How have your composing processes become more sophisticated since you began the course?
- How do you go about generating initial ideas for pieces you’re composing, as well as the details and explanation needed to develop and support those ideas?
- How do you draft and revise your compositions?
- How do you use others (peers, instructor, friends, family, etc.) to assist you in making effective revisions?
- How have you improved your editing process? What are your typical problems with mechanics and what kind of progress have you made with these?
- Which of your composing habits have remained the same during this semester and why? Which have changed and why?
- What talents or strengths do you possess in the following areas?
- W—writing (context, substance, organization, style, delivery)
- O—oral (interviews, large group discussions, small group discussions, presentations, etc.)
- V—visual (Place or artifact analysis, brochure, etc.)
- E—electronic (word processing, e-mail content, ethical use of the Internet and electronic images, etc.)
- What new discoveries have you made in these areas?
- In which area(s) do you wish you’d been able to do more?