Unit Reflection and Response


Portfolio Final Assessment, College Writing Semester 1



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Unit Reflection and Response

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Which of your pieces was the most challenging to write? Give three reasons and explain.

I believe that the piece for college entry was the hardest to write. I had trouble coming up with who my hero should be, his/her qualities, and what kind of information I should write about that individual. Since there were so many people I consider ‘revolutionary and heroic’, I had trouble picking one person out. Also, I had trouble coming up with qualities that qualify them as heroes as well.

However, I believe I overcame this challenge and wrote a piece that accurately reflects my thoughts and feelings.

Which of your pieces was the most enjoyable to write? Give three reasons and explain.

The most enjoyable piece to write was the Novel Review. Firstly, the book itself was very interesting to read. Second, I had lots of fun trying out different styles of writing on this piece, and third, I had fun using magic threes. The book itself spawned a lot of thoughts in me, as the main character in the book was very easy to relate to.

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a writer?

I believe I have a very traditional writing style, with some moments of excellence and glamour. Grammatically, there are few to no mistakes. However, my writing are sometimes very dull and oriented to a certain type of reader, rendering it boring for another reader. I can combat this by being more rounded in my writing, including and incorporating other styles of writing into my own style.

What have you done to develop your strengths and minimize your weaknesses as a writer? How successful do you feel you have been?

I experimented with different writing styles as a writer to minimize my weakness, and by doing so, developed my strengths as well. I feel I have improved by a significant margin since 9th grade in terms of writing excellence.

What kind of future career or field of study are you considering? What kinds of writing might be important in this career or field? Explain, giving specific examples.

I am interested in careers such as scientists and economists. Professions dealing with these topics require me to write research papers, which are formal and very oriented towards a specific group of readers.

What advice would you offer the College Writing teachers as they plan this unit for next year? What might be some additional pieces of writing to add and why? How was the timing and pacing? Did you receive enough feedback? Did you receive enough instruction and input so you knew how to do each assignment? You can make specific comments about specific assignments here. What did you like or not like and why? What would make this unit more student-friendly, provide more learning, or make it more interesting?

Honestly, I have enjoyed the course so far! However, I believe there should be more opportunities for students to showcase their work in person (rather using a wordpress blog), so the writer can connect with their readers specifically.

I have learnt many different styles of writing (formal and non-formal), and can apply that to my life of future years.

I would like to write some pieces that are fictional.



Peer Feedback Comments



Jonathan Yan – ‘What gets you fired up’

Your essay is quite short – a bit too short in my opinion. There isn’t a clear beginning, middle, or end. You made your point across, however, you did so without any feelings or surprises – I felt this piece is one of your weaker ones, as there is not as much color as other pieces.

Jonathan Tai – Opinion Piece

Your opinion pieces are very crisp, precise, and on the point. Although harshly worded, you communicate your point very clearly. Word choices and sentences structures can be improved (add more descriptive and creative words and structures), but overall, it was fairly enjoyable!

Isaac Lall – Opinion Piece

I really like the use of a rhetorical question in your essay. I reflects your point of view of this topic very clearly. Your first sentence grabs the reader’s attention easily, as well. This piece ends with a suggestion, giving the reader advice, which further creates a personal feeling to the writing. Overall, good job!

Aidan Tong – Descriptive Essay

This essay was very easy to read as it flowed from one event to another. Your description of the penalty shoot-out was very crisp and did what it needed to do – paint a picture in the readers’ mind. I enjoyed this piece very much. Well done and good job!

Isaac Lall – What makes you come alive

This piece might be one of your weaker ones. Sentence structure varies from great to poor, as words are placed incorrectly in sentences. Also, word choices were quite poor, as there were no ‘surprises’ or colorful words in this piece. However, this piece ends on a good note – advise to the reader connects them to the writer, and that is quite important.