The Reflective Essay
Since joining the class and over the last semester, I have been pursuing English as a subject consequently learning the importance of brainstorming, aspects of organizing prior to writing, revising and collaborating in writing. The subject has provided a gateway through which I have learnt the art of expressing myself, literature, grammar as well as the language itself. However, this did not come without its challenges. English being my second language, it took me a while to learn the ropes and comprehend the language as well as writing it. The English subject has endowed me with organization skills in the art of essay writing through imparting the use of thesis statements, topic sentences, introduction and conclusion paragraphs; as well as coherence techniques. Thesis statements are introductory statements at the beginning of the essay with the information aimed at guiding the reader on what the essay is on and the scope it aims to cover. A topic sentence is found at the beginning of a paragraph and encompasses points to be covered in the entire body of the paragraph. I learnt the important of coherence techniques in organizing as it arranges ideas into a logical and systematic order for example through the use of transitional terms as in the statement: The English language firstly teaches organization skills, secondly, grammar and finally sentence structure. In this case, transitional terms ‘firstly’, ‘secondly ‘and ‘finally’ have been used for coherence. I was also able to learn how to use the introductory and conclusion sentences in writing; where I learnt that introduction sentences are used to introduce the stem ideas in an essay while a conclusion statement is used for providing a summary of all the ideas that have been explained in the essay. Development skills were also impacted whereby the use of specific details and use of explanation in stories as evidence to support the statements was learnt. The details and the evidence...
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