Reflective Essay

Topics: Rhetoric, Writing, Surrogacy Pages: 3 (1122 words) Published: March 31, 2014
Reflective Essay
This semester in 1010 has definitely been challenging for me, but I have learned a great deal. Although I’m not a fan of writing papers, I do have to agree it has helped me increase my knowledge in English composition. Before this semester, I had no clue in the world what rhetorical skills were, and now I am writing a paper on them. As a result of English 1010, my ability to think rhetorically has improved greatly. This semester in English 1010, I have learned how to use attributions in my summary papers. When I first came into the classroom, I didn’t know what attributions were, better yet; I had no idea how to include them into my papers. An attribution cites the publication you are writing or referring to so your audience will know where you are getting your information. In my summary of I Won. I’m Sorry I provided a clean attribution at the beginning stating, “Bedford/St Martin’s published I Won. I’m Sorry. 2012 by Mariah Burton Nelson where she argues…” I learned from the format of summary’s what order attributions should present. They should start with the title, then author, publication, and last, publisher. This section really taught me how to present “the gist” of a summary and how not to babble on. I have also come to understand audience and how to incorporate them into my papers. Every paper this semester, such as rhetorical analysis and source evaluation, has taught me to effectively present my information to my audience. Every paper we wrote has had a different audience. It has ranged from an academic audience centered on Facebook to an audience centered on surrogate mothering. Audience plays a key part in everything we do in life, whether it is music, art, or writing a paper, we will always have an audience that is watching. In my argumentative paper on surrogate mothering, I describe, “These parents are wanting a child, and they should be guaranteed that their money and time would not be wasted because of one woman’s...
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