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Rauh 1 Carsten Rauh ENGL 1010-018 Dr. Jeffrey Greenwell August 2, 2015 ENGL 2010 Reflective Essay English 2010 was a good opportunity to further my talents as a writer. All four assignments required a different writing style. Writing in multiple genres gave this class a well- rounded approach in its instruction. The memoir, evaluation, position argument, and public service announcement all needed different approaches in tactics, style, and presentation. Writing a suitable argument to fit different writing situations expanded my abilities to apply different writing techniques and appropriately respond to the criteria of each writing assignment. Our first writing assignment was a memoir. This assignment allowed me to experience a style of writing that I was unfamiliar with. Usually college writing assignments are data or fact driven, but this paper required a different kind of research. To find writing material for a memoir, outside sources became unnecessary. The only place to find valid information was to do research on oneself. This includes what you experienced, how you felt at the time and provided specific sensory details. Being able to put the reader in your scenes and through words paint a picture that adequately describes your surroundings through sound, smell, taste, and sight required a good imagination and very detail heavy writing. The memoir required me to recount a personal experience of significance and to connect relating events of that experience with clear transitional phrases to show how events related to one another. Writing in a style that is creative and required me to be the narrator to my own experience was both fun and helpful to my writing. Rauh 2 My memoir essay was about a kind of spiritual awakening. In it I described my experience quite effectively, but it had a somewhat awkward beginning. I decided to focus my revision on this aspect. Rather than starting my story in the middle of my camping trip, I decided to include some context about how I got to this point in my life. I believe by providing relevant background information, the story I tell in the essay was strengthened. The second writing assignment in this class was an evaluation. This is something that I and probably everybody else is quite familiar with. I love reviews and just about everything I purchase or do is done after other people’s evaluations are considered. Having to write an objective assessment was quite a different experience than reading one. I had to first choose something to evaluate and then decide on who my audience was and how to most effectively address them. After having chosen my subject (a knife) I had to do extensive research and decide what information was relevant to the reader. I chose a certain set of criteria that included build quality, use of materials, look, and as an historical object. I then presented the reader with a fair assessment. I decided to add a little more background story to the review of the knife by presenting a history of both the ...


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