UNIT VIII JOURNAL:
You have completed EH 1010! In as much as reflection is a genre, it is also an action—one of the most important actions of the writing process. Writing a reflection does not mean that you focus on what you would have changed or what you may have failed at doing; instead, a reflection should be a holistic assessment of an experience so that you can apply those lessons to the next experience.
You have written three essays for this course. Please reflect upon your experience in EH 1010 by addressing the following questions. You do not have to address all of them or address them in order.
- What was your most successful essay in this course? You may want to judge that based upon your instructor’s assessment, but it would be more beneficial for you to base this upon what you feel is your best work. What was it that made this essay so successful for you?
- What kinds of elements do you consider when thinking about what makes a successful essay? After listing some of those attributes, how does your “most successful” essay match up with these elements? In what ways does it fall short?
- What did you consider to be your least successful essay? Why do you think that it was not successful?
- What would you have done differently when writing that least successful essay? In thinking about what you would have changed, did you really have the opportunity to make that change at the time? Why, or why not?
- What have you learned about the writing process? What is your writing process? How has the emergence or, at least, definition of that process changed how you write, if at all?
- What was your favorite thing that we did in the course? Why? What was the least appealing thing we did in the course? Why?
Your response should be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.
UNIT VIII ESSAY:
Expository Essay Final
Revise your 1000-1500-word expository essay about a topic of your choice in the style described within Units VI and VII.
Purpose: Throughout Units VI and VII, we have discussed the conventions of the expository essay. The purpose of this assignment is to measure your mastery of those conventions by putting your knowledge to practice. For this assignment, you will practice the skill of careful revision and refinement of your work as sometimes re-envisioning your writing can be more difficult than writing the essay the first time. However, to make your writing the best that it can be, you must practice the skills of editing and revision.
Process: For the expository essay, you will complete the following steps:
- Revise and edit: See Unit VIII, Lesson 1, for techniques.
- Read through your paper looking for structural concerns: See Unit IV, Lesson 5, for more on structural concerns. Be sure that you are satisfied with your paper as a whole before you do any detailed editing.
- Read through your paper looking for grammar and stylistics: See Unit IV, Lesson 5, for more on grammar and stylistics. You may need to read your essay aloud or have someone else look over the essay to find all of your mistakes and awkward phrasings.
- Submit a Writing Center request using the Writing Center Request Form in the student portal (optional). Have one of CSU’s trained Writing Specialists read through your essay before submission.
Stylistic details: All essays must meet the following requirements:
- Include 1000-1500 words.
- Write in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font.
- Include one-inch margins on all sides.
- Use double spacing (top-to-bottom every page, to include above and below titles and centered words).
- Include an APA title page (for all essays) and reference list that includes all of the sources used in the essay.
- Include a header.
- Include page numbers (upper-right corner only).
- Adhere to APA convention and documentation style (See the CSU citation guide for assistance.).
- At least one source is required. All sources used must be cited.