1. Final Essay revision tips
- Remember the secondary title as you consider the purpose of the essay: An I-Learn Essay. The essay should be about your learning experience more than it is a rhetorical analysis. Through your engagement with the readings, the class discussions, the attempt at analyzing an “everyday text,” you should have picked up information about yourself as a learner. The purpose of this essay is to explore those ideas.
- Write about what is transferable as that will make the purpose of the essay more significant: The essay should address what you will take from this learning experience into your next one. Academic work is about taking a theory, such as rhetoric, and applying it. You will do this over and over in the future. Tell your reader what you’ve discovered about yourself as a learner from this assignment and how you will take it into your future classes.
- Create an argument based on what you have learned about yourself as a learner: The essay should argue for how you learn. It may not be a perfect way of learning, but it is where you’re at now. Again, if you found something that is transferable to other learning situations, that will make for a stronger argument. Use your rhetorical analysis as evidence or as an example of your learning; the same would be true for how you interacted with the readings.
- Develop a persona that is curious and open to learning: The essay should be a celebration of yourself as a learner, not a slough that your readers have to force themselves to get through. To some degree, approach this essay as a scientist whose subject is you and how you learn. Don’t spend a lot of time criticizing yourself or telling your reader what went wrong. Instead, look at your behaviors as leading you to be successful, which you are. You’re about to pass this course. Write like it.
- Imagine an audience that is deeply interested in you as a learner. The essay should feed the reader’s desire to see you find something meaningful in the assignment. Your reader is rooting for your success. They want to better understand this journey that for the most part went unseen by everyone else. They want to be let into your world.
2. Editing your essay
- Main idea: Always coming back to what is important
- Paragraphs: Mini essays with distinct sections
- Sentences: Structure, variety
- Word choice: meaning, rhythm
- Sources/Citations/Works Cited: Check the details
1. Draft Final Essay
Where to post your essay:
- Log on to MyCI and go to CIDocs
- Click on the Shared with Me folder on the left side of the screen.
- Find the English 105 folder I shared with you and open it.
- Find the folder labeled Final Essay and open it.
- Click on the new button then scroll down and click on Google Docs to create a new doc.
- Click on “Create and Share” when the pop up “Create in a Shared Folder?” comes up. Everyone in the class has access to everyone’s documents. Often, classmates will read and comment on other classmates’ draft entries.
- Name the doc using your first name (e.g. Clifton’s Midterm).