Experiential-Learning Document and Rhetorical Analysis: Rough Outline

Okay, so you have done a lot of the initial work for getting started on your ELD in Learning Module 9 and Learning Module 10! So, let’s come up with a rough outline that gets you started on reflecting about your learning throughout the semester.

Go back to what you have written in LM9 and LM10 and comment below with a possible outline for how your ELD might be organized. Review the prompt, especially this part:

  1. What I hoped to learn/do (What were my expectations, what were my original plans, what skills did I hope to develop?)
  2. What I did (What I wrote/made, what steps I took to complete the tasks, what went very right, what went very wrong?)
  3. What I learned (What I’d do differently next time, what I can’t wait to do again, what I’ll never do again, what feedback was particularly useful?)
  4. Goals for my writing (What skills I want to develop; what habits I want to keep, change, or adopt; what information I need to learn; what types of writing I want to try; AND THE MEANS by which I will attempt to realize these goals. In other words what is my plan—i.e., goals + means to realize those goals—for my continuing writing? You can think here about goals in terms of next semester, writing in your major, writing in your personal life that you want to do, and writing in your potential career path)

Also consider other requirements, like having at least 3 direct quotes from your writing and spending at least 1 paragraph on writing from another classmate.

No obligation to use all or even any of what you have written so far in LM9 and 10! But, I hope there was something gained there to help get you started on writing a great ELD.

In a comment below, give me a rough outline of what you think you might talk about in each of the four main sections of the ELD as shown above.

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11 thoughts on “Experiential-Learning Document and Rhetorical Analysis: Rough Outline

  1. 1. In the first section I would like to talk about how I wanted to overall change my writing style to be more efficient and to avoid making mistakes when I tend to add fluff to my writing.
    2. In this section, I will talk about the numerous QSR’s and Reading Annotations that have allowed me to progress as a writer and analyzer of other people’s work. Also mentioning the groups and how they have helped.
    3. I will mention the things that we were taught during in class lectures and the work we would do in breakout rooms and how it allowed for a community to be built among students. I will make sure to get the best annotations for things that I read.
    4. I will talk about what I expect for the next English course and how I expect to reach this level of writing I think I can achieve. I will also mention how this course has been able to meet some of my goals and has allowed me to reach the bigger ones.

  2. 1. transition from high school English to college English, framework for writing, writing habits, writing methods.
    2. Literacy narrative, rhetorical analysis, research paper, writing sessions, writing schedules
    3. Feedback for my major writing pieces, planning from start to finish, writing without a plan (which I’ll never do again)
    4. Writing sessions, planning, persuasive writing, the skills I’d like to develop to make my writing more persuasive.

  3. In part 1, I intend to talk about how I set a goal to become a more effective writer in the sense that my writing would have to be as entertaining as it is informative.
    In part 2, will highlight how I have been trying to improve the manner in which I express myself through word arrangement and sentence clarity because this allows my voice and style to come out more strongly.
    In part 3, I will outline how the feedback provided to me by my peers and my professor have helped me to achieve progress especially in regard to the above stated goals and objectives.
    In part 4, I will explain the areas that still remain a challenge and provide possible solutions that would enable me overcome them and become the effective writer I set out to be at the beginning of the semester.

  4. 1. At the beginning of this class, I really hoped that I would be able to give a reason to my writing. What I mean by this is I wanted it to fee like I was writing for more that just the fact that an assignment was due
    2. I do believe that I gave reason to my writing. The topic I was writing about and the arguments I made had to do with things that I cared about. This really made me feel like I was contributing to something when I was writing. It also made me feel like I was learning more about myself and about the world as I wrote
    3. I learned that no matter what, I need some sort of deadline if I want to get something done. Even if it is something that I care about and am passionate about, I won’t get anything done if their isn’t a deadline.
    4. One goal for my writing in the future is to be more artistic with my writing. While I do like that I have a natural flow when I write, (it feels just like how I would actually speak) I think it would be nice to improve my rhetorical skills to make my writing more unique.

  5. 1. I hoped to just get through my work, and pick up better sentence organization skills, better word choice, and learning how to write better under a specific genre
    2. I wrote the Literacy narrative in the letter format, proud of rhetorical analysis as a blog post, and research paper.
    3. I learnt the I actually enjoy writing about things I care about, and on the way gained skills for writing within a genre, better word choice and organization, and improved on my revision skills.
    4. Some goals I have for next semester and life is to continue to build on my skills and write within different genres, read more and analyze texts, become more efficient in my writing and revision.

  6. My goals at the beginning of the semester were to write more, share my work with more people/ be more outgoing, and finish my assignments earlier than I normally would (Basically don’t procrastinate). Later on in the semester, I added “Make my sentences flow better, and work on sentence structure”. Overall, I feel I have improved in all areas I wanted to improve on. I pushed myself and wrote more than I normally would; I did my best to exceed the minimum word count and be more detailed in my writing. I was a part of a writing group and voiced my opinions regularly. I rarely submitted any late assignments, and although I had a few technical difficulties, I did not let that stop me from submitting my assignments. In addition, I feel my sentence structure and the way I write has improved greatly. I learned how to manage my time and be more productive/ efficient. I want to continue on my path towards perfecting my writing, as I have done a decent job at improving thus far. To conclude, I reached my writing goals I set for myself and have improved as a writer overall.

  7. 1. I wanted to learn how to deliver my main argument -thesis- to my audience and to d it effectively with the correct conventions of the genre and situation.
    2. On my second draft I usually asked myself “what am I writing about?” to have an idea of how to write my thesis explicitly instead of vaguely
    3. I would use examples of thesis used in my rhetorical analysis drafts as well as in my research paper. Also Thesis- argument and argument-evidence connection
    4. probably keep working on sentence structure and the correct utilization of genre. Strengthening my academic writing is critical given the career I want.

  8. 1) I hoped to have learned more about the meaning of writing and how it can have an impact on a reader. I wanted to explore the importance of how a writer writes and what approaches he/she should take to create a paper that could inspire others. (Structure, Genre, Sources, Etc.)
    2) Overall, I believe I have done some good writing in this class. I took my time and outlined everything out first. I definitely feel like my Rhetorical Analysis was not t=my best work but I did pick a confusing topic to analysis and get my point across. Other than that, I enjoyed my Literacy Narrative, my QSR’s and my Research Paper.
    3) I have learned to structure my writing in a way that will best suite my intended audience. I have learned to be more decisive when I revise my work (which is struggled with in the beginning).
    4) My goals are to continue to impact others with writing as much as I can and improve my skills when analyzing and not summarizing. This was the first year I was introduced to rhetorical analysis so I feel like I can put too much pressure on myself.

  9. 1. My mindset going into the class and my relationship with writing before this class.
    2. How my very first paper in the class went (ex. my process) and what I thought about the feedback
    3. What I learned and started doing differently
    4. How things ended up, my lasting thoughts, and what I will carry with me

  10. 1. My original goals were to effectively implement feedback, leaving my assignments with room for revision, improving word choice and vocabulary. In the Oct 6 LM, I also stated readability and incorporating personal details for a narrative. In the Nov 6 LM, I added working on macro-structure and building around the strongest parts of evidence and analysis.
    2. I think I met all of these goals to my best ability with the big projects. I was overall more conscious of cohesion and word choice in revision. The weakest part is still macro-structure but I think what is working best for me is building inside-out.
    3. I learned from the writing group feedback and official feedback was that I had issues with readability. At first, I neglected to vary my sentence content and to appropriately put my own personality into my writing. I would also make paragraphs too long with too much information. I later had to listen to educational videos that I liked to understand how to convey information without losing your unique voice.
    4. The biggest goal for the future is finding more ways to keep my writing interesting. I know that story-telling and emotional engagement are important tools, especially because I paid attention to the presidential primary. Sometimes people will pay attention to you because of how you’re saying something rather than the content of your speech. I imagine that if I go into IT consulting or business strategy analysis that my audience might not be the most technically knowledgeable, so it would be important to convey the big ideas while keeping everyone interested and engaged. This is also good to keep in mind for any public speaking I would have to do, whether it’s in a board room or for a bigger audience.

  11. 1. Transition of writing goals during the semester. Writing from the beginning of the semester and what goals I had originally.
    2. Writing at the end of the semester. Any improvement or anything that needs more progress?
    3. What I took away as a student in terms of viewing writing through another lens
    4. My writing goals for the future and how the skills from this class will help me attain them.

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