I have really enjoyed watching everyone’s presentations. I like how you get to learn about what everyone else’s community is about. They are always really interesting and I enjoying hearing about the different communities that everyone in the class have worked so hard on researching and writing their inquiry paper. It is crazy to think about how fast this semester has gone by. It was such a nice feeling when i finished my inquiry paper after being so stressed out about and spending almost all of the semester researching it. My community is modern-day slavery and before I started to research it I did not know much about it. I feel like it’s a good idea to always pick something that you find interesting and that you also do not know that much about because it keeps you interested while you are also learning something new at the same time. It is always a good idea to pick something you do not know about because then you will be constantly learning new things which is something you should always do. With my community I picked I have learned so much new things I did not know before. I was not aware that human trafficking happened within the United States which I think is something most people do not fully understand themselves and that it even is happening here in Chico which is really scary to think about. And now I feel very strongly about my community and feel like I should try to educate more people on the issue because that is one of the main issues with human trafficking that many people are not aware that it is occurring.
I have learned so much this past semester in our English 130 class. This class has been very helpful in teaching me how to become a better writer. In high school I did not have very good english teachers they mainly focused on grammar which is important but it dose not teach you how to write a good paper. I feel like I have learned so much more about my writing this year and the importance of a good thesis statement in a paper. I also really liked we had to start working on our research early on in the semester because I am a really bad procrastinator and will usually wait until the last minute to start working on a paper or assignment and this makes me be productive with my research. One other thing I really found helpful in this class was the peer responses because reading other students work and correcting it not on grammar but on how well is its unity and coherence and on whether or not there paragraphs flow well with each other is not just helpful to the writer but also very helpful for the corrector as well. When your are correcting someone else’s work you learn so much more about what needs to be done in your writing. I also really like that we go to tell the students and explain to them about what we said so they can have a better understanding of what they need to fix.
I forgot to say before about how important and helpful i found reading my peer responses. All of my group members did a really great job giving me good feedback they didn’t just critique my essay but they also gave me good ideas on what else i could do to make my paper better. With that feedback it really gives you a better idea of what you can write about especially when you have writers block or are not sure of what to write about.
I was also a little nervous about my peer response too. But after i turned my paper in and got my peer response back none of them were rude or anything like that everyone was nice and gave good helpful feed back. You will be surprised by how helpful their feed back will be actually. By getting four different perspective on your paper you receive so many good ideas.
i have to turn in my paper tonight by midnight, and im finding it really difficult to finish up my last paragraph. Ive been working on it so hard that i feel like im running out of ideas, and i definitely dont want that to happen. I have enough pages to turn in, so hopefully tomorrow ill receive the help i need in order to perfect this paper. Im a little bit nervous to hear what my group has to say, but im also excited because i know their input will help me see through the readers eyes.
My peer responses have given me a better idea on what needs to be fixed in my paper. Now i feel like I have a way better understanding of what ideas worked in my inquiry paper and which ones did not work. I have not yet started rewriting my inquiry paper but i have been brain storming some new ideas that my group gave me and plan on working on fixing my paper and finishing it up this week and weekend. The peer responses definitely helped me a ton with my paper. Also besides my group helping me with their peer responses but also i have learned a ton by doing peer responses they give you a better understanding of what an essay needs. What i found the most helpful with the peer responses is that they don’t just asked to grammatically edit a paper but to think deeper and look into the unity of a paper and how well their ideas fit together. These small details are what makes a paper amazing and by learning how to edit other student’s paper like this will also teach you a better way to look at your own papers from now on when editing them. Personally I now believe that after this class i have learned so much more about writing. It’s not just about the grammatical part of your writing but also about the unity and coherence without unity and coherence it does not matter how grammatically correct your paper is if it does not have unity and make sense then your readers will not be able to understand what you are writing.
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