Learning Journal Eight

Step One. .

I’ve learned so much during this quarter of UWP1Y. I was able to improve my writing by realizing that my first draft will always be shitty, but once I get past that point, I can use my knowledge on how to effectively revise my drafts. Before, I would be focusing on fixing spelling or grammatical error in my paper, but now I know to focus on content, organizations, audience, ect. first. At the beginning I struggled with keeping one topic in one paragraph, but through my mistakes, I was able to learn when to start a new paragraph for a different topic. I will be able to use this new skill in other classes that require writing.

I also learned about discourse communities. It’s important to know who your audience is in order to write accordingly. For instance taking the living picture narrative project, we had to write in the first person point of view, describing everything to how we saw it. As from the wikipedia entry, we had to write in a more professional standpoint, making sure we didn’t include the words “I”, “we”, “you”, ect. By knowing your audience, our writing will be more effective to the readers.

Overall, the most I’ve received from this class is confidence in my writing abilities. With every revision and new draft, I know that the paper was better than it was before. I shouldn’t be ashamed of my writing because there are chances to fix it and make it better.

Step Two.

(a) Writing process:

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(b)

In my writing process I create an outline after reading the instructions, which I had not done in my writing process at the beginning of the quarter. In addition, after I just start writing, trying to get everything down on paper first as opposed to trying to think of the perfect sentence to start. Then after I am finished, I will go back and revise, keeping in mind that each paragraph should contain one topic and making sure I have written clearly. Then at the end after fixing the major things, I will go back and check for spelling and grammar mistakes. Before I would revise and I wrote but now I wait till I am finished to go through my paper.

(c)

I still feel that writing is my weak point, but now I have more confidence in my writing. Before I felt that my first draft had to be perfect, which is why I spent so much time on trying to finish the first draft. But, know I know that it is easier to get everything down first, then revise. This has created less stress on me, because I’ve learned that everyone has shitty first drafts, even professional writers. I have come to appreciate writing more because it is a process you have to go through, but by focusing on the big parts of revision, it’ll yield a greater paper.

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Learning Journal Seven

Step Two.

This week in class we discussed the course goals and how we as a class have strengthen them. This quarter we have  learned many new things in writing, for instance, discourse communities, primary and secondary research, shitty first drafts, ect. With our strengthened skills we can now write better drafts for our upcoming e-portfolio. In addition, we had an activity in class where we took a block of text and edited it by adding spaces, commas, paragraphs, images, ect. I liked this activity because it allow us to use what we have learned in writing to revise this text in a way that makes it fun and easier for the reader to read.

Step Three. .

For my Wikipedia Entry revision plan, I will first start by reading through my whole paper after reading the comments I’ve received. With the comments in mind, I will be able to understand and see why certain areas are in need of revision. What I struggle with most is, trying to keep only one topic/idea in one paragraph. I will go through each paragraph one by one to make sure I add new paragraphs or combine paragraphs for each topic. After, I will add any more writing in areas that need it, like a description before I go into the subtopic sections. Finally, I will go over the whole paper to make sure everything flows and is organized. If I catch any grammatical errors or spelling error, I will of course fix those too.

Step Four. 

Wikipedia Revison Plan

  1. Number each one of my paragraphs and try to briefly summarize the paragraph
  2. Reflect on each section, determine if it contains more than one topic, ideas aren’t fully developed
  3. Combine or add new paragraphs for each idea written
  4. Reread and reflect on paper to see if everything flows
  5. Go over again to check for spelling or grammatical errors.

Podcast Project Reflection

Learning Journal Six

Step Two.

This week we didn’t have class. So in place of class time, we were assigned to go out and observe an area of our choosing for our podcast project. What I learned out observing is that it isn’t just what your eyes see but also what you hear, smell, and feel too. With all these different senses, I will be able to write my podcast script as if the audience is right there Continue reading

Learning Journal Five

Step Two.

This week in class we learned the difference between primary research and secondary research. Through Discoll’s article, she describes primary research as being done first hand. Based on the scientific method, researchers will hypothesize, observe and collect data, having the ultimate goal of learning something new that can be confirmed by others while also eliminating our own bias during the process. Secondary research is research done by taking other researcher’s articles, papers, journals and basing your research on theirs. However a law and Continue reading

Learning Journal Four

Step Two. 

During this week we learned about discourse communities, elements found in a typical Wikipedia page, and the importance of citing sources used. The online dictionary states that the word discourse means, “written or spoken communication or debate.” So discourse communities are a group of people who have a similar goal and expectation through the way they communicate. As a class we came up with all the elements that make up a Wikipedia page. In order to have a running Wikipedia page it must include: a title, table of contents, Continue reading