This is a formal, typed letter, beginning with “Dear Dr. Laville,” or “Dear Claire,” in which you reflect on your performance in the class. In what areas has your writing improved? What areas could still use some work? How do you plan to improve your writing and/or critical thinking skills beyond this class?
In particular, you may wish to discuss:
- grammar, spelling, punctuation, idiomatic phrases
- essay or paragraph organization
- claims/theses: precision, persuasiveness
- reading skills
- understanding the genres and discourse communities of university writing
- creativity and intellectual risk-taking
- responding to classmates’ work
Support your claims with examples from your own work, treating them just like source texts in a research paper. Refer to at least 2 writing samples (at least one should be from this class). Maybe the first one represents an old weakness or bad habit, and the second one shows your efforts to correct it. Or maybe one represents you playing it safe, and the other shows you taking a risk.
This is also a space to share your thoughts on the class in general. What exercises and readings were the most helpful? The least? I take these comments seriously, because I’m always thinking about ways to improve my teaching.
Length: at least 250 words.
Due by midnight on Sunday, August 2.
5 = Honest and careful self-reflection with specific examples from your own writing, in proper letter format, with grammar and style to the best of your abilities
4 = Honest reflection, but weak use of examples or vague descriptions (e.g., just “good” or “bad”)
2.5 = No specific examples and/or very sloppily written
1 = Personal attacks on me or your classmates
0 = Did not do the assignment