Due on Turnitin.com before our final class. Worth 10% of your final grade — doing really well on this can make a big difference.
The official STW syllabus states:
In this essay, students make arguments about how their writing has improved, using course objectives, specific quoted examples from your STW work, and analysis of those examples.
This essay is a persuasive essay, demonstrating your mastery of everything you have learned about MLA style, a good thesis statement that advocates a debatable position that a rational person could disagree with; evidence that demonstrates how your argument overcomes objections (the opposing views); supporting paragraphs that advance your main argument, and a conclusion that does more than restate the thesis.
The evidence that you use will include direct quotations from your own work, arranged to demonstrate that you have learned important course concepts (review the syllabus for ideas).
- The paper requires you to quote from your STW assignments. (I also encourage you to draw from Moodle activities, emails, the syllabus, the textbook, or your classroom notes.)
- The paper requires you to use course objectives (as presented in the syllabus).
- The paper requires you to analyze (a more complex intellectual task than summary, definition, or application.) Review Bloom’s New Taxonomy.
- The paper requires you to make an argument about how you improved (and proving that argument would involve quoting from an earlier assignment that illustrates a problem, and a later assignment that demonstrates your progress).
Focus in detail on a few important examples, rather than fill the paper with a long list of flat references or general statements.