BACKGROUND INFO: IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ
I am attaching about 4 files to this assignment so you can have something to make reference to. These are all the works I submitted to the instructor in this class. This is an English Composition II class that requires writing only. So, this assignment requires that you write a letter to the instructor, reflecting on your experience in this class as a student, and evaluating her as a teacher. It is important that you write about what you learned and whether or not your writing skills improved. There is a sample letter below this assignment that she presented to us. Please read the sample letter to give you an idea of what she expects… Please do not plagiarise! I will check the answer with the software on this site and am submitting immediately to TURNITIN. If your work contains plagiarism, I will come back for you. 🙂 Thanks
These are the works that I attached to this post and the week I submitted each of them. I am including these info to help you reference the unit to the paper in your letter to the instructor.
UNIT 1:Introductory Essay
UNIT 3: Summary/Critical Response (Major Paper #1)
UNIT 4: Letter to the Editor–Problem/Solution (Major Paper #2)
UNIT 6: Persuasive Research Paper (Major Paper #3)
Final Letter to the Instructor
In this letter, you will be:
- reflecting on your experiences in this class.
- You will be honing your skills of evaluation and justification–and
- you will be giving me valuable feedback about our course.
- Write a 2-3 page letter to the instructor evaluating this course and your progress this semester.
- Please use examples and explanation to justify your evaluation.
You may discuss any of the following in this letter:
*Your strengths and weaknesses as a writer, and how these may have changed or your awareness of these may have been altered.
*The essay that you are most pleased with
*The essay that you are least pleased with
*The difficulty level of the various essays you completed for this class
*The format of this class
*The quality of lecture notes, instructor feedback on papers, and other materials
*The helpfulness of the textbook
Though this letter is to be addressed to the instructor and it will provide me with valuable feedback, the real point of this paper is for you to reflect on this semester—how the course did (or did not) help you grow as a writer and prepare yourself for other writing assignments you may have in the future.
Sample Letter to the Instructor
The reason I took this class was simple: I needed it to graduate. To be honest, I’d never liked writing much and didn’t expect to enjoy this experience. However, it was much less painful than I feared and I did learn a great deal. In this letter, I will be discussing what was most and least helpful in the course. I will also discuss my own progress and what I got out of this class.
The most helpful aspects of this course for me were the lecture notes and the instructor’s comments on each of my papers. The lecture notes broke all of the concepts and assignments down into simple terms and steps that were easy to understand. And you gave me great feedback on all of my papers, pointing out my strengths (which helped to build my self-confidence as a writer) and offering specific suggestions for further improvement.
The textbook was probably the least helpful thing for me, but then I’ve always found it hard to make myself actually read textbooks. However, I must say
that I really did appreciate the approach this course takes to the textbook: The textbook is a tool. Rather than reading the whole book (including a lot of stuff
that wouldn’t apply to what we were doing), our reading assignments were very focused and always applied directly to the assignment we were working on.
The assignments I enjoyed most were those in which I had total discretion
in terms of my topic. So the letter to the editor and the persuasive research paper were my favorites. Perhaps, as a result, these were also my two strongest papers
in the course.
In my letter to the editor, I discussed the problem of animal neglect and abandonment and proposed a solution, which I called GET TOUGH.
(This solution included several steps, but the real key to my solution involved using the community for outreach and involvement in ensuring animal rights). As I work in an animal shelter, this issue hits very close to home to me. Plus, it was easy to get all of the information that I needed to be specific. My passion came through, and that heart-wrenching story about the basset hound we found in shock would have gotten to any reader.
In my persuasive paper, I focused on the importance of spaying or neutering your pets. This issue was, of course, very much connected with the topic of my letter to the editor. Animal abuse and neglect would be greatly lessened if there weren’t so many unwanted puppies and kittens being born to people who can’t take care of them and don’t wish to do so. I opened up the paper with a series of questions, which I think helped catch the readers’ attention. And I had a great number of facts such as the current stats–local and nation–regarding unwanted
pets and annual pet birth rates.
My weakest paper was the summary and critical response. I hated that article! As a result, I fould it very difficult to remain objective in the summary, and
I found it hard to keep myself from just going off on a rant against the author in the critical response. I wanted to keep including words that gave away my position in the summary (such “As the author tries to argue . . ” or “The last point in her
useless rant . . . “). These were inappropriate, of course, so I had to edit them out. And, as I mentioned, in the critical response, I wanted to just talk about how much I disagreed rather than focusing on whether or not the article was successful
as a piece of writing.
According to our syllabus, this course is designed to teach us how to compose purposeful writing as well as the nature of argumentation, critical thinking, and persuasive writing in particular. The course taught me all of those things, but it also taught me something else. This course taught me that I can be a successful writer and that persuasive writing skills are going to continue to be important for
me–in other classes, in my career, and in my personal life in my community.
Words are, indeed, powerful tools. Thanks for teaching me how to use