Through the first quarter, the English classes have worked on dissecting and analyzing literature and have focused on determining the themes of stories. After this, we were assigned to write about a time in our lives that changed us as a person using various writing techniques. My final product can be viewed here.
I believe that the product that I’ve produced is satisfactory. I attempted to incorporate as many writing techniques that we learned into my piece, and I think I did a decent job at using them. I’m proud of the work I’ve completed, though there are a few things I wish I would’ve edited or changed to make more sense or sound better. Throughout my story, my use of repeated time jumps I find can often be hard to follow, and an improvement in transitions would help to bridge these paragraphs together. In addition, I could’ve gone through my writing and reworded or rearranged multiple sentences to build the paragraph better. One writing element I could improve on is dialogue. I always struggle finding places where dialogue could fit rather than a sensory description, but I also feel that the writing stations beforehand helped me improve me writing greatly.
There were many steps throughout this writing process. The checkpoint I found most useful was the Brainstorm Narrative. It allowed me to recall any changing moments in my life. What amuses me is that I missed a big time of my life, which I ended up writing about. I didn’t think of said moment until I started my first draft, and I surprised myself by how long it took me to think of it. Of the checkpoints, I personally enjoyed the drafts, as I got to be as creative as I wanted and incorporate numerous writing techniques. My favorite is imagery/sensory language because using an extensive vocabulary to describe a setting is simply enjoyable to me. The least helpful checkpoint was the Narrative Outline, not that it wasn’t useful, but that I hadn’t decided on something to write about, so my outline was vague. I believe all the steps in the writing process are vital, but some are more helpful than others.
The Fairview Advantage skills that I used in this project were Collaborate, Create, Investigate, and Reflect. During the writing of our first and second drafts, our class buddied up to revise, review, and edit one another’s work. By collaborating with my buddy and discussing ways to improve our writing, I used the Collaborate skill. Create was used in the creation of my final essay. I created multiple drafts in order to get to the final, as well as many steps beforehand in brainstorming and outlining. I used Investigate and Reflect mostly when I was brainstorming. I had to reflect on myself as a person to see what moments of my life really changed me, and investigate a few moments to see which one I thought was best suited for this project. Lastly, I’m reflecting on my work as I write this now. There are many other skills that went into this project, but these are the main four that I can reflect on.