In my final year of English class we are polishing up our writing skills along with becoming proficient. Comparing our skills to those from when we first came into high school, I can say although I am not the best writer, my skills have definitely improved. In our winter semester final for english we were instructed to write an essay about whether people are suitable for living on the road like our main protagonist in the book, Into the Wild written by Jon Krakaeur. Although it was a relatively easy to write out main ideas what I found difficult was to support those points with strong details that were still relevant to the topic.
For this unit it was based on whether people were suitable for life on the road. Along with reading the book we were instructed to do packets that asked us about the reading and questions regarding how we interpret the reading. The requirements for this essay were stated on a rubric that we were able to access to reference before submitting it. We had to display our opinion in 5-7 paragraphs and under a thousand words, with strong supportive evidence and also talk about the other side and why we believe our opinion. When I started the essay I already had some ideas that I wanted to write about but I failed to check if they were relevant to the topic. Throughout my process of writing the essay I moved around the order of my details to allow them to flow with the essay more smoothly and allow them to connect with each other. Throughout my high school career I have learned that I learn better and faster by doing more than seeing or hearing because getting hands on training is what sticks with me. With writing multiple essays I see where I struggle the most and I'm able to work on it and make them my strengths.
Connecting SLO's to this essay I would definitely say that I used creative and critically were able to help me create my points for this essay, how to order them, and to keep them somewhat relevant to the topic. I have yet mastered being a proficient writer but I definitely believe that I have been able to master my skills enough to prove that I have learned new skills and use them to my advantage. Nearing the end of our senior year I'm able to look back at all my essays and other class projects, each one these two SLO's stand out to me and are ones that I've most used outside outside of school. Although I had all the information I needed to write my essay and prove all my points I could've done more research to go more in depth and further explain my opinion. With that being said, I could have been more creative with my points to sort of give myself an opening to talk about different ideas that still support my claim.
In my english classes I've mainly learned how to stand with my opinion and give evidence to prove why my opinion is right and the evidence to back that up. Time management skills is another strong skill I've learned and although I have yet to master it, I have learned the importance of it. In the field I want to go in it is definitely important to be able to write down reports and write them properly to my superiors expectations. Regardless of that, in college I want to excel in my work and graduate with relatively good grades.