The goal of this exercise is to improve your use of the writing process by developing your skills as a thoughtful reader of your own writing and identifying areas on which to focus attention as you write and revise.
These questions are designed to make you reflect on your current process, to see where improvements can be made. We will use this form as a benchmark throughout the semester, so you will see similar questions again.
Read the list and consider briefly the effectiveness of your writing process in dealing with each item. Check the elements on the list about which you have questions or concerns. Check all that apply
When developing a project I have trouble
discovering or refining a topic
constructing a thesis
researching a topic
synthesizing and integrating research
deciding on a rhetorical strategy
becoming aware of an audience
I struggle with these mechanical or grammatical points of writing
transitions (between paragraphs or sentences)
sentence structure (run-on’s, comma splices, fragments, etc.)
paragraph structure (unity, topic sentences, etc.)
word usage (accuracy)
verb usage (verb tense, subject-verb agreement, passive voice, etc.)
pronoun usage (pronoun-antecedent agreement, consistent POV, etc.)
I struggle the most with the following points in writing
conciseness (eliminating wordiness)
Handling citations and evidence correctly (footnote & bibliography format in APA, MLA, etc.)
omitting inappropriate (i.e. sexist, racist, homophobic) language
academic or business writing conventions
Think back on your current writing process and write answers to the following questions
These questions are designed to make you reflect on your current process, to see where improvements can be made. We will use this form as a benchmark throughout the semester - so you might see similar questions again.
Briefly describe your process (i.e.how you prepare, what part you write first, how you revise)
How does your process with this assignment compare to other writing you’ve done?
What kind of writing do you find most gratifying?
What kind of writing do you find most challenging?
What kinds of feedback on your writing have you received from instructors, supervisors, peers, and other people who have responded to your writing?
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