Reflection on a semester of reading and writing

Dear Mrs. Dille,

When i first started writing i did not know how big of an impact ethos, logos and pathos had on an essay. I just thought i was suppose to write about facts only. I now know that making your audience get into their feelings as well as making yourself credible can turn your 80 grade essay into a 100. As a reader i am impatient because i want to get into the good parts of a story. As a writer i am unfocused because i tend to get easily distracted.

When i started this course i absolutely could not stand writing. I hated it. And i still hate it. Ever since i was young i never enjoyed to write. Mainly because i would rather show and discuss with someone my argument rather than write it and not be able to get all the information and points across. However my approach to writing has changed. I now use ethos and pathos more in order to keep my audience interested. Im most proud of the video Chris and I produced. We were able to get all our points in our argument across by demonstration.

Ive always been neutral about reading. It usually depends on the book if i get into it or not. Ive started to look at the books or articles more differently. I think about what the author is trying to make me feel as well as think about. My favorite book so far that i have read this semester is The Absolute True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. This book is my favorite so far because it makes me laugh. I enjoy the humor as well as the adventure.

For me not being the biggest, or any fan of writing, i feel as though i did rather well in this class. My essay on Bernie Sander, my op-ed on why Marvel is better than DC, my video and my other writings on my blog really showed my progression as a writer in this class. I would try to build my credibility more if i were to take this class again. Next semester i plan to get organized and take more time to do my writings. A suggestion would be to have more video based projects or speech related ones in order to get the actual feel of having an audience.

Sincerely your favorite student,

Michael Flores


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