– Your instructor will be looking for an honest, detailed self-assessment of at least five coherent paragraphs(introduction, body with examples, conclusion).
– After you have posted yours, please engage at least two of your classmates in conversation about theirs.
Below are further details/requirements:
We can learn as much from reflection as we can from doing, so as the last element of your participation grade please post and discuss your thoughts about the process you went through to complete the final project and this class. In it, please assess your growth as a writer this semester. Some of the things you might want to cover:
Please think globally and explain what you believe you did right and what you did wrong in tackling your final story, what you liked about the project, and what you didn’t like about how your story turned out.
Please explain specifically what you revised in your final project as a result of the peer reviews and why; include quotes from your rough drafts and final product to illustrate your point. Explain at least three substantive changes that you made to your story as a result of the peer review process. Also, answer this: If you had more time to work on your story package, what would you continue to work on?
Take a few moments to reflect on the semester. Here’s what you were expected to have mastered:
* writing with the fewest possible words
* using easy-to-understand, plain English
* avoiding jargon and uncommon words
* crafting short sentences and paragraphs
* writing single-sentence summary news leads
* using the basic news values to select the most pertinent information for the lead
* using active voice
* following AP style
* perfecting grammar, punctuation and spelling
* writing in inverted pyramid style
* using transitions
* injecting relevant, colorful quotes into stories
* properly punctuating and attributing quotes
* conducting fruitful interviews
* researching the Internet and original interviews
* double-checking facts and getting them exactly right
* covering and writing about meetings and speeches
* choosing appropriate links for stories published online
* weaving a story rather than giving a report
* enhancing news stories for delivery online
Please think about the Try Its! exercises and their peer review sessions, your written assignments, and our other conversations over the course of the semester. What do you think you learned from the class? How has your writing changed?
Some other questions to consider:
What new strategies or approaches did you try out? How well did they work for you?
What challenges did you face and how were they similar or different from your previous writing experiences?
What kinds of revisions have you made in your writing process? In your writing style? To the way you gather information? To your revision process?
What did you particularly like about newswriting? What did you dislike?
What have you learned about yourself?
Also, what did you like about the way the course was presented? Did you have any “Ah, ha!” moments? What would you have liked to have seen done differently?
Your instructor will be looking for an honest, detailed self-assessment of at least five coherent paragraphs(introduction, body with examples, conclusion). Your reflection is due by Sunday. After you have posted yours, please engage at least two of your classmates in conversation about theirs.
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