RWA6: Re-Reading Your Autobiography

Re-Reading Your Autobiography
Professor Rodgers
College Writing

1. As you re-read your autobiography, please consider both the style and content of the writing.  What does the style of the writing tell you about the writer?  Please use specific sentences as evidence to support your observations. 

2. Based solely on this essay, put together a portrait of the person being written about.  What is he or she like?  What adjectives would you associate with this individual?  How complete or incomplete is this portrait based on your own day to day understanding of your personality and identity?  If it is incomplete, what would make it more complete?  If complete, why is it complete?, i.e., cite specific elements in the essay that make it a complete portrait of yourself.  

3. What are the strengths of this essay?  Please be specific, e.g., thesis statement, paragraph development, topic sentences, etc. 

4. What elements of the essay might need some work?  Please be specific, e.g., thesis statement, paragraph development, topic sentences, etc. 

5.  Reviewing this essay alongside Professor Rodgers' book, particularly pp. 10-13 and pp. 31-36, please respond to the following questions in whatever form, i.e., paragraphs, checklist, etc., you feel is most appropriate:  a/ What do you already know about college writing?; b/ What do you need to know about college writing?




RWA4: Re-Reading Your Autobiography

Re-Reading Your Autobiography
Professor Rodgers
College Writing

1. As you re-read your autobiography, please consider both the style and content of the writing.  What does the style of the writing tell you about the writer?  Please use specific sentences as evidence to support your observations. 

2. Based solely on the writing in this writing journal entry, put together a portrait of the person being written about.  What is he or she like?  What adjectives would you associate with this individual?  How complete or incomplete is this portrait based on your own day to day understanding of your personality and identity?  If it is incomplete, what would make it more complete?  If complete, why is it complete?, i.e., cite specific elements in the essay that make it a complete portrait of yourself.  

3. Though your writing journal entry may be only an early draft, or even possibly notes towards, an autobiographical essay, I’d like you to think a bit about this writing in the context of the structure of a college essay.  Please be specific, e.g., is there a working thesis statement, what is working or not working with regard to paragraph development, topic sentences, etc.  What structural elements of a college essay do you have questions about?  Please be specific, e.g., thesis statement, paragraph development, topic sentences, etc. 

4.  Reviewing this essay alongside Professor Rodgers' book, particularly pp. 10-13 and pp. 31-36, please respond to the following questions in whatever form, i.e., paragraphs, checklist, etc., you feel is most appropriate:  a/ What do you already know about college writing?; b/ What do you need to know about college writing?

5.  Finally, please write one page in which you reflect on your autobiography in the context of the Bunn essay and the personal essay that you chose to read.  Please refer to the handout “Writing About Texts” as you write about the Bunn essay, the personal essay, and your own autobiography.

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