22nd August 2013
This week, I learned about what the academic writing is, the seven steps of the writing process and what the topic sentence is. I’ve never learned about them in Japan, so it was really valuable and interesting for me. I would like to study more about writing and improve my writing skills. In today’s class, I could understand the paragraph structure, but it was difficult for me to find which the topic sentence is. If I make sure what the topic sentence is and understand how to make paragraph structures greatly, I will be able to know how to write an essay academically. Also, I learned about the seven steps of the writing yesterday. Each step has the important roles, but I think outlining is the most important part for academic writing because it is time to put them into a “logical format” once we have the ideas. I think logical format is so important thing. First, we write Introduction, next, body and finally conclusion. I learned about it and how the outline is constituted. I would like to learn more and be good at writing academic essays. Thank you.
A good reflection on what you learned this week :) The writing process and the VERY BASICS of writing is something that tends to be overlooked. It’s a lot of information to understand, but additional techniques and skills become meaningful when you have the foundation. In the next few weeks, you might question whether this is all meaningful. BUT!! I promise, that in the end, you will be able to feel the benefits of it :)
You have a good point Rina: the process of outlining is important when you write an essay. This is the skeleton of your essay, and flesh (information) is added afterwards. Did you ever try outlining in Japan?
Yes, I’ve ever tried outlining in Japan, but I’ve never taken the academic writing class. So I couldn’t write academic essays, and I didn’t understand how to outlining. I will work hard!
27th August 2013
Yesterday and today, I learned about how to write good topic sentences. At first, I couldn’t write good topic sentences, and couldn’t find the topic sentence in the context when I read paragraphs or an essay. However, I understood the construction about topic sentence. I learned the three important points. First, a topic sentence should be a complete sentence. If there are no verbs or subjects, it is not a topic sentence, and it makes no sense sometimes. Second, a topic sentence contains both a topic and a controlling idea. This is so important point for us when we write a topic sentence by ourselves, because we sometimes forget to write details and good controlling idea for the topic. Third, a topic sentence is the most general statement in the paragraph, because it gives only the main idea. I think this is the most difficult point for me, because I don’t recognize which sentences are too general or too specific very much. So I work hard when I write a topic sentence especially! Anyway, I learned about topic sentences and understood it well, so I believe I can write good topic sentence!!
Hi Rina!! I’ll say. To judge which one a general and specific sentence is bettr is sometimes difficult. If this sentence would be “Sky is blue.”, of course, we can easy understand, but….actually, questions are more complecate:(( Let’s practice writing together:p
I need to start calling you Becky because I’m going to start confusing you with the other Rina. Please call yourself Becky (you too Yuka!!) :P
Writing a topic sentence is not easy. However, when you start writing and your paragraph “becomes yours”, I think you will start to see WHAT you want to focus on and WHAT you want the reader to know. There is always a purpose for writing. It is the case for many of the essays that there is a reader/audience. You will need to think about the reader when you are writing as well. Let’s practice writing the topic sentences!
29th August 2013
Yesterday, I learned about concluding sentence. It signals the end of the paragraph and leaves the reader with the most important ideas to remember. Whenever I write a concluding sentence, I am confused and it is a little bit difficult for me to sum up the paragraph contents. However, I learned how to write it and understood it well, so now I can sum up the contents more easily than before. Also, today, the peer review session was so good for me to practice finding mistakes or proofread contexts. In addition, my partners told me my mistakes and how to write paragraph more academically. That was a great practice for me. Thank you for giving such as great opportunity for us.
Yay, you called yourself Becky!! :)
The topic sentence and concluding sentence seems to be a challenge for everyone right now. I think it starts getting difficult, once you understand the importance of them as well. Always keep the important points of a paragraph, topic sentence, and a concluding sentence in mind when you write.
I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the peer review session. It opens your eyes to different styles of writing, and how the audience reads your writing. You will be having more of these sessions this term. I hope you make the best out of it!
September 10th 2013
Today, I learned about how to write an essay. It is usually composed with 5 paragraphs, and the most important sentence in the introduction is a thesis statement. It explains what the essay is going to talk about. We can know the main topic by reading the thesis statement. Also, it is important to think about the reader’s feelings when we write an essay. If we think about them, we can write the topic specifically, and we can show them a lot of examples. It leads to write a good essay. I didn’t know how important the thesis statement is and that each paragraph needs each topic sentence and enough examples or supporting sentences. However, if we think about our readers and the unity of essay, we can write a good essay. I work hard!
I hope you were able to understand the overview of what an essay is. Understanding each part will help you to write and connect them! As you mentioned, the thesis statement is important for your essay AND the audience. Most importantly, think about the audience!! How you write will change depending on who your audience is. I will help too, so let’s work hard together:)
September 12th 2013
This week, I learned about the sorts of writing an essay. First, we do brainstorming. It enables us to imagine a lot of topics of the essay. Second, we write outline, and organize the essay. The essay should be written along the outline. Third, we write the draft. It is important to think about audiences. Also, it is necessary to revise the draft again and again. Furthermore, the thesis statement shows the topic of the essay for the audiences, so it is the most important part of writing essay. The essay is composed with five paragraphs. Each paragraph has a topic sentence, supporting sentences and a concluding sentence. In addition, those paragraphs are devided into three sections; introduction, body and conclusion. It is difficult for me to understand the way to write thesis statements. However, if I understand it, I think my writing skills would improve more, and the audiences would catch what I want to say in my essay. I try to consider about thesis statement for my second assignment.
Nice summary of what you learned last week! Were you able to reflect some of it in your second assignment? I hope what you learned helped you to write your second assignment. I’m looking forward to reading it.
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