Metacognition is important when writing an essay. Right now, the monsters and villains essay has taken over the class. At the end of every class we usually meet with our "research groups" (I don't really like that term for what the concept is, because, at least for my group, we're never really able to help each other out) and during class something about the essay is mentioned. Because of this heavy focus on the essay, metacognition because increasingly important the more we move on. I forget if it was even in this class, but I read an article once about challenging yourself within in essay. The author wrote about how it was important to challenge your own viewpoint to get the best out of yourself. Not only that, but challenging your own viewpoint helps you see other viewpoints, and to write a good essay it is imperative you include as many viewpoints as possible to make it well rounded. The author then gave some advice for how to challenge your beliefs within an essay (which I forget), but overall the author was really just talking about metacognition within writing in a more focused sense. I think when something like that is assigned as reading, you know metacognition is important. That's why I've decided that this essay is going to be the most metacognitive essay I've every written, and hopefully you've ever read. Not only that, but by trying to be as metacognitive as possible, I'll have to search for differing viewpoints which will make my source list diverse and expansive. It will also help me have a incredibly solid essay. By allowing all this information from a variety of sources (that are most likely going to be very strong) to be compiled in one essay, regardless of my writing skill I think I already have an upper hand. That will also be a way to validate the strength of my topic because one can assume if there are plenty of articles and/or journals written about your topic, then it's a topic worth writing about.


Going back to last weeks theme of talking about traits you need to possess to write a good research essay; add curiosity to the list. Regardless of whether or not you care about your essay or whether or not you have persistence, you need at least some sort of fundamental curiosity to write. You need curiosity to find sources and you need it to to choose a topic. Even if it doesn't seem like you're being curious, you are. You need a little more than a little curiosity to write a good essay, however. Or else you'll just use the first sources you find. The other day when I was writing my draft (okay, you caught me, it was last night), I was reading through one of my sources when it referenced another source. This source was called Fifty Dragon Tales or something similar. It didn't seem that interesting or relevant of a title but the context within the current journal I was reading made it seem useful to me. I searched on Google for the text with the authors name, I found the book, but not on any site where I could access it for free. I opened a new JSTOR tab, searched again, and not only did the book come up, but an analysis of the book by the author came up as well. The analysis was so great I bookmarked it and added it to my bibliography, I also probably over-cited it in my draft. Regardless, that's the kind of curiosity I'm talking about (sorry to boast about myself, I just don't have any other examples ready on a dime).

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