I never realized how oftenly used rhetoric and rhetoric sensitively were used in writing. Once I understood the meaning of the two terms my personal use of rhetoric in my writing improved.
This understanding allowed me to properly distinguish the language in my writing for something casual like a SSJ assignment to a formal assignment like the PSA's.
In this SSJ you can see that my sentences are choppy, I use a lot of personal pronouns and my writing is more casual and to the point.
In my PSA, due to my better understanding of rhetoric, I am much more formal in my writing. I explain my ideas in full sentences. As well as, I expand my vocabulary.
Many times I would find myself staring at a blank paper trying to develop a thesis statement. A thesis statement is supposed to state the main idea(s) of a writing assignment, which helps to control the main ideas through out the paper. In WA 1 my thesis statement did not properly touch upon every idea in my writing assignment, therefore, it did not properly support my arguments and claims in the rest of the paper.
I was however able to improve upon this mistake in a future assignment. I really took into account the section in Chapter 5 in Ede, Making and Supporting Claims, that talked about developing a working thesis. In my research portfolio I showed improvement in my thesis statement. I stated the main ideas in my paper allowing me to collect back to my thesis throughout my writing
As a writer I struggled with developing my ideas. I was able to come up with ideas to write about but then I stumbled when trying to further explain those ideas. I think that the reason I got better at developing my ideas was a result of creating an outline. Creating an outline before writing a paper allowed me to write down my ideas for the paper and then narrow in on the importance of each idea.
The pre-work I did was the base of my outline which made it really easy for me to organize and develop my ideas in my final PSA writing assignment. This improvement encouraged me to create outlines for all of my other writing assignments as well.