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Post Course Reflection

Rhetorical knowledge is critical because it is the foundation of all aspects of writing, you
have to understand the context, the audience the author is addressing and the authors
intent/purpose. The concept branches out to all career fields even the technical, or science based
ones. Even as I come to the end of my college journey I will have to use rhetorical knowledge to
understand the inner workings of our laws and how they effect civilian society and in the military
because I want to be a J.A.G Officer in the Army.
Critical reflection is also key because its hard to see your personal growths and faults
without first taking an objective look at your past work. Reflecting on your writing reveals your
tendencies, habits, and common grammatical mistakes. Its also important to do multiple rounds
of peer review with all your drafts before reflecting. Youd be surprised to find that you look
over many of your own mistakes that an outsider looking in can recognize immediately.
Reflection branches out far past the realm of writing its a skill used in all careers and can be
applied to any work field. For example, you need to do critical reflection to discover your
strengths and weaknesses if youre going in for an interview, looking to get a promotion, or
figuring out why youre failing or succeeding at your job.
Knowledge of conventions is the foundation of your literacy journey, before you can
pump out a cohesive and flowing narrative, you have to know the rules of grammar and how to
spell the words you use in your vocabulary. It doesnt matter how profound the ideas in your
writing are, if you cant properly convey them through correct grammar and spelling, the
message will be muddled and hard to follow. Again, every career field will require you to have at
least a basic understanding of grammar and conventions, its hard to come across a job where
you dont have to write reports or send professional emails.
Before UWRT 1103 when approaching required readings and the analytical assignments
attached to it I came up with a strategy of reading the assignment first and then looking for the
passages in the authors writing to help me clarify what I need to write about. This goes along
with the SLO of critical reading because Im actively reading to locate the authors rhetorical
strategies and intent. I really had no streamlined composing process before this class either. I
found that annotated bibliographies helped out a lot so I could read the summaries I wrote during
my research and decide which articles are the most useful without having to re-read entire
articles over and over. Knowledge of conventions has been stagnant in my education since the
switch to using Word, I would say that the program has made me less likely to spell words right
on the first try but it doesnt diminish my abilities in writing, grammar or my composing process.
Critical reflection has also been key in my revisions which in turn helps me decipher my weak
points and how I can become a better writer while taking my fellow classmates criticisms into
account.
The revisions and peer reviewing we do in class helps me a lot with my rhetorical knowledge,
knowledge of conventions and critical reflection especially. The extended inquiry project and the
literacy memoir really helped me figure out which composing process works for me since Im
prone to jump into writing without planning anything out which results in general rambling and
disorganization.