Portfolio Letter From Jonathan Lung to the Portfolio Assessment Committee
Coming into English 101, I was nervous to see how much of my writing has improved from high school. Emory, being in the top twenty, made me nervous because I did not think I could be on par with my fellow peers. However, English 101 has made me improved on grammar, revision, and the ability to write for any genre with critical analysis.
We started off the year writing many free writing assignments and small blog posts to get our feet wet. I started off with a lot of grammar issues and many of them were addressed during class time or during one-on-one peer review sessions. After several blog post revisions, I began taking steps to correct reoccurring problems from assignment to assignment. One particular assignment that highlights my continuous struggle with grammar is the annotated research log for the food blog post. For example, one of my original sentences was “The article will explore the people’s change in tradition in drinking wine”, which is awkward phrasing. I revised the sentence to “The article will explore change in the art of drinking wine.” My annotated research log became much more clearer after changing the syntax of every awkward phrasing throughout the paper.
One tip I learn from making consistent mistakes was to re read a paper after a day later so I will read my paper without any notion of my original thoughts. This technique allows me to catch more mistakes with ease. I also found that this process works well whenever I come upon a sentence that I struggle to make sense the first read through, allowing me to redo the sentence to make it flow better on paper. This overall improvement correlates with Outcome 3, and my writing became a lot better overall.
Writing different genres was a new skill I had to acquire during my time in English 101. From writing script to research papers to film reviews, I grew more accustomed to the different styles of writing I was exposed to. One example includes my script for a cooking show that incorporates Proust’s madeleine cookies from his excerpt of Remembrance of Things Past. I started my script with an opening narration by saying “Narrator- Hello folks and welcome to the Jonathan Lung’s Cooking Show.” Another types of genre writing I had also done include writing a voice over. In my paper “How Morgan Freeman would narrate the opening scene of Eat Drink Man Woman”, I made many humorous comments throughout the paper including “An arsenal of knives. Anger issues. Real play-doh” during a scene where the chef was preparing an exotic dish. Most of my revision was done for the Final Anthology Project. However, one of the newest genres I had to learn was writing a proposal. In my food blog proposal, I spent a lot of time trying to start my paper in the proper way. After talking to fellow peers and advisors, I realized the start of the proposal must be direct and to the point. I wrote, “I am going to explore the nature of beer and wine and their place in society”, which meets the criteria of being direct and to the point. These skills I learned correlated with Outcome 1.
Writing for the food blog assignment was the most challenging assignment throughout the semester. I had to incorporate different forms of genre, work on many drafts and revision, and last, but not least, critical thinking much like Outcome 2’s objective. I worked on all five of my food blogs for the longest time, planning out how I want to utilize the material and convey the best possible message. I included three types of genre of writing: research papers, film reviews, and an interview. The research papers and film reviews were easy to master since I did many of them during high school but the interview process was very new. I did not realize how tough it is to do the interview and process the information in a reflection paper. One of my main struggles was I did not know how to start the paper. After many revisions and drafts, I wrote out what I believe is the best way to start the paper, by saying “Interviewing a local brewer who loves making his own beer gave me insight to the American’s culture and passion for the beer they drink.” I provided enough information to hook the people and give a good statement as to where my paper will be going. I continue to expand upon this by ending my introduction with my thesis statement, saying “During my interview, we discussed many topics including how he got into making beer and if he likes beer over wine.” I analyzed the information and did a critical analysis on one of my other research blog by saying “Beer’s worldwide influences have shaped many societies’ culture and social norm where drinking beer is sociably acceptable.” Outcome 2 was the one I really improved on the most during this assignment.
Overall, I learned a lot during my time in English 101 and mastered the necessary skills to make a great paper. After improving on my grammar, revision, and writing multiple genre skills, I feel like I am ready to tackle any paper in the future.
Voice Over Assignment
Script Writing Assignment
Food Blog Proposal
Food Blog Research Log/ Annotated Bibliography
Link to my Food Blog: https://wordpress.com/stats/insights/jonathanlungfoodblog.wordpress.com