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I did not have a firm writing philosophy before this semester, but I to some degree I understood the importance writing can have on a situation. Now I understand that writing has two outcomes: gaining support or losing support. When writing an essay it is best if the writing is as specific as possible. This way the audience is hopefully not left with a confused opinion about the topic. Since the beginning of the semester I have put a conscious effort to change my writing style. Instead of the box format that is learned in high school I try to use a more graceful approach while still being organized. Also, I evaluate the credibility of a source before I use the information to support my thesis and understand the roles of using ethos, pathos, and logos. My assignments are now written with more developed thought by elaborating on ideas in the body paragraphs. By participating in the assignments throughout the semester I have accomplished, to different extents, the objectives for the English Composition 101 course. My writing has improved in multiple areas such as knowing who my audience is, and how writing drafts and making revisions help me evaluate the effectiveness of my essay. I am also aware that academic writing differs from day-to-day writing because for academic writing I need to present the most credible evidence in an organized format. Furthermore, I now can effectively evaluate my writing to know where I can improve.
In order to create an effective essay several components are necessary, but a specific component is knowing the target audience. Without knowing a target audience I cannot write an essay with the proper tone and language. Using the correct terms and jargon are crucial to keep the audience’s attention and possible persuasion. If I wrote an argumentative essay about the importance of recycling plastic I would want to know if I am writing for people that already recycle, or a group of people that do not grasp the lasting effects of not recycling. Knowing which audience would be reading my essay not only changes the language I use, but it also changes what type of supporting evidence I would use. For example, in my essay for the movie critique I chose to write a review for The Amazing Spider-Man. I was writing for an audience that did not like the movie Spider-Man, released in 2002, but they may like The Amazing Spider-Man, released in 2012, because of notable differences between the films. In the concluding paragraph I state, “’The Amazing Spider-Man’ will certainly lead to a more enjoyable experience”. By writing this sentence I acknowledge my audience dislikes the 2002 release of Spider-Man, and the 2012 release of The Amazon Spider-Man will be much more enjoyable.
Another component to an effective essay is writing drafts and making revisions. Every essay that I have written for this class had multiple revisions. Some of the revisions were my own before submitting my rough draft for peer review. Other revisions were...

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