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Self Evalutation Essay

761 words - 4 pages

As the school year has passed by, I became more aware of my writing. By the end of the semester I have finally transitioned from writing what appeals to my 9th grade English teacher to my 10th grade English teacher. Much of the transition was aided by Mr.Follansbee to see writing in a bigger picture and not to focus on only a few characteristics of a high quality paper.
My first essay about Great Gatsby was absolutely horrific. I am an extremely terrible writer, especially when it comes to limited time. I had my quotes that I thought I needed and my introduction planned but when it came to writing, I could not analyze all the quotes in 45 minutes. One thing I learned last year was the best way to get points was to analyze a quote as much as you can possibly. My second paper was by far my best which is my descriptive paragraph. I thought I nailed that out of the ballpark. I worked so hard on that paper, but failed miserably. I mainly focused on describing as much as I could and did not pay attention to the grammar. When I received the paper I saw I wrote the first part in the present tense and the second part was in the past tense. That is when I realized I can get easy points as long as I read over my papers. For this portfolio, I would read all my essays out loud, hoping that would allow me to catch any grammatical errors easier. My last graded paper was about The Glass Menagerie and Fences. I was confident in my paper, but certainly not ecstatic. When I received this paper back, I thought Mr.Follansbee had it out for me and I didn’t even want to look at the paper. However, my knowledge on writing severely needed extra help so I looked over the paper. After reading it, I could see my paper had no general direction. After that, I could see that each paper, I missed some major concepts in writing a quality paper. As I worked on my portfolio, I began to see all my mistakes more clearly. Each paper it seemed I missed a key component and that has led me to...

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