Reflective: Writing and Draft Essay

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Zonglun Wu

Reflective Essay of Unit 2 Be honest, at the beginning of unit 2, I think it’s going to be a challenge for me to write the compare and contrast essay, because I didn’t write this kind of essay before. The Classes helps a lot. Since the topic is going to be the Ameican president election, the professor Berry invited another professor from political science department to introduce the election to us. Then, we did a lot of works to compare articles about campaign from different famous media, which gave us the basic idea of comparing and contrasting. I appreciate what we did before we started the draft, because it gave me the fundamental knowledge to start the draft. The first draft is really a rough draft, because I don't have enough time to figure out the outline and resources. Two days before the due date of outline, I have two Mid-term exam to review, so I just wrote what came up first in my mind and sent the outline to professor. The result is obviously not very good. Professor told me that my outline included too much plagiarism, and I have to rewrite it, but a good thing is that I found a good new article. At that time, i just finished my two mid-term, so I read my two articles very carefully, and rewrote the outline. The process of rewriting the outline is really helpful, because it helps me form the structure of my essay and direct me to write. Then, I wrote my first draft and sent it to professor. After professor read my paper, she suggest me to rewrite the thesis and change structure of each paragraph in my second draft, because I mentioned bias in each argument, and I didn't include it in the thesis. Also, the structure of paragraph is different from each other, so I have to change it into "two description, comparison, and bias." This change made my essay clearer and more persuasive. A few days later, I got the feedback of my second draft. This time, professor's comments focused more on how to paraphrase ideas from articles and the relationship between quotes and argument. For example, I used a quote from "Inside Minds of Undecided Voter": The closeness of the race and the stability of Romney’s and Obama’s coalitions mean people who can’t make up their minds could well tip the balance. If either campaign can reach them, it won’t need to inspire hope or change—just convince them that its candidate