Reflective Introduction



TheEnglish course has been very informative with new things to learn andcorrections to make at the end of every class during the semester.Amidst the many lectures that I attended coupled with the assignmentthat I did, the texts that I included in my portfolio are drawn fromUnit 2, 3, and 4. These assignments reflect the lessons that I gotthroughout the semester and the areas that I improved. Therefore,this paper will present a reflective introduction covering thelessons that I got in this class.

Thethree Units that defined a transformation in my life in the processof doing this course were Unit 2 entitled, “AdvertisementAnalysis,” unit 3 on Rhetorical analysis, and unit 4 on synthesisessay. Unit 2 was the most interesting since the contents enabled meto learn the core of drafting or undertaking advertisement analysis.While advertisement analysis is regarded as not different from anyother kind of assessment, it is important to note that the goal ofthis is to break down a particular ad into parts and see the way itpersuades the audience. The first lesson that was obvious concerningadvertisement analysis was the purpose of the ad. A majority of adsusually have a very modest goal. The purpose is always to convincethe audience to buy the product or service. Therefore, regardless ofthe type of ad, whether it’s informative or ideological, it isimportant to understand the purpose of the ad in order to draft abetter analysis. Advertisements incorporate several aspects to reachthe intended audience. These include picture, language, designed ortargeted audience, and the techniques used. In the course of draftingan advertisement analysis essay I understood that there is no suchthing as a universal audience. Initially, I used to think thatadvertisements are meant for the general audience, but after thelesson, it became obvious to me that advertisers channel their adstoward particular audiences. In any ad run on the major mediaplatforms, the advertisers usually categorize their audience based onrace, gender, religion, class, and region among others. Therefore, inan ad analysis, this needs to be outlined.

Theessay on rhetorical analysis was the most challenging. Right from theneed to recognize the meaning of rhetorical analysis to the point ofwriting an essay, the lesson was very involving. A rhetoricalanalysis is regarded as an essay that breaks a non-fiction work intoseveral parts and then elaborates on how these parts work in tandemto create a particular effect aimed at persuading, informing, orentertaining the audience. It was fascinating to learn that one couldequally undertake a rhetorical analysis of a primary visual argumentlike an advertisement or cartoon. Unit 3 had the most corrections inmy case simply because I found it slightly difficult to comprehend.It is important to note that a rhetorical analysis needs to explorethe goals of the rhetorician as well as the techniques used and theefficiency of these tools. Ensuring that all these aspects of arhetorical analysis are included in the first instance was a dauntingtask. Therefore, I had to handle several revisions to get it right.This forms one of the reasons why I optioned to include the essay onrhetorical analysis in my portfolio. Overall, at the end of the thirdunit, I had improved my skills and understanding of rhetoricalanalysis. As a writer, I have learned that when drafting an essay onrhetorical analysis, one is not voicing whether he/she agree with theargument. Instead, he/she is presenting a discussion on how therhetorician makes the argument and the success of the approach used. I consider my development as a writer professional in regard toundertaking a rhetorical analysis.

Concerningthe fourth unit on synthesis essay, my experience learning English101 was outstanding. The inclusion of the synthesis essay on myportfolio was influenced by the fact that it offered me the mostlessons. A synthesis essay is regarded as a written work that takesan excellent perspective concerning a central idea, topic, or themeand supports it using a combination of several sources. From English101, I learned that the process of drafting a synthesis essaycomprises of four principal components namely, synthesizing thesources, composition of the claim or thesis, formatting, as well astalking with the manuscripts. Each of these components is regarded asintegral given that they follow each other sequentially. Forinstance, the synthesis of the sources can cover comprehension of theprompts, thesis writing, selection of sources, as well as in-depthreading. Therefore, by the virtue that one is evaluating the sourcesto be used, he/she is already in the sequence of synthesis. For me,English 101 would not be exciting without the input from Unit 4. Ihave improved my skills on evaluating sources, in-depth reading, aswell as the formatting of the paper. English 101 has been integral inmy development as a writer with lessons, such as paper formattingcovered under Unit 4 becoming valuable in my other classes.

Inconclusion, the three units on advertisement analysis, rhetoricalanalysis, and synthesis essay provided me a chance to learn severalnew things concerning English 101 course. Ranging from appreciatingthe significance of a synthesis essay to the components ofadvertisement analysis, English 101 was very insightful. I believethat my skills as a writer were sharpened and my understandingbroadened.