Katherine D. Harris
This essay assignment places your experience as a researcher in a theoretical context. At the same time, it asks you to articulate those experiences and that theoretical context reflectively. Reflection involves active learning. Therefore, your reflection will have a dual focus: it should reveal you looking back on your previous work and forward to the scholarly work that lays before you.
That backward look should be interpretive and analytical, assessing where you were successful and where you still need to develop. That forward look should consider how you will build on these past experiences to create yourself as a literary professional in the future. Reflection helps you create knowledge (where have I been? How did I get here?) and helps you anticipate how you will integrate that created knowledge into your future training (where do I need to go? how do I plan on getting there?)
Your essay should provide a coherent, well-organized, clearly structured discussion - one whose writing quality can be assessed by the Department Grading Policy. Your essay should not simply offer a list of answers to questions. Instead, reorganize or recombine the areas/questions below as your essay requires. Make sure not to overlook areas or to give disproportionate attention to a single area or set of areas.
Planning and drafting
Consider each aspect of the course and the skills that you developed there.
Areas of Emphasis and Guiding Questions -- THESE ARE ONLY GUIDING QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU GET STARTED
In essence, consider all of your blogs and your reading posts to
constitute your first draft of this assignment. There's no need to
re-read class readings; instead, rely on your reflections from both of