UNIT 4 YOU’VE CHANGED: A “FOR REAL” PAPER THAT WILL REQUIRE THOUGHT + WORK For your final paper, you will write an essay* (~500 words) reflecting on yourself as a writer, drawing on what you have learned about yourself over the semester and illustrating your struggles and your improvements using one key concept from your toolbox. What stands out as most important to you about yourself as a writer and your writing? Your piece should include specific examples cited from particular essays to illustrate and develop your observations. You know me by now. I don’t want a fluff piece or a bunch of generalizations. It’s also not useful to hear, “I loved/hated this course.” Discuss your writing and progress, using your writing and progress as evidence, focused around a concept that we’ve discussed (e.g. genre, purpose, audience, but also copyediting, hook/pegs, drafting, quotations, MLA, etc.). How has your feeling toward “this concept,” whichever one(s) you pick, changed between papers? How has changing one element (e.g. audience) changed your approach to writing a paper? How do you understand the relationship between this element and other elements in your toolbox? There is no need to include a Works Cited page but you do need to make it clear, in the body of your writing, which essay you are citing from. This assignment counts for 10% of your final grade. Don’t do it the night before. Some questions to consider include: What have you learned about yourself as a writer, your strengths and weaknesses? What writing strategies have you developed or learned? What have you learned about writing? About critical thinking? About analysis? Consider what advice you can give yourself for the writing you will do (in school and out) in the future. What do you want to remember about your work this semester? Goals for this assignment: To analyze one’s own writing process and written texts To gain confidence about writer’s metacognition and performance To identify areas for improvement and strengths To perform self-assessment of one’s time in the course Submission Info: Due: Tuesday, April 19 by 11:59PM Submitted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org Late policy: Papers submitted after midnight on April 19 will be considered late and will be subject to the usual late policy (see syllabus) to a maximum of 7 days. After 7 days it’s a zero. Format: Paper must be an attachment as .doc, .docx, or .pdf. Absolutely no links. Links will count as late papers until I receive a doc or pdf. *The term essay is open to the usual (and unusual) wide range of creative possibilities. Do you want to write this as a piece of genre fiction (is your struggle a love story? A murder mystery about the disappearing point of your paper?) or do you want your 500 words to be in track changes and comment bubbles? I encourage you to get creative. The form and format of this paper is up to you. All I ask is that you use it to explore content that relates to your journey as a writer in this course.