Final Reflective Essay
Write a reflective essay of depth and detail that assess this semester, your work and your growth.Your essay should be 3-5 pages, double-spaced, 12pt. font.Look back at the work you have done throughout the semester, the critical essays you’ve written, your reader response journals, your discussion participation, the assigned texts you’ve read and annotated, and your research paper.Look internally for things that have changed and things that have remained the same (abilities, ideas, understanding, scholarly interest etc,).Consider as well any goals you set for yourself at the start of the term.
In the essay, talk about your course experience and what you’ve learned. How has your thinking/attitude changed (or not changed)?How have you changed (or not changed) as a writer, as a reader, as a student of culture, literature, and religion and as a person?What do you feel especially proud of now as you close out the semester?Is there some essay (either your own or one you’ve read this term), some discussion, some example, word, or phrase which has provided a “light-bulb” moment or an epiphany for you about some aspect of life, world history, self-understanding, or religious conviction, for you? Why?
The questions above are starting points to get you thinking and to generate ideas. You are free to organize this essay in any way that makes sense to the content you wish to include. You do not need to move through the questions above one by one. Instead, explain with detail, drawing on the text(s) and on concrete illustrations to show HOW that what you say is true.
For example, if you claim that your understanding of the significance of love poetry in shaping culture has deepened, draw on direct quotations from texts and point to concrete examples in life that demonstrate whatgot you thinking in a new direction and why and that further illustrate what you think now. Explore the implications of this attitude for your scholarship and for your life.
In writing this essay, consider all the elements that have contributed to your semester:
peer feedback & postings
texts you’ve written
your researched work
Be sure to use precise and specific examples and concrete details for points you are making as you assess the semester.Use direct quotations from both your own work and the readings as well as peer comments to provide excellent support for your reflection.
One final thing to consider as you close out your essay is what grade you think your effort deserves in this course and why and what plans you do or don’t have to study the literature and culture of the Middle East in the future?
This essay counts towards your overall discussion grade. As well, it will be read carefully and given weight as I prepare for this course in the future.