Below we offer two examples of thoughtful reflective essays that effectively and substantively capture the author's growth over time at California State University Channel Islands (CI). We suggest that you write your own essay before reading either of these models-then, having completed your first draft, read these over to consider areas in your own background that you have not yet addressed and which may be relevant to your growth as a reader, writer, or thinker.
Any reference to either of these essays must be correctly cited and attributed; failure to do so constitutes plagiarism and will result in a failing grade on the portfolio and possible other serious consequences as stated in the CSUCI Code of Conduct.
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Reflective EssayMarch 26, 2013Fully Prepared to Move toward ESL005Sitting at my table, watching the screen, and reading my essays, I am shocked by the improvements I have made. Compared to my recent essays, the old ones seem to be written by a three-year-old child, and these changes all happened after I enrolled in ESL 273. Once I wrote essays with no thesis statements nor topic sentences, and the logical links between sentences are obscure. Now, I am able to write a well-organized essay with thesis statements at the beginning, one topic sentence in each paragraph, and reasonable examples. Even though my accuracy of word using and the variety of my sentences still needs improvements, I believe that I am ready for ESL 005 and I will make further improvements of my writing skills.The most beneficial skill that I have obtained from the ESL 273 class is properly constructing an essay, which once frustrated me for a long time. A properly constructed essay will make it more readable and the opinions of the writer will be more accessible to readers. Thus, a thesis statement in the first paragraph, a topic sentence in each paragraph, and a conclusion bases on the whole essay in the last paragraph are significant. For example, in my second in-class writing essay “No Going Back”, I clearly stated the main idea on each paragraph, and since the contents are explored based on the sentence, the essay got much more readable. Moreover, I divided the essay into three parts: introduction, body and conclusion. The introduction provides my position to the issue and brief reasons for that. The body has three paragraphs, in which I proposed a reason to support my view respectively. The