A reflection asks you to make connections between the text and your personal experiences to a greater degree than do the other methods. For Assignment 1, you will try to draw on your own past experiences that connect with the text you are reading. You will also rely on textual evidence to develop your reflection, directly quoting words and paraphrasing key ideas on which you want to comment.
In reflecting on an author’s text, you are in a sense interpreting that essay for your readers, considering your own knowledge and experiences. That interpretation should explain ideas in a new way, to illuminate the concepts in the text by providing a new perspective from which to consider them.
Reflection Essay Instructions:
Write a 1200-1400-word reflection on one of the following essays in your text book:
- “Is Google Making Us Stupid” by Nicholas Carr (335-342)
- “The Dog Delusion” by April Pedersen (225-228) 2.
The source article (one that you have chosen from the above list) is the only outside source that you may use for this assignment.
When you do use it, use a combination of summary, paraphrase, and quotation from your sources, but no more than 10% (125-150 words) of the proposal should consist of quoted material. Instead, rely on summary and paraphrase.
All information from sources—whether quoted, paraphrased, or summarized, whether words or images—must be cited.
- Give your reflection a title that will be effective and appropriate for the intended audience and
Your essay must be written in 11-12 pt. font, following the MLA formatting guidelines. Your paper will be deducted if it is turned in with a different font size or formatting style.
- This essay is a type of narration; therefore, the use of the first-person voice (“I”) is expected. Do not use the second-person voice (“you”) in your essay.
- Include any appropriate visuals that will enhance the effectiveness of your reflection. All borrowed visuals must be cited. Use of visuals in this assignment is optional, and visuals might not count toward the total word count for the assignment; it will depend on what kind of visuals you use and how you use them. Do not include gratuitous visuals, such as clip art; include only visuals that readers will find useful in understanding your critique.
- Cite any sources using MLA format. For help with MLA style, please visit the Perdue OWL at: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01…
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