“Greatest Hits” of Reflective Writing

  • Common argument of five paragraph essay
  • Something that you are naturally good at, something that you do because you’re not good at anything else
  • Chronological order as a form
  • Very literal examples
  • Writing about challenges you overcame
  • Writing in an academic sense
  • Go-to examples rather than creative examples
    • Demonstration of obvious growth
  • Use of PowerPoint rather than coming up with more unique approaches
  • Use of first person
  • Making claims that can be applicable to other forms of art (i.e. drawing, paint, etc.)
  • Trying to make experiences relevant by use of filling in the blanks
  • Using childhood experiences
  • Using recent experiences
  • Using classic quotes
  • Creativity v. analysis arguments
  • Expressiveness arguments
  • Constraint arguments
  • Assessment arguments (response to..)

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