What is a Reflective Essay?“A reflective essay is an exploration of atopic using personal thought and experience” (Farleigh).
Reflective Essay: As a GroupObjectives: Combine reflections in an organized manner following the essay format. Showcase the group’s: 1. thoughts about the topic As a group, 2. experience/group interaction you may combine throughout the activity 1 and 2.
Reflective Essay: Language Write the essay as a group! Individual opinions Pronouns Subjects Name: Grimilda,1st person plural “the group” Miguel Verde (we, us, our, “the team” 3rd person singular ourselves) “Pedro and I” (he, she) Example: “We chose this topic because… However, Sandra explains that… She then realized…”
Break it into Pieces! Body• General • Summary of statements • Three to five (3-5) main points• Thesis paragraphs • Concluding statement • Three to five (3-5) Statement topic sentences Introduction Conclusion
Break it into Pieces!• Is the main idea of the • Is the main idea of a essay. paragraph (body).• Helps develop the topic • Connects the supporting sentences. sentences and the transition.• Goes hand in hand with • Is connected to the Thesis concluding statement. Statement.Thesis Topic SentenceStatement
Oh no… Do I haveYes! write a Thesis to Do not be scared; it is just a sentence. Statement?
Thesis Statement…is a sentence which is the main idea of the essay.
Thesis Statement …is the main idea of the essay. • Example: Upon researching on stemImplied Thesis cells, the group agreed that such topic was very controversial and, as“The main points such, there were differences of are not stated.” opinion among teammates.
Thesis Statement …is the main idea of the essay. Stated • Example: Upon writing about stem cell Thesis research, there were differences of opinion among group members because “The main half the team thought it was beneficial points are while the rest believed it was unethical.clearly stated.”
Thesis Statement Avoid these…Too vague: Scientists should understand stem cells are bad.Too broad: Scientists should understand everything aboutstem cell research.Too narrow: Scientists should understand stem cells researchis bad because such cells are extracted from fetuses. -Strong Thesis: As a group, we believe stem cellresearch has both positive and negative aspectswhen used in the development of medicine.
Thesis Statement Topic sentence #1: positive aspects Thesis Statement: Topic sentence #2: Concluding“Stem cell research negative aspects Statement has both…” Topic sentence #3: positive or negative BodyParagraphs
The Conceptual Map of a Reflective Essay a.k.a. Graphic Organizer
The Conceptual Map in Groups: Essay Quote1: According to Body 2 Quote 2:Topic S = Topic Blake (2004)… Topic S Smith (2008) explains… Sentence Body 1 Body 3 Introduction Topic S Topic S As a group, we Thesis Statement believe stem cell research has both positive and negative Conclusion aspects when used in medicine.
The Conceptual Map: Body Paragraph Quote 1 Supp 1 Topic Sentence #1Quote 2 Supp 2 Two members of the Supp 3 group believe stem cell research is beneficial. Supp =SupportingSenten Transition ces
The Conceptual Map: Body ParagraphThe supporting sentencesdevelop the topic sentence. Theygive the reader: •Reasons •Examples •Details All supporting sentences must be related to the topic of the paragraph.
Conclusion: Final ParagraphConcluding statement:1. Sums up the main points2. Restates the main idea in a different way —Broukal 2010
Conclusion: Final Paragraph • As a group, we believe stem cell research Thesis has both positive and negative aspectsStatement when used in the development of medicine. • Even if we disagree whether stem cellConcluding research is negative or positive, we cannotStatement deny that it has been important in the development of medicine.
Sample Introduction: Math According to Sullivan (2001), pre-calculus provides thebackground for the mathematical concepts, problems andtechniques that mathematicians confront (25). Although true, thisdefinition makes it sound as if the only importance of pre-calculusis to lay a foundation for mathematics. On the other hand, Blake(2005) explains that “math and medicine have had a long affair”(2). Upon researching and presenting on the importance ofmathematics in medicine, half of the group agrees that pre-calculus is essential in medical research while the rest believesthat it is only useful to mathematicians.
ActivityAs a group, work on a graphic organizer in which you include:1. One (1) clear thesis statement (complete sentence)2. Three (3) topic sentences, one for each of the three body paragraphs3. One (1) concluding statement (complete sentence)
ReferencesBroukal, Milada. Weaving it Together: Connecting Reading and Writing, Third Edition. Boston: Heinle, 2010.Folse, Keith, Vestri, Elena and David Clabeaux. From Great Paragraphs to Great Essays. Boston: Heinle, 2001.Folse, Keith, Vestri, Elena and April Muchmore-Vokoun. Great Paragraphs. Boston: Heinle, 2004.http//: owl.english.purdue.edu“Reflection.” Oxford English Dictionary. NY: Oxford UP, 2002.Strausser, Jeffrey. Painless Writing. NY: Barron’s, 2001.Strumpf, Michael. The Grammar Bible. NY: Owl Books, 2004.Strunk, William and E.B. White. The Elements of Style. NY: Longman, 2000.
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