The Reflective Essay Mr Connor’s Class
“ Erm… What is a reflective essay?” <ul><li>Reflective means looking back upon, so most of this will be in the past tense,...
Topics <ul><li>A death </li></ul><ul><li>A marriage </li></ul><ul><li>A birth </li></ul><ul><li>An argument </li></ul><ul>...
“Where do I begin?” <ul><li>Break the piece into distinct sections and mindmap each section. </li></ul><ul><li>For example...
“Which bit do I start with?” <ul><li>You can keep it  chronological , or  use flashbacks , or even tell it in  reverse ord...
“ So, what do I write on  the page first?” <ul><li>As an opening try to focus on a single event and explore and describe i...
For example… <ul><li>“ A four year old girl stood outside the music shop, staring intently at the window. Her tiny fingers...
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The Reflective Essay

  1. 1. The Reflective Essay Mr Connor’s Class
  2. 2. “ Erm… What is a reflective essay?” <ul><li>Reflective means looking back upon, so most of this will be in the past tense, except when you talk about how it has influenced you as you are now. </li></ul><ul><li>You are expected to use all your skills of description. </li></ul><ul><li>You must explain you thoughts and feelings at every stage. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to show and not tell . This is tricky… </li></ul>
  3. 3. Topics <ul><li>A death </li></ul><ul><li>A marriage </li></ul><ul><li>A birth </li></ul><ul><li>An argument </li></ul><ul><li>A piece of music </li></ul><ul><li>A book </li></ul><ul><li>An inspirational person </li></ul><ul><li>A difficult situation you have been through </li></ul><ul><li>A significant event in your life </li></ul>
  4. 4. “Where do I begin?” <ul><li>Break the piece into distinct sections and mindmap each section. </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><li>Seeing the instruments as a child. </li></ul><ul><li>Sitting a Higher music exam. </li></ul><ul><li>Receiving a trombone for Christmas (aged 10). </li></ul><ul><li>Performing in an orchestra for the first time. </li></ul>
  5. 5. “Which bit do I start with?” <ul><li>You can keep it chronological , or use flashbacks , or even tell it in reverse order , tracing the event back to the start. </li></ul><ul><li>I personally prefer to start with an older memory and gradually work my way forward to show how it has affected me as an adult. </li></ul><ul><li>Some people like to begin at a moment of tension, then intersperse flashbacks. </li></ul>
  6. 6. “ So, what do I write on the page first?” <ul><li>As an opening try to focus on a single event and explore and describe it as fully as you can. </li></ul><ul><li>Similes, metaphors, imagery, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>It is good to keep the focus small at the beginning to really draw your audience in. </li></ul><ul><li>You can expand on it later if need be. </li></ul>
  7. 7. For example… <ul><li>“ A four year old girl stood outside the music shop, staring intently at the window. Her tiny fingers pressed like plasticine against the glass and her breath misted it in front of her face. Her bright eyes slowly moved from one instrument to another, each one seeming magical in its shape and beauty: a sunburst-coloured guitar; a luxurious dark brown violin; a smooth, golden instrument with buttons, valves and tubes… a trombone…” </li></ul>

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