How would you write a reflective essay?

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copelmat | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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Reflective writing requires the writer to examine a prior experience or process, question what was accomplished and how it was important, identify strengths and areas for improvement, and establish goals for future performance. In fact, one could use these four elements as a basic framework for such writing. Often times, however, reflective writing based on personal experiences are told in much more of a narrative form with commentary and insight shared throughout the retelling of the experience and is often much more literary in nature. The levels of meta-cognition required to reflect and analyze upon such experiences or processes is actually much higher than many people realize.

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mrsdbrowning | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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Select a thesis that you would enjoy exploring more. Remember, essays are an opportunity for you to discover  yourself.

The best topics for reflective essays are things that have changed you as a person. For example, The most meaningful thing that has happened to me is: (I was one way before this event/thing, and now I am a different way).

Once you have decided your thesis and created a prewrite outline of points that you would like to include in your essay, move on to the rough draft.

1st paragraph: Grab your reader's attention with an interesting opening sentence. Then outline what the rest of your essay will be about. State your thesis.

2nd-4th paragraphs: These are your body paragraphs. Start each on off with a different supporting detail for your thesis. Describe each supporting detail in that paragraph.

5th paragraph: Concluding paragraph. Restate you thesis in a different way. Leave the reader with a good feeling.

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