This week, I learned the importance of captions for a picture. The captions can determine the way the reader interprets a picture that is in your writing. For example, if someone was looking at a picture of a nondescript building and the caption said, “Baskin Robins,” the reader would think it was an ice cream shop. On the other hand, if the caption said, “McDonald’s,” the reader would think that it was a fast food restaurant. Thus, it is important that the captions you use for your pictures are clear so the message you are trying to get across to the reader comes through.
In addition, I learned about the weaknesses and limitations of the five-paragraph essays that we learned all-throughout our lives from elementary school to high school. The five-paragraph essay limits the ideas that the writer could express, does not always leave enough flexibility for smooth transitions from one idea to another, and can make analysis of main ideas shallow. I hope that I can incorporate the multi-paragraph format in UWP 1Y to better articulate my ideas, opinions, emotions, experiences, and main points in my writing.
When I have my essay peer reviewed, I hope to get an outside perspective on what my paper sounds like. I want to know what is working and what isn’t so I know what I need to fix. In addition, it would be helpful if the reader could point out any parts that worked so I can use those for future writings and what parts could be confusing to others if they did not have the same knowledge of the topic as I did. I would also want to know what parts I am rambling in and parts where I could elaborate with more detail.
In order to be a good peer reviewer, I will need to be specific with the points and suggestions that I give the writer. I will need to learn to focus more on the content – what I like about it, what I didn’t like, and what could be improved or needs a little tweaking – instead of focusing on mechanical and grammatical errors of the paper. I would also need to not come off as too harsh or soft in my review, but as supportive and helpful to the writer.