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ENG 1103: Reflecting on Your Final Essay and Annotated Bibliography

Today in class you willl plan and draft a short reflective essay that documents your writing process and includes at least one relevant quotation from Writing Analytically, the article or essay that served as your starting point, or one of your other sources. Introduce your quotation with a signal phrase, and include a work cited entry for Writing Analytically. For MLA-style entries, see the samples below.

Sample Works Cited Entries

Bahr, Sarah. “The Case for Writing Longhand.” New York Times, Jan 21, 2022. ProQuest, 

Junod, Tom. “The Falling Man.” Esquire, vol. 140, no. 3, Sept. 2003, pp. 176+.Gale Academic OneFile Select,

Kay, Jonathan. Review. “Scrabble is a Lousy Game.” The Wall Street Journal, 4 Oct. 2018. ProQuest, 2?accountid=11411.

Keller, Helen. “The Day Language Came into My Life.” Chapter Four. The Story of My Life.

King, Martin Luther, Jr. “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, Stanford University

Lewis, Michael. Chapter One: “Back Story.” The Blind Side. 2006. Norton, 2009. pp.15-16.

Richtel, Matt. “Blogs vs. Term Papers,” The New York Times, 20 Jan. 2012,

Rosenwasser, David and Jill Stephen. “Integrating Quotations into Your Paper.” Writing Analytically, 8th edition. Wadsworth/Cengage, 2019. pp. 231-33.

—. “Ways to Use Sources as a Point of Departure.” Writing Analytically, 8th edition. Wadsworth/Cengage, 2019. p. 218.

—. “Writing on Computers vs. Writing on Paper.” Writing Analytically, 8th edition. Wadsworth/Cengage, 2019. pp. 124-25.

Sedaris, David. “Me Talk Pretty One Day.” Me Talk Pretty One Day. Little, Brown, 2000. 166-73.

Wolf, Maryanne. “Skim Reading is the New Normal. The Effect on Society is Profound.” The Guardian, 25 Aug. 2018,

Questions to address in your reflection include the following:  

  • Did your subject change? If so, what was your original subject, and why did you change it?
  • What aspect of the writing seemed the most challenging? Determining which article or essay would serve as you starting point? Locating additional useful sources? Composing your annotations? Developing the final essay? Why did that aspect of the writing seem the most challenging?
  • What do you consider the strongest element of your final essay and annotated bibliography?
  • At what point in the process did you decide on a title? Did you change the title during the writing process? If so, what was the original title?
  • What image that documents part of your writing process away from the screen did you include in your blog post? Why did you choose that particular image?
  • What additional images, if any, did you include?

Next Up

Wordplay Day! To up your game and increase your word power, review the tips and tools on the Scrabble website as well as my blog posts devoted to the game.