This is your final assignment in the course and your chance to show how your writing (and your knowledge about writing) has developed over the course of the semester. In this essay, you'll show why, based on this final assignment and your progress this semester, you think you are prepared for academic writing.
The key questions you'll answer are "How has your writing developed over the course of this semester? What have you learned about academic writing?"
You're answering these key questions for your instructor, who must evaluate your readiness to advance to the next composition course (CO150). Think of this as your "final exam," and be sure to think about what your instructor's needs and expectations are likely to be. Why might s/he want you to answer this particular question? What kinds of things will you need to show? What kind of development or support will s/he expect?
Your goals: to make a case for how much you've learned and improved in this course which is, in a sense, your argument for your desired grade. You'll want to provide a clear focus (thesis statement) and develop your thoughts with examples from your experience in class and the essays you've written. The main part of the development here will be evaluating your performance on one of the earlier essays, answering
How well did I meet my established purpose?
How effectively did I address audience needs?
How would I revise the essay now, given the opportunity?
Strategies for completing the essay include these:
Select the essay you'd like to discuss in your postscript.
Evaluate that essay, using any of the tools we've discussed and developed throughout the semester, including workshop sheets and selected source analysis questions.
Focus your essay by developing a thesis statement or claim about your development in the course, perhaps by discussing the effectiveness of your chosen essay, contrasting your earlier writing to your writing now, or explaining a revision plan for that essay based on what you've learned since you submitted that essay.
Support the claims you make with specific examples from your essay, and be sure to explain those examples fully.
Take advantage of opportunities to obtain feedback on the essay from peers or the Writing Center tutors.
Revise and rewrite your essay based on readers' feedback and your own close evaluation of your purpose and audience.