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Posted by Star_Gazerxo (U15425553) on Sunday, 9th December 2012
Hi, I was wondering if a teacher could help me on this...
I have been asked to submit a personal reflective as part of my folio, I already have a topic in mind but I have been told that for a great personal reflective you must come up with a metaphor that can be seen throughout.. That's where I'm struggling so I was wondering if someone could help me on it?
Thanks if you can :D
Posted by bitesize_english_teacher (U15197928) on Sunday, 9th December 2012
In theory , the idea of a metaphor which is referred to more than once in the essay (i.e. an extended metaphor) is a good technique if it is handled well. However, this would have to arise naturally from the subject matter of the reflective essay and be very closely related to it: it would therefore be impossible simply to think up a metaphor and put it into the essay.
In any case, the use of a metaphor in this way is just one of many effective writing techniques that could be used; it is not necessary for all such essays to take the same approach.
To help you, here's some general advice on reflective essay writing. It may sound obvious, but the more reflection there is the better. There is a place for some narrative - you cannot 'reflect' if you have not written about something to reflect upon.
In the best reflective essays, narrative and reflection are not treated as separate things. Details of what happened are integrated with the reflection.
SQA markers have commented on top grade A essays by saying things like “reflection is embedded in the narrative” and “self-awareness permeates the essay”.
THe SQA describes a top grade essay as having “a strong sense of mature reflection; the writer’s personality and individuality permeate the ideas and use of language”
Try to think of the following areas in your essay;
• The experience (What happened?)
• Your feelings (How did you feel about it?)
• Your thoughts (What did you think about it (a) then (b) later (c) now?)
• Generalisation (Any lessons/concepts emerging from the experience?)
• Application (How might you apply what you learnt to a similar situation in future? Would you respond differently?)
This will give the essay a strong sense of development: you should show that you have learnt something from the experience you are reflecting upon.
Another simple technique to give a reflective essay a good structure is to begin and end at the same point. For example, if you are talking about something that happened in the past, the essay might end by returning to the place where the event happened and showing how your feelings now differ from what they were then.
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