Your ideal audience for this essay is not your instructor—or, at least, it is not primarily your
instructor. You should assume your audience did not participate in your INDS 300 class but is
familiar with the CSUN Liberal Studies Program. You may want to think of your essay as
persuading someone who doesn’t know you that in this course you have met certain goals.
MWhat Goes in the Reflective Essay
In order to demonstrate that you have met one specific goal of the above list, you will write an
essay that shows how you have learned a number of scholarly practices or communication skills.
It must include the following components:
1. I M P O R T A N T : A Title
2. A 1000 word (min. 800 – max 1200) self-review essay
3. Description of 2 or 3 (max 3) Assignments that together best reflect your work and development in the
course and that you use as body of evidence. Assignments can emphasize:
a. critical and creative thinking in written form.
Example assignments include essays, reports, proposals, or forum
posts. (I WILL POST TWO ASSIGNMENTS IN THE FILES THAT I WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT!)
1. Midterm essay (I PUT THE RUBRIC OF THE MIDTERM TO UNDERSTAND BETTER)
2. Discussion post (I put the discussion post and the rubric of discussion post)
THESE WILL BE THE TWO ASSIGNMENTS I TALK ABOUT.
IMPORTANT: In a Reflective Essay, the quality of evidence (what you did) is as important as
showing an understanding of its purpose (why you did it). Reflection always begins with
evidence, but it never ends there. You should identify not only what you did, but why you did it
in relationship to the goals of the course. For example, if you want to discuss how you revised a
certain procedure or the organization of a paper or a digital artifact, you need to explain why you
changed the organization: why is the new organization more effective? How does it respond to the audience, or reflect the purpose of your paper? By answering these questions, you
demonstrate not only your engagement in the research, knowledge production, and writing
process but also that you have developed a clearer understanding about the ways in which
literacy works in the different contexts we have explored (oral, written, and/or electronic