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Reflection: A sentimental Goodbye

 

 I learned what true English is. I was educated on arguments and different types of them. Examples are counter and Rogerian arguments, which both are fairly common. Rogerian Argument is establishing a common ground between two forces and still arguing for a purpose. Also a counter argument is where the author set up an opposing argument where it shows alternative which most are weak set-ups. Both arguments influence your audience.  Being aware of who your audience is, helps style your writing. Understanding that your audience belief systems affect the way I write in my paper because you have to be sensitive to one’s feelings. I don’t want to lose my audience over poor word choices. I learned great things in my English 104 class.

                Using quotes and outside source materials also help establish are our opinions. Whatever we were trying to say, or what opinion was formed, it has always been known to back up your information with quoted resources. It shows the readers that you know and understand what you are talking about.  Establish credibility and using logic information makes your audience aware that you are credible in what you’re talking about.  Using these rhetorical devices appeals to many kinds of audiences because it makes the reader feed into what you’re saying.  Certain devices can work on specific audiences because how the way the audience thinks or believes.

                Writing a blog modify my way of thinking of how I should be writing my assignments. It made me adjust to interact with my audience. I had to make sure that my essay had a purpose because if not, my audience or comments will appear on my posted materials. Blogs are personal ideas, or ideologies. I feel that it gave us, the authors a chance to have a voice on detailed topics. Making a blog forced me to alter my writing style, so that I can, not only beware of my audience but to use formal writing in my essay.  To use formal writing in your blog is to express your opinions while making sure you sound intelligent and proper. Your audience should not be able to describe who is writing the paper.

I was cultured that our opinions truly matter. In class, my professor often asked, “What is your opinion?” and she really wanted to know and how one “supports their claims.”. A typical English class was learning about what the author thinks in this entire semester, while ours were forming intelligent hypnosis on materials we read in class. Being educated on creating and distinguish your own ideas was a important lesson that my English professor embedded in our lectures. I learned how to argue, intelligently and strategically using factual information and outside source material. Learning how to argue, establish credibility and creating ideas based on readings were some of the great things I learned in class.

As a writer, I see my strength is in supporting my ideas to the point, that I seem more knowledge than most when reading my paper. I learned in this class that you have to understand and analyze what the author is trying to say. To break the argument down into themes, counterarguments and also rebuttals was some of the few devices we were talk to look for in articles. If the author is making a claim, we were supposed to evaluate the purpose and to retain and recall the information provided.  We formed opinions based off the author’s writing and interpreting through rebuttals. I understood that in order to make a claim, you’ll need to support it with information outside of the materials.  I utilize this quality for my benefit when I written my first article, it was about education.  I define education in my own way and then showed how my definition is integrated with what society says to be true. Also, I improved my writing skills in this class, with supports claim, establishing myself as a writer and also utilizing my resources.

I struggled with writing my entire life; I just did not know where to begin. I did not comprehend the concept of writing in the beginning. I was not skilled, and lack knowledge thereof. I dealt with this issue, like everything in life. I studied, I read, and I ask questions. I took the time to really understand what my professor wanted in our essays so that I could address them.  As I begin to understand what my professor was lecturing, I started to retain some of the information. My first paper, I got a B on it. I developed certain qualities of writing style that I learned in this class. This is my second time taking this class, and I feel that I learned so much in this class with my specific professor.

The Weaknesses during this semester were the chosen reading materials. The materials were not interesting. It was very hard to understand and retain information. Although the articles were not motivating, our professor help interpret what the author was trying to say. I would say that, when choosing a topic to read about, pick something relatable and insightful, nothing boring.  Also another weakness for this class was interaction among peers. I felt that I had a connection with my professor but not my peers. I feel that we did not share ideas; it was more personal views vs. personal views.  I think that this English class should have more peer-to-peer contact.

Finally, I learned in class was the form of writing.  At the beginning of this class, I did not understand the concept of writing. I understood that when writing a essay, you have to understand who your audience is.  And by recognizing, what type of arguments to use and to support your claims with resourceful information to use in my papers. And now, I walk away with so much knowledge from writing in this class.


Artifact 2: Opposite ends

From two different sides of the spectrum, one involves religion and the other is nature. Edward O. Wilson is writing to his counterpart in the hopes of reconciling their differences and meet at common ground. He establishes common ground between the two which is the earth.  Edward writes to a generic pastor person which is just addressing to the religion side. Wilson wants his audience to understand that him and “pastor” has common history together by displaying that he had the same faith but went a different route. “Although I no longer belong to that faith, I am confident that, if we met and spoke privately of our deepest beliefs, it would be in a spirit of mutual respect and goodwill. I know we share many precepts of moral behavior.” (Wilson, pg.1) Wilson is respecting that they are at ends with each other but there is some type of respect for one another. By establishing common ground between the two, Wilson is setting up a rogerian argument.

How do you make the connection between Religion and Science? Edward O. Wilson addresses the pastor, not about their differences, but to step up to the plate about saving their world.  Edward argued a good point about the faith for the two sides but didn’t pick any side. Wilson tried to make his audience see that he wasn’t trying to get them to share the same belief systems as he had, so just wanted the pastor to see where he was coming from. At the same time, Wilson did compliment some of the Christians values.

Wilson lays out their platforms, science and religion while justifying his own views at the same time. “You are a strict interpreter of Christian Holy Scripture; I am a secular humanist. You believe that each person’s soul is immortal, making this planet a waystation to a second, eternal life; I think heaven and hell are what we create for ourselves, on this planet”, (Wilson, pg 2).  He proclaims that their differences don’t separate them because they share the same concern, the concern of the planet

.           Wilson establish his credibility when he exhibit his stand, he is a secular humanist. He self-proclaims himself to have the acquire knowledge to hold that title. . He also set-ups a weak argument for his opponent, “Pastor” because although the pastor( religion) is mentioned, he doesn’t give him, his own voice throughout the letter. So we cannot set this argument, therefore all we have is Wilson’s argument.  The destruction of the Earth is the main concern of his, the Pastor, and all people. To come together for the benefit of a clean environment, Wilson wants them to both reach out to their community and effectively help the earth.

Wilson strategically answers all potential rebuttals in his letter to the “Pastor.”  Simply because religion and science are the two most powerful forces in the world today, and especially in the United States. If religion and science could be united on the common ground of biological conservation, the problem might soon be solved.”(Wilson, pg 3) He assumes that his counterpart would ask these questions so he answers it, considering his audience. Wilson makes a claim that he can level the field with religion since he holds the opposing sides title, the warrant. He sets up his equal stand points with rebuttals where his oppose can’t argue back.

Wilson uses the warrants that said “Scientists estimate that, if habitat-conversion and other destructive human activities continue at their present rates, half the species of plants and animals on earth could be either gone or at least fated for early extinction by the end of the century”(Wilson, pg.3) .  He sets up a claim to shows the destruction of our planet. He is also qualified to express his views because he is a human secularist.

In Wilson’s letter, he used sympathy to pull his audience in because he explains that we all live on the earth and we should make it a better place which is a shared goal. . He is backing his views and opinions on nature to make his audience understand that the claim about saving the earth is and should be the main concern.

Science and Religion are two opposing belief systems, which share a common interest, the earth. When science reaches out to religion, Mr. Wilson writing to the Pastor, for the preserving of Earth, can the Pastor refuses this proposal? We think not, because of the support that the pastor is receiving. His will is to do good for the people, so the Pastor has to agree. Wilson is aware that his audience may not share the same views, but he does platform their views so that the audience can choose sides.  Wilson uses a rogerian argument to unite science and religion.


Artifact 1: Education to me

Education is an art of teaching. So would it be inappropriate to be taught outside of school, learning real world survival tactics? In New Orleans, a school named Our School at Blair Grocery is teaching their students to survive. The school makes profits from sales whole sale vegetables, such as okra. Dicionary.com defines,” Education is to be the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and general of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.” So there are different types of education out there, no limitations. Whether it’s institutional or agricultural, it’s still learning, just in different ways.  Is it real education if it’s not taught by the book?

My personal views are that education doesn’t have to be in a classroom to learn. There is a different from “book education” and “street education”. Book education understands the knowledge being taught by the books in classes. And street education means to know what’s really going on in your communities and communities around you. Also understanding that you have to survive and learn the realities of people.  It’s to understand the why of things.

When I was little, everything I did was by the book, I never understood why things were the way they was back then. Now as I learn that you can gain knowledge outside of school, I know that there are deeper meanings to things around you. A book can teach you how to build things, by using instructions. But for you to actually engage in the real life situations so you can get the experiences.

The school founder, Nat Turner says, “If a student wants to learn to read we’ll help them learn. If a student wants to take the GED we’ll help them prepare.” One can say this is a school within a school because not only are you learning the curriculum. You are also experiencing what real life can be.  I agreed with Nat Turner on his views of what a school could be, it’s should be endless possibilities of different types of education.

The article says, “The school seeks to “create a resource-rich safe space for youth empowerment and sustainable community development,” according to its mission. I agreed with Turner because its mission is to help the student grow in any environment. Turner is teaching his students that you don’t have to be in a classroom to learn. In the actual real world, it might not be that way. It’s being open-minded in these situations.

Society definition of education is very abstract, because it’s not saying specifically where it could be taught or different types of education. Turner and I have parallel views on what education is, and how it’s taught. I agreed that a school should educate its students on the importance of the need of their community and also of the needs for themselves, such as educating themselves in classroom and field work experiences.

Education is a key to understanding everything that is around you. The hows, whys, where, and who’s are all incorporated in to what you learn. It doesn’t necessarily have to be written in a book, or listening to a teacher. Education can be taught hands on, or experience it. Book smarts and Street smart are two different terms with very different meaning but if you can understand the surface, you can dig deeper. It is best to experience something rather just reading about it.


This English wasn’t boring

Summer Ray
Encounter #5
Creative Blog
I learned in this class that you have to understand and analyze what the author is trying to say. To break the argument down into themes, counterarguments and also rebuttals was some of the few devices we were talk to look for in articles. If the author is making a claim, we were supposed to evaluate the purpose and to retain and recall the information provided. We formed opinions based off the author’s writing and interpreting through rebuttals. I learned what true English is. I was educated on arguments and different types of them. Examples are counter and Rogerian arguments, which both are fairly common. Rogerian Argument is establishing a common ground between two forces and still arguing for a purpose. Also a counter argument is where the author set up an opposing argument where it shows alternative which most are weak set-ups. I learned great things in my English 104 class.
Using quotes and outside source materials also help establish are our opinions. Whatever we were trying to say, or what opinion was formed, it has always been known to back up your information with quoted resources. It shows the readers that you know and understand what you are talking about. Establish credibility and using logic information makes your audience aware that you are credible in what you’re talking about.
Overall I learned that our opinions truly matter. In class, my professor often asked, “What is your opinion?” and she really wanted to know. A typical English class was learning about what the author thinks in this entire semester, while ours were forming intelligent hypnosis on materials we read in class. Being educated on creating and distinguish your own ideas was a important lesson that my English professor embedded in our lectures. I learned how to argue, intelligently and strategically using factual information and outside source material. Learning how to argue, establish credibility and creating ideas based on readings were some of the great things I learned in class.


Behind the argument by Summer Ray and Jonathon Thomas

From two different sides of the spectrum, one involves religion and the other is nature. Edward O. Wilson is writing to his counterpart in the hopes of reconciling their differences and meet at common ground. He establishes common ground between the two which is the earth.  Edward writes to a generic pastor person which is just addressing to the religion side. Wilson wants his audience to understand that him and “pastor” has common history together by displaying that he had the same faith but went a different route. “Although I no longer belong to that faith, I am confident that, if we met and spoke privately of our deepest beliefs, it would be in a spirit of mutual respect and goodwill. I know we share many precepts of moral behavior.” (Wilson, pg.1) Wilson is respecting that they are at ends with each other but there is some type of respect for one another. By establishing common ground between the two, Wilson is setting up a rogerian argument.

How do you make the connection between Religion and Science? Edward O. Wilson addresses the pastor, not about their differences, but to step up to the plate about saving their world.  Edward argued a good point about the faith for the two sides but didn’t pick any side. Wilson tried to make his audience see that he wasn’t trying to get them to share the same belief systems as he had, so just wanted the pastor to see where he was coming from. At the same time, Wilson did compliment some of the Christians values.

Wilson lays out their platforms, science and religion while justifying his own views at the same time. “You are a strict interpreter of Christian Holy Scripture; I am a secular humanist. You believe that each person’s soul is immortal, making this planet a waystation to a second, eternal life; I think heaven and hell are what we create for ourselves, on this planet”, (Wilson, pg 2).  He proclaims that their differences don’t separate them because they share the same concern, the concern of the planet

.           Wilson establish his credibility when he exhibit his stand, he is a secular humanist. He self-proclaims himself to have the acquire knowledge to hold that title. . He also set-ups a weak argument for his opponent, “Pastor” because although the pastor( religion) is mentioned, he doesn’t give him, his own voice throughout the letter. So we cannot set this argument, therefore all we have is Wilson’s argument.  The destruction of the Earth is the main concern of his, the Pastor, and all people. To come together for the benefit of a clean environment, Wilson wants them to both reach out to their community and effectively help the earth.

Wilson strategically answers all potential rebuttals in his letter to the “Pastor.”  Simply because religion and science are the two most powerful forces in the world today, and especially in the United States. If religion and science could be united on the common ground of biological conservation, the problem might soon be solved.”(Wilson, pg 3) He assumes that his counterpart would ask these questions so he answers it, considering his audience. Wilson makes a claim that he can level the field with religion since he holds the opposing sides title, the warrant. He sets up his equal stand points with rebuttals where his oppose can’t argue back.

Wilson uses the warrants that said “Scientists estimate that, if habitat-conversion and other destructive human activities continue at their present rates, half the species of plants and animals on earth could be either gone or at least fated for early extinction by the end of the century”(Wilson, pg.3) .  He sets up a claim to shows the destruction of our planet. He is also qualified to express his views because he is a human secularist.

In Wilson’s letter, he used sympathy to pull his audience in because he explains that we all live on the earth and we should make it a better place which is a shared goal. . He is backing his views and opinions on nature to make his audience understand that the claim about saving the earth is and should be the main concern.

Science and Religion are two opposing belief systems, which share a common interest, the earth. When science reaches out to religion, Mr. Wilson writing to the Pastor, for the preserving of Earth, can the Pastor refuses this proposal? We think not, because of the support that the pastor is receiving. His will is to do good for the people, so the Pastor has to agree. Wilson is aware that his audience may not share the same views, but he does platform their views so that the audience can choose sides.  Wilson uses a rogerian argument to unite science and religion.


Hip-Hop as a musical melting pot is still evolving

            Hip-Hop was coined by Kool DJ Herc which this new genre began in the streets of Bronx, New York. “As rap music spread throughout the urban community of New York, many people began to use it as a form of expression that offered unlimited boundaries.” (Bey, pg.1) Now it’s evolving into to sex/drugs/money lyrics that are displayed in the media. Back then, it was all about expressing one’s self with variety of wordplays. While we see that Hip-Hop is ever so changing, we need to look at it from a different scale. The lyrics in most Hip-Hop songs are more abstract and blunt, where as in the late 1970’s (the beginning of the Hip-Hop era) you see them use more vivid and appealing lyrics which was very censored back then.  I believe that Hip-Hop has changed for the worse.

As I said in the previous paragraph, Hip-Hop is being showed in today’s times as if it’s all about money, sex and drugs.  Somewhere down the line, Hip-Hop lost it’s purpose along the way. It wasn’t about image when it started and now that is the main agenda.  In the late 1970’s, he young artists used to rap outside by the park or basketball court after school. The artist said things off the top of their heads, that was witty and appropriate.  Today’s Hip-Hop, artists are in studios where they can work on their raps, with alcohol/drugs, and a entourage. It’s always a trend being set or even new music to listen to.

Sugarhill Gang was the first to be established and started the foundation to what we see today. After SugarHill Gang and Grandmaster Flash, people began to see the potential in this growing industry. Once it reached the West Coast, they began to evolved Hip-Hop into Gangster rap. KRS-One states “Hip-Hop is something you live, and Rap is something you do” In the west coast, many groups formed like NWA, which they expressed their feelings toward people of authority such as the police. Often around this time, Hip-Hop and Rap were expressing how they were oppressed.

Also another rapper that rose from the West Coast was Tupac Shakur, who depicted the exact image of what “gangster rap” was, back then. He showed what the struggle in the back communities, and showing how corrupt America was. Shakur spoke out agains anything that was oppressing him as well, and putting that into his music.

Today’s Hip-Hop will never be what it used to be. The meanings have changed. Lil Wayne can take partial blame for this. He says anything that comes to his mind and put in a song. It’s not expressing yourself anymore. It became more abstract because people are not talking about real issues anymore. Rappers today are so stuck on saying things off the top of the head, then really saying whats the top issue you face.

Hip-Hop is a genre that is evolving from expressing one’s self to saying things that seem cool. While we look up to this year’s hottest rappers, we need to attribute that real Hip-Hop rappers were the one that had real issues to talk about. I don’t know if DJ Kool Herc would appreciate how Hip-Hop has ended up, but I say Blame Lil Wayne. Hip-Hop has changed from concrete to abstract lyrics.


Education to me.

Education is an art of teaching. So would it be inappropriate to be taught outside of school, learning real world survival tactics? In New Orleans, a school named Our School at Blair Grocery is teaching their students to survive. The school makes profits from sales whole sale vegetables, such as okra. Dicionary.com defines,” Education is to be the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and general of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.” So there are different types of education out there, no limitations. Whether it’s institutional or agricultural, it’s still learning, just in different ways.  Is it real education if it’s not taught by the book?

My personal views are that education doesn’t have to be in a classroom to learn. There is a different from “book education” and “street education”. Book education understands the knowledge being taught by the books in classes. And street education means to know what’s really going on in your communities and communities around you. Also understanding that you have to survive and learn the realities of people.  It’s to understand the why of things.

When I was little, everything I did was by the book, I never understood why things were the way they was back then. Now as I learn that you can gain knowledge outside of school, I know that there are deeper meanings to things around you. A book can teach you how to build things, by using instructions. But for you to actually engage in the real life situations so you can get the experiences.

The school founder, Nat Turner says, “If a student wants to learn to read we’ll help them learn. If a student wants to take the GED we’ll help them prepare.” One can say this is a school within a school because not only are you learning the curriculum. You are also experiencing what real life can be.  I agreed with Nat Turner on his views of what a school could be, it’s should be endless possibilities of different types of education.

The article says, “The school seeks to “create a resource-rich safe space for youth empowerment and sustainable community development,” according to its mission. I agreed with Turner because its mission is to help the student grow in any environment. Turner is teaching his students that you don’t have to be in a classroom to learn. In the actual real world, it might not be that way. It’s being open-minded in these situations.

Society definition of education is very abstract, because it’s not saying specifically where it could be taught or different types of education. Turner and I have parallel views on what education is, and how it’s taught. I agreed that a school should educate its students on the importance of the need of their community and also of the needs for themselves, such as educating themselves in classroom and field work experiences.

Education is a key to understanding everything that is around you. The hows, whys, where, and who’s are all incorporated in to what you learn. It doesn’t necessarily have to be written in a book, or listening to a teacher. Education can be taught hands on, or experience it. Book smarts and Street smart are two different terms with very different meaning but if you can understand the surface, you can dig deeper. It is best to experience something rather just reading about it.


The Top of Discussion

Facebook is a good resource to use when scanning a website. The nature of an average conversation would be someone stating how they feel. “Bill: I’m tired”, now Bill might have 1,000 friends so some may comment, or give reliable feedback. The originator is basically replying back to questions, certain friends asked, or explaining their post/blog. I feel that the quality of the information is more so, caring side. Due to the fact, you would have to be concern to even respond. The overall focuses of the Bill’s comments were scattered, while majority of the commenters were concerned, there were some discussing other matters. Those other matters were irrelevant to the original post. The commenters are an actual person who is registered through Facebook, so signing up is required. They must reveal their name, age, location, and gender during the registration. Their sex and location might have a significant effect on the comments they leave, because your environment affects your mentality, and there is a line between men and women and how they would react to a situation.

.Also another blogger on Facebook posted, that “My boyfriend broke up with me”, so there was a lot of commentary on that too. The originator is basically looking for advice for her situation so she turns to a social media. The quality and focus of the comments were empathic. The commenters used where she was coming from and gave her advice as well. Yes, the commenters are registered on Facebook. The effects that their info can have on their commentary would be sex, because women are going to be more sympathetic than their male counterparts.

A few simple guidelines to proper web commenting, is to 1) Know what you’re talking about. 2) Be objective when commenting 3) get your point across. I feel that the first step is to understand what the originator is trying to say, and then critically analyze his post thoroughly so you can be ready to comment. Try being objective when taking a side because putting your personal feelings in the mix could potential be fatal. Finally, make sure you are getting you’re understood, because if no one understand your point, then you will not be listen to.


Rush Hour

Looking down at the time. It’s 4:58 p.m. I’m anticipating my flight. Im almost off. Just one more minute. As soon as the minute hand switch. I grabbed my car keys, purse in hand, then I was gone.
Driving above the speed limits. Not caring about the law. I have to catch this flight! Not paying attention. I blew through the stoplight. “Damn!” Looking through my rearview mirror, I see flashing lights. Miami police.
The officer, also a stranger asked for my drivers license and my registration. I glanced at him, he was very attractive. Thinking to myself, “How can I
get out this ticket fast so I don’t miss my flight?” He returns back to my vehicle, and says “You don’t look 30, I thought this was a stolen vehicle. In my head, I’m thinking to myself “It’s 2021, who isn’t 30 around here?”
Officer: “Well, you did proceed through a red light, so I will have TL document that, and you will receive a ticket”
Me: “I’m sorry officer, I’m rushing for a flight i cannot miss. I understand that its against the law. But I am on a strict time schedule. If you could be so kind to let me off with a warning, that would be so grateful”
Officer: “Ma’am, I will let you off with a final warning but this is it.”
I politely thanked the officer. And I was gone again. Luckily, I’m on ten minutes away.


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