My Reading List

Adan Soto

Bill Mangrum

Comp 250/SEC 4

25 September 2014

In these articles I was looking for anything that I could connect to my major which is psychology. For example, things that have to do with the mind and or learning could all be connected.

  • “Body Language”- Body Language helps us read a person and kind of get a feeling for how that person is doing.
  • “Your bad grammar at work: what’s the problem?”- Language evolves all the time such as slang words, in psychology the idea of evolution is huge.
  • “The soccer mom”- Stereotypes, they are everywhere, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover ever.
  • “Let’s talk about gender, baby”- Gender is also pretty big in psychology because of the way the mind works sometimes people are born programmed backwards.
  • “Don’t call me homophobic: The complexity of ‘that’s so gay'”- People are always interested in whether or not people are gay by choice or if their born that way, they always look toward psychologist for the answer.
  • “How does language shape the way we think?”- Anytime learning is involved it has to do with the brain, which is always full of interest from people.
  • “Language and thought”- When we hear certain noises they all have a meaning to them, such as when you hear someone crying you automatically start to think something is wrong.
  • “Words are weapons”- In today’s world people are hurting themselves over what other people are saying to them, people don’t understand how much words can truly hurt someone.
  • “Experience: I can speak 50 languages”- The brains ability to do things like this is why it’s the most interesting but also what people know the least about.

One Class All In Bullet Points

  • Fundamentals can make your papers bump up
  • “Sweat the details”
  • Pay attention to form, rules, and discipline
  • MLA format is like how football fields are arranged, there social agreements
  • Quit fighting against the rules of the game
  • “You don’t have to play the game, it’s a choice.”
  • You have to master the convention
  • As you move up your given authority
  • As you move up your afforded the privilege of challenging the conventions
  • All disciplines advance by being challenged
  • Are all conventions social?
  • In writing there are personal styles
  • Questions don’t equal resistence
  • Questions are age appropriate
  • Exigence
  • “Can’t change it until you master it, but challenge it on your way there” (Austin Pierpont)
  • Researcher papers are all the voices in your head going onto one paper
  • These conversations improve writing. Question, laugh, and talk
  • Scholars talk, think, and listen
  • Learning how to talk and think together
  • Rephrase what you hear

In class Monday we had a big class discussion about conventions, or rules. A convention is an agreement between people or a group about something, in this case rules. For example the dimensions of a football field are conventions because a group of people had to agree that those dimensions fit right for the game. In class we talked about how you should have to master something before being able to challenge it. For example, i can’t go change a rule in volleyball because i don;t know much about it, but someone who has been to the Olympics for volleyball has a better chance because they have mastered the sport. During this argument Austin Pierpont said something that stood out to me, he said “you can’t change it until you master it, but challenge it on your way there.” One person in class did a great job of this, Adelyn Mandeville. She questioned, or challenged, Bill and the point he made about mastering something. Bill went on to say that questions don’t equal resistance, but are actually a great thing. To end the discussion Bill finished and said that conversations like these help us improve our writing and that we should keep questioning, laughing, and talking.



Class discussions that happen in other classes but not in Bill’s!






  • Spatial- This is a spatial OVERLOAD. In my opinion you can’t really read what all the different ads are trying to tell you because some of them are overlapping and it is just flat out overwhelming. If they took the time to lay out all the ads more people could look at them and actually receive information from them.
  • Visual- There is a whole lot of visual going on with these different ads. Although it may catch the attention of the audience walking by, it doesn’t really help them get anything out of it.
  •          Linguistic- With these ads there is plenty of language on them, but it’s up to the audience to take the time out of their day and actually go read them and look further into them.



Too much for one person to handle






  • Spatial– The poster is a great example of showing the spatial mode because it uses all the room available and nothing is crammed together. Also the poster itself is a big one so it can easily grab the attention of the people walking by.
  • Visual– The poster is a great visual example because it gets all of your attention to go directly towards the picture of the dam. I also liked how they set up the words on the poster and used different colors to help make it pop out.
  • Improvements– Although the poster has many positives about it I feel like it doesn’t give the audience much information about what it’s trying to promote. I feel like the use of more words rather than such a big picture of a dam could help catch our attention even more.

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Chapter 1

In chapter 1 it also talks about the different ways that the book is going to help our skill set. It says it will give us a tool kit for writing for different audiences. I thought this was good to know because on the first day of class Bill told us to always know who your audience is and what you want them to do.

Chapter 1

Chapter 1 really caught my attention especially when it talks about the 5 modes of communication. The 5 modes of communication are aural, gestural, spatial, visual, and linguistic. The mode that caught my attention the most was the visual mode, this caught my attention because all these years I had been watching tv commercials or I would drive by a billboard and I never thought of those being ways to communicate.