Part 3: How This Relates to My Major

As an English major, it is important to know what words mean. It is also important to know how to research the topic I wish to write about. For example, as a blogger, I have to do research on the issue I write about, like the Ray Rice incident or Anita Sarkeesian. I have to use research to be well informed and informed enough so that I can write enough about a topic that gives the impression that I am well informed.

I also write novels and short stories. When a certain story takes place in a certain time period, I have to research that time period and have enough inquiry to know what to look for.

Essay and Chart

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We began conversation with the dictionary definition of the word query and stated that it means to question. We then asked what inquiry meant and I gave my own example of what it meant specifically to me, using my blog as an example.

The evolution of the discussion mostly involved the evolution of our interpretations of the word “inquiry” then the phase “academic inquiry”. We then came to the consensus that academic inquiry is structured query as stated by Luke and James. They explained that it would be guided by an instructor.

While I disagreed with the conclusion at first, saying that it does not necessarily have to be for academic purposes, I came to agree when they said that it is structured research.  We then came to the conclusion that academic inquiry is actually going out and doing structured research while query is simply asking the question.



  • Construct a definition for the word inquire
  • dictionaries have multiple levels of definitions
  • Scholars construct their own definitions
  • What does it mean to query? To question
  • What is academic inquiry?
  • query is to question, search, “What we’re doing now.”
  • to inquire is to make physical
  • inquire for academic purpose
  • Academic inquiry is structured
  • “genre”-James
  • inquire is finding answers
  • query is asking questions


  • Use bullets
  • Learn as we do things
  • If you wait until the last minute, you can’t learn
  • Start early
  • Going forward- use last names
  • Bold- expand
  • Practice taking written information and putting it on a blog
  • If specific instruction given, expected to follow
  • Train mind to pay attention
  • Not all notes
  • Subsitive- explained such that someone that was not in class could understand
  • Never use “just” as a noun
  • Language marginalizes and makes people feel small and can do the opposite as well.
  • Critical thinking
  • Words are socially agreed upon sounds that we give meaning
  • Hearing, comprehension, and speech
  • Papers carry tone
  • in 1987 Arthur Chickering and Zelda F. Gamson wrote an article “7 Good Principles for Improving Higher Education”
  • Building communities improves learning
  • Contact between students


  • Conventions-Standards
  • Preliminary matter
  • Conventions have to do with genre and setting
  • Not  1 convention for everything but many conventions for everything
  • Discourse comm.-Way of talking to one another
  • Genre-forms of writing that are patterned to conventions are how we fill that genre that facilitates from recurring situations
  • Deeds, bank deposits, resume, job application, voting, health insurance, liability, music, medical forms, divorce papers, class registering, school application, checks, jury summons, calling for artillery, adoption, lawsuits, death certificate.
  • Always use first person in papers
  • create blog
  • I’m Here post
  • post notes: CLASS NOTES(date)


Thinking, learning, and processing.

Rather than asking for pages, he will ask for word count. End of paper (number of words) Range of words.

Chiem Potok “My Name is Asher Lev”-I actually bought this book over the weekend and read it again.


  • 1in. margins
  • 1 font size for full paper (12 point)
  • Times New Roman
  • Title is centered and same typeface
  • No “nd” or “st” after numbers
  • No extra space between paragraphs- I’m not incredibly sure why, but my Macbook Pro doesn’t do this at all.
  • Save all of these as an MLA Template
  • No title for professor-The idea for this is to simply put everyone on equal ground. Credibility is established with the content rather than titles.

Types of formatting- APA, CSE, Chicago, AP, CBE

Makes changes in ink. Learning objectives. See papers through iterations.

Look for word choice, syntax, and passive voice.

Notes are handwritten and drafts are typed with changes in ink. Typed presentation copy.

This is to get us comfortable with writing and who we are as writers. How to be scholars and what’s required.

Don’t fix mistakes on presentation copy-Most professors won’t catch mistakes on your papers unless you draw attention to it. I’d like to take this time to make an analogy about marching band. We used to be told “If you’re wrong, be wrong in rehearsal. But if it’s performance time, if you’re wrong, be wrong because you’ll look right.”

Edit for context-front to back

Proofing for grammar-back to front

Use a different colored pen to edit and proof.

After editing and proofing, spend about an hour and a half away from it.


cell rings/alarms=candy for all

“Everything is important.”

Qualitative analysis-participant observer

Treat class like a lab.

Make basic thought and expand and perform operation to pick the thought apart and put it back together to expand conversation. Deepen.

Scholars-capacity to deepen and expand. “What are you thinking?” Expand and deepen meaning of something.

“Deepen conversations and not papers.”-Zack-I feel this is very common. We talked about this in class but one thing that wasn’t discussed was an intimate connection with a person that we are not always able to have on a keyboard or paper. When we talk to people, he have a deeper connection immediately with that person because we are talking with the person.

Every act of writing is practice with your brain.

To write is to record sound.

“Easier to talk a lot than it is to write a lot.”-James

“Practice talking to each other rather than writing.”- Luke L.

“To practice writing is editing and rearranging.”-Bill. “Act of writing is the opportunity to practice writing.”

Sydney-“We are really good at playing school.”

Mitchell-“Kids find new ways to work the system and make it easier.”

New kid-Gunther Ott

“Requirement for product.”-Sam-I’m going to attempt to keep this as brief as I can. I have many problems with this statement. Mostly because it’s completely true. Public education does not emphasize meaning or thought process, rather they emphasize people able to turn out a certain number of papers like a machine. Okay, I;m going to stop before I go on a tangent.

Writing is a process. We won’t know what’s important unless we take notes. We learn to write by writing and by playing with language.

Process of writing: Belief in the power of language. Sounds into sequence into objects. Way of reading sound. Good writing is attention to sound and language.

Visual learning-Pedagogy. Process of learning. No audio without permission. Let him know ahead of time.

IRB-Institutional Review Boards

Put proposal before IRB. Makes sure that if you’re doing a research project, that you are supervised and properly construct interviews.

Surveys-nobody asks where the data goes. Serious research surveys people have a right to know who’s going to see it.

Taking care of people for money to research.

“People have different views.”-Mitchell

“The more we understand the views of ourselves, the easier it is to disagree.”

Business-Text is important. Only respond to emails from Fort Lewis account to protect student ID.

Noble 234. Tuesday from 11:00 to 5:00. Open door-take a seat.

Young people take thinking seriously.

Books-Monday of next week.

Wednesday:find a quiet place, take notes. Self assessment. Only for this class.

Questions: Do I have books? Have I attended? Do I participate? Characterize. Come to class ready? Think about? Challenging my views and claims? Motivated? Spirit of inquiry? Role has language played?What do I bring to class?

Typed presentation copy, draft, notes all stapled. MLA Format.


CCAFC 105-New room

Never say you’re bad.

Referring to ourselves as scholars.

Visualize self as scholar

Best way to pass-when he slips “student”, correct him.

2 new students- Katie Rivera, Mitchell Peterson

Write everything-training body to work while listening. To study, to use mind, to write.

Writing is a physical activity.

“Go into the mountains without your mind, you’ll die.”


“You come t college without your body, you’ll flunk.” Sleep, exercise, water, food.

Students think their minds can do something without their body. Scholars use both.

Friday-go somewhere on campus by myself with no one around. Alone. All together, at the same time. Notebook, pen. No cellphone except for time, no computers. Be in the place for 1 hour and research.

Time on task: if we’re told to do something and we get time to do it, we’ll do it.

Be at location at 2:00

Draw, write poetry, take notes.

report experience of being with your own mind.

Strip all distractions.

Initial experiment.

Over weekend, take notes and write paper.

Inform Bill what’s going on in our mind. About environment and mind.

Scholars are held to patterns of rigorous self assessment. learn more.

Be alone for an hour.

Luxury to think. Hour to be with mind.

Goal-pay attention to mind, self assessment, knowing your mind.

Craft an essay.

Notes stapled to rough draft and “presentation copy” on top of draft.

All writing can be reworked.

All stapled, handwritten draft.

Learning outcomes-scholars understand the process. Caring about the process.

“I will honor you and respect you as a scholar if you tell me.”

Thoughts-where am I going?

Notes can be random, notes are about whatever is happening. Essay is looking back at the experience.

Take away people, digital, and chemical stimulants. Stay awake and pay attention.

Pay attention to the noise inside your head, write it all down, only then will you know what to use and what to throw away.

All of this makes better writers. People who write off the top of their head don’t change the world.

Learning how to write down distractions.

Take care of your mind, whatever comes to mind, write it down.

Multimodal paper.

Monday meet here.

People become better writers when they write. Helped in their writing by talking.

Thinking is conversation internalized. Writing is conversation visualized.


Write everything down.

Research is that you don’t know what’s important. Learn every name in class. We are all scholars, not students.

“Research is the mind you bring to the moment you’re in.”-Bill

Research is not internet or libraries

Class names: Zack Dowd, Justin Richards, Luke Landreneau, Forrest Simpson, Kevin Cornett, James Wadle, Luke Jun, Noreen Raines, Carlie Romer, Sydney McMunn, McCauley Smith, Eric Bean, Ami Gabryzewsky, Justin Lopez, Eli Rosenbaum, Precious Yazzie, Lydel Sleuth, Paige Albright, Tyler Knott, Sam Halac, Sam deGraw, Leighton Denetsosie, Kaela Roberts.

“Research is observing everything around you.”-Justin R.

Make your way to a conclusion or correction. Clarifying in public space for every day benefits…

Academic citation: First mention, First and last. Every mention afterward, only last.


“[Just] getting to know each other.” Revision is important.

Word choice is an act of revision. “Just” is a fluff word. Simply or matter of factly.

Rhetoric is establishing credibility with audience.

Rhetoric, Rhetor, Rhetorical

Always push to write.

“I’m responsible for my own education.”-Ami

Banking Theory of Education:Minds are treated as vaults.

Education=Big business

Learning increases when people have apersonal relationship with people in class.

Build relationships=vested in conversation=more sticks=education

Higher education does not equal brain dump

always ask: Who is the audience and what do I want them to do?


Referring, Summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting

To produce the message is most important.

Conned into an idea that knowledge exists and can be achieved, knowledge is already there.

Writing breaks the resistance, always write. Taking notes reminds us of what we learned. Keep moving pen all the time

word for word v. paraphrasing

Treat the pen as saying what we already know. Writing is a way of reporting. Shovel, digging for something.

School of thought: Writing- Reporting v. Exploring

Wait until you know. making knowledge, brainstorming, figuring out how we figure things out.

“I can’t say it as well as…”-Bullshit

Important to quote and support claim. Don’t replace voice.

Paper-Convince instructor I was present. Due Wednesday. No min or max.