Monthly Archives: July 2014

Last week

Its been a really fun adventure getting to know each and one of my scholars from comp 126 summer session. They have been my best way of learning from sharing different perspectives, ideas and thoughts. Each day everyone brought something in mind and the discussion just went on from there. Bill has been really awesome help bringing out our ideas and thoughts. So this week I really know what I’m going to be talking about in my last self assessment paper from how my way of looking at writing changed and how my scholars been the biggest part of my learning out come. Im going to share examples of how a simple thought leads to a big learning outcome. Im also sure to write my outline and body paragraphs first. Then write my introduction last because with my body filled i’ll be able to write a more precise and clear introduction. I’m really going to give a lot of thought into this last paper because I want to end this class proving that I have what it takes to comprehend composition.

Thanks, Dalt. ( :

WAW is a threshold concept that goes in depth with writing. It gives a lot of readers different perceptions for how writing can be approached. Instead of telling us writers how to write or giving a step by step advice about writing. This book changes our perception of how writing works. If that perception is changed than we can approach writing a lot better. This books introduction gives a lot of constructing meaning to readers of how the writing process can benefit us if we changed the way we approached writing.

According to some stories what makes good writing good is following the rules and avoiding the errors. ┬áThis seems like good writing that high school students have picked up but in college its actually much more than just grammatical errors. Its all about having your own voice in the essay and expressing your types of ideas. College professors expect a lot more than just your grammar errors. That is having your own voice in the essay and taking control. If you spend a lot of time correcting errors you will lease likely spending time finding ideas and expressing them. Writing about writing doesn’t teach you and tell you how to write but giving different perceptions of approaching writing.

conceptions are what take up a paper but what writing does challenges your act to hold up those ideas and back them up throughout research. To make a more accurate conception is knowing the situation of the paper and getting to know the audience, exigence and context of your paper. What can make you a stronger literacy person is connecting to the material whether your reading or writing and constructing meaning together. This book gives you a lot of challenges to change your thinking of what writing is about.

Literacy is all about construct. When the reader reads a material that person brings their own experiences and knowledge about the material to their reading thus expanding their understanding about the material. Same goes with writing, when writing your most likely to construct a connection to the material.

Threshold concepts are specialized into every field or majors in order for students to fully understand that subject. If your specializing into a field you are required to learn those threshold concepts to learn more about that subject. There may be some threshold that students don’t have to learn because there major isn’t in that subject. Basically this threshold for this book is about writing and going in more depth for us writers to fully understand how writing works. Writing is universal and is required for everybody to understand it.

X

Last night we were supposed to read two articles. The only one I was able to read was an essay by Malcolm X named “Learning to Read.” X shares his experience of what it was like to start reading in prison. He came from a bad background of being a hustler to being in prison. When X wrote letters to Muhammad he became increasingly frustrated not being able to express what he wanted onto those letters. When X read books he skipped words he didn’t know and ended up with little idea of the what the book meant. Thats when X started reading the dictionary and started copying word from word. Like X, my experience with reading was similar. In middle school I started to become frustrated when I came upon a word I didn’t know. I started looking up the definition of each word that didn’t make sense to me but I didn’t copy a whole dictionary like X. The only thing I lacked when I was younger was the motivation to read. The motivation I believe that strikes Malcolm was just not being able to express what he wanted onto letters. Especially coming from a civil rights person fighting for equal freedom. This essay really inspires me because X was in prison when he started becoming a more avid reader. Im a free person and I had the education there and all the sponsor needed to increase my reading skills. X had little sponsors when he started to read and he did it all self teaching himself. The only thing I lacked was motivation and this story really inspires me to become a more avid reader.

Introduction

Yesterday in class we covered an important topic that will help me in my future papers. That topic was the introduction of a paper. It all started when Bill brought up a assignment about reading an article. Then annotate it that article, write a summary for each subject and post the summaries onto our blogs. The last thing we have to do is write an introduction piece for our summaries. Why not do the introduction first? Then write our summaries? ┬áThese questions popped into my head when Bill was describing the assignments. He then explained to us that if we wrote our summaries first and annotated the article, the introduction will be a lot easier to write. I never thought about writing my papers into this type of method because I always started out with my introduction since it was the first paragraph. If I know what I’m going to write about then I write my body paragraph. My introduction will be a lot easier to write because I know what I’m covering in my paper.

Another great topic that was covered in class that helped me understand what a good scholarly paper is. That is the writer acknowledges the fact that his thoughts are a small piece of the big picture and leaves the reader with more questions to be asked. There is also more research to be done. What I thought was a good example of this was when Marc told his explanation of how high school papers you could just get away with it. He said something about giving his ideas and that problem was solved right away. But its actually more in depth than that because you have to have other people involved into the problem. Their area of expertise is something you don’t have but you need it for the greater good. Your only one small piece to help solve the problem and a good paper ends with more research to be done.

The discussions we have in class are really helpful because it seems when my fellow scholars has there own opinion, it leads onto a discussion that helps us understand some aspects of composition a lot more clearly.

Thanks, Dalt.

summarizing

Today we tried an experiment with a twenty minute writing about the connection between writing and learning. To me I felt that the hardest part of the experiment was just the twenty minutes of non stop writing. Once we were done we had to summarize what we wrote down onto the board for everyone else to see. I thought the summarizing was the easiest until Bill put me on the spot with my summary. With my summary I used critically thinking three times and it questioned Bill about if I really understood the word it self. I did understand the word but I just couldn’t really get into great details as I wanted to. The discussion that my summary brought to the table was that you can’t use cliches into summaries. They start to question the reader. What I learned about my summary writing was that I expected the reader to understand fully about the meaning of critical thinking. I should’ve been more into detail with what I was trying to get across. We had only 5 minutes to write the summary so I didn’t get really into my “critical thinking” state. Which brings me to the first phrase discussion that we talked about which was Erik summary. Erik realized that the summary part was actually a lot harder than the 20 minutes writing because he didn’t have enough time to think about what he wanted on the board. This leads us to Bills statements for writing a summary. Rule one was that summarizing is demanding and requires a lot of time. When writing a summary we have to take a lot more time getting the rich information. The next was Aprils summary that led us talking about how summarizing can be a breakthrough. For me this means that a summary is a strong piece of literacy that can break through a mind, pointing out the great details in a short details. Thats why it takes a lot of time make a good summary. Rule three was what I brought to the table with my summary which is don’t overuse a word. It will start to question your readers because your relying on that word a lot. This discussion my summary brought made me realize that summaries are really time consuming and it is harder than writing 20 minutes non stop because you have to gather all the rich information needed to make a breakthrough. The next summary was Jen’s and her summary brought us to the discussion about how a summary is an act of self learning. When summarizing your basically paraphrasing everything you wrote down. When you write everything down your actually learning a lot more than you did before. Its all an act of memorization and that gets glued into your brain a lot more when you paraphrase. The fifth statement that we talked about is we shouldn’t assume that we know whats important and that learning is opening minds to all kind of things like ways of thinking. This last statement was the most that really stood out to me. When I learn something new it always brings a new perspective into my mind and I start looking at things a lot differently. Kip used a strong example when he mentioned Rochelle learning the hashtag on twitter. It might not be important but she learned something new.

This experiment was really great for summarization. Each day were strengthening different parts of our composition and becoming better writers. This experiment was helpful because of my fellow scholars. Each of us brought something new to the table that really made me think about the next time I write a summary. I will reflect back on my notes to this class whenever i have a question about summarization and remember summarizing is demanding!

Thanks, Dalt.