COMP 150 The Inspiration

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All my life I have had this fear of writing and reading. I always thought of it as something you were forced to do and you have to follow the rules and write about something someone choose and write it how they want. (It’s a run on sentence) Instead we wrote about ourselves and subjects that we wanted to in this summer session. There are rules to writing. They are know as conventions and they aren’t that complicated. These conventions are standards that simplify the writing for the author and the audience. Conventions are understood by members of a discourse community. An example of a discourse community is the group of scholars and myself in our class. We all have a common goal, a slang we can all understand, we all communicate using a medium such as blogging, and we use more than one genre like papers and blogging. From this discourse community I found writing to be something I enjoy, something I feel successful at. I learned that silently reading a book is no better than skimming a chapter. Reading is done with a pencil at your side, to write down questions or comment you have in the book. Reading is going over the chapter not once but twice maybe even three times. This helps one start to open gates in their mind to let information flood in and make connections with previous knowledge. I learned knowledge isn’t gained from a lecture by the teacher but by the conversation you have with your scholarly peers post class. It’s gained too by the previous experiences in your life and how they connect to the knowledge you are gaining at that particular point. Knowledge is made.

Public Space

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This is Shaw coming to you live from my place of residence. Inviting you to join a conversation about how blogging is a form of public writing. A key point of public blogging is the idea that these blogs are available to everyone via this world we call the internet. There is no huge security or lock to keep the major public out. One thing I question is how will someone find my blog? Will it pop up on a search engine? Will I have to personally inform them of my site? A blogger like myself will post some comments and hope to hear responses from others out there on the web. The others spoken of are who? Likely to be classmates of mine but that isn’t the only group that has access to this site so who will post. Any one can join this conversation. I see a conversation as something that a group or more than one person will join. These conversations are for me, my classmates, and the world to join.

Citing

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Wow! Citing is a struggle. Luckily we have a resource to help us through it. Conventions make it tough as well as easier. But now I understand there are reasons why we use these conventions. It makes the language a standard which is understood by a vast group of people. Why are we talking about dirty dishes?

Key Points

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When working on a research project a few sources are needed to help assemble your argument. Just grabbing random sources is not going to assist your paper. Instead sources need to be researched, read, understood, and summarized by the author. Main ideas of the source need to be found. The author must find sources that relate to the project that will help either agree or disagree with the ideas of the project. As I have learned in COMP 150 we need to take notes and break down what we read to fully grasp the concept(s) involved. Enjoy your researching!

Hello world!

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This is my first entry into this blogging universe. I am using this blog as a learning experience to dive deeper in the world of multi-media writing. Information sharing has changed drastically in previous years, so I think it’s great that my fellow students(scholars) and I are taught how to keep up in these changing times. It’s interesting to think that anyone with internet access can view this page. It seems as though privacy is a thing of the past. Throughout this blog I will share my adventures into composition and how it will inspire and change the way I’ve written all these years. Writing is used everyday. We can have a rhetorical situation that gives us a need or exigence to write and persuade. Writing doesn’t have to be something we are forced to do but a tool we can use to complete a task. Enjoy.