Todays notes 12/4/14


Joseph D. Bruemmer

William L. Mangrum

COMP 150/Section 11

4, December 2014

Todays Notes

Before today, I didn’t know a thing about how to utilize our library’s resources. I did know the importance of using reliable sources to back up an argument, but I never was quite sure how to tell if it was reliable.

  • google power maps
  • I must back up my argument in an academic and social setting
  • Knowledge graph comes from linked data
  • Wikipedia is good for quick social info but I shouldn’t always use it in my papers
  • I must find out the affiliation, and position of the author
  • If I click the gray letters next to the site I can the position of the author
  • I must understand both sides of the argument
  • If the website is well organized it may be a credible
  • Look for an “About Us” page on the website
  • I must also find the authority, authorship, and currency of a source to decide if it is credible
  • A site with lots of ads is not a good indicator for reliability
  • In Wikipedia I can find the Currency of a source by looking in references
  • To learn more about the page go to further readings
  • I can also find discussions and citations in the Talk section of Wikipedia
  • Academics can site their own work but it can’t be the same for websites
  • The top paragraph of the Wikipedia page distinguishes the topic you are searching for
  • Google scholar has more scholarly material
  •  I can also go to Library Resources, search for peer reviewed articles, and use the encyclopedia as a research starter
  • I can limit my search to books, magazines, ect
  • References are embedded inside an article and at the end of the page
  • I can go to the Reed Library advanced login and access articles from outside of campus.
  • It will ask for my last name and 900 number but I will have to update my Skycard every semester
  • We are paying for what the Library has to offer so we should use it
  • This prevents confrontations with professors and teaches you how to use academic resources

This lesson on citing sources is exactly what I need to choose reliable resources. This knowledge will not only help me when I am presenting my studies to the classroom but also when I will be scrutinizing the arguments of others. I think that outside of school, the act of simply knowing where my information is coming from will help me behave in a more knowledgeable and logical manner.

Todays Class 11/4/14


Today we did another peculiar writing assignment where we tried to connect the words cat, cube, fuzzy, button and table by writing nonstop for twenty minutes. Since the goal of this assignment was to connect everything and not write separate paragraphs, I will try to do the same for this blog post as well as everything else I will be writing. I really like these writing assignments and hope to see more of them in the future. I think that because the objects we write about are so obscure, it teaches our brains to think differently and imagine scenarios that are very creative.

The first paper that was read was written by Sammy. His story was of two people who could not find there cat, and after looking found him in the television. The class concluded that the ways that Sammy could improve his writing was by rearranging the plot so that there is more mystery involved in finding the cat. Bill then mentions three of the five cannons with #1 being invention, #2 arrangement and #3 style. Bill then says that we will see our papers improve if we pay more attention to our writing style and arrangement of our papers.

The next person to read their writings aloud was Rob. He managed to introduce a problem and then solve it when he said “The only problem was”. This showed us that in some cases we should throw some mystery in to the essay and drag it out until it is then solved. We should again think of the audience and write about a problem that they are interested in.

I liked Josh’s paper the most because it was very funny and dramatic. Josh introduced tension in the first two sentences of his essay. This got everyone’s attention. The only thing that I saw was wrong with his writing was when he introduces the god named table. He obviously came up with this name randomly and just threw it in to his essay. Bill tells us that we cannot just grab a random word or quote and throw it in to our essays. We must instead Prepare the audience for the quote, Insert the quote, and finally Explain it (PIE). Other than that minor detail I think that Josh was able to write a surprisingly good storyline in only twenty minutes

Jessika goes into great detail about the location in which here story is set. She also introduces much tension into here story.

This class taught me a lot today about how to write a good paper. I think that the rule of PIE (Prepare, Insert, Explain) will especially come in handy for the upcoming assignments. I also learned that when writing a mystery (or any story) I must think about how the structure of my paper to increase suspense.

About Me


This essay has to be less than 200 words? This is going to be difficult but I think that I can do it. Since I am talking about myself I must talk about music because the massive role it has played in my life.

I began to learn how to play the violin when I was eleven and branched out until at the age of eighteen I play the ukulele, guitar, charango and mandolin. Music is truly my passion and each new instrument I learn is like a puzzle that I must completely understand and put together. Though I love music I do not think I will major in it and will just keep it as a hobby.

When it comes to my classes and my major I am just another student who is undeclared. I am quite interested in Biology and I also want to become a photographer.

After college I plan on travelling the world. I will probably just set off with a friend or two and travel. I especially interested in seeing eastern Europe, South Africa and the Phillipines. I also plan on making my money through the ancient art of busking while living on the road.

Connecting My Notes to the World Around Me 10/24/14


The main topic of this class was being serious about our education and discussing the problems we have been having in this class. Something that I learned from this class that I can use out in the world is the ability to listen and truly comprehend what is being said. If you have a conversation with a person and if they say anything intelligent than the next step would be to write the saying down on a piece of paper so that you don’t forget. After doing this you can have the opportunity to give your own opinion about what he just said thus making knowledge. By doing this, you are the process of becoming a scholar seriously and have created knowledge

My Class Notes 10/27/14


Todays class was not like the other classes that have been held. The objective of todays class was to write for ten minutes without stopping and present our writings to the class. For our first writing we got to decide what we were writing about. I chose to write about what my trip to Utah. When I looked through my notes from today I realized that in this ten minutes I managed to write some very good notes (in less time) than if I had simply waited for the right words to come to me. I feel like this assignment isn’t just something that I can do in the classroom but it is also something that I could use when I am brainstorming for essays or writing journal entries. The next writing assignment was to write about candy, the apocalypse and our left foot. Unlike the first writing, when I looked at it today I could not tell what I was trying to say. I understood the parts about the apocalypse and candy but when it came to my left foot I was lost. I did see that I was trying to get very philosophical about my foot but could not understand the connection that it had with the personalities of everyone in the classroom. Bill pointed out that for this assignment a few people wrote one paragraph about their foot, another about the apocalypse and a final one about candy. Most of the class mixed all of their writings together by trying to connect it all together instead of writing about these topics in individual genres. I think that this is what Bill wants us to do seeing that for the past few classes have talked about connection. Now that I am better prepared, I hope to see more writing assignments like this in the future.

My class notes 10/29/14

  • Molly makes the claim that if we dress up for Halloween we get extra credit.
  • Bill asks for reasons why we shouldn’t dress up
  • Reasons– It takes effort, costs money, could be embarrassing, some people may not dress up, we may be penalized in other classes and people may judge
  • Judgment is different than embarrassment because embarrassment is more shameful
  • As scholars we must recognize that arguments are everywhere and we must be able to write about them
  • A request is a claim that is usually followed by some sort of counterclaim
  • To counter claim what Bill said about being penalized in other classes for our costume, Katie says that we could just put the costume in a pack and put it on before class.
  • Reasons for dressing up- It is fun, it is the only time of the year that it is accepted, personal desire, extra credit, it could be funny, it allows us to show off our costume, it allows you to make connections with other people in costumes, you get candy, it is a tradition or you may want to start a tradition by wearing a costume
  • Bill needs an academic reason to give us extra credit points
  • Jessika says that our action of dressing up shows that we understand the what we have been doing in this class and everyone else agrees and hat we should get half a letter grade added on to our final assessment
  • Bill says that by the act of dressing up we are using a visible and tangible sign that we understand
  • Drew says that we fight with each other to get what we want
  • We have to develop a different ways of paraphrasing
  • We have now decided to vote on whether we get extra credit points or not and everyone votes yay!
  • Bill asks us what the blogging allows us to do. We respond by saying that it lets us argue outside of the classroom (Me), reconnects us with the thoughts wh had in the classroom (Tyler), and encourages us to collaborate (Rob)
  • Bill says that after college we will always be collaborating within a group of people. He has also given us lots of freedom in this class, and that writing connects us with talking and once we realize

Connecting my notes from 10/24/14


Bill has noticed that some of the self-assessments were not as thought out and critical as they could have been. The point is then brought up that he these people are not taking this class as seriously as everyone else. In order to get to the true meaning we must defining the word “serious”. This sounds easy but is not as simple as one might think. To me serious means to be willing to learn, improve and expand on certain topics. Have I been taking my college education seriously? yes most definitely. In my homeschooling curriculum I received a very low ACT score and a very high GPA. This means that my college GPA cant dip below a B or else I will lose the New Mexico Lottery tuition money. I must take college seriously or else I cannot pay for my education.

My class Notes 10/24/14

  • 1. We will get back to the activity theory
  • 2. get back to blogging
  • 3. look forward to another self-assessment at the end of the semester
  • In class Bill wants a robust and engaged conversation
  • Academic Rigor- Students take control of their own learning
  • for the most part he has given us the grade we wanted with the exception of only five or six grades out of ninety students
  • When scholars aren’t motivated to do self-assessments or do them late it puts Bill in a difficult spot and shows that you have not been rigorous
  • If Bill has this same problem in seven weeks bad things will happen
  • “I do not want you to think of yourself as I want you to. I want you to distance your mind from yourself” (Mangrum William. )
  • We are not only responsible for ourselves but for others too. How do we collaborate?
  • How do we fix the problem of some students not being rigorous?
  • Ethan asks “How can we fix it to where we are more motivated?”
  • Josh says that “we need to fix past habits”
  • Tyler says that we need to more rigorously asses ourselves
  • Bill tells us to think of a self-assessment as a genre so that we see what we need to correct
  • Jonathan says that we need to take it more seriously
  • Bill asks Jonathan to define seriously
  • Bill then makes the claim that were not just killing time, but instead learning how to articulate positions in essays, see how language works, understand literature and make knowledge
  • Ethan says that in order to fix the problem we are having with the self-assessments we want everyone to take responsibility and collaborate
  • Markell says that the definition of serious is to “engage in learning”
  • as a scholar you must learn how to frame issues in a particular way
  • Raylin says that it is our responsibility to get assignments done on time
  • Jonathan tells us to look at the opposite of the definition
  • “set a word in opposition to another word”
  • How should Seriously be embodied?
  • do it to the best of your ability and care about it
  • What is the difference between caring and ability?
  • Andrew says that we should give examples in order to understand the word. His example is when a kid is poking another kid when a stick and he says “seriously stop!”
  • Bens example is when someone says “this is seriously hard or messed up”
  • Tyler is questioning the tructh
  • we are getting at credible expression of your true intentions
  • Claire says that her intentions are to learn from doing something wrong
  • Molly says that says that it is used as a derogative and a statement
  • Ethan gives the example of ” he wants some serious Texas barbecue!”
  • Bill makes a point by saying “notice how language works in each context” and that the exact same word can be used in ways with different intentions and meanings.
  • A paper is a site for knowledge
  • you think wrongly when you put words on paper and think they are fixed because the reader sees it differently
  • Jessika says that we should consider how the audience encounters it.
  • Molly says that we should interpret and challenge the use of reading
  • Interpretation is an act of reading and writing.
  • When called upon Rob told us to give him a moment to think. This is a demonstration on how hard it is to define a common term.
  • It is scholarly to think about simple words and say them in different ways
  • Andrew makes the claim that even listening is an act of taking something seriously

My class notes 10/1/14

  • Exigence- An issue or situation that causes someone to speak or write
  • Examples of this are an alarm goes off so there must be a fire, do you have an umbrella? (rain is the exigence), and Tyler saying candy when he heard my phone go off makes my phone the exigence. Another example is that a shopkeeper needs an employee and the employee needs money. The sign, add and billboard are all actions
  • Write in your own words, read the god damn book, annotate and write in the margins of your book, and buy books with ink
  • Even cards are acts of composition
  • Loid Bitezer said that “The only thing that counts as exigence is something that can be fixed by speaking”
  • It is not rhetorical unless you can change what the person thinks
  • repeating a concept does not mean that you understand it. It is not rocket science, we are doing these things constantly
  • Molly said that Exigence is a need of reason
  • It is impossible for your opinion not to dictate writing
  • Unless you are using a quote you should always be putting things in your own words
  • The act of selecting words for a paper conveys ideas
  • when you are selecting something you are also not selecting certain things
  • Every time you write meaning is communicated