Method to Annotation: 5 November 2014

  1. You will work in the morning from 8:00-10:00 in the library for a total of three hours. Do your best to finish all of your work.
  2. Before you leave, you must consume at least 2 eggs, have brought colored pens and your book Writing About Writing.
  3. When you leave play music on the way there for relaxation and motivation.
  4. When you arrive, go into the library and choose a nice secluded place to sit amongst the books.
  5. Pick up book Writing About Writing and go to page 325, to read the Article What is Rhetoric.
  6. When you first read the article you are going to read the first and last sentence of each paragraph, this is to see which of them are more important according to your observation through your readings.
  7. Mark the selected paragraphs with stars or your preferred making with a bright color.
  8. Now, you will go back and read the selected paragraphs, paying close attention tot detail.
  9. After you actual first reading of the paragraphs, go back and begin to annotate.
  10. I expect most you who are going to read this know a form of annotation, so I will not go into much detail, but I will provide a brief explanation.
  11. By annotation, I mean you are going to reread the article again, but this time through, you are going to use your colored pens to add markings in the text in places you consider important, and also writing down your thoughts and ideas on the side margin.
  12. Make sure before you consider yourself finished, you have read the selected paragraphs in the article at least 3-4 times.
  13. Thank you for your time and considerations of my method.

My Class Notes: 24 October 2014

  • Italics  only, no quotation marks
  • turn signals are a convention
  • Italics signal your audience
  • If you don’t know what to do, do it the same way

Blog Assignment

-1st post: our notes from today-2nd post: Essay about our notes (what “serious” means to this class)-3rd post: Connect transfer (take the word serious and connect it to the whole of our academic experience)


  • Wherever possible to follow MLA conventions, follow them
  • Blog is a site where knowledge is made
  • “I did not get anything out of the class, I won’t use it ever in my life, that class is a waste of time
  • Students not pushed to make connections
  • Paper, blog, text msg, conversations- sites for knowledge

Conversation for Essay

  • Wide range open discussions, pushing to understand language, tease out differences commonly held assumptions of what writing is
  • Developing higher critical thinking
  • What does the word “serious” mean”?
  • Precious-“I don’t know, something not kidding around”
  • Justin R.-“She said, what it was not”-
  • Luke L.- “A solemn attitude”
  • Word-sentence-paragraph-paper-expansion is always possible
  • Sydney- “Serious texas BBQ”
  • Leighton- “focus, determined”
  • CJ-“I think serious as a tone”
  • James-“People take situations differently”
  • Bill- “Transfer is everywhere”
  • Settings has to do with how we define words”\\
  • Amy- “Discipline”
  • Katie-“Attempts on one’s part to make ourselves understood”
  • Bean-“A way of communicating something important with conviction”
  • Carlie- “Deep thought”
  • Sam- “Going towards a goal with a motivated and driven mindset”
  • Justin L.- “Full bodied attempt to accomplish something”
  • Justin R.-“Emotion that rises the magnitude of the situation”
  • Sam D.- ”Affirming the realness or the importance of the situations”
  • Kevin-“expectation something will be done”
  • Justin R.- “its a signal”

Reading Experience: 9/26/14

On this day our assignment was to

  • Get with your group
  • Go to page 1 in the book “Writing About Writing”
  • Read pages 1-11
  • Take turns practicing reading, that is part of the purpose of the reading


As describe above, my group performed the assignment. We all went to Sam D’s apartment and spent the hour and a half reading the assignment. Hearing other people read and myself, it was easy to tell that we all had different levels speaking skills. Surprisingly the reading took the whole hour and half, this allowed me to take notes while reading the text although. When we finished the assignment, Sam kindly dropped us all off at campus.

The assignments when we come together as a group, I believe are really beneficial. People learn to become more comfortable around new people and develop better social skills. Reading out loud is helping me because I tend to stutter sometimes, and it is making me slow down. In the end it is always nice to hear other people’s opinion, which you do not have when you read alone.

My Class Notes: 24 September 2014

  • Sombrero Luke: “We just woke up”
  • Time on task- Use the time
  • We do not rearrange paragraphs enough
  • Invention, arrangement, style, memorization, delivery
  • Invention is he window to your topic
  • Arrangement- is thinking through how you want to say something
  • Time on task orientated
  • Before you can advance, you need to follow orders
  • play with language
  • Scholars care for each other
  • “We struggle with reading because we assume we are supposed to know how to read”-Bill M.
  • Break a sentence and put it back together
  • I wanna be sure you know how to read
  • Read so closely you can anticipate the text
  • Bean:”Find words you do not fully understand”
  • Eliminate passive sentences
  • Passive sentences, readability, grade level of understanding
  • Speak how you want to speak
  • Reading a loud is very important for understanding
  • Shyness is resistance to learning
  • Search for NCTE- student’s rights ro their own language
  • The best way
  • Language opens doors and language closes doors
  • No wrong/right way to pronounce a word
  • Every person has their own language
  • Fowler’s handbook of English language
  • So much that you don’t have to do
  • Rhetoric is about immediate context
  • Identify
  • Want to gain knowledge so you can communicate with whoever
  • Rhetoric- Discipline of understanding that you are a speaker, a crowd, and soothing needs to be said
  • Logos, ethos, pathos
  • Adapt ourselves

Map of Discussion/ Lab Report



In this report,I am going to summarize my view of the class, up to a certain point. The information goes from order of event, more or less chronological. This is my first depicted lab report or a discourse analysis.

To begin class Bill came into class and asked us to rearrange the desks, to see our faces. Soon after Bill told us to “construct a working definition of the word query”. Fifteen minutes was given to us to work as a class to discuss what query and academic inquiry mean, so we did this and created our own definitions. Sam deGraw started and CJ began to talk, they really helped me individually figure out the difference between the two terms. From this point Luke L. and James began to dominate the conversation and they really did make some great points. As a class we began to gain a good understanding of the words and began to make our finally decision. “A query is what we are doing and Academic Inquiry is structured”, are what we decided on.

My Class Notes: 22 September 2014

  • Construct a working definition of the the word query
  • Do so in collaboration with other scholars
  • What does it mean to query?-To investigate (lightly)
  • what is academic inquiry?- To show interest (intensive investigation)
  • Luke L.- “it is what we are doing right now”.
  • Bean: “What are things that we do that are academic inquiry”?
  • Justin R.- “You ask a question to learn, so all query is academic query”.
  • Luke L.- “Academic query is structured”
  • James- Its like a genre (academic query)
  • Conversation
  • Mapping Conversation- academic discourse
  • What was it like to reflect on the event.(act of witing)
  • Precious- “made us thing, it was fairly difficult”
  • Carleigh- “Pretty hard to find the answer in all that. Notes helped speaking go around”.
  • Amy- “Difficult when they would go back and forth”
  • Noreen- “How they spoke when they knew the answer they spoke more loudly”
  • Bill- “The mind goes to the original experience”
  • Bill- ” Train your brain to discipline and stay on topic”
  • David Colb- Cycles of Reflected learning
  • When people are given experiences and write immediately about it, we learn more.
  • The first step in writing is invention
  • Bean-“Brand new idea, so I just started writing”
  • Sam D-” Noticed the waxing and waining of the conversation”
  • Sam D-“Writing about who was speaking and not”
  • How much- How accurate- How to use data
  • Kayla- “We were writing like crazy”
  • Leighton- ” Fun everything made it fun, got to draw”

My Class Notes: 17 September 2014

  • Use bullet points, we start to get more organized
  • When you don’t give yourself time to work, you don’t give yourself time to learn.
  • No bad, only unique examples
  • Use the persons last name when quoting
  • Was looking to take your notes and simply transfer them to the blog
  • Expand, Summarize, reference
  • Make sure that name is the title, not the tagline
  • Practicing taking written info and placing it in our blog
  • Actually able to follow specific instructions
  • You are moving up in life, you need to learn to adopt
  •  Highschool trains you for non-engagment
  • Bill “giving us freedom”
  • 1st lie you have ever learned about language: Sticks and stones quote
  • Bill Mangrum- “Language is socially agreed upon sounds”
  • Bill is blowing my mind
  • Language creates/ destroys
  • “You have the capacity to be wise and by our choices we can break people or heal them”- Bill M.
  • Connection is everything.
  • Watch the world you live in
  • “We are all full of contradiction” -Bill M.
  • Jokes are good
  • Tone in writing and speaking are not very different

My Class Notes: 15 September 2014


  1. Peer review
  2. Preliminary matter
  3. Conventions for the discipline
  4. Conventions have to do with a genre- Conventions more or less are rules that pertain to a specific genre. For something to be recognized within a specific genre it has to follow certain conventions, going a long a particular pattern. Music for example has to follow a certain tempo and beat, then we can call it rock, rap, classical, etc.. Some Conventions may seem small, but when we follow them, so much more clarity will come with it.
  5. Discourse communities- a specific way of being- Everything has a specific way of being, we all have an idea of who we are as a individual. This being said, we are acknowledging the differences in everything and how they relate; a chair is not a couch and vice versa, but we still use them for the same purpose.
  6. Genre- Normal reoccurring situation
  7. Deed, resumé, job application, voting, deposit, health insurance, liability waiver, buying a car, medical forms, divorce papers, class registration, school application, jury summons- The examples stated are all normal reoccurring situations, they happen everyday. Wither we like it or not these forms happen everyday, they are creating a genre, they pretty much make up a aspect of life. What would schools, car dealerships, real estate agencies and hospitals do without these info slips? Nothing could function correctly if we did not have these pieces of paper that we created. When something is set in stone like this, you do not try and go against it.
  8. Essay problems- missing words, camas, misdirected targets
  9. Unless said otherwise- it does not matter, what viewpoint you write.

How to set up a blog

1.) Go to    2.) Click on FAQ    3.) Go to click here    4.) Dashboard–>Settings–>general   5.) Settings–>Reading

Second Half of class

  1. Post–>Add new–>Spend 2 and half hours–>I am here–>write 2-3 sentences of where you are and how it was serving up the blog (spend 10 min.)–>Publish
  2. My Class Notes: 1 September 2014–>write up your notes from that day.
  3. Continue with instructions from point 2 for all days in class
  4. Bill tells us how much time he wants up to spend on homework, not how much to do.- This new idea of homework that Professor Mangrum established in class is a useful tool. We as students like to rush and get things done as quick as possible, everyone enjoys their free time. This method allows us time to actually think and consider all things, cementing things that we would normally forget. 2.5 hours of homework for every hour in class is a reasonable, helpful way  to increase our learning capacity.

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