Here is a rough outline that I created from my notes. Just to help me understand some main points from class. I also made a small questions list and answered most the questions. I still need to look deeper into these questions and keep asking why. This has helped me but if theres anything I’m leaving out or need to change please let me know!

Notes In-Class

  • Fundamentals-The foundation to a building
    • Wrote goals on board with the ‘Fundamentals”
    • Asking the background to a story is getting the fundamentals
  • Research-
    • Address all evidence including the uncomfortable parts
  • Scholars/Professionals- Knowledge, inquiry, decision-making and acquiring skills.
    • I use language to conceal and render myself invisible to shift focus off of myself.
  • Making Claims –presenting knowledge
    • “Put your hand in their brain and manipulate it” -Bill
  • Resistance
    • Compose knowledge for others to consider
  • Argument
    •  Keyword- but
    • Compose an argument of your ideas.
  • Self Help
    • 1.Motivate 2.direct 3.regulate 4.assesment
    • Claim voice and be forward.
    • Keep consistency


  1. How many classes missed-4
  2. Why?
    1. Other than one emergency with my roommate the others were me just me being unmotivated.
  3. Were you disciplined?
    1. In-class –I was motivated and stayed interested in conversation.
    2. I could have stayed more devoted to my blogging assignments but was afraid of being judged and I can’t take criticism well.
  4. Did you get what you wanted/what did you get
    1. I got more than what I had expected. I have become a better note taker and I am more aware of my problems in writing like the lack in confidence.
  5. Where you were?
    1. I only wanted to get the credits and get through it. I did not like my writing and had no confidence in myself.
  6. Where you are now
    1. I have more confidence and my writing has improved. I still have work to do but at least I know what that work is.
  7. Critical Thinking
  8. Effort in assignments
    1. I enjoyed all the readings but was not motivated to blog
  9. What didn’t you do (knowing what you don’t know)
  10.  Did we appreciate other scholars
    1. I tried to help my scholars in class when they were stuck or were looking for a certain meaning. I could participate more by commenting on blogs. I don’t because of my own confidence problems.
  11.  Did you grow in class? How?
    1. I believe I am a scholar now and I have a better plan for my future in learning and education. I am good about speaking up in class and feel like the class has helped this even more. I now have better research and note taking skills.
  12. Did you grow out of class? How?
    1. I have become a better researcher and try to ask questions from people and I feel as though I look to have greater conversations.
  13. What transferred from class life to daily personal life?
    1. I have become more confident in my conversation skills also my writing has become more important.
  14. What grade do you deserve?
    1. I think I deserve around a 78 in the class or low B. I could have put in more effort in my assignments and shouldn’t have missed as many classes.


Here Comes The Final

The final self assessment paper is due by five o’clock on July eleventh. I am starting by just  laying out what I plan to post for the assignment and start to get a feel for the paper.

1.Create an outline from in-class notes

2.Create questionnaire for myself to try and really go deeper.

3.Find my sources and examples to create good works cited page.

4. Take a picture- outside of class.

The Different Forms of Writing.

There are some readings I can sit down and easily fall into. There also some readings that make me not want to sit down or fall. I am either pulled in by what they are saying, making me want to read on or taken back (in a bad way) to not want to read any more.

I think a lot of that has to do with how the author writes, some have a smooth way of laying out a timeline while others go from one topic to the next it seems rushed.

I felt this way when I sat down to read Excerpt from Bootstraps, like I was being rushed. It’s like he is trying to put as much info into his writing as possible and not trying to help the reader understand. He seems to write more on whats right in front of him instead of the feeling of whats inside him.

Since I had already read Learning to Read by Malcolm X I only skimmed it after my first reading was done. I knew immediately I still liked his writing style, how he puts more expression and feeling instead of data and statements.

I would like to say I got something out of both the readings but it was more on the styles of writing than what was actually being said.

Do They Connect?

The readings I am finding connections between are from Writing About Writing and are titled, Learning to Read and Excerpt from Bootstraps. 

The only good connection I found in both readings is the learning of language or literacy. The literacy narratives show how two different men learned to capture language and the struggles they went through.

For Victor there was a struggle with certain professors that saw him as a minority “…I tried to show that I didn’t need academic charity.”.

For Malcolm X it was a little trickier having to hide his late night readings from the gaurds “I heard the approaching footsteps, I jumped into bed and feigned sleep…”.

Both men had to find “shortcuts” or tricks to get ahead in their literacy. They also both touch on the topic of being minorities and how that affects their learning experiences. The quote I used above for Victor explains the trouble he had with professors trying to give charity as well as his parents who’s first language is spanish. Malcolm X was in eighth grade when he dropped out and was told by his teacher “…his race would prevent him from being a lawyer.”. This insecurity might have been what pushed them to do so well in language later on.

I was having a hard time at first finding these connections and I still feel as though there aren’t many to be found.

What About the Intro?

I have never enjoyed being asked by a professor to write an intro paragraph. Especially when I’m still not sure what my paper will be on. I feel more comfortable writing my paper and then going back to really make a good intro as well as conclusion. After class yesterday it made me understand that an intro is what will get the reader interested. So the reader will move forward and the conclusion should be there to help with wrapping it back into the intro.

What started this entire conversation was an assignment Bill gave us. We are required to read about 8 pages in Writing About Writing while annotating, create an outline of the reading with summarizing and then blog a post on the outline with a short intro. I’m pretty sure it was Kipp who asked about the intro and what a good intro is. From there we kicked off the conversation that became very helpful for me.

Another topic in class that I feel fits well with conclusions is awareness. A good paper ends with an awareness that there is more research to be done, more questions to be answered or asked and that the paper is only a small contribution to help the bigger problem.

I didn’t fully understand what interdisciplinary meant, until it was answered in class. Bill was giving off a few different examples that were making sense. But all I could think of is a TV series called Prison Break, and how the main character uses certain convicts with certain abilities for a greater purpose. I haven’t watched it all so I don’t know if it will work out but I’m crossing my fingers!

This COMP class is always interesting because of the conversations we all create in class. I’m not sure if I will get this experience again so I am enjoying it while it lasts.

It’s A Virtual Class

I am still skeptical to the idea of having virtual classes with 9 students almost all in different areas of the United States. First off the scholars must have some serious self discipline to accomplishing this and I am sure the amount of research done is overwhelming!  Maybe I am just thinking like this because I can’t yet see myself being able to accomplish something like this.

As I started to look at all the different scholars sites the first thing I noticed were the themes and photos used. Almost all of them had an “old time” feel and some made me feel as though it was a time of darkness. Which it was. I also got a different feel from each scholar because they were able to have focus on a subject that fit with their towns.

I am still interested as to how the 2 professors were able to create this program. Did they teach the virtual class at different times or did only one of them teach? There is no answer to my questions…yet. I appreciated that they explained what the conversation was like during the classes and the professors did a great job laying out the guidelines for the scholars to have an easy base to start with.


Greetings Scholars,

It’s interesting to me how one can be questioning a subject or idea and then it can be answered without having asked vocally for assistance. This happened to me yesterday before class when I was blogging and wandering what is the proper way to sign on and off on a blog or for any type of composition. My questions were answered when I arrived in class and Bill brought up an email concerning a hyperlink issue from our class discussions.

As we looked over the email bill got us to notice not only the language of the email but also the professional manner. We all talked about how we sign our own signatures like Marc, Bill and Jen use Dear (input name), April leaves the dear out and puts their name with a comma, and Erik and I seem to switch it up depending on who we address.

We were taught to understand that it can give better credibility to whom we address when we keep a consistent signature. It doesn’t so much matter how professional or laid back you are but if its changing it can make it difficult for a professor to understand what you are trying to accomplish in the email.

With blogging it all depends on your audience but you can still have a consistency. For instance I am addressing my fellow scholars in this blog and so addressed it in that manner.

Talking over this in class really helped me understand why its important to have a signature and try to keep it consistent as to not complicate the reader. If I have left anything important out please let me know! I would also be interested to know what everyone else thought about this topic because it really helped me.

Thanks, Kat.

Self Directed Learner

A self directed learner is one who can make accomplishments in their learning field without  much guidance from the outside. a great example of this is Malcolm X, who learned most of his vocabulary while in prison for a main goal to communicate better with his role model Mr. Elijah Muhammad. To become a  self directed learner I believe one must have strong self discipline and even more patients, thats what Malcolm X taught me while reading his short article “Learning To Read” (119) in Writing About Writing (W.A.W). Another large area of being a self directed learner is to understand how to research and always asking for more from that research. Malcolm X shows this ability by picking up a dictionary and reading each definition at a time and if there was something else he needed to understand he would take the time to answer his own questions before moving forward with the dictionary. This takes more self control and discipline than almost anything else because there is not much help unless you go and ask for it.

I really enjoyed this reading and recommend it to every one! It was inspiring and awakening to see a different view on learning.



Multimodal Arguments.

To have an argument someone must first make a claim, for instance I argue with my room mate about what we should and shouldn’t feed our cat. The example is now online and means my room mate could read it and she would more than likely leave a comment making the argument multimodal. Here are four online articles with multimodal arguments that I am personally interested in and I hope everyone enjoys them!