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Writing (Now, I see it)

Writing is a series of letting go’s of our preconceived notions of how it may go and allowing a deeper part of you to tell you what it knows; when the writing’s good, it shows.

Because, ultimately, when we do, that recognition of what’s true, comes from the deepest part of you.

So let the writing speak to itself, and let the writer listen, for writing is listening on paper.

Transfer 

The authors of How People Learn define transfer as “the ability to extend what has been learned in one context to new contexts”. In short, transfer is the ability to develop knowledge to aid students to preform on related tasks. 

The main points of transfer are time, context, and motivation. Time proves practice makes perfect. Context has to do with motivation. Tasks that are too easy easy become boring, and tasks that are too difficult cause frustration. An example is learning algebra. Students who work harder in the Honors class can apply the material to other subjects and also are more motivated.  

Studies show it is easier to transfer material due to previous knowledge. Effective transfer is important because it will always aid students when learning new material in the future. With reflection, students need to develop the ability to teach themselves.  Initial learning is necessary for transfer!

No one is born a great writer.  Transfer allows the writer to grow.  Transfer is “practice by learning”. Reflection on one assignment allows the writer to improve on the next. 

Body of 14-year-old boy found in vacant parking garage, peer charged with murder

Getting in Touch with Your Inner Detective

Responding to a missing person call, our team found 14-year-old Mark Smith’s body in a vacant parking garage off University Boulevard in the Denver area of Arapahoe County at 7:45 a.m. today.  Smith appears to have died from several stab wounds. At this point we can determine from the medical investigation, Smith died the night before at 10:37 p.m on June 6th, 2010. Smith lived in Bennett, CO but was in Arapahoe County over the weekend to visit his grandparents as told by his parents.  

Cultivating Your Inner Coroner

The young victim, identified as Mark Smith, was discovered in the Denver area of Arapahoe County at 10: 37 p.m. on June 6th, 2010. Deputies found 14-year-old Mark Smith’s body in a vacant parking garage off University Boulevard. Smith appears to have died from several stab wounds. The stab wounds are all below the boy’s rib cage. The boy was found tied up to a post with signs of removed duct tape over his mouth. The boy died of the several stab wounds causing severe trauma and blood drainage. This case will be classified as first-degree murder. 

Learning How to Say Goodbye

Standing before you today to farewell our son Mark Jackson Smith, is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. Words cannot describe the sorrow and loss that I am feeling, but I will try. Mark was a wonderful, sweet boy. Even as a baby, he had a calm temperament and as he grew into a little boy, always took things in his stride. I remember his first day at school… I think I was more nervous than he was. I held his little hand and walked to the gate thinking that he was about to cry, but Mark calmly turned to me and said, “This is going to be fun, Daddy… Will there be lots of kids here for me to play with?” I laughed and assured him there would be. Being the youngest of three, Mark was always special to his sisters, Taylor and Morgan. They would dress him up and take him out for walks. As Mark grew from a boy into a teenager, I could see the man that he would become strong, steadfast, and assured. He loved school and loved his sports. Every afternoon after school, he would race down to the oval to kick the ball around with his friends. When he became captain of the soccer team, we were so proud. He was always competitive, but humble. It was such an endearing quality. Mark was adored by his friends and family and it is testament to him how many of you are here today to farewell our boy. Not only was he a loving son and brother, he was a kind and giving friend. Someone who was always a pleasure to be around. To have lost Mark is heartbreaking. It has come as such a shock to us all. His life was far too brief after a tragic event. I know in my heart that he would not want us to grieving for too long. Rather, Mark would want us all to remember the good times we all shared with him. Goodbye, my son. You will live in our hearts forever.

Learning to Love Your Inner Lawyer

Hello ladies and gentlemen of the jury. Allow me to introduce the case of a first-degree of young boy Mark Smith. Mark was a whimsical boy who cared about his school work and loved sports. He had no reason to die in this tragic way. Mark is seen in the security footage of the parking structure struggling to breathe after being stabbed multiple times by the accused, Colby Clark. Colby Clark, 16, not only murdered his peer but also tried to tamper with evidence, the sheriff’s department announced today. Please do not let this boy’s death go unpunished. Colby Clark should be charged as an adult. Thank you.  

My Moments + Carrie Bradshaw

Moment #1: 

The very first day of class, Dr. KT told us we will all create a Tumblr page. A guide line for the Tumblr page was to find your own voice and write as if you were Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City! Honestly, I was very afraid. I came into this class with not a lot of writing experience. Nor I believed I had the skills to become my very own Carrie Bradshaw! Additionally, I felt confused on what Tumblr was. I compared it to Twitter and Facebook, which made me more afraid. I could barely even write a witty tweet in my own voice. I thought to myself, “How the heck am I going to find my Carrie Bradshaw!? Would I even sound pleasant if I were to write for a popular audience?”

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Since then, I look at my blog… and I am impressed. I do admit that I am still struggling with finding my inner Bradshaw, but I am happy with the progress I have made.

Moment #2:

My favorite blog post of mine was on the anatomy of the rhetorical analysis. This is my favorite because I felt my voice was definitely heard here. I used an ad from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The ad was a very nice example of a rhetorical analysis. I used this ad because religion is a very important factor in my life. Although I am not Mormon, many of my best friends are. I respect all their beliefs and when I saw this ad, I just knew I HAD to use it!! While writing, I even forgot that I was writing for our class. I wrote it as I were just having fun. I felt passion while writing this post. I finally started to feel like Carrie Bradshaw.   

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Moment #3: 

My favorite assignment (other than the blog posts) is the columns. I love reading columns, and I love reading in general. I did my columns on my two favorite novels. I spent a lot of time in the Writing Center for this assignment. The nice ladies helped me write a column, and not a book report (which I originally had written). Also, I consider this to be one of my favorite moments because I made some really good friends in the process. Henrik and Jess helped me so much during the revisions. I cannot thank them enough because in the end, I believe my columns turned out great. Thanks guys! 

Furthermore, this happy moment leads to many more! Our current assignment is a rhetorical analysis on a film. Unlike the columns and our blog posts, this new assignment must be written for an academic audience. This scares me a little because I just worked so hard to NOT write in an academic tone! (Especially with my columns)! Although, I believe I can do it because I faced many challenges in this class, yet I am standing here and happy with the results. 

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ETHOS

First let’s start with the term ‘rhetoric’. Rhetoric, a noun, is the art of speaking or writing effectively. Aristotle said rhetoric is “the ability, in each particular case, to see the available means of persuasion.” There are three main forms of rhetoric: Ethos, Logos, & Pathos. Today we will only focus on Ethos. 

Ethos, a Greek word meaning “character”, is used to describe the guiding beliefs or ideals that characterize a community, nation, or ideology. Ethos, in rhetoric, refers to the trustworthiness or credibility of the writer or speaker.

Ethos is often conveyed through the style & tone of the message the writer may use. It can also be affected by the writer’s reputation. The writer’s reputation may be his or her expertise in the field, & his or her previous record or integrity.

The photo above is a U.S. War Propaganda poster. This poster really struck me as a powerful propaganda tool. Howard Chandler Christy’s “Gee!! I Wish I Were a Man” Navy recruitment poster was a rallying cry for both patriotism and feminism. The ethos is Christy’s confidence & poise. This poster gained credibility by the powerful statement Christy says.

Sources used for definitions: Webster’s Dictionary, & Durham Technical Community College.

Anatomy of a Rhetorical Analysis

You may ask how a rhetorical analysis is written? A rhetorical analysis can be written about other texts, television shows, films, collections of artwork, or a variety of other communicative mediums that attempt to make a statement to an intended audience. In order to write a rhetorical analysis, you need to be able to determine how the creator of the original work attempts to make his or her argument. You can also include information about whether or not that argument is successful. 

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This ad does a lot more than meets the eye. This ad is from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Although the musical was a comedy of their beliefs, the LDS Church uses this ad to their advantage by the form of a rhetorical analysis.  

Rhetoric: Then & Now

Rhetoric is the common form on how to construct an argument. The earliest known studies of rhetoric come from the Golden Age, when philosophers of Ancient Greece discusses logos, ethos, and pathos. The first we see Democracy durning this time. The Greeks used rhetoric in their politics. This then lead to writers in the Roman Empire to adapt and modify the Greek ideas. Today even we are adapting and frequently modify these ideas. My favorite example of rhetoric is the movie, Thank You For Smoking. This movie follows a lobbyist, Naylor. The rhetoric used by Naylor is what made him a very successful lobbyist in a market as controversial as tobacco.

It is important to understand rhetoric because it allows who ever it may be, to effectively compose a response. Someone may ask why students in particular will need to know about rhetoric. The first thing that students need to know about rhetoric, then, is that it’s all around us in conversation, in movies, in advertisements and books, in body language, and in art. We employ rhetoric whether we’re conscious of it or not, but becoming conscious of how rhetoric works can transform speaking, reading, and writing, making us more successful and able communicators and more discerning audiences. The very ordinariness of rhetoric is the single most important tool for teachers to use to help students understand its dynamics and practice them.

Here is a link to a scene from the film Thank You For Smoking. Naylor’s tone is very passionate and he speaks with a lot of conviction. Naylor is confronted with a young boy dying of lung cancer. He uses rhetoric to sell the drug even though it is in a very sad situation. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpqDQy5Nn2I

I first set the mood by pouring myself a warm cup of coffee or tea. I then read over some of my favorite texts to gain inspiration. I watch the clock, and try to focus. I try not to think ordinary thoughts. Instead, I imagine that I am a rockstar with many magnificent ideas! I make an outline, then begin my paper or whatever type of writing it may be. Lastly, I set a deadline before the actual deadline. I do this to allow myself to seek help if needed. 

Yancey & Reflection

Reflection is what makes ordinary students into extraordinary writers.

"As Brookfield suggests, such reflection posits an intelligent agent engaging in frequent and deliberate self- awareness - what Patricia Carini calls agency and the witnessing of agency - in order to understand and learn from our own informed experience." Experience helps us understand why something may be true. And experience also helps us acquire a broader view on a subject and/or area. 

Reflection cannot be taught nor understood in a single lesson. By multiple experiences, a writer will start to discover his/her style and engage how to develop such writing. Active experience will guide the student to grow. Reflection, by a self-explanatory definition, allows the student to think upon his or her writing. While doing so, new ideas will emerge.  

One may assume reflection only fits after a task is completed. This is not necessarily true. Reflection can take place while the writing process is going on. A writer may reflect in his or her own way, but I am prompt to reflect as I bring various perspectives to my conclusions. Reflection is important because it creates a vital element to self- learning. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities ‘unwise and untimely’” (King, Jr.).  This shows that HE is in Birmingham Jail. He is talking in first person. This supports his purpose because he was standing up for what is right. MLK Jr. wrote this as a response to the men that took him and his friends for sitting somewhere they shouldn’t have. This supported his purpose because he used words, not violence, to stand up for himself and prove a point.

The two pictures I used above tell the story: no matter your size, you cannot let others bring you down. MLK also did not allow his situation to bring him down. Instead, he found a way to make a positive impact to the Civil Rights Movement. 

Bitzer and Rhetorical Situation

I first learned about rhetoric a few years ago in my English course in high school. I learned rhetoric is a tool to persuade readers. I also learned a good rhetorical argument uses “ethos, logos, & pathos.”

After reading the Bitzer and Rhetorical Situation, I learned we may use rhetoric to find a solution or solutions in a situation. Rhetoric gives us a ‘formula’ to write. The formula is not complex, but allows us to organize our writing.

Do you think before you speak or write? If you do, you use rhetoric. It is true. I say this because with out knowing, a writer will have a vision of what he or she would like to write about.

Furthermore, wording is a very important key factor to the use of rhetoric. How someone may word a survey question might effect the responses people will give. For example, “Should the US Constitution have an Amendment allowing abortion?” and “Should the US Constitution have an Amendment to save the life of an unborn child?” are not only similar questions, but also much different questions because of the wording.

In conclusion, Bitzer says the use of rhetoric is already in our minds before writing.

Alo!

Alo, is a way to greet somebody in both Romanian & Turkish.  I’m Can, pronounced John.  Long story short, my name is different because it is Turkish.  I am very proud of where I am from.  I love to travel and I believe it defines who I am.  I love to learn about multiple languages.  I know three as of now.  I am trying to add French to my collection of tongues! Furthermore, I like to swim.  It is my form of exercise, which I should definitely do more of this quarter.  When I am not at school or work, I like to spend time with my friends and/or family.  I necessary do not have to go out to have fun.  I like to call myself a “homebody”.  I love to stay indoors and just have fun. Whether it is to cook, watch classic films, or dance… I like doing all of those things with the people I love. 

The everyday writing I do involves not only my 120 character tweets, but also letters to my friend Michelle in Denmark. Letters are usually handwritten and include pictures and drawings of my life.

I believe “good writing” is a combination of the following four words which come to my mind before I write.

Passion

Creativity

Voice

Clarity

Honestly, I do not enjoy to write unless I am passionate about what ever the topic may be.  I also like to believe writing should be creative and original.  My next word, voice, is my favorite.  Every artist must have their signature.  Think of a Jackson Pollock painting.  His paintings are remarkable and express so much emotion.  Writing should do the same.  Last but not least, writing should be clear.  I am not saying writing should be very complex, but it should at least be organized to the point which the reader will understand it.  

Well, that is all.  Thanks for reading!!  My icon picture for this blog is from my high school graduation.  The picture is of me and my younger cousin, Aleyna.  Here it is:

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Hello Tumblr friends!  My very first blog post goes to my favorite album shown above. :-)

Now, I cannot wait for you all to read my next blog post which I will post tomorrow morning.  It will be for the first assignment Dr. KT assigned as coursework.  I am very excited for this class.  I do not see myself as the best writer, but I am hoping I will improve exponentially!

Good night everyone.  See you next Tuesday. :-)

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