Thanksgiving Myth 11/24/2014

Thanksgiving has many myths that go along with it. Upon googling the topic, the first cite I came across was as follows.

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/11/10-thanksgiving-myths-dispelled/

The myth I found most interesting was listed as their “Myth #8”. It stated that turkey makes people drowsy. This cite stated that turkey contains tryptophan, which your body uses to create serotonin. Serotonin calms the brain and “plays a key role in sleep” according to this cite.

With all of that said, most people would then assume that turkey would make you sleepy.

They thing about tryptophan is that it only makes you sleepy if you have an empty stomach, there are not many other amino acids present in you, or many protein. Turkey is a source of protein and the tryptophan in it is not eaten on an empty stomach (there is now turkey in you), and therefore turkey does not cause drowsiness.

I presume that most people feel sleepy after eating turkey because they are full. They have just eaten so much food and just want to relax. They’ve waited a year for a Thanksgiving to come again and now they are satisfied and want to sleep. It is all mental.

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Blog post : 11/19/2014

A college writing course should not be the traditional “give the student basic ‘ideal’ writing background.” I believe that a college writing course should teach each student how to be prepared in their future career; after all, this is the purpose of college in the first place. While the professors may struggle with knowing every detail and aspect about every career and the way in which they write, it is not entirely necessary. As long as a professor is capable of minor research and understanding that writing is not to be graded as if everyone writes in the same way, everything should run smoothly.

In “This Fine Place So Far From Home: Stupid Rich Bastards”, by Laurel Johnson Black, found at http://vizedhtmlcontent.next.ecollege.com/CurrentCourse/LaurellJohansonBlack-SRB.pdf , Black describes her story and how it related to writing. Black was decided early on that she was going to be the one in her family to go to college. She learned how to write “collegiately” as some may say. “Don’t talk to me like college, talk to me like a sista!” p(23). There are many ways in which people talk, so how can we say that one way is “the way” to write? Most people do not speak in the same way that they write. Also, many careers write in other ways that differ from the “ideal writing style”.

In the past, I have learned that writing should be lengthy. If you use words that are of a higher vocabulary, and even words that some people may not understand, you will sound smarter and therefore be a better writer. While having a broad vocabulary is beneficial, teaching students that this is THE way to write is not beneficial. The goal of an education is to prepare you to survive on your own and be successful. All careers have different styles of writing, and most do not match what we are taught early on.

As a matter of fact, in my future field of accounting, that style of writing is not used. Accountants prefer that our writing be minimal and to the point. Examples, charts, and calculations. Long, detailed, high vocabulary packed sentences is not what is used in accounting. Everything I was taught until my college writing class was not beneficial to my future career. To make arguments in my field, I will have to learn to reduce my writing to a minimal and use terms that the majority can comprehend.

In this course, I have read many professional writing pieces. I have learned that most are not written in the exact same style. In fact, different writing styles can help to make a point in a paper.

A college writing class should teach each student how to best succeed in their future career by encouraging students to research how writing is done in their field, and to practice that style.

Blog 11/2/2014 Writing Process

My writing process is the way that I write. How I go about writing a paper. Where I sit down to write, how ling it takes me to write, and where I begin my papers. In another writer’s blog, found at http://john.do/writing-process/ , another example of a writing process is described.

This author has really broken his process down into small steps. He describes each step thoroughly. His process includes thinking of a focus, brainstorming, outline, drafting a pre-headline, writing, editing, fine editing, as well as many other steps. This blog is almost the opposite of how I write my papers.

I procrastinate and do anything and everything else before even considering sitting down at my desk to write a paper. However, once I actually sit down to start writing a paper, the rest sort of happens. I bust out my paper so fast that I often don’t even have time to think about what I’m typing. I can write a decent length paper fairly quickly once I actually get started. After I’m done drafting the bulk of my paper, I take a long break before going back to edit what I have done.

My writing process is nothing like the process in the blog mentioned above. The key parts of John’s blog are how he focuses on one aspect at a time. He gives his attention to one piece of the essay, while I look at the paper as a whole. We have two different writing styles, yet each work for us.

Blog 11/9/201

In my first writing piece, that we emailed to our professor the first week of the semester, there were strategies that have since then been reinforced. (See first piece below)

” In my personal experience, writing situations can be quite stressful. Not knowing where to start, which approach to take, or how to tie it all together in an organized fashion. “There are sometimes so many aspects to consider when you sit down to write… …that you may be tempted to ignore many of them,” as stated by Losh, Elizabeth; Alexander, Jonathon; Cannon, Kevin; and Cannon, Zander. Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2015. My experiences confirm this statement, for I, personally, struggle with knowing which direction to take in my work. I often do not put thought into each angle at first. Once deep thought has been put into all considerable aspects, I then feel overwhelmed by all of the possible angles to choose from. This feeling is only at the start of a new writing assignment, for once the beginning frustration is no longer present, an angle is much more easily able to be written about. ”

In the beginning of the semester, I use to sit down and write my assignments in one sitting. I would then turn them in just to get rid of them. Without realizing it, this was my writing strategy. The way that I write best. Now that I have learned that each individual has their own unique way of writing, I realize that this is my way. Currently, I am writing this assignment. Here’s how it is finally happening; I procrastinated for about three hours. Then I went and got a bag of sour patch kids from my room and set them in front of me. I then told myself that once this assignment was done I would allowed to have the candy. So I am finally starting this blog. I am sitting down and writing the entire blog out, just as I did back in the beginning of the semester without realizing it. The only difference is that now I tend to think more about the assignment before I bust it out. This course has brought to my attention the way that I write. What I do and don’t do when it comes to writing a blog or paper. Knowing how I write has not changed my process, it has just made it more understandable.

Blog: Experiences from writing 11/2/2014

Writing processes differ in everyone, as argued in “Chronotopic Lamination: Tracing the Contours of Literate Activity”, by Paul Prior and Jody Shipka. Not everybody sits down in the same way to write a paper. Some people do the entire paper all at one time, some take ten hours because they’re multitasking, some have to do all other homework beforehand, and some need to clean their bedroom before they even attempt to start writing. The point is that each individual has a different method for producing their writing pieces. Each writer has past influences that have shaped the way that they currently write a paper.

In my elementary school, there would be monthly assemblies in which one student from each classroom would get to share their writing piece in front of the entire school. I had been selected as the student of the month to do so several times throughout my elementary career. Each student loved being able to share their work in front of the school. I, as well as most of the other students, had the goal of being selected to read. It was something we all worked hard for when it came to our writing assignments. This class made me think that writing could be fun if you wanted it to be fun. If you really tried and put yourself into it, writing could be enjoyable.

During my junior year of high school I had a very strict English teacher. She had wanted to teach us how to write the best college entrance essays that we could possibly write. So she named a mock university after herself: Ms. Hammes University. Each student in the class had to write an essay in response to her prompt. The word limit was 500 words, but Ms. Hammes wanted it exact; not a single word more or less. There was also not to be a single grammatical or punctual error within our essays. It was pass or fail. You had three chances to get accepted. A single mistake would earn you zero out of fifty points, and if after the third attempt your essay was still not PERFECT, you simply failed the entire assignment. This class taught me major editing skills. I learned to become a better writer, and to pay more attention to detail.

I currently do not particularly love to write, but I would definitely pick writing over reading. I now pay greater attention to detail when I write due to Ms. Hammes’ class. I also strive to outdo my past self and to write the best pieces I can write. When I write a paper I aim for an A, and I am not satisfied with a B. My past writing experiences have shaped me as a writer. Who a young child has as a teacher and how they run their classroom can crucially affect how an individual feels about writing all throughout their life.

If I could go back to my junior year of writing, I would focus more on encouraging myself. My teacher may have helped each of her students learn to write amazing college entrance essays, but it was not a very encouraging class to be in. I feel like she only focused on the negate, and not on any positive feedback. If you were denied to Ms. Hammes University, you would get tons of feedback on all of the bad things in your writing. However, once you were accepted, that was the end of it. No positive feedback. I would go back and give myself more positive encouragement. I feel like I enjoyed writing more before I had her class. The process in which an individual writes is crucially important when it comes to the output of the work. Prior and Shipka noted on the different ways that students write. Being comfortable is, in my opinion, when the best writing pieces occur. Also, the genre of an essay should be changed frequently. That class solely focused on college entrance essays. (I did not even have to write an essay for the college I ended up selecting!!!) A writer’s identity is greatly influenced by their teachers that they have through their learning process. My writing identity was greatly hindered when I was first rejected to Ms. Hammes University. It took an emotional toll on me; I had spent great amounts of effort and time on that essay and I thought it was perfect, yet it was not good enough for her. My interest in writing was hindered due to that teacher and her way of running her class.