December 20, 2005

Update from Home

I know that many of my blogs are relatively academic, but this one is just to say hi to everyone, and let you know how life has been at home. Three silly things to know about me this winter break:

1. I am working a warehouse again that was about 100 degrees in the summer, but is now about 40 degrees, so I am working on a beards and longer hair, (not anything like me, but I must stay warm).
2. We put on an addition in my house, which is absolutely enormous, and I couldn't be happier. Like everything else, I will try to make that my own, but dad has already told me that he will kick me out if I do (not really lol).
3. Christmas Shopping was cake this year. Only took me 40 minutes! However, shopping at Victoria Secret for my sister was pretty unusual. You sickos! I bought her favorite perfume (Halo), because she ran out. Grow up people, this isn't West Virginia (hahaha).

I am loving this winter break, but I'm sure that I will be more than happy to see you all in the spring. Take care and happy holidays!

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December 05, 2005

How I've Grown.....

Over the past two years, I feel that I have really matured in my efforts made in trying to interpret literature. I feel that I have made a huge leap toward my major after this semester, I think that my writing shows that. I understand completely what it takes to be an English Major, and I am ready to take even more steps toward being an English Teacher.

What I have done is taken two blog entries from the same story: The Yellow Wallpaper. I have taken one blog from when I was a freshman, and another blog from this year's American Literature course. I feel that these essays are written from two completely different people. I am going to leave both of these with you, and hopefully you feel the same way.

Here are the two analyses of "The Yellow Wallpaper":

The "Escape" of the Narrator in the Yellow Wallpaper
Ugly Paper, Good Story

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American Literature Blog Portfolio Three

Well, this is the last one. There was not much to be blogged about, considering that there was a giant final paper due, which meant no readings. So I decided to give a blog with some massive depth on the process of my final paper, and the influences of peer review. There are four blog entries, which should definitely satisfy the requirements. There are also many comments on other blogs to satisfy those requirements as well. Here is Blog Portfolio 3. I hope you enjoy.


Weblog Entries


Coverage: Booker T. Washington
W.E.B. Dubois
Paper Three: An Adventure
Girl of the Golden West

Depth: Booker T. Washington
W.E.B. Dubois
Paper Three: An Adventure

Interaction: Booker T. Washington
Girl of the Golden West

Timeliness: Booker T. Washington
Paper Three: An Adventure
Girl of the Golden West

Discussion: Booker T. Washington
Girl of the Golden West


Xenoblogging

One for everyone in the class. From A to V, these are high quality assessments of characters, time periods, and other references.

Ashley Holtzer - The Atlanta Exposition Address
Meredith Harber - Of Mr. Booker T. Washington
Neha Bawa - "A" is for Average
Stacy Estatico - Booker T. Washington
Valerie Masciarelli - The Girl...
Vanessa Kolberg - Goldigger


Wildcard

I have not done anything like this before. I am going to make a comparison between my writing of one story from my freshman year versus my writing of the same story that we have read this year. This final blog will portray how I think I have grown intellectually, as well as emotionally. I feel that I have really matured over the past 2 years, and that my writing reflects that. So here is my final entry for this semester:

How I've Grown.....

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Girl of the Golden West

"And yet, the Girl was not beautiful, at least if judged by Spanish or
Californian standards. Unlike most of their women, she was fair, and her type purely American. Her eyes of blue were lightly but clearly browed and abundantly fringed; her hair of burnished gold was luxuriant and wavy, and framed a face of singularly frank and happy expression, even though the features lacked regularity." (Page 4)

In this story, I particularly enjoyed the character of the girl. She was not the fair maiden or the beauty of the earth, but she was the girl that was filled with enthusiasm and energy, and in most cases, really beats beauty. She was one of those girls (not to sound cliche), that seemed to possess a beauty on the inside. I am still pondering what to take from the last 6 words. "even though the features lacked regularity." Was that in comparison with the California women? Why was that considered to be regular? I am still left with questions that will not be answered even after this play is over. My question to all of you is "What characterizes beauty?" If you all can answer that question, either comment on the blog, or bring it to class.

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Paper Three: An Adventure

Well. This paper sure has been a lot of work. I have never put so much effort into a paper like this final paper for American Literature. But let me say first, that I thank you all for your feedback in the Peer Review session of the class.

My strategy first was to take a story that I haven't written on, and completely spin in the other direction with it. So I look and
see, "Feminism in The Scarlet Letter." Hmmmm...there it is. I wanted to really challenge myself on this paper, and man did I get what I wanted lol. After speaking with Meredith in the Peer Review, I have realized that I have good substance in my paper, but I have many grammatical errors that I never would have caught.

I think this paper has changed me for the better. I take more time to gather my thoughts, gather my supportive elements to my argument, and gathering my opposing argument. That's another thing, I have now learned how to completely create an argument with quotations against my original claim. I think that is the best way to write an analysis.

In conclusion, this paper has been a rollercoaster ride. It has had its ups and downs, but I feel that it has made me a stronger writer. However you feel about this final paper, don't hesitate to comment.

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December 03, 2005

W.E.B. Dubois

"To gain the sympathy and coöperation of the various elements comprising the white South was Mr. Washington’s first task; and this, at the time Tuskegee was founded, seemed, for a black man, well-nigh impossible."

Although there is some admiration for Booker T. Washington, it is evident that Dubois was saying that Washington basically kissed the white man's behind to get where he is. Well, I look at it in this way, Booker T. Washington paved the way for W.E.B. Dubois to speak as freely as he did. Washington's ideas were not completely revolutionary like Dubois' were, but Dubois would never have been able to speak like that in that time period without someone lightening up the violence of feedback. I'm trying to remember the quote that we discussed in class, about how "Dubois stood on the shoulders of Washington to see everything clearly." I think that is one of the most accurate statements ever said in this class.

One thing that I found incredibly interesting is that W.E.B. Dubois died only one day before Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech (Wikipedia). How amazing would that have been for Dubois to hear that? He and Washington paved the road for King, and I sometimes wonder if it would have made a difference if Dubois heard that speech. Of course, Dubois lived to be 95, so I guess that there isn't much complaining. In history, we only hear about Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Now we know a few more of the forefathers of equality.

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December 01, 2005

Blog Portfolio Number Four

Here is a collection of blog entries that I have written over the past 2 1/2 weeks. This time, all of the blogs can be considered coverage AND depth, many that are considered as interaction, and few that could be considered discussion timeliness (just so much other work). These blogs still contain quality and quantity, as well as MANY comments in a listed format. There is also a wildcard blog about what I have taken from this Newswriting course. I hope you enjoy the following weblog entries and comments:


Weblog Entries


Coverage: November 29th Edition Tribune Review
We The Media Chapter 1
We The Media Chapter 4
We The Media Chapter 6
We The Media Chapter 9
We The Media Chapter 12


Depth: November 29th Edition Tribune Review
We The Media Chapter 1
We The Media Chapter 4
We The Media Chapter 6
We The Media Chapter 9
We The Media Chapter 12


Interaction: November 29th Edition Tribune Review
We The Media Chapter 4
We The Media Chapter 6
We The Media Chapter 9
We The Media Chapter 12


Discussion: November 29th Edition Tribune Review
We The Media Chapter 4


Timeliness: November 29th Edition Tribune Review
We The Media Chapter 12


Xenoblogging

Andy Lonigro - Tribune Review (November 29th Edition)
Rachel Prichard - We The Media Chapter 11,12,and Epilogue
Michael Sichok - We The Media Chapters 8 & 9
Leslie Rodriguez - We The Media...Chapter 6: Presentation
Jenna O'Brocto - Everyone Wants to Blog - Chapters 6/7
Lorin Schumacher - The Tribune Review - November 29th Edition
Valerie Masciarelli - The Sky *Could* be the Limit
Kayla Sawyer - We the Media (Ch. 3-5)
Ashley Welker - Chapter 11 Oral Presentation

Wildcard

Alright. Home Stretch of Newswriting. Or limp...either way, it has been more than a challenge and actually a rollercoaster of emotions through this class. I must say though, that I do have much more of a respect for journalism than I did before I walked into this class. For you viewing pleasure, here it is:

Home Stretch (Or Limp)

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Home Stretch (or Limp)

Well ladies and gentlemen, it is that time for us to sprint to the finish line. First, let me say to the freshman who made it, congratulations, you are going to do very well in college. Because if you can withstand Newswriting as a freshman, you can take on the rest of the classes. Not saying the Newswriting sucked or anything, it was really one of the most time consuming and challenging courses I have taken.

Personally, I am just absolutely excited that this semester is coming to a close. This was by far the hardest semester I have had to endure, and I am coming out alive (*Whew). I don't think that I have ever been challenged by my professors like this before, and I know that if I took Newswriting as a freshman, I might have torn my hair out.

In contrast, I must say that I have an absolute new found respect for journalism. I believe it was Lorin Schumacher that said, "I can't believe that you are a lit major. I really thought that you were a journalism major." Then I thought about it, and came to this conclusion. No, I will never be a journalism major or be in that profession. But just in case I change my mind, I know that I would be ready for something like that. Not to mention that I can understand and give so much more credit to journalists AS A CONSUMER.

I took a lot away from this class, and am grateful for everything that has been taught, not only by Dr. Jerz, but by my classmates as well.

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