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Portfolio 3

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This is Portfolio 3 for EL266.  This highlights my work for the last portion of the semester.

These are merely four of the responses that I posted during the last third of the semester.  The Wizard of Oz has yet to be discussed in class, but even without comparing it to the movie, there will be a lot to discuss and there are already comments on my post.  I struggled with Booker T. Washington and the readings were discussed highly in class.  My peers also helped me out by commenting on Washington as well as W.E.B. DuBois.  Their comments enabled me to better understand why we had to read that set of essays.  Kevin Scott wrote an essay interpreting Tom in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  This essay sparked discussion on-line and in class.  David Smiths essay also sparked a lot of conversation on my blog.  I believe these four entries best exemplify my work for the last portion of the semester.  They cover a small portion of the readings required of us, and they also go into depth and created discussion amongst my peers. 

Of these four, three were posted in a very timely fashion, giving my classmates ample time to respond to my entry: The Wizard of Oz, Booker T. Washington and David Smiths essay "Huck, Jim, and American Racial Discourse".


Interaction - Here are comments that I left on classmates blogs.  These are not all the comments, but those that seemed to contribute to a discussion online or in class.

Jessica on Foster

Meagan on Mallioux and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Jeremy on H.N. Smiths ''Introduction to AHF"


Xenoblogging and Wildcard - I never thought I would post more than what was required of me.  For me, blogging is pretty new.  While I had a blog way back in middle school, I would say this is a little more complex, especially since people can Google search me and find my blog!  This class as matured my writing style even more, as it is very important that I know what I am posting and who can see it.  As a future educator, this process has shown me how a blog can work in certain settings, regardless of how hesitant the students are at partaking in this new media.  Here are a couple entries that were not required, but that I enjoyed creating.

A trip to Northern New York and Canada

My creative project

Turkey Day!

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For the wonderful (almost) week I had off, Matt and I were able to go back to my home town for Thanksgiving.  Since I practically live on the St. Lawrence, we also decided it would be a great time to use our new passports and drive to Canada for a day!  If you thought airports were difficult, try getting into Canada for a day when the first three questions are as follows: Where do you live? (PA) Where are you going? (Ottawa) and How long are you staying? (the afternoon)... followed by "That's a long drive to be up for just a day..."  Needless to say they did a background check on us since nothing about our passports matches where we live or how we're crossing the border in NY at that...  
So, I thought I would share a few pictures of NY, without snow surprisingly, from our mini vacation.

NY1.jpg here is the bay in good old Northern New York, right on the St. Lawrence river.  Everything water beyond the dock is obviously the wonderful river I grew up on, and the land across the way is Canada!  So yes, I saw Canada practically every day growing up.
This is a part of the Rideau Canal up in Ottawa.  Matt really wanted to see this, so we walked pretty much everywhere from the parking garage, this was one of the sights... and yes, there is a big boat at the far end.

I thought this was a cool statue, thus, a picture!

We are pretty sure this is one of the Parliament buildings... there were three really big buildings in a little semi-circle, and this one had the best lighting.  It was kind of weird knowing we could tour the Parliament buildings, but you have to pull teeth to get into the Capitol here...

This is glorious Black Lake, my house is quite literally on a hill, over looking this.  During the summer there are a ton of people on the camps along the lake as well as out boating and fishing here!  I think it's the most gorgeous in the fall though, when the trees change colors and reflect off the lake.

Matt said I couldn't take this picture without a scale... he's 5'10".... My sister and I got those trees a LONG time ago, and they would have been up to about his knees and about as wide as him too!  Obviously they are significantly bigger now, and amazingly still in my back yard. There used to be sumacs behind them, but the parents cleared that out to make room for the trees to grow!  They are blue spruces and also absolutely gorgeous when in full bloom.  I really hope to see them there 20 years from now!

So those are just a few of the pictures from our trip.  It was freezing in Canada, but we are planning on going back sometime in the next couple years!  Hope you enjoyed a small peek at the little town I'm from. :)

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