21 Matching Annotations
  1. Oct 2021
    1. While research definitely has the power to impact our lives and beliefs, research doesn’t always have to be life altering.

      That is true we may need to research just to learn more about a specific topic. There are many different types of research, all which do require reading and looking through different sources. Researching can become a tedious process when you do not have a clear idea of what you're looking for, and seeing misleading information can make it worse.

    2. Truthfully, research rarely progresses on an uncluttered path toward a clear solution. Instead, research is a recursive process that involves many diversions, bumps, and missteps.

      When researching the process is not smooth or easy. It may take weeks to find a correct solution to your question because there is so much information out available with completely different perspectives. To have acquire good research you may need to read different books, visit different library's and even read multiple articles until you find what your are looking for.

    3. They write that research often begins with open-ended questions that are “based on information gaps or reexamination of existing, possibly conflicting, information

      I agree with this statement, a lot of research is based on questions regarding missing pieces of information. If you're doing a project and come across some information that seems to be questionable, you would want to research to make sure you have accurate information. Researching will benefit future projects so the next person will know for sure this information is correct.

    4. It hardly seems appropriate, or fair, to ask any student, regardless of classification, to wade through oceanic swaths of online data for the purposes of making an original contribution, as a single author, to some public policy debate or academic discipline.

      I agree with this statement. For a first year college student who has no idea or have very little experience on writing a research paper will find it difficult to find out where to start. It is not fair to the college student to have to go through that experience knowing if they do not perform great their grade will be on the line. This can become very stressful and give the college student self doubt.

    5. Of course, finding sources may be easy, but strategically incor-porating them into an argument may seem impossible to today’s writers.

      When it comes to analyzing the sources and bringing them into your work within a research paper, a lot of people will find that hard. Most students are not trained to write an intense six or seven page research paper because most schools do not focus on it. It is still important to be able to write research papers so you can understand how to analyze data and add it in your paper.

    6. This number makes sense if we consider the physical labor involved in visiting the library, commu-nicating with a librarian, finding the card catalog, writing down serial numbers, walking up several flights of stairs, locating the correct stack, browsing the stack, and using a step stool to reach the source in question—rinse and repeat.

      Considering that a research paper is a dense package of information on a specific topic, it is realistic that the number of sources will be around 20-30. Then to explain each and every piece of evidence that was found is a whole other topic. Research papers can take up a bit of your time.

    7. Similarly, Susanna L. Benko describes the 5PE as scaffolding that can either enhance or hinder student learning.

      I can see why Susanna may view the five paragraph essay as such. Depending on how the student was taught to write the five paragraph essay will set them back and limit their writing skills. A five paragraph essay should be a very in detail essay that covers all points and claims addressed.

    8. : One builds a basic structure and the individ-ual spark comes from personalizing the details, either decorating the house or the content of the essay

      This is how I view the five paragraph essay. Once you have an idea what the structure should look like, all that is left is to fill in the blanks with your personalized writing. It gives you a rolling start when first learning how to write, once they become more advance than they should learn how to write more than just five paragraphs.

    9. Defenders of the 5PE can sometimes be found in high schools or two-year colleges, where they might work with students who struggle with writing or are learning English as a second language

      I believe that the five paragraph essay is the best way to start learning how to write. It gives a basic idea of how to write to address your main claims using supporting evidence and detail. It trains students to understand how to write without running into major errors.

  2. Sep 2021
    1. Descriptive words are used to provide more information and provide added insight.  In fact, description is the one tool that most allows writers (and speakers) to show instead of just tell, which enables us to exemplify our points to our readers.

      I am an active user of description when writing my essays. I like using description because it starts to make the reader begin to imagine. The reader will subconsciously be forced to start imagining what the writer is trying to say. The reader will sometimes stop just to make sure they have an accurate visualization of the description used by the writer in the essay. Using description is an essay way to bring your essay to life.

    2. To do this, we tend to explain what we are telling. It is sometimes very difficult to stop. However, stopping in a timely way allows the reader to draw his or her own conclusions.

      I personally struggle with stopping and letting the reader draw connections. I do so to prevent the reader from any confusion and misconceptions. I want the reader know exactly what I am talking about and why I have the points I have. I am now aware that it is important to have the reader use clues from your essay to create their own conclusion because it gives a sense of completion to both the reader and the writer.

    3. Ultimately, narrative writing tries to relay a series of events in an emotionally engaging way. You want your audience to be moved by your story, which could mean through laughter, sympathy, fear, anger, and so on. The more clearly you tell your story, the more emotionally engaged your audience is likely to be.

      It is very important to appeal to your audience emotion when writing a narrative essay. When you appeal to the audiences emotion they will have a sense of understanding and may even add a connection to their life to your narrative essay. This can change the whole experience for the audience. The audience can move from just reading the essay to having a vivd imagination of what the author is talking about.

    1. . I inter-viewed 48 people, and in countless interviews, people expressed the heartbreaking sentiment that there once was a time when they wrote creatively (poems and stories), but now, they are just academics or just workplace writers.

      I believe academic and workplace writing changes the way one view and think of writing. You are taught to write in a specific way in order for your writing to be considered "good enough for a high grade". Overtime peoples creativeness and original way of writing will seem "childish". Thats when people start to see writing as burden.

    2. People who write everything except poetry and fiction—that is, people who contribute the vast majority of writing to the world in the form of lists, essays, emails, blog posts, texts, instruction manu-als, and so on—see their work as less creative and less important.

      They may see their work as less creative and important because it does not make a big contribution to the world of writing. All the famous poets and writers have created ground breaking literature that has shaped the way we learn how to write today. Writing emails and instruction manuals does not create any big rave in the world of writing.

    3. know this is the image in most people’s brains because it is the one I’ve read or heard described hundreds of times by the media, in popular culture, by writers themselves, in books written by writers on writing, by my students, and by friends.

      The author is explaining when it comes to writing she sees the same story. So far she is saying that most writers follow the standard procedures when it comes to writing. It seems she is trying to say that most writers force themselves to create ideas. If they are in a environment that doesn't offer any ideas they will lack creativeness.

    4. Comedy helps authors barnstorm brainstorming. It makes the drafting and revising process more multifaceted, open, searching, continuous—it moves from daft-ing and reviling to drifting and revving, to riffing and devising, through drafting and revising to afterdrafting and revisinging (it’s not unusual for performance to be a part of the creation of comedy, which must have voice... even if it’s Gilbert Gottfried’s)

      I believe that humor keeps writer's minds brainstorming. When you start thinking about something that you found funny your mind automatically wants to think of something else that you find funny because you genuinely find joy from it. Writers should use humor to keep their brains thinking of ideas because they will have an easier time writing and they will have more enjoyment doing it.

    5. est word. And sentences must be tightly woven to serve as the fuse

      Choosing words wisely plays a big role when attempting to write something that is meant to make the audience laugh. With one word not making sense the whole sentence could mean nothing but an error. Authors should also add some of their sense of humor to what the audience likes. Doing so will be more natural for the author to write in a humor style without it becoming forced.

    6. it’s

      I agree with the authors statement, writer's should consider transitioning mindsets because comedy goes great with writing. What the topic is about and who the audience is, will dictate what type of sense of humor you are trying to appeal to. With that being said having appropriate language is something that should be paid attention to.

    7. To writers, the act of writing is an act of thinking. One writer in a landmark study of comparing the habits of experienced writers to those of novices called their first drafts “the kernel.”

      I agree with the statement that "the act of writing is an act of thinking". When we write we tend to let our thoughts take over. That's why people write the best when they have a clear head space, any distraction can alter the way you write. You can write something when you are distracted and revise it later when you are in a clear head space, and you'll think what you just wrote could have been better.

    8. However, talking about revision in terms of numbers of drafts implies that all writing, all writers, and all revision work one way: hit your target draft number, like your daily Fitbit goals, and you magi-cally get good writing

      Having a target goal regarding drafting revisions is a very good idea. It allows yourself to write your paper to the best of your abilities within the time period you have given yourself. When we continue to read our drafts we will continue to find something that we believe we should edit, so it is a good thing that you give yourself a limit.

    9. The answer—463!—almost always surprises them

      I believe in order to make so many revisions and corrections you need to have excellent patience because some may get discouraged because it may seem like that the process is never ending. Often times people will only revise once or twice because they know that that is the best it will get.