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“Annoying Ways People Use Resources” Week 11: Due on November 7th

Quote #1: “This is something like reading an essay that relies too much on quotations. Readers get the feeling that they’re moving from one quotation to the next without ever quite getting to hear the real point of what the author wants to say, never getting any time to form an opinion about the claims.”

Response #1: Having a lot of quotes in the same paragraph or right after each other can always be confusing. This is because you can’t really process that the purpose of having the quotes in there.

Quote #2: “When this frustrated reader walks away from your work, trying to figure out, say, why you used so many quotations, or why you kept starting and ending paragraphs with them, she may come to the same conclusions”

Response #2: When starting a paragraph with and quotation and ending it with another quotation it will cause confusion because when ending with a quote where are you going to give support to the quote. You can’t go backwards and say your evidence first and then end off with a quotation.

Quote #3: “Heres an actual example from Alexandra. Notice the way she builds up to the quotation and then explains it”

Response #3: The author is saying Alexandra is hyping up her quotation before getting to the quotation. Once Alexandra then gives the quotation she explains what the quotation means.

Quote #4: “Readers get a sense of pleasure from the safe flow of hearing how to read an upcoming quotation, reading it, and then being told one way to interpret it. Prepare, quote, analyze.”

Response #4: When the author builds up to the quotation and then after reading the quotation you get to know what the quote means will most likely not leave anyone confused about what their reading.

  1. In this reading, I did learn a few things and also had a little refresher. The writer speaks about what not to do when having a quotation. For example, he would give something what not to do and then give a solution to that and will say the correct way. He also shows the format when using a quotation. He says when writing you must build-up to the quotation and then say the quotation then after you explain what it means.
  2. “The major stumbling blocks of any battery-electric car are range and the time it takes to recharge. By 2040, things could look very different, with battery-electric cars capable of driving up to 250 miles on a single charge and taking a 75% charge in as little as 15 minutes.” Before saying my quote I was talking about 2020 electric car battery then I gave my quote. After saying the quote I then talked about what the quote means and my thoughts with it. I believe the quote was very straight forward giving information on what 2040 could like for electric car batteries. 

Proposal – November 7th

Proposal Due on November 7th

For this unit, I would like to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of raising children in a technological world. I chose to talk about this topic because it’s interesting to see how kids now are growing up in a technological world and how advance they are getting vs kids growing up without technology. I would like to compare the two and see if having technology is a good thing to have for kids growing up. The audience that I would want to read my topic would be people who believe technology isn’t good for kids. A lot of adults don’t want their kids to be around technology because of what they hear on the news or even on any social media. They always make it seem technology is bad for everyone. If I get my targeted audience to read my writing maybe they will change their minds on how they look at technology for kids. I am planning on writing an informative essay. I chose this genre because I would like to inform the reader by analyzing data, comparing and contrasting, etc. My plan is to get as much data I can on how students developed over time back when there were no technologies vs now where there are technologies all over. I will also be sharing my own experience with technology growing up as a kid and comparing that to how my 4-year-old brother is with technology around him. One thing I think I’m worried about is I won’t have a lot of information and when I do have the information it might be repetitive. My plan for that is to read a lot of websites that talk about technology and how it affects children and summarize them and write something I find interesting and something I didn’t know.

Final Reflection

Final Reflection Of My First Semester – Charles Pessin

My first semester in college has certainly not been an easy one due to many factors included with is the fact that all classes are held virtually rather then how it was traditionally, in person. Thanks to COVID I had to learn how to balance four classes using six different websites (such as Open lab, Miro, Blackboard, Zoom, Dropbox etc etc) and I occupied the same room in my house for 12 hours straight which can get rather boring and after about hour three I start to bounce off the walls yearning for a change of scenery. However after that’s all said and done I still persevered and although as we are approaching the end of the semester and I am already making plans to get out of the city for a month the bright side of this is that I learnt a lot and disliking the format in which topics are being taught cannot change the fact that it still works. Yes in person learning may be preferred but online learning does have some perks such as not having to look for parking, sit in traffic or waiting in the cold for a train. So now that we have established that online learning is boring but has its perks lets talk about what I actually learnt. In English my typing skills and spelling have drastically improved although I dislike open lab and prefer to write on Microsoft Word which is what I am typing this essay with. In addition to my typing and spelling improving I also learnt how to “manufacture essays” as I would dedicate certain days of the week to certain homework topics for instance Thursday would be math, Friday would be Architecture 1101, Saturday I would cram all my English essays into one day of writing and Sunday I would generally do my architecture 1112 class. As you can see I allotted one day per class homework on the weekends so come Saturday no matter if their were one or five assignments I still had to get it done that day so you might call that time management or such but I called it manufacturing essays. Another thing I learnt this semester is organization I maintained a weekly planner of sorts using index cards on it I would detail all major assignments I had to finish before the week was up, once completed I crossed the assignment out and write in a new one which seemed never ending until now when the end is in sight and a month long break is almost withing tangible reach. After juggling four classes my unreliable car and my job I could not be more looking forward to the long awaited ski break of mine but onto the final reflection part of this essay I say thanks to my classmates for leaving nice reviews on my essays although it would be nicer in person to actually have the conversation discussing which parts fit in which needed to be removed and such. Thank you to professor Cole for allowing me to submit my essays a bit late at times where I might have fallen behind a bit in class and submitted my essays past a set deadline so I am thankful for the understanding that I was trying my best but sometimes things pop up and I can get distracted. One thing of mine that still needs to be improved however is the fact that I still find it difficult to reach minimum word requirements such as this essay which is supposed to be one thousand words minimum but here I am sitting at my desk thinking what could I possibly add to extend the length of my essay? Hopefully I can fix this issue in the future I do realize I tend to be a bit like “here’s the information, hope you understand” rather then elaborating and explaining each piece of information as I probably should be doing but one day it will be resolved, just not yet. Overall I had a good semester but it was no doubt stressful just as right now I am staring at my computer wondering what on earth would I possibly add to meet the thousand word requirement, I don’t think I can. So in conclusion I have discussed Learning new sills and improving old skills such as spelling as well as improving on “cramming” I have also stated that some bad writing habits persevere such as the lack of elaboration which will hopefully improve but overall I believe I have experienced a very productive virtual semester.

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