Amani Shihadeh
ENG 1121 – D439
Final Portfolio
UNIT 2 – Rhetoric/Genre

In unit two we were asked to write an essay on what freedom means to us, which I enjoyed doing because freedom has a universal value. It can mean all different ways to all different people, and everyone in class wrote about how they perceive freedom. We also explored different types of genres and wrote recipes. Writing recipes was easy and fun and genres was a bit confusing to me because I actually never thought about the different types of genre and ways to further break it down. So we had to choose our favorite genre, I picked wikihow because I am always looking up how to do things and wikihow makes it easier with the little pictures along with the instructions.

 

Amani Shihadeh

ENG 1121 – D439

Genre: WikiHow

 

GENRE ANALYSIS

The type of genre I chose is WikiHow, which is a website made for people when they’re looking up how to do a particular activity like, how to roast marshmallows or how to exercise. Many people nowadays are always looking for new things to do or try whether they already know it but have never tried or it’s completely new to them so they look it up. I chose to do my genre in WikiHow, writing on how to apply makeup. Wikihow is meant to be an easy step picture guide on how to achieve a particular activity, which makes it simple and convenient for people to follow. In my case, my audience would be makeup lovers, beginners, influencers or anyone who simply interested can use this greatly as a tool to learn or teach.

 

RECIPE

How to Have a Successful Relationship
Ingredients:
• Serves minimum of two people
• Compassion (1 Gallon)
• Communication (1 ½ cup)
• Understanding (1 ½ cup)
• Trust (1 Gallon)
• Emotion (1 Gallon)
Instructions:
Always be yourself and love yourself first before loving another.
You need to be able to always communicate about important topics (good communication)
Be understanding towards another
Always try to make time for one another
Building trust is very important
Being a good friend comes first
Have good listening skills

 

NAVIGATING GENRES

I never really post on Facebook just like most people, I am not comfortable with anyone knowing my business. Occasionally, if I feel passionate enough to share/repost a video – something probably related to politics, education or just a meaningful life lesion video because I enjoy those. I feel like older people on Facebook love to write anything, even if its too much information or misspelled. My grandmother for that matter doesn’t, she just likes to scroll and watch videos. I do believe that are some older people who are better than young kids on social media.
My favorite title was “I Am Under 18 Button Clicked For First Time In History”
Rules I carry are that essays, writing pieces, thesis statements, etc., are supposed to be formally structured yet that’s the thing I find myself to struggle in, to properly structure and not have it look like scattered thoughts.

 

SHITTY FIRST DRAFTS

Depending on the assignment I normally do two drafts, reading this article made me realize that I’ve always been doing “down drafts, up drafts and dental drafts” without even realizing but someone finally put it in words. I wasn’t surprised by the title I think it was pretty straight forward. Shitty first drafts are supposed to be somewhat shitty, so I don’t think that will change. But I can see myself now focusing on lowering the voices when writing.

 

Amani Shihadeh
ENG 1121 – D439
Prof. Schmerler
March 1, 2019

Finding Freedom

What is freedom? Is it an absolute right? I believe we are born to be free. Freedom is interpreted differently by everyone. Some define freedom as a natural right, a human being is born with. Everyone wants to be free and independent from others. Freedom is the right to do what one wants, live where they want, learn what they want, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom of choice, without belittling or harming others rights.

How can we live free? From my point of view, we can live free by respecting others rights to live free too. We cannot ignore the rights of people with whom we share society with. We cannot simply do what we want and ignore others. We must take other people rights into consideration. The idea behind freedom is to be respectful and useful to our society. Freedom is important to everyone. When freedom is guaranteed, I can think freely, go where I want, say my opinion without fear from people who would not like my opinion. Freedom of opinion is among the most important branches of freedom. In some societies where freedom of opinion is not guaranteed by the authority, the creativity of mind is killed and buried. Society is the largest and biggest loser from this lack of creativity. Someone once said, freedom of opinion will never result in animosity among people if they respect each other. Freedom is not an absolute right, and there are too many constraints on it. Firstly, society rights including national security which is very important. Security is just as important as freedom. Our practicing of freedom should never lead to threatening our national security. Secondly, freedom of belief, to believe in what you want and choice of your religion. We also should have the right to establish our own places where we perform our religious actions.

I also believe that freedom has to be understood in the right time in one’s life. It comes through maturity, learned lessons and challenges faced throughout your life. Finding who you are as a person and your place, is a big thing for everyone in this world, and once you do you will be at peace. Freedom can most definitely come in the most unexpected ways and places, the irony of Malcolm X is that he learned his in prison, where freedom does not exist. Malcolm X had the freedom of time. With that time spent in prison he fought through his ignorance to teach himself reading and writing new vocabulary words and understanding books. I believe confinement is definitely mental and spiritual than physical.

Parents must teach their children the value of this word and to define it to be exactly what it is, free. They must instill in them the love for freedom. Freedom in the teen years is very important for building a good character and stable personality. Although for young teens growing up it can easily be misunderstood. Freedom isn’t supposed to mean hanging out late or whenever they feel like it, or acting out in a disrespecting manor. It is the responsibility of positive and creative expression, to learn and love who you are and where you come from. And to be at peace with that.

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