Blog 10

Prompt: Begin prewriting for the portfolio reflection.

Mr. Day, 

I just want to thank you for taking the time out of your day to spend almost 3 hours teaching us. I have enjoyed your class, even if I seemed too tired or a bit distracted sometimes. This class has helped me enhance my writing and helped me socially. Without this class I might not work in groups or with a partner as much. I have talked with a small group of people in the class and I have become more comfortable with them. I also have noticed how much my writing has changed and how my skills in writing have enhanced. 

At the beginning of the class when we had to take the writing evaluation, I wasn’t sure how well I would do because, I knew that since high school I’ve had trouble staying focused or even becoming interested in writing papers. After we got the evaluations back, I learned that I needed to be more focused in my writing. I knew what to write but I couldn’t hit the main idea. After doing our first essay I tried to become more focused on the main topic and that is when we were given the blog post assignments. At first, I wasn’t sure about how this blog would go and I didn’t think much of them.  

After we made the blogs, I realized that these blog posts we have done were to helped me with getting focused on the main idea of whatever we were writing about. My first blog post was unfocused but I knew what I was writing about. As we continued writing these posts it seemed easier and easier to write and stay focused on the main idea on the topic. These first two blog posts also helped me prepare with our first essay we had to write about an event that changed our views. 

As the semester progressed I felt more comfortable with writing more blog posts and other writing assignments in the class. So, I am glad that your class has given me the focus I needed for future writing assignments I will have. Even if the semester ended quickly I still appreciate the writing practices we had, so that we could write papers better. That is how this class had helped me academically, but not did it only help me academically, your class also helped me socially.  

I’m normally not a very social person, I was and still am a bit of an introvert. At the start of the semester, I wasn’t a fan of working in groups or partners. We did a lot of group talking and had to read some pages of the book as a group, and going up to the front of the room is a nightmare. It feels weird having everyone in the class look at you when you speak, but as the semester went on and I got to talk with more people it seemed easier to fit in and talk. 

The essays we reviewed in a group were about a lot of controversial topics. From thieves in videogames to should organ sales be legal. Each topic had interesting points to them and interesting views. Some authors of the topics were against their cause and other authors were for their cause. I feel like these topics were good topics to read about. Each author wrote their essay in unique ways and I appreciated the way that the authors have written. My favorite essay was about the guy who had judged a whole family without even getting to know them at first. 

A favorite thing we did in groups was the debate activity. After reading the essay about organ sales, the class was separated into 3 groups to debate about if organs sales should be legal or not. The three groups were, those who were for organ sales, those who were against it, and the judges. Luckily, I was a judge for this activity and there were only three judges. Each team had good arguments and had evidence to back up their statements. I thought that this activity was fun and I would do this activity again if given the opportunity to.  

As we work in group projects talking about different topics from the essays in the book. I got to know some of my classmates as we conversed about the essays. It was also very fun when someone in the group would bring up a funny ideas or topics, even if it wasn’t related to what we had to talk about. I enjoyed making acquaintances in the class, and I’m glad the class encouraged groups to work together. I had a great time with talking with people, and I feel better that this class has helped me socially. I hope that this class will continue their group chats. 

Again, I must thank you for taking time out of your day to teach a night class. I realized how much I have improved in my writing and how much I have improved socially. This class was fun with the group chatting and the different activities we do. Even though the class was a night class, I tried to learn the best I could. This semester has been interesting and the class didn’t seem difficult. I do hope there are more debate-like activities in future classes. I also hope that there would be more interesting topics to converse about.   

That is what I have thought about the class and there have been many benefits to this class. I know that not all the students noticed the benefits but I think that this class helps a lot with writing, and this class helps with controversial topics to talk about in the future. The only problem I had was that the class was almost three hours long. I think that the class could be a tiny bit shorter and could have more fun topics to converse about, but other than that I think the class was interesting and helpful with writing. 


Sadie Jay 



Blog 9

Prompt: Using the information from pages 197-215 of our book to guide you, choose a book, story, movie, video game, poem, song, or T.V. show to analyze or evaluate. Your post should be 250-350 words in length, and should include one outside source.

The poem I chose is called There’s A Man In The Woods by Jacob Streilein. It tells a tale of what happened to a teacher who was fired after a child, who is a troublemaker, had told a fib about a man in the woods, and the consequences of what happens after the rumors go too far.

The story starts when the teacher was employed and enjoyed his job of watching over the kids as they picked the flowers off of a bush near the woods, but one selfish kid, Sid, hated that he had to share the flowers with his fellow students. So to scare them away he told the teacher he saw a man in the woods, then the rumors spread throughout the school like wildfire. Soon enough the parents heard the rumors and became concerned for the safety of their children, and they blamed the teacher for not doing anything about it. The school board had no other choice but to fire the teacher. After being fired the teacher tried to get another job but he couldn’t because of his slandered reputation. The teacher turned to drugs and alcohol to fight away the pain and of the stress.  Soon he realizes that he could play along to Sid’s imagination and by the end of the poem he himself is the man in the woods.

The moral of the story is that one person’s selfish actions can cause strife in another person’s life and how society can become paranoid because of a rumor.

Streilein,Jacob. There’s a Man in the Woods. 2017. Genius, Accessed May 2006.

Blog 8

Prompt: Using your annotated sources from prompts 6 and 7, write a 300-500 word blog post defending the position opposing the one you are taking in essay 2. In addition to meeting the minimum word count, your response should be grammatically correct, be organized appropriately, and be focused on one main idea. It should also include a qualified thesis statement, and a works cited page.

Many people today in society has a cell phone, laptop, or some sort of internet device. With technology developing as fast as it is, there are many consequences to the use of technology. Teens and adults alike are dealing with cyberbullies and the harm that their words can do. Even though this is a serious issue to today’s society, many people do not understand the importance of the psychological damage cyberbullies can do.  

In the opposing article written by Dan Olweus, he states that “cyberbullying made in the media and elsewhere are greatly exaggerated and have little empirical scientific support” (Olweus,2012). Dan Olweus, during his studies, figured out that when you look closely into cyberbullying scientifically it has not been given the recognition it should have. Dan Owleus’s article about cyberbullying has had many schools participate in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP). While in the OBPP students were asked to participate in the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire (OBQ). Even though the students had taken the OBQ, the results showed that the student population of cyberbullying is close to the same as cyberbullying nationally.  

After the students completed a revised version of the OBQ, students have made their definition of cyberbullying. Even though we count cyberbullying as one person using their popularity, or power, to make another person feel bad about themselves. “we don’t call it bullying when the teasing is done in a friendly and playful way. Also, it is not bullying when two students of about the same strength or power argue or fight” (Owleus, 2012).  

Dan’s article is well written with many results of his questionnaire to back up his information about cyberbullying, and I agree with his statement that cyberbullying can be exaggerated but it should not be ignored. I also like the addition of the graphs to show the statistics. 

Olweus D. “Cyberbullying: An Overrated Phenomenon?” European Journal of    Developmental Psychology, vol. 9, no. 5, 2012, pp. 520–538., doi:10.1080/17405629.2012.682358.

Blog 7

Prompt: This week, I want you to post one of your annotated citations from the proposal and annotated bibliography assignment. Specifically, it should be an opposing viewpoint that you plan to argue against in your second essay. You will be using this source again for a future blog post, so try to pick one that you are fairly certain will appear in your persuasive paper.


Olweus D. “Cyberbullying: An Overrated Phenomenon?” European Journal of    Developmental Psychology, vol. 9, no. 5, 2012, pp. 520–538., doi:10.1080/17405629.2012.682358.

Blog 6

Prompt: This week, I want you to post one of your annotated citations from the proposal and annotated bibliography assignment. Specifically, it should be a source that will be supporting your claims in essay two, and not an opposing viewpoint. You will be using this source again for a future blog post, so try to pick one that you are fairly certain will appear in your persuasive paper.


Johnston, Pattie, et al. “Motivations behind ‘bullies then offenders’ versus ‘pure bullies’:     further suggestions for anti-bully education and practice.” Education, vol. 134, no. 3, 2014, p. 316+. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Accessed 11 Oct. 2017.  

Blog 5

Prompt #5:  Select one subject that you’d like to learn more about, and then come up with 7-10 questions to guide your research.

For my subject I choose cyberbullying and the question are:

  1. How can cyberbully be defined?
  2. How can cyberbullying be explained?
  3. How can cyberbullying be interpreted?
  4. What are my opinions about cyberbullying?
  5. What might cause cyberbullying?
  6. What can cyberbullying be compared with?
  7. Are there other ways to think about cyberbullying?

Blog 4

Prompt 4 : Select one subject from the list below that you’d like to learn more about. Then, write a brief paragraph explaining any general thoughts or preconceived notions you have on that subject.

The subject I choose is school dress codes, because this topic has interested me before. Personally I’m not a fan of certian dress codes for school because of how exaggerated they can be. Yes, I’m aware that not all clothes are appropriate to wear during the school day. Although I doubt that seeing someone’s collar bone, shoulders, or even just a bit above the knee will distract a person from learning. Clothing is a type of expression for people, and with strict dress codes it’s like you’re taking away someone’s identity.

Blog 3


Prompt #3: Compare and/or contrast two movies you’ve recently viewed.


When I was younger I loved watching the classic Disney movies, my favorite Disney movie was Beauty and the Beast. Years later I was excited to hear that they made a reversion of my favorite Disney classic. So, my friends and I got together and we went to the movies and enjoyed the Disney remake.

It was clear that the animation of the two movies were different since the 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast was live action and the 1991 version was 2d animation. I felt like the 2017 version gave the characters more depth and a better backstory to the characters. In the 1991 version you only know that Belle’s mom died, but you don’t know how she died. In the 2017 version you learned that Belle’s mom died of the black death which gave an excellent background of the character.

I also felt like I enjoyed the 2017 version a lot more than the 1991 version because of the characters and the emotions the actors put into them, and the songs that they had created for the movie. It was during the scene when Belle left the Beast to go to her father, I nearly cried because of the song that the Beast sang while he watched the person who could’ve broken the spell walk away. I also nearly cried when Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Lumiere were singing Days in the Sun which was about them reminiscing about when they were human and missing being human.

I was happy to have watched both versions of the movies because it made me feel happy watching them. I do think that both of these movies were great and I would see both again in a heartbeat, no questions asked

Blog 2

Prompt: Your personal narrative should include several vivid descriptions of various people, places, objects, and events from your past. For this blog prompt, come up with a list of at least five of these that you might want to describe in essay one, and then provide a sentence or two detailing why each is relevant to your subject. Afterwards, choose one item from the list and write a brief paragraph in which you discuss those details about this “thing” that stand out to you the most.

Narrative Essay Topics:

1. Past Classes – A past class might interest your reader about what you have learned. A past class also would help you remember if one specific class got you inspired about what you want to do when you go out into the working world.

2. Family – Family is a really good one because without family you wouldn’t know where you would be. Also family can mean a lot to different people

3. Friendship – Past friendships are fun to reminisce about and thinking about how your friendships effected you can be a interesting topic.

4. New Experiences – Wether moving into a new city/ state, or anything the you tried for the first time. Writing about something new in your life is something that will entertain the reader.

5. New Job – A new jobs always fun but a hard topic, but a reader who is younger might want to learn about the working world.

6. Interests – Interests are always fun, it lets your reader get to know you more.

Paragraph 1:

I feel like writing about your past classes as a narrative would be a nice topic and it meets the requirements, because a class you might have had in the past sparked a interest or may have changed your idea for a career. Some challenges might be that going through flashbacks occur more often than wanted, you would have trouble remembering that class, or you might not entertain the reader. That is why I feel like witting a narrative about a past class would be a challenging but interesting idea.

Blog 1

Prompt #1: Write about your high school experiences with writing. What writing projects were you assigned? What role did research play in the essays you composed for your high school teachers?

My high school writing assignments usually simple and not too complex. I wrote about books, movies, and myself. My freshman year to sophomore year was mostly writing projects on a book we read or a movie I watched, and sometimes I did a persuasive essay. during freshman year I had a whole unit of Shakespeare and I remember writing about Romeo and Juliet, and my project was to write about how the ending could have been different for the two and their friends. As I went through high school the English work became more and more. Persuasive essays were the main priority of sophomore.

Sophomore year we had to write a persuasive essay about what I believed was the most influential event in history. I chose to talk about 9/11 and did a lot of research about how many lives were lost, and went more in depth than what we know.  The research took up a lot of time but I had found everything I needed and finished my essay.  Junior year was slow and honestly, I didn’t do any essays or that many writing assignments. The only writing assignment I remember is for the Edgar Allen Poe section and that was to make up your own little Edgar Allen Poe characters and give a story about them. I never did research for this project but it still was fun to do. It was my senior year where we did the most writing and essays that I’ve ever done.

My first writing assignment was about the story of Beowulf and I had to draw a character from the book and write about why they’re our favorite character. I chose to write about the dragon and how I was always interested in dragons. The only research we had to do was read the book and get to know the character a little better. Other writing assignments were mostly about books we read and a senior goodbye speech. I read Brave New World, Macbeth, Oedipus, The Stranger, and The Importance of Being Earnest. I did writing projects on Brave New World and Macbeth which for Macbeth there were a lot of poems to write and share with the class. As for Brave New World we did an essay about dystopias and we can relate the book to today’s society. Our final writing assignment was our senior goodbye speeches. We would put our thoughts and heart into those speeches, and never before have I heard wonderful speeches. For our goodbye speeches we didn’t have to do any research, you would just write down how you were feeling and that was it.