Week 8: In-class writing activity

From the reading Amber Floyd’s,” A ‘Dream’ Deferred:An Exploration of the Scarlet Title ‘Undocumented'” I believe that our colleges and universities should decide to make education more affordable for all students. For instance, Floyd(2015) mentions how, “if the act is passed, institutions would then be forced to adjust in a way that benefits the students and provides them with the best way to learn regardless of their socio-economic background”(p.185). This is so important because if students have easier access to higher education due to colleges changing their tuition costs to benefit the student, then there worries of how to pay for college would no longer be a problem, and students will be more focused on enjoying learning to specialize in their respective major.



Floyd, A. (2015). A “dream” deferred: An exploration of the scarlet title “undocumented”. In D. Holler (Ed.), Writing for a Real      World: A multidisciplinary anthology by USF students (pp. 180- 191).  San Francisco, CA: University of San Francisco.


October 9th, In Class Writing

  1. Solange posed for the picture, and she found the waist and collar of the dress a little confining; the feather on her antique hat framing her face.
  2. Before Benjamin applied for a job at Datacorp, he researched the company at the library; he wanted to be well prepared for the interview.
  3. The family shivered on the windy corner waiting for the tour bus; they expected warmer weather on their summer vacation.
  4. Leland’s motorcycle is his prized possession, but he had to sell it to pay his college tuition.
  5. Because Olivia had never been surfing, she took lessons, so she felt ready to tackle waves.
  6. Paolo has thinning hair, glasses, and stooped shoulders. Everyone thinks he is a librarian, but he is a meteorologist at the Antarctic research station.
  7. Toni gives her son a generous allowance and does not expect any help around from him; Toni’s brother expects his children to do chores if they want spending money.
  8. Dark clouds gather overhead while trees toss in the wind, but rain does not fall.
  9. Tai wanted to prove her trustworthiness to her parents, so she made it her responsibility to take her younger brother and sister to school.
  10. using a sharp jerk of his wrist, Simon flipped the pancake in the skillet; his uncle taught him this trick when Simon was a child.

Class Activity: September 22, 2017

Alex Hanson, Ragahv Agarwal, Avis

  Salt March

          British ruled India and charged the people a lot of money on salt tax wise. The people needed salt to survive but the poor had a harder time to acquiring the salt. Gandhi declared resistance to British salt policies to be the unifying theme for his new campaign of “satyagraha,” or mass civil disobedience. Gandhi returned in 1915 and soon working for India’s Independence. Gandhi lead 250 people from Ahmedabad down to the coastal town of Dandhi on the Arabian sea. Though the British arrested Gandhi, the numbers increased to 60,000 afterward. This is a perfect example communicating the ability to gain rights through non-violent means which also connects to personal rights and freedoms because the British’s act injustice through taxation was uprooted from disobeying peaceful. We enjoyed that they were able to gain their own independence and freedom from the Salt March. 

          This gave the people their own rights to salt in their beaches in certain areas so they claimed the right to use the salt without being so unfairly taxed. Gaining salt was a step towards freedom because access to salt was very limited before the Salt March.


Group Activity, September 20th: Alex Hanson, Celeste Yeung Phanhdara, Liu Zeyi, Raghav

-Reality shows give personal insight on a person’s ego and behaviors when watching television.

-A successful marriage requires patience, good communication, and a sense of humor.

-The university has unnecessarily cut off student business programs and music classes to improve their budget.
– Doing community volunteer work is a productive way to use extra time.
-My years of training taught me important skills, such as discipline, time management, focus, and persistence.

In Class Writing: September 18th, 2017

Meaning of Name

          Alexandros is a common greek name but has been adopted by English as Alexander, and shortened down as my name: Alex. Lea, Leigh, and ‘Lee’ is a common name in Old English meaning a meadow or forest clearing. Hanson is from the Midlands and northern England, especially Yorkshire but it is my dad’s family name that’s been passed down. My dad’s name is also ‘Alex Hanson so I am a ‘Jr’; I don’t remember if we share my uncle’s middle name. My full name Alex Lee Hanson Jr was given to me from my family’s passed down name. Occasionally, some people would ask if I’m of any asian descent because of my middle name which is weird but mostly funny now. I do have a new nickname I like from some pronouncing Alex wrong so my nickname is ‘Augs’; I like it because it reminds me of augmented chords in music theory and they are very good and useful for making modes more known or prominent in music because there are two tonal sounds that make it hard to tell by ear. My family nickname that I take as like another name is ‘Eelex’ and I’ve made that to be ‘Eelex Hensen’ which is like a quirky thing that brings out that I’m a goofball and I love it.

          I have never changed my name but if I ever did I would make it be a fictional name which relates to how I feel about life in general rather than something that I’ve been passed down which isn’t a bad thing but it’d be nice to have a name you define yourself as. I see that none of my name is of African descent or tells me that it is so in that regard, I can also say that I have no Identity which is logically scary, thought.


September 8th, 2017

“What does it mean to be a black man in America?” is something you can hear growing up in black culture. Am I a black man in America if I’m a gangster. Do I qualify as a black man in America if hustle and grind in the streets to get money. Am I a black man if I listen to all the current hip-hop songs; well what about all the oldies but goodies, would those make me a black man in America. Am I a black man in America if I’m good at all sports, if I was, would I be a black man in America because my ancestors put the natural selection to be to blame?


Free Writing

Literacy and Identity, what does that mean in my own culture To me it’s a complicated statement or question to worry about because Its just a weird thing to have to worry about it seems stupid or just someting something I might stop and think hey why is it that I always see my family struggle people of color struggle why does this world have to be that way when we can just change it seems simple but not everyone wants to change how can i change if i f donnt fully know myself and my own culture I know myself and i know what i like but what does it mean to have this label on me at all times f does it mean that im hated does it mean that i cant f get the dsaem jobs as anyone else i hear my mother voice sasying that i cant trust people as much as i e want to i have a big heart so people will use you you smart you get it from me and your father its sad to say that because you dont even know how similiar you to really are you havent even seen each other but you act like youve been aroung him all you life and i tell you this a because i love but i dont want you to forget because your black and a man at that yuo will havve probels you have people who hate you those who wont acknowledge your resence


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