October 18: Audacity

The top one is the Original song, the bottom one is my epic edit.

October 16: Parallelism

Please review the following sentences for errors in parallel structure. Correct the sentences by
rewriting them. Not all sentences are incorrect. Answers may vary.
1. My dog is not only friendly but also playful.
-Correct as is.
2. We can go to the park or dancing in the classroom.
We can go to the park or dance in the classroom.
3. Jeremy likes to read historical, realistically and speculative fiction.
Jeremy likes to read historical, realistic, and speculative fiction.
4. When I went to the bar, I want to dance, drinking and punch on the rowdy faces.
When I went to the bar, I wanted to dance, drink, and punch rowdy faces.
5. Buying a car is not a decision to take lightly nor be careless about.
Buying a car is not a decision to take lightly or carelessly.
6. Tyler is for the legalization, not criminalization of marijuana.
-Correct as is.
7. Sally needs a new stove, dishwasher and knives for her kitchen.
Sally needs a new stove, a dishwasher, and a set of knives for her kitchen.
8. My first grade teacher taught me how to write, how to read and play tic-tac-toe.
My first grade teacher taught me how to write, how to read, and how to play tic-tac-toe.
9. She will not admit it, nor will she be apologizing.
She will not admit it, nor will she apologize
10. The whole wheat pasta is better than enriched wheat pasta.
-Correct as is.
11. Literature classes teach students to analyze texts, thinking critically, and improve writing.
Literature class teaches students to analyze texts, think critically, and improve writing.
12. Beets are just as nutrient rich as rutabagas even though they are not in season.
-Correct as is.
13. Drunk drivers are thoughtlessly taking the lives of other people in their own hands, risk their own lives, thinking only about their own pleasure and fun, and not consider the consequences of their actions.
Drunk drivers are thoughtlessly taking the lives of other people in their own hands, risking their own lives, thinking only about their own pleasure and fun, and not considering the consequences of their actions.
14. In order to convey the information correctly, the police officer spoke loudly to the crowd, tell people where they should stand, repeated the information to help people remember, and gesture.
In order to convey the information correctly, the police officer spoke loudly, told people where they should stand, repeated the information to help people remember, and gestured at the people.

October 11: Rhetorical Analysis of profile

I did Robert Downey Jr.’s twitter account. RDJ is obviously known for the huge role of playing Iron man in the MCU. He is constantly posting about it regardless of his characters demise with the last installment of the MCU. His character seems to portray that of Tony Stark; I think that over the ten years of playing him he has transformed into a real life Tony Stark. He uploads photo’s and video’s and announcements about Iron man and Marvel. He also does stage talking here and there, inspiring the minds of the young. The ethos that I see with RDJ is very correspondent with a fictional character than his own. People truly don’t see him in any other fashion than that of who he has played and more importantly he is Iron man.

RDJ Twitter:  https://twitter.com/robertdowneyjr?lang=en

October 2: Run-on sentences (Christopher and Kristamps)

Identify the error type of the following sentences as run-on (R), comma splice (CS), or correct (C). Then correct the sentences.
1) The chickens on campus play a famous role for our school, they make us unique.
CS, no coordinate conjunction
2) What if the chickens laid eggs and hid them somewhere they would get left behind.
R, No comma to break the sentence up
3) The chickens bring laughter to our students, without them we’d be an ordinary school.
CS, No coordinate conjunction
4) I remember, after my first class I was leading out to the bookstore unfortunately, I stepped on the chickens’ dump.
R, There should be commas after class and a Fanboy before unfortunately 
5) Right now there many chickens living freely on campus but many professors don’t want chickens.
R, A comma should be in place before the word but
6) Chickens should not be allowed to live freely on the campus because they cause stinky odors make noise and no one wants to clean after.
R, A comma before because should be in place
7) Anytime students want to lie down on the lawn they need a place that look clean and have a fresh air therefore they can not take a nap or study
R, Before therefore should have a period or semicolon and after therefore, there should be a comma
8) But I strongly disagree with that opinion, chickens should not be allowed on campus at all.
C, No errors
9) During the time students are in the lab if the chickens make a lot a noise the students won’t focus to do their job.
R, Comma should be in place after lab, followed by a Fanboy
10) In conclusion, if the chickens live freely on campus because students let them live free then these students should clean the chickens mess.
CS and R, There should be a Fanboy after the first comma and a comma after free

October 2: In-class writing

Original Quote:

“A vaincre sans péril, on triomphe sans gloire” – Corneille

To win without risk is a triumph without glory – Corneille

Google Translate:

“To overcome without danger, we triumph without glory”

The overall meaning is kept in this translation, there is a couple words here and there that are changed and make it mean a different perspective. The word win is replaced with overcome, more like an obstacle approach. Then the word risk is changed with danger, like a fearful challenge ahead. In summary these couple of words change the perspective of the quote.

September 30: Hard Evidence or Constructed Arguments / Plagiarism

Christopher, Kristamps, and Cindy

  1. Drunk Drivers are involved in more than 50 percent of traffic deaths.

Constructed Argument. Further research of this statement reveals that 50% is not indeed the data point alcoholic related traffic deaths. The actual percentage is 28% per source of the CDC.


2. DNA tests of skin found under the victim’s fingernails suggest that the defendant was responsible for the assault.

Hard Evidence. The use of a DNA test used in a testimony is all that is required to know that this is hard evidence being presented to us, a jury, and a judge.

3. A psychologist testified that teenage violence could not be blamed on video games.

Hard Evidence. The statement alone is plausible because it talks about a trustworthy figure’s research. But upon further research this becomes more evident through an organization called ScienceNewsforStudents, this organization presents us with more psychologists and their finds that video games do not induce violence in kids.


4. The crowds at President Trump’s inauguration were the largest on record.

Constructed Argument. News media across the globe all came together to realize that this statement, which was said on live television while airing Trump’s inauguration, was an over exaggeration. The largest inauguration, presented by the news outlet Politifact,  was Obama’s 2009 inauguration.


5. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Constructed Evidence. There is no support to this speech, this is simply just a presidents speech to his people about not fearing, at the time Nazi Germany, fear.


Directions: Read the following scenarios and decide whether it is a case of plagiarism or not.
(Y or N) and explain why.
Y, As stated in the statement, she does not mention her source, so she is claiming the information as her own research. 1. Kyoko needs to write a report on American politics. She looks up Barack Obama in Wikipedia and discovers he is the 44th president of the United States. She includes this information in her report but doesn’t mention Wikipedia.
Y, It doesn’t matter the context of your situation, unless you are told by an authority to not include reference you always include reference to your work in case someone else reads it from another time or place.
2. Tam is writing a paper on a novel for his English class. Since the whole class is reading the same book, he doesn’t need to use a citation.
N, When you are reusing your own work at the approval of an authority, citation is not needed as the credit is your own.
3. Sugi wrote a paper for his European history class last semester and got an A on the paper. This semester, his Political Science class is addressing some of the same issues that are in his History paper. He checks with his professor first who agrees with Sugi, so he uses the material from his History paper.
Y, If it seems to good to be true, then research the wording of the essay and find out if the exact statements come up in another article or research. In most cases this comes out to be plagiarism.
4. Ramiro, Stephan, April, and Chris are working on a group project. Chris submits his work and the others suspect that some of it came from the Internet, but it sounds good, so they submit it.
Y, Copying or rewording is okay when the source is referenced and credited. Here Maria does not seem to credit the source she rewords, so this is plagiarism. 
5. Maria finds a lot of good information for her paper on the Internet. She carefully changes the wording and prepares a good paraphrase. She doesn’t copy anything verbatim.
Directions: Decide whether the information described in each scenario will require citation of the source (Y or N) and explain why.
Y, Citation is always required when using a source at all. Regardless of the amount of times you say the source or how clear you say the source.
1. You clearly identify the source at the beginning of a paragraph that summarizes the author’s ideas about teenage drinking. Since readers will naturally assume all of the ideas in the paragraph are from the source, no additional citation is necessary.
N, This can be summed up to be common knowledge.
2. In your paper on the history of aviation you state the date of the Wright brothers’ first successful flight at Kitty Hawk.
N, this can be cited, but if it’s common knowledge, then it can be chalked up to common knowledge.
3. In a paper on the civil rights movement you find some general, well known background information in an encyclopedia. It is obviously common knowledge, so you copy the information and include it in your paper.
N, You wouldn’t cite you mother as she isn’t a reliable source, but researching her advice and information and connecting it to a source is citation required.
4. You ask your mother about the steps she went through in obtaining a bank load for a new car. You include this information in your paper.
Y, You used a book, which is a source of knowledge that you did not have before so you need to give the book its credit.
5. You skim a 325 page book entitled Using the Internet. A major theme throughout the book is that the Internet is an important technological achievement. You include this in your paper.
Y, you still need to reference who you reinforced your idea with. Regardless if you have the same idea, if you mention them, credit is due.
6. You find an article that takes the same position you have taken on the subject of gun control. To save time you summarize in your paper a portion of the argument from the article, since the author’s ideas are identical to your own.
(Excerpts above are from the following text: Clines, R.H & Cobb, E. R. (2012) Research Writing Simplified, 7th Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.)

September 25: Online Library Research

Caroline Cox, MS and Howard Hirsch, JD for the Journal of Environmental Health talk about the different kinds of effects that lead exposure has on kids and adults (individually pregnant females and females). They talk about the use of lead in candy and how it is strongly affecting kids in school and adults in everyday life. They state in their introduction the consequences of children having too much lead exposure.  “They include hyperactivity, attention deficits, reductions in IQ test scores, and reductions in academic achievement.” (Cox & Hirsch, 2019. 28) They go on to state the effects on women, “For women, these include hypertension, coronary heart disease, and cognitive decline.” (Cox & Hirsch, 2019. 28) and how pregnant women have even higher side effects. “Exposure in pregnant women causes an increase in allergy and asthma in their children.” (Cox & Hirsch, 2019. 28) It’s stated that the effects in adults are not as noticeable, but still as significant. The information presented gives us a rough sketch of what lead in candy does to both adults and children. Involving the male portion of effects would be helpful in the perspective of the whole spectrum of effects for adults. This helps a lot with persuasive appeals in the terms of letting others know the harmful chemicals in candy and how they can avoid the effects by avoiding the candy. Persuading the public in a sense of knowledge is a powerful strategy as it’s up to the reader to decide what to do with the given information.


Cox, MS. & Hirsch, JD. (2019). Reduction in the lead content of candy and purses in California following successful litigation. Journal of Environmental Science, 81(7), 28-31. 4.


September 23: American Idioms

Pulling my leg:

This has a meaning of “kidding around” or “making jokes” with someone. When someone says “your pulling my leg.” They are generally talking about your kidding with me. I like this one as it reminds me of my grandparents and old aunts and uncles talking.

Play it by ear:

I still use this and I picked it up from my father. In general it means that an answer or decision hasn’t been made and is unknown as to what will happen, so people wait and see before deciding what to do. Ex. Are you going to the ball game tonight? I have some homework to do, so we can play it by ear.

Drive up the wall;

I use to hear and get this a lot as a kid from my parents. I always understood it in two fashions, one being that I would get so hyper that I would “run up the walls” or I become too much for my parents that I drive them up the wall.

Jump the gun:

When someone is referenced as “jumping the gun”, usually they are making a decision or performing an action too fast. Ex. The lineman jumped the gun a little there before the quarterback snapped the ball. The origin of the idiom comes from horse racing. Before the starting pistol would fire, some racers would get a early start indicating that they are jumping the gun.

The Early Bird Catches the worm:

I was always told this when it came to getting something first among my brothers. We would sometimes get toys from our mother randomly and whomever woke up first, would be able to choose first. So the origin of this idiom comes from an 17th century book filled of original idioms

September 23: Visual Argument Analysis

Christopher Grant, Anthony Wong, and Ben


The image above depicts the recent U.S. policies implemented into the immigration system. The family looks uncomfortable as the father and son watch the ax (immigration policy) loom above them. The location of the family is also noted as they are away from the comfort of the city. The ax is being held by a Caucasian authority depicted in a suit and tie. The size of the ax represents the immense amount of an impact that the policy will make. The size of the hand represents the higher authority dealing out the policies. Overall the image is overwhelmingly effective as it depicts the immense amount of stress and threat that millions of immigrant families face with the U.S. policy.

September 20: Pulitzer Prize Rhetorical Analysis

Christopher Grant, Kristamps Wong, and Will


Pulitzer Prize Winner for 2018 Editorial Cartooning :

Jake Halpern, freelance writer, and Michael Sloan, freelance cartoonist, The New York Times

Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan’s first editorial cartoon of 2017 is about a refugee family having to split up from the dad’s mother back home in Jordan. The family is under a lot of stress due to leaving home and family, as well as the fear of trump being elected along with his immigration policies. This cartoon does an amazing job at showing how threatening trump was to refugees in 2016 to now. It argues that Trump doesn’t support the American ideology of a free world to everyone. A hard-hitting moment in the cartoon is at the end when the family arrives in America and haven’t seen the poll results revealing Trumps win. This is the emotional peak in my opinion of the cartoon as it emphasizes the threat in the family’s upcoming life.

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