sentence combining // nov 8

kevin, karina, mindy

  1. The reality show follows the lives of Bruce and Kris Jenner’s family, but most episodes focus on the three oldest daughters, Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe Kardashian.
  2. Bruce Jenner was famous for breaking the world record and winning a gold medal in the decathlon at the 1876 Olympics; also, his sons from a previous marriage, Brandon and Brody, have also appeared on the reality show.
  3. The Kardashians’ father, the late attorney Robert Kardashian, was famous for representing O.J Simpson which caused his daughters to gain recognition as American socialites.
  4. Because of Kim’s national spotlight in 2007 after a sex-tape scandal and playboy appearance, the Kardashians fame grew into a profitable reality series.
  5. The show depicts the daily routine of the Kardashians and many spin off shoes feature Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe’s attempts to built their line of fashion boutiques.
  6. The Kardashians behavior at first seemed outrageous, but they are a loving family.
  7. The Kardashians squabble like typical siblings; however, Kris, the mother, holds the family together.
  8. Kim’s $10 million wedding to pro basketball player Kris Humphries in 2011 was seen by approximately 10.5 million views, but the marriage lasted only 72 days.

oct 23 // essay 3 discussion

karina, indira, mindy

  • 3 key features
    • 3-4 minute video
    • multimodal text/audio(imovie)
    • a clear outline to narrate the video
  • 3 requirements
    • interview from professor/department
    • information about major at USF (flyers brochures)
    • Outside research on major (books, magazines

  • likes/features
    • a lot of research based on pixar
    • multiple exams to back up his argument
    • editing was nice/professional
    • voice over
    • casual
  • dislike
    • fast paced

overall, this video essay was one of the better ones that we found and it was interesting to watch because of how prepared the speaker was and how much information was given to us to back up his argument.

oct 18 // reflection on edu

In America, college education is very different from high school education. For me, it is exteremely overpriced for what we get out of it. However, there are different ways to ‘cheat’ the system. Many people go to community college for two years for their GE’s and then transfer over to a UC or a State. In most places around the Bay Area, community college is free under a certain promise program. Other than that, the education system is decent for what everything else is like around the world. Even though some things are not taught because of how society views them, such as certain religions or historical events.

I hope education was not focused on so much of personal and societal enforced because it is important to learn about things that happened in the past to become educated and fight for the rights that you are support and for it to not be buried from us.

Also, there are almost like different levels like states and uc or ivy leagues. In almost every family, it is very pressuring to go to college and do good in school in order to go into the work force.

oct 2 // in class writing

“That Word Black” appealed more to me because of how much it relates to my community and current social situations. It was also a creative way to introduce a heavily weighed topic like racism and discrimination.

“I am black. When I look in the mirror, I see myself, daddy-o, but I am not ashamed. God made me. He did not make us no badder than the rest of the folks. The earth is black and all kinds of good things comes out of the earth”(78).

“Wait till my day comes! In my language, bad will be white. Blackmail will be white-mail. Black cats will be good luck”(78).

Another essay I am going to use is, White America’s Racial illiteracy: Why our National Conversation is poisoned from the start. Which talks about white privilege and there view of society.

“Yes, an individual person of color can sit at the tables of power, but the over whelming majority of decision makers will be white”(186).

“Yes, white people can have more problems and face barriers but systematic racism won’t be one of them”(186)

sept 27 // in class writing idioms

  1. Eating Someone
    1. Something that is really bothering or upsetting
  2. Making Ends meet
    1. Hard enough to pay bills
  3. The Early Bird Catches the Worm
    1. The one that comes the earliest has the best chances for success
  4. It’s a small world
    1. When you meet or know someone that someone else is familiar with
  5. Top Dog
    1. The big boss of something or someone with authority

There are so many different interpretations of different words that you can discuss. You can also use it in everyday language to spice up your language and conversations with each other. Usually, idioms are very catchy and quick to remember so they are able to go around really quickly. I found it really interesting how many idioms have become part of daily conversations because of how often it is shoved in our face.

sept 25 // in class assignment

Mindy and Raha 😉


  1. No, because it is common knowledge.
  2. Yes, because it is not his own words and is using it as a reference.
  3. No, because it is his own writing.
  4. Yes, because they are suspecting that it is from the internet.
  5. yes, because it is still someone else’s work but not quoted.


  1. No, because you only have to cite once when writing in the same essay for the same article.
  2.  No, because it is common knowledge.
  3. Yes, because they are quoting it from something else.
  4.  No, you don’t need to cite it but refer to it as personal experience.
  5. Yes, because it is writing and ideas from the book’s author.
  6. Yes, because it is someone else’s argument that you are summarizing.

Sept 20 // APA Citation

Language has a key role in everyday life from you communicating when buying your groceries or taking a case to court. In this instance, Supardi (2016), a faculty of Law in Indonesia states his view point about the importance of language usage in a courtroom and uses real life cases in the past to support his case. He first touches on how the opening case is the first impression of what the whole court room’s first impression of you are, “As it becomes the first opportunity and the first impression to be made for presenting the case to the jury, legal communication scholars believe the opening statement as the most important stage of the trial” (p. 71). As your first impression to talk about your case that could decide the rest of your life for you, it is to your most advantage to create the strongest and most supported opening case during your trial. Once you have a set first impression, it can change the jury’s point of view of your trial for the rest of the way. That could either go positively for you or negatively against you.


Supardi S. (2016), Language Power in the Courtroom, The Use of Persuasive Features in Opening Statement, from


Sept 11 // Free Writing

I remember getting my first library card. I was able to ‘sign’ my name on the back of the card and check out my own books. It was my favorite part of the week. Every Saturday morning, my mom would take me to the closest library and I would check out 10 books tops, all ready for story time. From books like The Rainbow Fish to Goodnight Moon to Where the Wild Things Are, they were my favorite things to read as a child. I remember at bed time, before getting into bed I would walk over to the book basket and pick out my favorite book for someone to read to me. Either it being my parents or my siblings I loved to be read to. It was my favorite thing. You know how bed time stories are usually supposes to put children to sleep, yeah I did not sleep after these. It took about 3 more books for me to completely knock out.


Outline for Audio Essay

  • first paragraph
    • personal life story #1
      • going to the library
      • story time
      • freewrite overview
  • second paragraph
    • personal life story #2
      • preschool
      • alphabet
      • learning to write
      • communicate with others
  • third
    • how it affects me today
      • why reading is important
      • my fallouts
      • writing skills
  • fourth
    • why is it important for me learn and continue expanding on my reading and writing skills.
    • conclusion