MonthNovember 2018

8th November, In Class Writing

Combine each of the following pairs of sentences using either a comma and a coordinating conjunction or a semicolon, a conjunctive adverb, and a comma. Add or delete words as necessary.


  1. Although the reality show follows the lives of Bruce and Kris Jenner’s combined family, most of the episodes focus on the three oldest daughters – Kourtney, Kim, and Khloé Kardashian.
  2. While Bruce Jenner was famous for breaking the world record and winning a gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics, his sons from a previous marriage, Brandon and Brody, have also appeared on their own reality shows.
  3. Although the Kardashians’ father, the late attorney Robert Kardashian, was famous for representing O. J. Simpson, his daughters gained recognition as American socialites.
  4. Even though Kim came into the national spotlight in 2007 after a sex- tape scandal and resulting Playboy appearance, the Kardashian fame grew into a profitable reality series.
  5. The show not only depicts the daily routine of the Kardashians but also spin-off shows feature Kourtney, Kim, and Khloé’s attempts to build their line of fashion boutiques.
  6. The Kardashians’ behavior at first seemed outrageous but they are a loving family.
  7. Although the Kardashians squabble like typical siblings, Kris, the mother, holds the family together.
  8. Despite Kim’s $ 10 million wedding to pro basketball player Kris Humphries in 2011 was seen by an estimated 10.5 million viewers, the marriage lasted only 72 days.

Ayush Agarwal, Leo Xu, Junzheng Li

Video Essay

Video Essay-

Nov 1, In Class Writing

I read Pu Zhao’s response and I found many points similar to my response. I like the way he expresses “I like this online essay shows a lot of pictures at that time in China. It’s easier for readers to understand the real background of that part of history. As Pengfei tells his story, we are mindful of the cultural and historical contexts that shape his literacy narrative.” Moreover, we believe that “As most of the data instilled in the computers are in English, it is necessary for people to learn English first in order to operate a computer.” Also, due to Pengfei’s and his family’s hard work and labor, they were able to establish a good position in society. If we look at a bigger picture, there are many people in the rural area who are still illiterate and don’t have access to computers because of their poor condition.

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