Sept.16th Run-on Sentence Activity

Hang Yang

Abby Mengesha

Passage 1:

A man from the city came to visit a small farm. He saw a farmer feeding pigs in a very strange way. The farmer would lift a pig up to a nearby apple tree;  the pig would eat the apples directly off the tree. The farmer would move the pig from one apple to another until the pig was full, then he would start again with another pig.

The man from the city was pretty puzzled; he watched for quite a while, finally said, “What a strange way to feed pigs! It’s a waste of time! You could save a whole lot of time if you just shook the apples off the tree and let the pigs eat them from the ground!” The farmer looked puzzled and replied, “What’s time to a pig?” 




Passage 2:

A young man was waiting in line at the bank. He developed a loud case of hiccups, which got worse and worse. By the time he got to the teller’s window, he could hardly talk. He was handing the teller his check to cash.

The teller was tapping numbers into the computer. In a moment, looking up and frowning. “I can’t cash your check,” she said.

The man was shocked. “Why not?” he asked.

“The computer indicates you do not have sufficient funds to cover this amount,” she said. “In fact, our records show that your account is overdrawn by more than $5000.00.”

“It can’t be!” cried the man. “You’ve got to be kidding!”

You’re right,  I am,” she smiled. She started counting out his cash. “You will notice that your hiccups are gone, though!”

Sept. 14- First Draft Audio Essay

Sept. 9th-In Class Writing

Abby Mengesha

Ori Maior 

Hang Yang


In the 2020 Democratic National Convention speech by Barack Obama, out of the three appeals, ethos, pathos, and logos, the dominant appeal in the video was pathos. Obama uses pathos effectively to appeal to the audience so that we understand how important this upcoming election is. Obama started by addressing the country’s current political climate and how it’s more important now than ever to vote. He uses pathos by talking about the Black Lives Matter movement, the pandemic, other things affecting us. He starts his speech off by addressing these things so that we can become more sympathetic and feel a connection to what he is going to say. Then he proceeds to speak on the core of his speech which was, why it’s important to vote for Joe Biden so that President Donald Trump isn’t elected again. When speaking about Joe Biden, Obama uses specific stories that ‘everyday people’ can relate to. For example, he talks about how Biden would take the train home every night. Throughout the speech, we see that pathos is the dominant appeal; Obama appeals to the audience’s pathos by telling stories we can relate to and problems that are affecting us all. While pathos is the dominant appeal throughout the speech, ethos and logos are used as well. Obama establishes his credibility by using ethos. He used to be the United States president, so many people are open to listening to what he has to say. He uses logos by stating how poor leadership has affected the country, the percentage of unemployment has increased, and many people have lost their lives due to the pandemic. Obama uses ethos, pathos, and logos effectively to appeal to the audience in the way he intended and conveyed his message clearly. 


Sep. 2 In Class Writing

After reading Zhiheng’s argument, the similarities I found between our responses were that we both emphasized that we need to gain the readers’ trust so that whatever we have to say is credible. We both also noted that our motive needs to be clear from the start. A difference I found was that Zhiheng’s points out that humor can also establish credibility because that makes the audience more open to hearing your point. One thing that Zhiheng does is, relating the passage we have read to personal experience, and I feel like that is something I can improve in my writing.

Aug 31. Free Writing

Ideas for Audio Essay

  • talk about my trip to Canada/meeting my aunt, etc.
  • talk about visiting family in Ethiopia
  • Lake McConaughy. Nebraska
  • Hiking

One weekend I decided to go on a hiking trip with my friends, we always go hiking so there was nothing special about this particular day. We were on the trail and then we wondered off because my friend saw a cute bunny.


Beginning: Decided to go hiking

Middle:Wondered off the trail b/c we saw a cute bunny, and then we got lost. Tried using the compass on our phones but didn’t know how.

End: We found our way back because my pacer app tracks everywhere we went.

In Class group assignment

Meijing Zhao
Zhiheng Wang
Abby Mengesha

The author Natalie Wexler, a senior contributor from Forbes, argues that homework isn’t always practical and that educators should take a different approach when assigning homework. The argument that is being used in this article is the Rogerian argument. She talks about how many studies have shown that homework is ineffective because many students complete homework to finish it, not to learn from it. But on the other hand, she talks about how homework can be useful because it can improve students’ skills in that specific class. She isn’t trying to win us over on one side or the other but is trying to create a common ground for both ends of the discussion to come together. For example, if a student wants to learn to play an instrument, they need practice at home. Wexler is directing her argument towards anyone in the education system. We think that the argument’s purpose has been achieved because it makes us see both sides of the debate. We know this because the article’s goal isn’t to change your mind but to make you open to a different point of view, and the article does that.

Meaning of Name

My first name was given to me from the bible, and my last Mengesha originates from Ethiopia. My first name was given to me because my parents are religious, Christian to be specific. My last name Mengesha means ‘meant to rule.’ I’ve never been embarrassed by my first or last name, the only encounter I’ve had is people mispronouncing my last name. I’ve never changed my name, and don’t plan on changing it any time soon.

Introduction-Abby Mengesha

Hi, my name is Abby Mengesha. I’m currently in Denver, Colorado. I’m a first year Media Studies major, but I’m still trying to figure out what I’m interested in so that might change. I enjoy reading, watching TV shows, and hiking. There are lots of hiking trails in Colorado, so that can be fun. Even though classes on Zoom aren’t ideal, I’m excited to see how my writing skills will improve in this class throughout the semester.

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