10/19 Group Activity

Group members: Ori and Jasper

1. My dog is not only friendly but also playful.

2. We can go to the park or dance in the classroom.

3. Jeremy likes to read historical, realistic and speculative fiction.

4. When I go to the bar, I want to dance, drink and punch on the rowdy faces.

5. Buying a car is not a decision to take lightly nor be careless about.

6. Tyler is for the legalization, not criminalization of marijuana.

7. Sally needs knives, a dishwasher, and a new stove for her kitchen.

8. 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 apologize.

10. The whole wheat pasta is better than enriched wheat pasta.

11. Literature classes teach 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.

13. 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, told people where they should stand, repeated the information to help people remember, and gestured.

10/19 In-Class Writing

My partner was Zhinheng Wang and in his discussion post, he talks about the importance of visual arguments. He argues that they are a very powerful type of argument because they are so common. Some similarities between our responses are that we both state that visual arguments create pathos, establish ethos, and support logos. The differences between our responses are that I go into more detail of examples that the authors use to appeal to pathos, ethos, and logos while using visual arguments, and Zhinheng gives a more personal example. Something I learned from Zhinheng’s response was about environmental advertising in Thailand. He states that the advertisement was called “Human, Why Don’t You Eat Plastic Bags” and it argues the importance of reducing the use of plastic bags. Zhinheng states that within this argument they show dead animal carcasses and how full they were of plastic. I agree with his statement that that advertisement appeals more to pathos than it does to ethos or logos because it makes the audience have certain feelings while watching that advertisement.


Someone that I look up to and consider one of my role models is Chrissy Teigen. The thing that gravitates me towards her is how real and honest she is with her fans and with herself. She recently had a miscarriage and had to go through a stillbirth. Her most recent post was on September 30, 2020, and she discussed the heartbreak she went through. She posted pictures of her in the hospital, crying, holding her stillborn. In her caption, she explained how she and her husband, John Legend, never pick out a baby’s name until after their birth, but they had already started calling their baby “Jack” while still in the womb. She wrote, “To our Jack – I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you”.

Chrissy Teigen is very open with her life and the troubles and tribulations she experiences. By being so open she creates trust between her and her fan base. I believe that she has a very good character. In chapter 3 of “Everything’s an Argument” the authors write, “Trustworthiness and credibility speak to a writer’s honesty, respect for an audience and its values, and plain old likability” (pg. 49). Chrissy Teigen is probably one of the most trustworthy celebrities because of her honesty and respect for her audience.

9/28 Coordination and Subordinating Conjunctions

Ellie and Ori

Exercise 1:

  1. Pets are not allowed in Mr. Taylor’s building, however, he owns several cats and a parrot.
  2. New legislation prevents drivers from sending or reading text messages while driving, however, many people continue to use their phones illegally.
  3. The coroner concluded that the young man had taken a lethal concoction of drugs, subsequently, by the time his relatives found him, nothing could be done.
  4. Amphibians are vertebrates that live on land and in the water, conversely, flatworms are invertebrates that live only in water.
  5. Ashley carefully fed and watered her tomato plants all summer, hence, the tomatoes grew juicy and ripe.
  6. When he lost his car key, Simon attempted to open the door with a wire hanger, a credit card, and a paper clip, finally, he called the manufacturer for advice

Exercise 2:

  1. Jake is going to Mexico, because, there are beautiful beaches in Mexico.
  2. A snowstorm disrupted traffic all over the east coast, where, there will be long delivery delays this week.
  3. My neighbor had his television volume turned up too high, after, I banged on his door and asked him to keep the noise down.
  4. Jessica prepared the potato salad and the sautéed vegetables, while, Ashley marinated the chicken.
  5. Romeo poisons himself, before, Juliet awakes to find Romeo dead and stabs herself with a dagger.

9/23 In-Class Activities

In the journal article, The English and Indonesian Argument Structure: A Cross-Cultural Rhetoric of Argumentative Texts, the author, Arsyad, examined and compared a study of how three different groups of university students have different types of the rhetorical structure of argumentative texts. The three different groups were: 1) 20 Indonesian texts written by Indonesian native speakers (I.I.), 2) 10 English texts written by Indonesian native speakers(I.E.), and 3) 10 English texts written by English native speakers (A.E.). Arsyad states that “The results indicated that the text organizational structure of argumentative texts in English and in Indonesian was different in respect of the frequency of occurrence of sections-introductions, evaluation and conclusion and of the sub-sections of refutation, sub-claim, and induction within the problem section” (2000). By this, Arsyad means that cultural differences between English and Indonesian students may have played a crucial role in the text rhetorical differences. He also concluded that the I.E. texts had more similarities to the A.E. texts, in comparison to the I.I. texts. In conclusion, the study indicates that Indonesian students need to study the conventions of rhetorical structures of English argumentative texts in order to write good English argumentative texts.


Arsyad, S. (2000). The English and Indonesian Argument Structure: A Cross-Cultural Rhetoric of Argumentative Texts. In Online Submission (Vol. 22, Issue 2, pp. 85–102).

9/21 In-Class Writing

My groupmates, Chris, Alisha, and I found a website that persuades the audience to vote “no” for prop 23. Prop 23 is a proposition that requires a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant on-site during dialysis treatment. This prohibits clinics from reducing services without state approval and it also prohibits clinics from refusing to treat patients based on a payment source. There’s a commercial advertisement that lets patients on dialysis voice why we should vote “no” to Prop. 23. There’s one patient, Jane, that states that she “won’t die on dialysis but [she’ll] die without it”. These videos feed off of pathos, which is an emotional appeal. The audience can sympathize with these patients on dialysis, which can persuade them to vote “no” for prop 23.


9/16 In-Class Writing

Groupmates: Kadi

Passage 1:

A man from the city came to visit a small farm, and saw a farmer feeding his pigs in a very strange way. The farmer would lift a pig up to a nearby apple tree, then 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. He 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, and had developed a loud case of hiccups; they continued to get worse. He could hardly speak while handing the teller his to cash his check.

The teller started typing numbers into the computer. He looked up and frowned saying, “I can’t cash your check”.

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 replied while smiling. She said, while counting out his cash, “You notice that your hiccups are gone though!”

Group Work 9/9

My group-mates (Runze and Chris) and I found a TED Talk video, called “I’m Fine” by Jake Tyler. During his speech, he mostly appealed to pathos, using emotion to catch his audience’s attention. He speaks about his struggle with dealing with depression. He says always answers “I’m fine” if someone asks him how he’s doing to deflect the conversation because he doesn’t like talking about it. He stated if you say you’re fine enough times and act like it then people will stop asking. He speaks about a personal experience that he had when he wanted to end his own life and how he called his mother to help him. Depression is something that a lot of people deal with and speaking about that topic can create a connection between the speaker and the audience. We, as a group, feel that his speech is very emotional and it keeps us attentive and listening. Overall, Jake Tyler, gave a very well-written speech and gave good personal experiences to appeal to pathos; he also didn’t lose his audience’s attention throughout his speech.

9/2 In Class Writing

My classmate, Abby, writes about how the authors explain that when making an argument, most people establish their credibility using ethos. She states that it creates a sense of trust between the author and the reader. Abby summarizes a story of Terry Tempest Williams and how she establishes credibility. I feel like Abby did a great job with her discussion post and I don’t think there’s anything I’d change about it. She states what the authors’ arguments are and she gives good examples. Well done Abby!

Free Writing 8/31

I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, grew up in Woodbury, New Jersey, and moved to Honolulu, Hawaii when I was 12. My parents were from opposite sides of the country. My mom was born and raised in Hawaii and my dad was born and raised in New Jersey. My mom was raised by her biological parents and grew up with her biological siblings. My dad was adopted and grew up with nonbiological siblings. They met when my mom was 18 and my dad was 19 when they both joined the navy and were both sent to San Diego and worked on the same ship. When they went to college my mom moved to New Jersey just so she could be with my dad. My dad proposed when they were 25 and everything was going well until his dad passed away. My dad got depressed and my mom didn’t feel like she could make him happy anymore, so they called off the wedding. They broke up for 2 years but during their break up they would still talk every day. After the two years, they got back together and a couple years later they got re-engaged. They got married in 2000, had me in 2001, had my little brother in 2003, and my last little brother in 2006, and since then we’ve been a happy and healthy family. From my parents’ love story I’ve learned that love has no definition and no certain way it should be done.


This story is about love and how it has no boundaries, and this love story shaped who I am today. My parents have an unconventional love story. They come from opposite sides of the country and grew up in completely different households. My mom was born and raised in Hawaii by her biological parents, and my dad was adopted and raised in New Jersey. They met straight out of high school after joining the navy and being deployed in San Diego and they worked on the same ship. My mom moved across the country to New Jersey to attend the same college as my dad and to be with him. My dad proposed to her a couple years later and all was well until his dad passed away. My dad fell into depression, and my mom felt like she couldn’t keep or make him happy anymore so they called off the wedding. They broke up for 2 years and even though they broke up, they still talked every day. After the 2 years, they got back together, got re-engaged and they married in 2000. They had me, their firstborn, in 2001, then they had my little brother in 2003 and my last born brother in 2006. Since then we’ve all been happy and healthy. their love story isn’t one you’d usually think about when you hear the word love, but it’s what I think about. I’ve learned that love has no boundaries and there’s no right or wrong way of doing it as long as you’re happy and healthy.