Wednesday, September 18, 2013


-Learn new traits that help later in life such as college and a career ex: persistence, creativity, curiosity
-Organize gathered info to write
-Develop vocab through the course
-Sentence structure that demonstrates variety

Rhetorical Feedback
Throughout the course it will be of much help to question our goals, plans, or pathways (in a non-questioning manner) to further advance our thinking, how we came to these conclusions, as well as even consider other options.

Exploring Key Concepts
-Read our own experience
-Looking back at what we have done
-Interpreting this ^ to determine what is says about you

Read our lives for legitimate writing. This requires the similar way people read/analyze other texts, but we are analyzing our lives. By doing this we can decide what led us to these decisions about colleges or careers. We can make predictions of ourselves like you would while reading a real story.

Understanding Key Vocabulary
This process is crucial because it can determine whether you understand the whole context or purpose of the text. The KEY vocabulary tells you what someone may be asking for. It's what they expect in a couple words. By being able to pick this key vocab out can dramatically change a response we may give to a prompt, scholarship, or application. It can make the difference between someone who stays on topic or someone who doesn't even answer the question asked. This is also a writers opportunity to emphasize things they really want the reader to know. If you want a reader to know you are trustworthy, it's all about the use of the word and how it's displayed in context.

Surveying the Text
-building expectations develops purpose for reading
- discover meaning
-engage relevant prior knowledge
-ask questions
-make assumptions
-decide key elements
-determine value

Getting Ready to Read and Exploring Key Concepts
-share knowledge relevant to text
-consider options or biased views
-form opinions before reading
-Is intellectual important?
-Are we intellectual at this moment?
-What is the value of knowing stuff?

Understanding Key Vocab
-use text to determine meaning
-look for nearby words to clarify word or phrase
Learn to Fail:
-take harder classes
-although you want to take the classes you can ace with no problem, challenge yourself
-perfection does not exist
-college admin. doesnt want to see perfection, they want to see real
-admin. is a lil skeptical when it comes to "the perfect kid"
-students try to hide imperfections, dont hide it! flaunt it!
-learn to let go of shame, dont be ashamed of your work, fail or pass, show it all

Hidden Intellectualism:
"Sports after all are full of challenging arguements, debates, problems for analysis, and intricate statistics that you could care about, as school conspicuously was not."
-colleges take "street smarts" and can channel them into academic work
-not being book smart isnt a bad thing, they look for diversity
-street smarts can relate to intellectual life more than people think, or want to think
-relating life to school is the best and easiest way to learn
-as long as you can see "through academic eyes," relating anything you enjoy to school and/or academics will make you understand things more

10 Rules For Going to College When Nobody Expected You To:
10. Be a total student: even if you are not enrolled in school full-time, act as if you are. Work as if you are
9. Resist temptation: you dont need to buy the most expensive things, even though you are on your own, you dont need to buy everything
8. Always put college first: dont excuse yourself from college things, dont leave for anything
7. Go to the best school for you: dont worry about the price, or how long it will take, go for what you want to do. Everything is worth the student loans
6. Study harder in college: professors dont care about what you were doing the night before, they want to see results when they ask
5. You will become homesick: it will pass, it will get better, be prepare for you to miss your family
4. Get to know the students: know the students with different racial, ethnic, an social backgrounds
3. Ignore career confussion:  it is okay to change your major, its okay to not know what you are doing
2. Study what you love: your much more than your career title, dont let the title be who you are
1. Remember: remember where you came from, and who got you to where you are now

Not Going to College is a Viable Option:
-if you are not 100% sure this is what you want to do, you dont have to
-college is a ton of debt, loans and agony that isnt necessary if its not the right path for you
-many can make it 6 months to a year, and then drop out, with many of bills to pay, and no degree
-you are not a failure if you choose not to go to college
-a huge choice people make is going to the military
-there are no better alternatives for college then serving our country
-just because you dont go to college, does not mean your life is over

Why Go to College:
-average four-year cost of tuition at a public college is $19,434, less than a new car
-annual income of a college graduate is more than double the average income of a high school graduate
-you will get more mileage out of college than that new car
-college can expand your interest and intellectual thinking
-college can start a new chapter in your life
-colege can payback more than any loan
-you will get farther from a college degree, than years of A's in high school

The Purpose of this writing course is to elaborate on ideas the students have about the next steps in their lives and to prepare them with the reading and writing that will be practiced.
Critical Thinking
  • It's important to think critically to move beyond the initial reaction of a text
  • Keeping your own opinion while reading supports critical thinking which helps students understand where the author is coming from
  • Using the ideas of others to support or extend a discussion about what students want to say is very important to individual learning
Idea Chunks
  • Short pieces of writing to help students understand ideas and shape their own thinking while being able to put them down on paper
  • captures specific ideas, support for those ideas, and the importance of those ideas
  • 1-3 paragraphs long, NOT AN ESSAY
  • makes a connection between information and personal experience 
  • Students benefit more from open-ended composing decisions to provide opportunity for continued development of focus instead of imposing forms and formats on the writing that must be followed
  • features such as how many paragraphs or pages being required should not be which just ends up being unproductive and taking the focus off of the actual writing assignment
  • Students  are able to work more flexibly allowing invention and discovery rather than just surrounding them with notes 
  • Have students sit down after reading and looking over their notes and have them set those aside and write a letter  that they haven't prepared for and see where the student's mind goes
  • When they feel like they've written enough about an idea have them move on to the next point, even if it doesn't follow the first point neatly
  • Have them write for 20 minutes, the key is write fast, focus on ideas, and produce as many thoughts as possible
  • Students should use websites as tools and use the same strategies used on regular texts when working on websites to help with decisions about what is coming next


  • Your choice of college really depends of your interests, goals, and what you really want to do for the rest of your career.
  • There is also many different college sizes and styles. This is a hard thing for most students only because they aren't really sure which college would fit them best.


  • Financial Aid is always an amazing option that many of us young adults have going into a college with no money.
  • Along with that comes scholarships, loans, grants, and prepaid tuition programs that offer to help as much as possible but you do have to do some work. 


  • "Nobody in my family has ever gone to college before."
  • "My grades are not good enough for college."
  • "I can't afford it."
  • "I don't know how to apply for colleges."
  • "I think college may be too difficult for me."
  • "I'm not sure I will FIT IN in college."
  • "I don't even know what I want to major in or what I want to do with my life."
  • "There is no way I can go to college full-time."
  • "I am too old to go to college."
  • "I just want to get a good job and make a good amount of money."

my section talks about grammar and rhetorical strategies and how they will help you with writing important letters and essays for college or jobs.

there is a section about reading for understanding which pretty much helps you break down whatever text you are analyzing to help give you a better understanding of what you're dealing with. the sub sections break down to prereading, reading for understanding, and postreading. they explain how to prep, analyze , and summarize.

the next part explains how to site your work, and how to specifically set up works sited page.
connecting reading to writing is a big theme. having tools to get what your thinking onto paper is important. it gives you rhetorical strategies and questions that help you express your thoughts.

the next step is writing rhetorically. it gives you two options: one is to just start writing and get your ideas out, then restructure. the other is a full chart to organize thoughts, and figure out specifically what you will write for each part of the paper you are to produce. organization is key.

there is an element of revising rhetorically and editing. this helps you reflect on what was important in your essay, and helps your skills in organization and grammar.

the rest of the section is all about technical grammar lessons. it has everything from sentence structure, to rhetorical writing elements and how to use them correctly.

all of this will give us a strong sense on how to prepare any essay or document we need to handle for college or a job.

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