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Isacc, sorry i don’t know how to reply to your question on my post. lol. In class we talked about academic journals and how to find them and evaluate if they’re good or not… Umm.. oh yea! we also did the worksheet from monday but with academic journals instead of blogs. Facebook me if you have any questions. 


Academic journal research worksheet. boo hoo.

Tell your partner how you want to write what you want to write—do you want to be informative, snarky, funny, serious?

Well, for the academic journal, there has to be some seriousness… I feel like since i’m already boring… i should just stick with a serious tone. (maybe snarky)


Find 5 journals whose style you would like to imitate.


I liked the content in this journal but the first page resembles a style i want to imitate. The author makes references to other scholars to support her argument.


I really liked the way this author wrote the introduction to this article. 


This journal article was from the Adolescent and Adult Literacy Journal. so no, if i want to pass this assignment i shouldn’t imitate this style. (Foley is the boss after all).

Incomplete Worksheet….

Find a partner.

Tell  your partner what you want to write about. If you don’t know, write down 2-3 topics that interest you.

Topics i’m interested in:

1) Harry Potter and Literacy (starting in the 5th grade) particularly implementing HP into the curriculum at elementary schools. 

Look at blogs. You don’t have to agree with each other, but find a variety of blogs that you think are worthy or not worthy of imitation based on how you want to sound.

Find 5 blogs whose style you would like to imitate.

1) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alex-palmer/push-against-picture-book_b_756039.html

This one had a sarcastic tone that i want to imitate. 

2) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-new-york-public-library/the-boy-who-lives-on_b_673380.html

I liked this blog because it was easy to read and it has short sentences. That may sound funny, but i like short sentences that get to the point. 

3) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-n-smith/phone-books-really_b_780070.html

LOL! this blog was funny.

4) http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2010/08/the-wizarding-world-of-harry-potter/

This is a first person typ-ish blog that i like

Explain what you like about each one.

Find 5 blogs whose style you do not want to imitate.

1) http://www.seriouseats.com/2009/09/food-at-wizarding-wonder-of-harry-potter-theme-park-universal-orlando-florida.html

I don’t like that it’s about food and its tooo informative. 

Explain what you do not like about each one.

Put an account of your work on tumblr.


"First, while it is true that my knowledge is gradually being increased and that there are many things in me potentially that are not yet actual, nevertheless, none of these pertains to the idea of God, in which there is nothing whatever that is potential."

-Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy

Ok, so i copied this STRAIGHT from my philosophy book. I laughed after reading it because we spent so much time in class talking about clarity. Also, i had to read this sentence more than once and I still wasn’t sure what the purpose was. I’m guilty of writing crappy and unclear sentences but after reading this line in the text, I don’t feel alone. :p 

Lets not say nothing

I’m not really sure if i understand what SWE and SBE are… I started thinking about how many double negatives i’ve heard in country songs (especially in phrases like the title) and it’s a bit ironic because the majority of country songs are written and performed by white people. Maybe it’s a pretty trivial part of SBE and i shouldn’t focus on it. When people of a particular race, that are not black, speak in ways characteristic of SBE are they speaking SBE or a dialect all of their own? I’m having a hard time seeing how anyone would come up with SWE and SBE and divide them by race. I know that race and language are tied together in some way, but i don’t see why anyone would name certain dialects solely based on race. So confusing… 


When i first read that we would be reading an article about grammar, i felt nauseous.  Personally,  i feel that if someone’s sentence structure is incorrect but you can’t tell as you’r reading it, then it is OK. The article wasn’t interesting to me because i didn’t think that some one could scrutinize grammar usage in such a way. I found it interesting that the author, made it a goal to point out the flaws of other authors who write about grammar usage. On page 159 the author writes about unreflexively reading essays and how in reading them this way, we “could find many fewer errors”. I’m not one hundred percent sure if this is grammatically correct but it just doesn’t sound right. How could you find many fewer errors? I don’t know if he did this on purpose but it sounds wrong to me. Anyway, if writing and reading in general was just about grammar usage then neither of them would be any fun. If your essay was a “good” essay because it contained the right grammar usage, I would never write good essays. I have a big problem with run-ons in specific. I agree with those who say that bad grammar could destroy the purpose and clarity of an essay. However, if the incorrect grammar is not obtrusive in any way, i don’t think it should be corrected. Also, if you are looking for errors you are bound to find at least one. Grammar, for me, is just another set of rules i have to know. This article just made me more conscientious with regards to grammar usage. (Is that a good thing? I don’t know).

HP Blog 1

So i really like todays class discussion. I especially like how we used the images and video clip as rhetoric. I hadn’t really thought about that before. I’m really interested in researching more about the nature of hp and if it is really just a secular text or if it follows a certain train of thought for a specific religion. I also want to look more into determining how peoples predispositions affect the way they read books like hp. Is evil really a blonde guy in a black uniform? Who would be most likely to agree or disagree with this and in what context?