Evaluate our own discourse community, think about target audience, generate contribution and platform. Contribution will be set and expressed through platform. Opening will point to contribution and determine the context and key point, then expand and give detail to what research has been done and facts that have been found and already been done and also what we are adding. Add pictures, videos, articles, blog, personal opinions and comments, etc. Determine audience formal or informal? Tone, context, specifics, and mood of text suited to audience. Make sure to include additional required elements of format for platform (ex. index, page numbers, colors, size of text, MULTIMEDIA!, illustrations, music, symbols, keys, web addresses, sources, etc.). Add personal media, perspectives and input. Put this in general authority, not just specific to the class.
The reflection cycle: Description, feelings, evaluation, conclusions, action.
We can relate music to writing and reflection because of the difference in verses and chorus and the breakdown of the different parts that tell the story in the song. Kelly Clarkson’s break up song, Since You Been Gone. Another example could be food and how the making, eating, and after process relates to reflection. Watching and talking about a movie is also a form of reflection. While you watch a movie you are identifying and analyzing each of its parts. Then, when talking about a movie with someone you are articulating and reflecting and identifying the movie and how your perspective has changed on it. One aspect of writing and life that most people don’t even recognize they do is refection.
For our midterm reflection assignment, we are being asked to reflect upon certain moments in our life in our past that now with the knowledge and experience we have throughout this writing course we see through a different light. We are still all a little confused about what this exactly pertains to. How do we know which moments are appropriate? Is this about context of writing? I feel like one appropriate situation or moment I could use for example in my development of writing is when after three weeks into the semester and learning that it is okay to stray away from the five paragraph essay, then in my LBST class I was asked to write a five paragraph essay and it was like I was about to explode. This experience will have to be connected to all of my experience in writing and no blanket statements. We must hit all aspects of reflection and not necessarily in a specific order but the reflection can’t become a narrative.
The three parts I found to reflection are identify, analyze, and naming. One question I have is throughout the reflection, who am I addressing? Myself? And if so, is my now self addressing my future self? Another question I have is what is a vignette? How does it pertain to writing exactly? My interpretation of it it to not rely and base writing simply off the moment or event, it shouldn’t be a narrative, but more so an expansion and analysis of what happened or what is at hand, not simply explaining the event itself. Reflection is more so about the meaning behind what happened, not so much telling what happened. The interpretation part of reflection is typically the most difficult. Interpretation is like looking at the meaning behind the meaning and looking at a specific event in a contradictory perspective. For part three, the naming or identifying is the part where you piece together the connections between the other two parts. I also is working forwards finding the larger learning from the event of experience. Another way to look at this would be the word articulate.
Upon my writing for Inquiry Logs 1 and 2 and approaching Log 3, “Extending Ideas” is one of the key components of this process. My topic, Money’s Connection to Humanity, I have been searching for credible sources and acknowledging the fact that I have to build my own ideas on top of the ideas of others who have already evaluated this topic. It is extremely important when extending upon others ideas, that one doesn’t have a single minded view or filter to the ides. It is vital that the ideas you extend upon have multiple view points. This goes along with understanding the writer’s frames. The writer’s frame is kind of like the lens in which the writing is viewed through. It is the writer’s focus point of theme or persuasion of the piece. Every piece of writing should have a good frame or view point through which it is seen.
Discourse communities are often overlooked and unrecognized by people and students. A discourse community is basically a group that allows individuals to act uniquely to their own personal style and ideals within a group of academic standards. I high school, most students aren’t able to act personally through their writing. Instead, students have a very narrowed and specific confine to their writing because of the general guidelines of high school curriculums. One big question is, do the extra circular discourse communities you are involved in, aid in the success of your writing discourse communities? Basically, has any nonacademic group you are in, helped to improve your writing capabilities or have influence over which writing community you are involved in? I have come to the consensus that yes, many times our outside activities and nonacademic practices involve our development of our writing discourse. Through jobs, sports, social media, how we spend our free time, we are constantly shaping ourselves into areas which influence our discourse community or communities.
In talking about Swales’ and Harris’s writing, it is clear that they are in agreement with much of what community means. Harris makes statement to all of use being individuals but also all part of communities. It could also be said that be are all community rather than individuals because there will always be similarity and groupings to peoples writing and ideas. Harris talks about the word “pedagogy” and how students and people have to challenge and inquire the common rules and knowledge to writing. Within discourse communities people need to find comfort in in the unknown and addressing new things, however, they also need to know how to do so while acting within the confines of their particular discourse community.
As the 21st century continues, there are many different aspects of advances and changes in literacy since the 20th century. There are many negatives such as: too much reliance on technology, social networking adaptations, adapted literacy with texting, technology etc. Along with this tho, there are many positives such as: sharing ideas or emotions more quickly or freely, having greater ethical responsibilities and tolerance for those with disabilities or literacy challenges, communication which people typically out of reach. Overall I would say that the biggest difference in literacy between the 20th and 21st century is technology. I believe that as our society evolves and advances, our level of literacy will have to adapt and represent the particular areas where literacy is important to these societal developments.
My first experience with grammar was when I was home schooled in fourth grade. My mom was my teacher and she has always been one who finds great importance in grammar. I grew up with her always correcting anything I spoke that was not grammatically correct and so in fourth grade when I really stated learning that stuff in detail through writing, it became clear what the major do’s and don’ts were. I chose to rant about the words: “their”, “there”, and “they’re”, because when I first learned them my mom made me write out a list of examples of each ones and why each word was important to each sentence in context. It was repetitive and annoying but I realize now how important it is to know and that many people my age still make these common mistakes. I am thankful now for all these repetitive exercises.
Closing Reflection: Literacy is contextual, and context is interpretation.
When I was first learning about grammar, my mom was the one who taught me because I was homeschooled in 4th and 5th grade. I remember her having a strong focus on the “there”, “their”, and “they’re” when it came to context and writing. I wasn’t very good at grammar when I first started learning it but after the exercises she taught me to remember the social tricks of grammar I was able to catch on pretty quickly. Now, however, I consider myself to be a bit of a grammar freak. I think there is great importance in grammar and context in writing which is illustrated by grammar.