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Cassidy Thomas

English 2010

Learning Log

January 15, 2019

“Donald J. Trump, Pope Francis, and the Beef that defied Space and Time” -
Benjamin Soloman

1. “As a writer I am fascinated with these sentences. On one hand they are a logical train
wreck- wordy, awkward abuses of a conditional clause.”
2. “In other words, they used language to make things, do things, and be things.”
3. In this article, the author primarily focuses on the word choice of Donald Trump and the
Pope and how it affects the audience. In order to get their points across, in both
instances, they attack each others character through specific language which is used to
an advantage. Both leaders use a pathos approach in order to portray their ideas.

January 17, 2019

“Language Matters: A Rhetorical Look at Writing” - Chris Blankenship and Justin Jory

1. “Ultimately, we believe that by being more mindful of others’ language and more
deliberate about your own, you can become a more effective communicator.”
2. “In other words, it’s language that allows the writer to be—or at least appear to be—the
best candidate for the job.”
3. This statement is relevant to this article which discusses why language matters because
without the proper use of language you may appear uneducated from a simple mistake
in your speaking and writing. Language is difficult because it has evolved into casual
language, which everyone understands and speaks in the right situations. Although, it
has caused our language to be messy and difficult in situations when we need it to be
clear the most.

January 22, 2019

“Genre in the wild-Understanding Genre Within Rhetorical (Eco)Systems”-
Lisa Bickmore

1. “Genre is a word we use when we want to classify things, to note the similarities and
differences between kinds of writing. “
2. “Each time a writer takes up a genre, the writer reaffirms, in a way, the stable features of
the genre. “
3. I think that a genre is simply a guide for the writer rather than a restriction. A genre is a
way to narrow down pieces of writing. Within the genre there can be all kinds of creative.
Cassidy Thomas
English 2010

Jan 23, 2019

1. A time I entered a conversation was when I felt someone was being treated poorly. I
noticed that a girl on my dance team was trying to do her job and keep everyone on
track, however, I was noticing my teammates wanted to get her in trouble. I brought this
to the attention of the coach instead of standing by so she could resolve the problem.

Jan 24, 2019

“Writing for Community Change” - Elisa Stone

1. If money and time were no factors, what service opportunity would you engage in?
2. A humanitarian trip.

1. “ college is about more than an education, more than just taking class after class,
semester after semester, to get to where you want to go. College was designed to teach us
to be whatever it is we want to be when we grow up”
2. “As a college student, it’s easy to get hung up on the consumer aspects of your education:
having to pay tuition and fees, paying obscene amounts for textbooks you may not end up
using again, balancing work and studies, and avoiding being a starving student.”

Jan 28, 2019

“The Elizabeth Smart Case: A Study In Narrativized News”

1. Why is Elizabeth Smart’s story so universal?

2. This is a universal topic because it is such a growing issue around the entire world.

1. “Frightened into pretending to sleep, Mary watched the intruder wake her sleeping sister
and threaten her with a knife, saying, “You better be quiet, and I won’t hurt you.”
2. Story is the primary way we make meaning from life. And so, sadly, the 800,000 missing
children cases that didn’t easily fit story structure did not “mean as much.” Thus, they
were underreported or not reported at all.

Writing is Recursive- Chris Blankenship

Cassidy Thomas
English 2010

1. Cursive” comes from the Latin word currere, meaning “to run.”
2. This can include thinking about what you want to accomplish with your
writing, who will be reading your writing and how to adapt to them, the
genre you are writing in, your position on a topic, what you know about
a topic already, etc.
3. Its because everything is linked together. There is no certain order of
steps because sometimes you may need to go back and revise or take a
different route.


“Making Choices in Writing”-Jessie Szalay

1. “What are you going to write about? Each potential topic is like a ring on
your phone: “Answer me! Pay attention to me!”
2. “Tone is sometimes prescribed by the genre. For instance, your academic
biology paper probably should not sound like you’re e-mailing a friend.”
3. I will use tone, word choice, organization and structure, background
information, and detailed and poetic language.