Topic: deals with Chernobyl and extreme tourism, write them and tell them whether they should go to C
Email: most agreed it was dangerous, you cited sources to back up what you were saying. You were trying to find people who agreed with you. This is the method of grade school/high school.
Example from your major where you had to read from the databases on the AUM site: you were asked to DISAGREE with an expert.
<insert your example here>
We’ve had 2 examples–one where we agreed (Chernobyl) and one where we disagreed (article about your major). We’re starting to practice what is called binary thinking. (remember exercise in class). We can’t believe that there are only 2 options. There’s more.
From your book–
“Refusing to spend time in nature is cowardly because it is a significant part of our environment. We can’t ignore it.”
Although I believe that the word “cowardly” is a bit unfair, I do agree that Americans should spend time outdoors. (ambivalent thinking)
Research is a conversation among different perspectives. Rarely are those perspectives just a binary.
Why did I quote Caleb Jones word for word? Why not summarize the source?
Over the last couple of weeks, we have completed several
activities, discussions, and homework that comply with our “apocalypse” theme.
Some of these include: writing blog posts, discussing efficient ways to conduct
research, and simply viewing photos of radioactive flowers. Our class
discussions on how to perform proper research proved to be the most influential
for me when choosing a topic. Because of these discussions, I was able to
perform efficient research on real-world disasters to help me decide on
something crucial for survival. Blog posts were also essential because we were
asked to conduct research on natural disasters that have occurred in the past. For
my topic, I have chosen to write about developing medical centers across
Montgomery. Healthcare is one of the most important steps in disaster management.
In the case of a disaster, many people will require medical attention. If there
is no power or internet, also depending on other conditions, we may not have
access to local hospitals. I would like to make it my mission to build medical
centers every five miles throughout the city of Montgomery. I would first begin
by gathering as many medical professionals, construction workers, and
volunteers as I could possibly find. Given that there is no power this would be
difficult, but full access to all major highways would allow for a search of
survivors. It is imperative to build these medical centers in close proximity
of each other to ensure that all survivors will have access even if they do not
have a car. Community efforts will be crucial in the development of these
centers, but I am confident that the city of Montgomery would come together to
make it happen. When conducting research for this topic I had to develop three
research questions: “Why would medical attention be crucial in the case of a
disaster?”, “How can we efficiently gather volunteers while staying safe?”, and
“How will we gain access to building materials in the case of a disaster?”.
Strategically Placed Medical Centers
I have developed several efficient ways to conduct
research since the start of my English 1020 course. When I began research for
this topic I simply googled “Why will medical attention be important in the
case of a disaster?”. Before choosing a website, I considered only those with
seemingly reputable URL’s (such as those ending with .gov). After selecting a
site, I verified it’s credibility. This can be done by simply visiting a
website’s “about” page, or by scrolling to the bottom to view the website’s certifications.
Lastly, I searched for the date that the website was last updated. For example,
a website that was last updated three years ago could be providing out-of-date
information. We’ve discussed a number of research techniques including the
“iceberg technique”. Like an iceberg, many websites may lead to other reliable
research sources. The iceberg technique simply consists of using reputable
websites to find more reputable websites. For example, a website with an
article written by a college professor will likely contain a link to sources
the author himself used. Another technique discussed is the CRAAP method. This method
involves using five steps to test a website’s credibility beginning with
checking its currency, or how up-to-date a site and its information is. Secondly,
you should check for relevance, it is important that the information provided
is relevant to your topic and explained on a level you can understand. Thirdly,
familiarize yourself with the website’s authority, you should always be sure
the author is qualified to provide information on the topic. Fourthly, you
should check that the information provided is accurate and supported with
evidence. Lastly, ask yourself why the article you are reading exist, consider
if the author may have bias opinions that reflect in his writing. Google
scholar is another efficient way to conduct research as it provides access to
scholarly journals written specifically for students. The CRAAP method is the
most helpful for me when conducting research, because it allows me to recall
what I should look for in a credible website. I would like to improve my
knowledge of websites that are well-known for their credibility.
Once I begin writing about my topic, I’ll first provide a
description of the present state of Montgomery, what life was like before the
disaster. I’ll then provide a description of the state of things post-disaster
(how it happened, impact on nature, etc.). Thirdly, I’ll discuss my proposed
topic. I will explain the benefits of strategically placed medical centers
throughout the city. This will include a fully-detailed description of the
medical centers I plan to build. Such as where they will be located, how they
will be built, what type of medical attention you can receive their, etc..
Lastly, I will conclude with how my medical centers will improve the quality of
life for the citizens of Montgomery post-disaster.
I would say that my research and writing skills are
pretty sound, but any writer always has room for improvement. I have made leaps
and bounds in my writing skills just since beginning my first semester here at
AUM. I have many strengths when it comes to my writing and research skills.
Writing just seems to flow for me, getting the words to come out isn’t the
problem, but choosing the right ones can prove to be a challenge. I sometimes
find that I can be repetitive with my word choice. English Composition 1010
helped me get to know myself better as a writer. Take for instance time
management, it is important that you give yourself plenty of time to complete
an essay. I can now tell how many hours it will take me to complete an essay
just by the required number of pages. This of course does not include time for
peer review or research, just what comes after its all laid out. I’ve only just
begun my journey as a student here at AUM, but I can honestly say that I’ve
never been more confident with my writing skills in my life.
Weapon exercise: Group activity where you had
to pick a weapon that would be useful during a disaster/apocalypse
narrow a topic)
a blog for your “short assignments”
Lamott wrote about how everyday we can write a short amount and get things
Describe a situation where you lost power, water, etc. in blog 1.
2. Day Two
Interview two classmates about their experience. Interviews can count as
primary sources. You just have to give credit to the right person. Gathered raw
data with their answers. We then used it to make a fake research paper that
3. Day Three
A. NPR and “Fake News”
B. Healthyday.com use of pills
C. Al.com about where our water comes from
D. “Campus Plumber”
Ex.You can also search for fake images, such as “radioactive flowers” or
4. Day 4
Iceberg technique—going down the rabbit hole, following the trail, going
deeper, digging deeper. Start somewhere simple like history.com but then follow
the trail, go deeper. Follow other links that go to published essays, books,
test can help you determine which sources are trustworthy.
C-Currency/How long ago was it written
R-Relevance/How important is it to your topic
A-Authorship/Is the author qualified to make these claims
A-Accuracy/Are there errors in the info
P-Purpose/Why was it written
Find three trustworthy sources that tell you about
Fukushima. I want you to use the “iceberg” technique.
Start reading Mike Bunn’s article “How to Read Like a
I can recall many times when the power would go out in our home in the midst of a storm. It’s hilarious because as a child I had a deathly fear of thunderstorms, and here in Alabama we have them at least once a day. One particular time that sticks out the most was a quiet stormy evening I had with my family. The power went out around six o’clock. My family members and I scrambled throughout the house in search of candles and blankets. After collecting an ungodly amount of candles, we all sat around the kitchen table and played board games. The power was out for about two to three hours, so my family and I eventually had to return back to reality, but this still stands to be one of the fondest memories I have. Perhaps it was even the cure for my fear of thunderstorms.