blog 6

Blog 4: email to a best friend(18 year old)

Topic: why they should or should not participate in extreme tourism

We wanted to find sources that support us. We want our friend to know we care and that we’re worried. We also want them to know we’ve done our homework.

When we bring in the research, do we quote it directly or summarize it?

When we do either one, we have to NAME the source and where they’re from.

Acc. To Josh Marshall, a freshman in my class at AUM, “the power outage was the scariest of my life.”


On the other hand, sources may be used to disagree with us.

(insert example from last week)

This is dangerous because it creates BINARY THINKING.(we did this thing in class to go one side or other, not both)

examples of how to avoid this:

In Josh Marshall’s book Camping out (short things go in quotes, longer books and things in italics), Marshall states that people “who want to avoid camping out are cowardly. It’s not fun to live your life in a hotel.” While I first found a problem with the word “cowardly,” I understand that Marshall wants to promote a life fully lived, both indoors and out.


blog 5

Leanne Sherman

Dr. Howard

English 1020

February 2. 2019

Exploratory paper

Our overall theme for this class is Apocalypse. The first day of class we talked to the people in our row to come up with a weapon. Also, for homework we had to create a blog talking about a time that we lost power, water, or heat/air conditioning. The next time we came to class we created name tags and went around and talked to two people about what happened when they lost power. On another day we watched clips from The Walking dead which I loved since I love The Walking Dead and for homework we had to research where did zombies come from. We also learned about the iceberg technique and the CRAPP test. The things that was the most important to me was creating the blog and talking about a time that I lost power. Also, watching clips from The Walking Dead and creating a blog about where do zombies came from was also important to me.

I wanted to choose a topic that I really care about, means a lot to me and that I have experience doing and that I want to do. So, after thinking about it for a little bit I decided on animal rescue and veterinary medicine. This is very important to society in case a disaster happens because animals need to be recused and taken somewhere to make sure they are not hurt and that they are ok. If they are hurt, then they can stay until they are better. Also, to make sure they make it back to their owners safely and if they don’t have an owner make sure they get a new, good home that will take care of them. There are many research questions. How many dogs, cats, etc can be kept at one time before the vet is full?  How many dogs, cats, etc can be kept at one time before the animal rescue is full? Is the vet safe from the disaster that will/has happen? Is the animal shelter safe from the disaster that will/has happen? Can someone volunteer at the vet? Can someone volunteer at the animal shelter? Why is a vet so important? Why is an animal shelter so important?

There are several ways I will find research that supports my idea. I will use Google, Google scholar, We covered a lot of things in class about research. We talked about the iceberg technique and CRAPP test. We learned how to limit search by using quotations and by putting and in the middle of two words. We also learned about how to tell if a website is a good source or not. I think Google and maybe Google Scholar will help me the most. I will use the iceberg technique to go deeper. I will also use the CRAPP test.

I will first talk about how the world is today. I then will talk about how the world is after the disaster. I will then talk more about the disaster that happened. I will also talk about how the disaster happened. How it affected the world. After that I will talk about my idea that will help after the disaster and how it will help using research and some stuff that I already know.

I have several strengths and weakness. Some of my strengths are: creativity, I am very imaginative. I love writing. I proofread when I write most of the time. I go back and reread a sentence I wrote to make sure that it is good and if it isn’t then I either rewrite it or just delete it if it is not needed. Sometimes I write down and plan what I am going to write. Some of my weakness are that I get distracted easily. If I am writing I can get distracted by the tv or if my mom starts talking to me, I can get distracted. I can also get distracted by my 2-year-old cousin if he comes in my room when I am writing since he would want to see what I am doing and “help.” So I have to write when he is taking a nap or that night after he is sleeping. I sometimes can’t come up with anything else to write. Also most times I can’t get to the word count that is needed.

blog 3.5

regular google searches= millions of sources

how do we narrow that?

using quotations

using Google Scholar and quotations

Google Scholar sources have been through peer review(blind, based on 2 people)

Always run things through the CRAPP test. (currency, relevance, author, accuracy, and purpose)

extreme tourism

extreme and tourism

“extreme tourism”

(limits search to the exact phrase)

peer review

  • 2 experts read my article
  • they don’t know my name
  • I have to take their advice

changing topics:

Once you find a source, What do you do with it?

  • Use them to answer questions
  • evaluate them using CRAPP
  • Author attribution
  • Ex: Acc to Major Penton, “the lights were out for years.”
  • Always find the first and last name of author
  • use it to introduce the info they give you.
  • ex: Joe Johnson at the New York Times explains that Chernobyl is “a wasteland”
  • Joe Johnson says that nothing can grow in Chernobyl.

blog 2.5

Day One- Orientation 

  1. Description of project 
  2. Weapons Activity-chose a weapon for disaster or apocalyptic scenario
  3. Short Assignments—breaking things down into chunks, making a blog, Anne Lamott’s “Short Assignments”—one paragraph a day

Day Two—Practice

  1. Write about a time when you lost power or other utilities.
  2. Conduct primary research. Gather data from your classmates. Interviews count! Make nametags to label your sources when you quote them.

Day Three—Evaluating Info 

  1. Handout on Sources 
  2. Four Sources
    1. Where Does Our Water Come From? 
    2. Health day and drugs 
    3. NPR and “Fake News” 
    4. “Campus Plumber”

Day Four—add CRAAP test 

  1. Currency 
  2. Relevance
  3. Authorship
  4. Accuracy

blog 2

Where do zombies come from? Why are they
associated with the apocalypse?

searching for where do zombies come from is not an easy task. First, I search for “Where do zombies come from.” I strolled down until I found a website that I thought would be good. It originated in the 17th century in West Africa. The word zombies come from two words. nzambi meaning god and zumbi meaning fetish. some people believed in voodoo deity.

blog 1

There have been several times where me and my family lost power. Even though we haven’t lost power recently, I can remember times that we did. One time it was around 8 at night. The power went out and we had to use flashlights so we could see where we was going and not step on a dog. There was not much we could do. The power was out until 2 in the morning. we sat outside most of the time. Me, my mom, dad and brother watched the people work on the powerlines to get the power back on.