Reading Response #12 and Hello, Summer. Yay!

  • How did you find the process of working on one long piece throughout the whole semester? Do you think you learned anything valuable about how to write? Why or why not? What has stuck with you in terms of attitudes to writing or practices of writing?

I enjoyed working on one long piece throughout the whole semester because I really liked the topic that I chose. It was something that really interested me and I am glad that we had to submit it a couple of times because it allowed me to know the arrangements I needed to make for my final submission. I learned that to be able to accomplish something big, you have to work extremely hard! Writing this paper was definitely one of the hardness writing tasks that I ever had to do, and I learnt that it was supposed to be hard because writing in general is hard. I am still not a huge fan of writing, but this class allowed me to like it a little more because I had the chance to include a little bit of my personality in my feature article. This class taught me that writing is important and that the more you practice, the better you will be.

  • Which of the techniques of writing (description, narrative, analogy, etc.) that we learned in class do you think will be useful to your writing going forward? Why has this particular technique resonated with you?

I believe that analogy is probably the technique that will be the most useful with my writing later on in life because it allows the readers to have a better understanding of what you are trying to say. I had a really hard time mastering this technique, but I feel that practicing throughout the course of the semester was definitely beneficial to my writing in general. Analogies are hard because writing is hard, so I will always keep that in mind when I’ll be preparing those huge essays at Concordia.

  • Do you feel your writing improved over the course of the semester? If so, how? If not, why not?

I find that my writing improved over the course of the semester because it was a type of course that I had never done before. I was never allowed to include my opinion in an essay, so practicing and learning about different types of techniques definitely had a positive impact on my writing. I know that I am not the best writer, but this class taught me that it is okay to make mistakes and that you need be proud of everything that you write because it brings you one step closer to writing a master piece.

  • What’s one aspect of writing you think you’ll continue to try to improve in future writing projects?

I will definitely try to improve the imagery aspect because I find it really important. It is a tool that everyone should because it gives life to an essay or an article. Seeing a person’s personality in their writing is something that I wish I could do better. With the use of imagery, authors’ seem clearer and easier to understand which is why I want to continue to improve this aspect of my writing in future projects.

  • You can write any general thoughts about your engagement with this course and what you may take out of it, if you have any (anything that doesn’t fit into the above questions).

Overall, I really loved this class. At first, I found it really overwhelming because the course load was relatively heavy and I never had an English course like this before. I went to French school for all of my elementary and high school, so I only learned how to write “real” English essays when I started studying at Dawson in 2013. This class was completely different then the three previously classes that I took at Dawson, and I am really glad that I had the opportunity to try different writing techniques that I can incorporate on a daily basis.


Lab #11: Titles and Transitions

Titles : Part One

Can TV Make Your Child Smarter?

Professor TV

TV Makes You Smarter

The TV Life Chose Me

I Hate Cartoons -Said No One Ever!

Calm Down! A Little Bit of TV Never Hurt Anyone

The Intelligence Cube

Speaking of the Virtual Devil

Trusting Television Together

To Watch or Not To Watch—That Is the Question

Part Two: Transitions between paragraphs

Linking these statements back to the article that I mentioned earlier, these shows do not necessarily make you stupid. If a preschooler watches SpongeBob Squarepants, he will think that everything he sees on the TV show is accurate and intelligent information, so of course it is likely that he would be confused if someone did not explain to him that not everything that is said on the show is actually true. Young children are like parrots, they repeat and imitate everything that they see and hear. So, if your 3 year old daughter is acting exactly like Patrick the Star, I would be concerned too. A show that does not require a large amount of mental concentration does not stimulate the brain, which leads to a decrease in intelligence. It is essential for young children to be as cognitively stimulated as possible to develop within the norm. Shows such as SpongeBob Squarepants and Teletubbies do not allow a child to acquire any new skills, which means that it could technically make children less intelligent.  Of course, there is a lot more to it then occasionally allowing your child to watch these shows. However, some children’s television programs can actually be very harmful to their development.

By stating that TV shows negatively impact a child’s intelligence, parents should take responsibility for what their young ones are exposed to. But how? It is pretty simple actually: Shows that encourage interaction, participation and other cognitive abilities. As crazy as it may seem, there are actually many shows that can be beneficial to a child’s development because they provide them with a stimulating environment. As mentioned in Crawley and her colleagues’ article, children TV shows such as Blue’s Clues allow the viewers to interact with the main characters of the show which can help develop communication skills with the use of playful and education interaction. “The audience is frequently asked to “help” solve various problems presented during the program. After delays designed to allow the audience time to overtly or covertly provide answers, feedback on solution strategies as well as correct answers are provided by the program” (Crawley et al. 631). Dora the Explorer is also another example of a TV show that encourages its viewers to interact with her and her little monkey Boots. She engages the children by asking them questions which allows them to answer and help their virtual friend find the destination she is looking for. The two previous shows are educational because their main purpose is to teach their viewers different skills. These types of shows can be beneficial to a child’s development because their content is realistic, and not based on humour and other distorted themes like the previous programs mentioned above.

Lab #10: An ending… kinda?

Lab #10:                                

 Part One: End it with Style

 My parents’ friends were constantly telling them how they did not understand why they let us watch TV so much when my brothers and I were younger. I always saw TV as being a fun activity and I never thought that it could actually harm my development in any way. I learned that there are in fact shows that can have a negative effect on a child’s intelligence which I was completely unaware of prior to writing my paper. I’ve always been a TV junkie and it will probably never change. Even though I am aware of the fact that television has its cons, I do not believe that it can actually damage an individual’s cognitive development throughout his childhood and adolescence. I mean, children should definitely not be couch potatoes 24/7, but c’mon who doesn’t like to kick back and watch an episode of SpongeBob Squarepants every once in a while.

Reading Response #11 (Response to Richard Cristel’s article)

The point of your article is relatively clear.

I understood at the beginning of the article with your opening statement that you were a procrastinator and that you wanted to find different tools to help you stop procrastinating.

Basically, I believe that your main point is how to be productive.

I’m not exactly sure what the broader themes of your article are. However, I feel like it could be that you are the one who controls your own life. The whole concept of taking matters into your own hands kind of approach…

I really like the imagery that you used throughout the course of your article. For example: “Masterpiece in hand, you prance to school like the protagonist of a Viagra commercial to the tune of Elton John’s I’m still standing. However, between the yeah, yeah, yeah’s, you can’t help but start wondering how to ensure this literary daredevil escapade never happens again” I really like the way you write, I find it really engaging and it is always great to read an article that makes you laugh and that you can relate to most of the content that is written in it. It shows that you are genuinely interested by your topic and that you have a lot of knowledge concerning the subject that you chose. I also enjoyed how you incorporated logical arguments with scenes, anecdotes and imagery. It makes your article reliable and interesting.

Due to the fact that you are a very descriptive writer, I found that some of the examples that you used are somewhat unclear at times. I had a hard time following what you were trying to say because your choice of words is very sophisticated. I mean, I wish I could write like that, but I’m pretty convinced that I do not know that many words. I would suggest that you keep in mind that you want everyone who reads your article to really understand everything that you are trying to say. Like our professor mentioned in class last week, if you have any doubt that something might be unclear, it’s probably because it is…

Overall, you have amazing writing skills and I am really excited to read the final version of your article. I find it super interesting because I am also a procrastinator, so I could really relate to the whole productivity aspect that you shared with your readers.

Lab #9

Part One: Using an anecdote to open your article:

The point that I am trying to get across is that I watched a lot of TV as a child and I do not believe that it had any negative effect on my development. However, I do believe that as an adult, I understand how some shows could not necessarily be beneficial to a child’s development.

During the week, I was raised by a TV.  After a long and relaxing night of sleep, I would slowly wake up and get out of bed. The cracking sound of the cold hardwood floor led me to the kitchen where I would prepare my breakfast: the magical bowl of Lucky Charms.   While sitting at the counter with my brother Shayne, we discussed our plan for the day: Eat our magically delicious breakfast, make a fort, play Pokémon on our Gameboys, feed our pet dragon in the back yard, make a PB& J sandwich, and of course grab our handy dandy notebook just in time for the 1PM episode of Blue’s Clues. We took this show very seriously, because we suddenly transformed into detectives as soon as the theme song would play. We sharpened our coloring crayons as if we were knights that were preparing for the battle of the century. We sat down in our Elmo bean bag chairs that felt like thrones to our own mystical kingdom and we would dedicate all our concentration to figuring out the daily puzzle that Blue was giving us clues to as if it was a new top secret mission that needed to be put into action. Our duty as loyal Blue’s Clues viewers was to help Steve figure out the intricate riddle to allow him to communicate with his dog.  To complete our daily task successfully, it required us to remember the three clues, work as a team with Steve and to deliberate over the possible answers that could be linked to the evidence that we found while watching the 30 minute television program. We often succeeded at figuring out the meaning of the show, and we would always feel proud of our accomplishment.

Lab #8

Lab #8: Nonfiction BXE

Part One: Organizing your ideas

  1. The central idea of my feature article is that children TV programs can actually be beneficial to your child’s intelligence.
  2. A) How can TV shows be positive in a child’s development?
  3. B) What are the shows that parents should not allow their children to watch and why?
  4. C) What are the children programs that allow its viewers to acquire different intellectual skills?
  5. D) How can a parent make the most out of the time that their child spends in front of the TV?
  6. E) I will compare my opinion to the person I interviewed
  7. F) My personal experience watching TV as a child, and how it allowed me to gain a sense of humor and an open mind for creativity.
  8. G) Why do parents use TV as a parenting tool

Part Two: It’s all about the scenes

  1. How I got off the bus in second grade and decided to watch SpongeBob Squarepants with my older brothers. I did not understand the show at all.
  2. How I used to watch a lot of television while I was younger and I reenacted them with my friends (I believe this is a great form of creativity with the use of pretend play).
  3. How the children that I babysat learnt Spanish by watching Dora The Explorer
  4. My experience scrolling down my Facebook feed and falling on the article SpongeBob Makes You Stupid

Part Three: Organize you scenes

  1. How I used to watch a lot of television while I was younger and I reenacted them with my friends (I believe this is a great form of creativity with the use of pretend play).
  2. How I got off the bus in second grade and decided to watch SpongeBob Squarepants with my older brothers. I did not understand the show at all.
  3. How the children that I babysat learnt Spanish by watching Dora The Explorer
  4. My experience scrolling down my Facebook feed and falling on the article SpongeBob Makes You Stupid

Part Four: Creating an Outline

  1. Opening:

Describing a scene where I am playing in a Barbie tent when I am 4 years. I am pretending that I was a princess that was locked away in her castle. I had nothing but a tent, but in my mind, I was surrounded [to be continued]

Lab #7

Lab #7

I remember the first time that I watched SpongeBob Squarepants. I was in 2nd grade and I had just gotten off the bus with my two older brothers. In the episode, SpongeBob was teaching Patrick how to blow bubbles (You must know him, he’s the funny starfish with the floral surf shorts who lives under a rock). I remember that SpongeBob blew an elephant shaped bubble and Patrick said: “Look, it’s a giraffe’’. My brothers were almost crying of laughter and I remember being extremely confused. Why was that so funny? That is obviously not a giraffe. Are they laughing because Patrick made a mistake? I just didn’t get it. I mean, an elephant shaped bubble is impressive, but I didn’t see what was so funny about it. Maybe I was just too young to grasp the sophisticated humor used by the sponge and his starfish friend. Every episode was full of absurd jokes that made my brothers crack up, but I still didn’t understand why they were so funny. Then one day, it became clear to me; there was absolutely nothing to understand about SpongeBob Squarepants. It was a cartoon that was based on idiotic jokes and irrational concepts… And I loved it. I started binge watching SpongeBob Squarepants with my friends. I remember quoting the TV show at school, at the dinner table and in my sleep. It was stupidly intelligent…

Hi, my name is Miranda Côté and I am a SpongeBob-o-holic.

Throughout my childhood, my brothers and I probably watched more TV then the average child. Blue’s Clues, Sesame Street, Barney and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood were few of the many shows that we watched on a daily basis. My parents monitored the time spent and the content that we were exposed to while watching TV. I remember that they were not too fond of us watching Teletubbies as well as SpongeBob Squarepants. One might ask why my parents were not open minded when it came to creatures who had TVs on the bellies or sponges who lived in pineapples under the sea. Well in all honesty, the answer was beyond me…

Many people believe that television shows can have a negative impact on a child’s intelligence. Even though this statement can be somewhat accurate, I believe that there are indeed shows that do not allow children to acquire any type of useful knowledge. However, there are actually many educational television programs that allow the viewers to gain lexical, social, verbal and lifestyle goals. Parents play an important role when it comes to monitoring their children’s exposure, so they cannot blame the TV shows if they are teaching them and [to be continued]