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Course Reflection

I have completed my static index page to finish off the course! I dedicated an entire day to cleaning up my website and writing the reflection for my ENG 101 course. It was a really rewarding experience; I revisited projects from months ago and see how much I have grown in that time. My progress was obvious. Going back through my first major project reminded me of how frustrated I was when trying to create subpages and add pictures. Then thinking of the past project I just completed this past week, I did practically the same format but it was so much easier this time around. And the project looked much cleaner. All in all, the process of reflecting on the entire past semester was a really good experience and I am glad I took the time to thoroughly do so.

ENG 101 Reflection

The Wrap- Up

English 101 is a required course at Emory University, and with that requirement I took a great deal of time to course shop and find a course I felt would most benefit me. I enrolled in several English 101 courses at once so I could attend each one and get the syllabus. I emailed a few professors whose classes had filled up and begged them to overload me because I liked the course time or the professor or the topic. Finally, after a lot of searching, I landed in English 101 with Dr. Morgen. I came to class the first day and was intrigued from minute one. And then I found out we were going to be expected to make our own website. I was horrified. I am so bad with technology; it takes me five minutes just to remember how to change a Word document from portrait to landscape orientation and every time I need to take a screenshot on my laptop I have to Google search the key shortcut. I am insanely ungifted with computers. But I decided I would stick it out and try start up my website, and if I could handle that, I would stay in the class.

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Months later, here I am. I have learned how to use so many online programs. I have my own domain, which I can actually navigate with some success. I have created over twenty pages on my domain and made more than ten posts. I have made infographics (Fig. 1), visual poems (Fig. 2), visualized quotes, visual academic notes, a triptych, and so much more. I did not even know what those were before this course. I have read three graphic novels—my first graphic novels. I have even watched one of them in movie version and traced pages from that novel. And I have translated those three graphic novels into strings of pages and subpages of analysis. I have read through my peers work as well, and even mapped out one of their projects, which was hopefully of mutual benefit. Most importantly, I have grown to be much more confident in my abilities to make something meaning online, and I have a lot to show in terms of that skill. In fact, I have an entire website!

            Our first major assignment in this class was called Tracing Persepolis, on the novel Persepolis by Marjane SatrapiThis project was my first attempt at making pages and subpages that were connected by hyperlinks. My final project turned out really well, considering my low skill level at the time. However, just in the last few weeks of the semester, I went back through the project to clean up some of the rookie mistakes I had fallen victim to. For example, I hyperlinked practically every other phrase in the essay. It was horrendous. I got so excited about learning how to hyperlink, that I went crazy and used it frivolously. Also, the Persepolis project asked us to pay close attention to how we set up the subpages and the layout of our argument. Thus, I had gone overboard on the subpages and the network of webpages got confusing so I had occasionally linked to the wrong page or created a dead end. I had to go back through that project and edit much of the technological aspects after the fact, because I have acquired a lot more skills later in the course. This project thus dealt a lot with the third student-learning outcome, which is that writing is a process. This outcome applies, because I was still editing this assignment months after “completion” because I felt there were parts of it that I could improve later on.

The second big project we finished was called Mapping Fun Home, and it was on the graphic novel Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. This book was my favorite one we read in this class and the assignment was really fun and reflective. My final result ended up being helpful and deeply analytical of the novel’s message. I made a concept map of all the interactions shown in the book between the author and her father. I then analyzed the relationship I saw develop out of those interactions. I wrote that, “[Bechdel’s father] sometimes has odd ways of showing his support and affection and maybe she could have used more guidance here and there, but in general, he tries to be the best father possible while working within the tight confines of a closeted homosexual man.” This assignment was very much a learning process. I did not start with any novel ideas; instead I chose how I would visualize the book and then, during that process, I actually learned what the book was about and the topic I would write my analysis on. I found this way of writing and looking at a text to be extremely rewarding and more true to the text. I learned a lot about how I work as a writer, and that looking at the big picture helps me to get direction for my writing. I feel this project applied to the first student-learning objective, which is rhetorical composition because I used multimodal analysis to make my argument. Due to the order I did the research for the project, where I made the visual first, and then was able to pull out a theme, I feel this project was my best work out of all three major assignments. It had the freshest views and ideas that were well thought out and backed up.

The final major project, Analyzing Vietnamerica, was on Vietnamerica by G.B. Tran. We were asked to analyze the book through the lens of Carolyn Ellis’s “Autoenthnography: An Overview“. For my project, I focused on the visual components of the book to explain why the novel fell under this genre. I wrote, “One can observe through the novel a few specific visual aids that Tran uses to relay his own biases and thus help the reader form their own opinions. For example, he uses varying font styles to add meaning, and emotional and dramatic visual devices, such as color schemes or layout, in hopes of adding in his own values and opinions into the text.” While completing the assignment, I learned a lot about what it meant to read a text through a particular lens. And what it means for that lens to answer some questions, but also further complicate others. This assignment fell under the second learning objective of critical thinking and reading resulting in writing, because Vietnamerica was tough to understand and required a lot of critical thinking before I could move into the writing process.

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My favorite Sunday Funnies is definitely the Sunday Funnies 6: Visualize a Quote (Fig. 3). The important thing about this assignment was that it was insanely relevant to my life and quite therapeutic in a way—which is how I feel all successful writing should be. I did the assignment soon after spring break, where I had just spent some time at home and was feeling very strangely lost. I did not feel like home was the same place I had left last August. Also, I had also just watched Garden State, which makes me nostalgic. So when Sunday Funnies 6 was assigned, I instantly thought of this quote:

“You know that point in your life when you realize the house you grew up in isn’t really your home anymore? All of a sudden even though you have some place where you put your shit, that idea of home is gone… Maybe that’s all family really is. A group of people that miss the same imaginary place.” (Garden)

The assignment gave me a sense of reflectiveness and understanding. Because I felt so connected to the prompt, I feel this is was my best Sunday Funnies work. I also really enjoyed doing the Sunday Funnies 8: Sunday Sketches, because though my drawing (Fig. 4) does not look intensely artistic. I thought the idea of the assignment was fun and fresh and a nice break from all the dense reading homework for other classes I had to do the same weekend.

English 101 has taught me so much about the writing process, the vast array of technological tools at my fingertips, and what it means to analyze a graphic novel. All of these skills will surely serve me well in the future. Now I have my own electronic domain in which I can display my works online to the public and hone in on technical abilities that are becoming much more treasured in today’s high-tech world. I am so fortunate to have had this experience, and I hope in the future to read more graphic novels and enhance my assignments with online programs that I can now able to take advantage of. This course has taught me to both more closely reads texts and appreciate the idea of a distant-reading. I have broken my mindset of the five-paragraph traditional essay. I have rethought the idea of a rubric and for the first time ever, I have heard of dynamic criteria mapping. I now have a better grasp of different writing genres, such as autoethnography, ethnography, and Bildungsroman. Most importantly, I have become better at visualizing and interpreting visualizations. I can recognize patterns and turn those patterns into deeper meanings. These skills will certainly serve me well in the future.

Garden State: Quotes.” IMDb. IMDb.com, 2015. Web. 26 Apr. 2015.

Analyzing Vietnamerica

I have finished edits on my Analyzing Vietnamerica project. The project went well; it took some time to figure out what direction I was going to take with the analysis, but writing really helped me better understand the book itself. So the hardest part was getting started, but once I got started, the whole thing came together nicely. Also, what I decided to do for this project was make sure it was as easy to navigate as possible. So the layout is supposed to be in a fashion that minimized subpages and utilized space as efficiently as possible. This way, there is only a few directions to navigate through the project and I could make sure they all made logical sense and flowed well together. The biggest problem I had was I tried to add in footnotes for the citations. I read Dr. Morgen’s post about how to download footnotes and was able to download them and activate the plugin. But then I could not figure out how to actually use them. I spent so much time looking through the toolbar and google questions, all to no avail. So finally I just decided I did not really need them anyway because I did not have a ton of citations, but that was the biggest component of the project that did no go as planned. Overall, it went well!

ENG 101 Reflection

The Wrap- Up

English 101 is a required course at Emory University, and with that requirement I took a great deal of time to course shop and find a course I felt would most benefit me. I enrolled in several English 101 courses at once so I could attend each one and get the syllabus. I emailed a few professors whose classes had filled up and begged them to overload me because I liked the course time or the professor or the topic. Finally, after a lot of searching, I landed in English 101 with Dr. Morgen. I came to class the first day and was intrigued from minute one. And then I found out we were going to be expected to make our own website. I was horrified. I am so bad with technology; it takes me five minutes just to remember how to change a Word document from portrait to landscape orientation and every time I need to take a screenshot on my laptop I have to Google search the key shortcut. I am insanely ungifted with computers. But I decided I would stick it out and try start up my website, and if I could handle that, I would stay in the class.

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Months later, here I am. I have learned how to use so many online programs. I have my own domain, which I can actually navigate with some success. I have created over twenty pages on my domain and made more than ten posts. I have made infographics (Fig. 1), visual poems (Fig. 2), visualized quotes, visual academic notes, a triptych, and so much more. I did not even know what those were before this course. I have read three graphic novels—my first graphic novels. I have even watched one of them in movie version and traced pages from that novel. And I have translated those three graphic novels into strings of pages and subpages of analysis. I have read through my peers work as well, and even mapped out one of their projects, which was hopefully of mutual benefit. Most importantly, I have grown to be much more confident in my abilities to make something meaning online, and I have a lot to show in terms of that skill. In fact, I have an entire website!

            Our first major assignment in this class was called Tracing Persepolis, on the novel Persepolis by Marjane SatrapiThis project was my first attempt at making pages and subpages that were connected by hyperlinks. My final project turned out really well, considering my low skill level at the time. However, just in the last few weeks of the semester, I went back through the project to clean up some of the rookie mistakes I had fallen victim to. For example, I hyperlinked practically every other phrase in the essay. It was horrendous. I got so excited about learning how to hyperlink, that I went crazy and used it frivolously. Also, the Persepolis project asked us to pay close attention to how we set up the subpages and the layout of our argument. Thus, I had gone overboard on the subpages and the network of webpages got confusing so I had occasionally linked to the wrong page or created a dead end. I had to go back through that project and edit much of the technological aspects after the fact, because I have acquired a lot more skills later in the course. This project thus dealt a lot with the third student-learning outcome, which is that writing is a process. This outcome applies, because I was still editing this assignment months after “completion” because I felt there were parts of it that I could improve later on.

The second big project we finished was called Mapping Fun Home, and it was on the graphic novel Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. This book was my favorite one we read in this class and the assignment was really fun and reflective. My final result ended up being helpful and deeply analytical of the novel’s message. I made a concept map of all the interactions shown in the book between the author and her father. I then analyzed the relationship I saw develop out of those interactions. I wrote that, “[Bechdel’s father] sometimes has odd ways of showing his support and affection and maybe she could have used more guidance here and there, but in general, he tries to be the best father possible while working within the tight confines of a closeted homosexual man.” This assignment was very much a learning process. I did not start with any novel ideas; instead I chose how I would visualize the book and then, during that process, I actually learned what the book was about and the topic I would write my analysis on. I found this way of writing and looking at a text to be extremely rewarding and more true to the text. I learned a lot about how I work as a writer, and that looking at the big picture helps me to get direction for my writing. I feel this project applied to the first student-learning objective, which is rhetorical composition because I used multimodal analysis to make my argument. Due to the order I did the research for the project, where I made the visual first, and then was able to pull out a theme, I feel this project was my best work out of all three major assignments. It had the freshest views and ideas that were well thought out and backed up.

The final major project, Analyzing Vietnamerica, was on Vietnamerica by G.B. Tran. We were asked to analyze the book through the lens of Carolyn Ellis’s “Autoenthnography: An Overview“. For my project, I focused on the visual components of the book to explain why the novel fell under this genre. I wrote, “One can observe through the novel a few specific visual aids that Tran uses to relay his own biases and thus help the reader form their own opinions. For example, he uses varying font styles to add meaning, and emotional and dramatic visual devices, such as color schemes or layout, in hopes of adding in his own values and opinions into the text.” While completing the assignment, I learned a lot about what it meant to read a text through a particular lens. And what it means for that lens to answer some questions, but also further complicate others. This assignment fell under the second learning objective of critical thinking and reading resulting in writing, because Vietnamerica was tough to understand and required a lot of critical thinking before I could move into the writing process.

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My favorite Sunday Funnies is definitely the Sunday Funnies 6: Visualize a Quote (Fig. 3). The important thing about this assignment was that it was insanely relevant to my life and quite therapeutic in a way—which is how I feel all successful writing should be. I did the assignment soon after spring break, where I had just spent some time at home and was feeling very strangely lost. I did not feel like home was the same place I had left last August. Also, I had also just watched Garden State, which makes me nostalgic. So when Sunday Funnies 6 was assigned, I instantly thought of this quote:

“You know that point in your life when you realize the house you grew up in isn’t really your home anymore? All of a sudden even though you have some place where you put your shit, that idea of home is gone… Maybe that’s all family really is. A group of people that miss the same imaginary place.” (Garden)

The assignment gave me a sense of reflectiveness and understanding. Because I felt so connected to the prompt, I feel this is was my best Sunday Funnies work. I also really enjoyed doing the Sunday Funnies 8: Sunday Sketches, because though my drawing (Fig. 4) does not look intensely artistic. I thought the idea of the assignment was fun and fresh and a nice break from all the dense reading homework for other classes I had to do the same weekend.

English 101 has taught me so much about the writing process, the vast array of technological tools at my fingertips, and what it means to analyze a graphic novel. All of these skills will surely serve me well in the future. Now I have my own electronic domain in which I can display my works online to the public and hone in on technical abilities that are becoming much more treasured in today’s high-tech world. I am so fortunate to have had this experience, and I hope in the future to read more graphic novels and enhance my assignments with online programs that I can now able to take advantage of. This course has taught me to both more closely reads texts and appreciate the idea of a distant-reading. I have broken my mindset of the five-paragraph traditional essay. I have rethought the idea of a rubric and for the first time ever, I have heard of dynamic criteria mapping. I now have a better grasp of different writing genres, such as autoethnography, ethnography, and Bildungsroman. Most importantly, I have become better at visualizing and interpreting visualizations. I can recognize patterns and turn those patterns into deeper meanings. These skills will certainly serve me well in the future.

Garden State: Quotes.” IMDb. IMDb.com, 2015. Web. 26 Apr. 2015.

Sunday Funnies 9: Assemblies

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When asked to represent a complex part of my life into smaller visual components, my first instinct was my familial structure. Perhaps this is because I got to see my parents this weekend so I’ve spent the whole weekend within the context of my family dynamic, which is a rare occasion for me while in college. I started by thinking of what would be a good structure to build and a chair came to mind as I looked around my dorm thinking of what structure has both a base and ornate details that I could draw with my limited artistic abilities. So I drew a chair and realized it was perfect before there are four people in my family and four chair legs. So that’s how I started the structure–with the three most important people in my life helping me hold up a sturdy chair, as all the legs lead to the same seat, showing the mixing of all our lives into one experience. This one seat is because of course we all take in life with relations to each other’s emotions. If my brother is upset, we all deal with it. If my mom is going through a rough patch, her chair leg is going to be a little weaker and cause the chair to rock a little. For the chair to work properly, we all need to put in equal amounts of effort, but if one of us wavers, we can still just to make the chair work, it’ll just be a little shaky until we’ve adapted–say, by shoving a piece of paper under the shorter leg to balance the chair back out. Overall, the chair is very simplistic. I just included components of our shared life together that help us bond or we all experience together. These components include love, morals, education, our three dogs, music, food, traveling, and shared memories. The thing about the chair is, even without all these extra components, we’d still be a place to sit and we’d still be a family. But with these added components of our dynamic and shared interested, we become more comfortable and we coexist with pleasure and ease.

Click here to view assignment details.

Mapping Fun Home Assignment Finalized

I have completed my Mapping Fun Home assignment. Click here to view the finished version! In this project, I made a bubble map of the interactions between Alison Bechdel and her father in the memoir Fun Home. I then analyzed this bubble map to see what my visualization revealed about the characters in the book. Everything went pretty fluidly, but what was hard was deciding what the best way to set up the pages of the text, because I basically just had a splash page and then a text set up as a more informal essay. Also, it was hard with a bubble map to zoom in on a certain section because it wasn’t that interesting to see a zoomed in picture of bubbles. However, I think overall the project went very smoothly.
To see the assignment information for this project, click here.

Sunday Funnies 8: Sunday Sketches

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This week, with spring in mind, I turned a cosmetic brush into a blossoming flower. This idea came to me pretty quickly as I laid the brush down on a blank background and saw a sunflower in the making. I thought it would be timely with Easter this weekend and finally some spring weather in Atlanta.

Sunday Funnies 7: A Human Document

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I used a page from Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael and created my own poem.

My poem:

the sound of the talking was nothing

then something changed

imagine the presence of one

speech occurred over and over

my attention possessed;

now I employed a different sound;

by small steps,

in some mysterious way,

I was truly born

as a person.

Click here to view the assignment.

Sunday Funnies 6: Visualize a Quote

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For my Sunday Funnies 6 assignment (click here for assignment info) I used a quote I feel is extremely, depressingly relevant for college students, especially first year students who have more recently made the transition out of their childhood home. The quote is from the main character in the movie Garden State (2004) which is a film I would highly recommend. You can click here to be directed to the full quote, because I dissected it and shortened it for this project. The pictures used are not mine, but instead are CC-licensed so I will include the citations below.

 

Citations:

BostonBill. Home for the Holidays. 1945. Flickr. <https://www.flickr.com/photos/8533266@N04/2124683045/in/photolist-4eKyfi-4s88XL-4qcH7c-ouBnvt-qoxehn-2JdvM3-fbL8JB-5AEwrn-sRqcK-4tymGp-qtMXNi-pkVh8-LfoMy-3R2Gd-pjEmbu-4pH1eG-ac9Wh9-3X4HxR-ioVzFg-7iTffD-3Hc8Fe-fDs4W2-j91Lon-6rb6jk-Lz7a-bodvNu-9q4Tsb-6K4ZT-3HX6zT-6eNjbk-9awxpS-8nVpXB-8KRqq-4tyn4R-48R93Q-daGXHx-7WVEmy-qbzv55-4s3QMt-FdoSA-Qk1uQ-NYgNw-9cNpEB-hN2JDW-pkkKVJ-aMX5ht-7SaGxA-6V3xWP-3JLxnS-4nGkPK>.

Halvorsen, Geir. A Scandinavian Home Ca 1970. Flickr.<https://www.flickr.com/photos/damiel/308454876/in/photolist-tfUTw-5MzaGU-rjm6DN-6fDFBf-dpfgNB-5v5RKU-e39fHr-5gFvaZ-q3Grfc-e6nDdu-bXmQjw-96WuM-8Q5HLr-dWT2iF-9ak4hu-dm3qU2-dmXgvu-eJHjBE-fa1dCo-d4SQ9q-cxS6jG-gAmV6u-4f4VWZ-e8qud6-e7GXxc-e8w323-cWw8fC-e7Hiqr-eJJ9md-dgeUED-e7NSgW-eJHayo-gAoeWd-d4SGBY-e7DUYz-gAoVFy-f9ZDqG-gzDWwX-cWvJuS-cWwdeL-d1iGpL-d1iNGu-d1iCSW-cWvSnN-d1j9my-d1j6Yj-cWvZk9-d1iRoj-fpTqX8-ej9RrG>.

Still Thinking–Home. 2011. Flickr. <https://www.flickr.com/photos/la_maga_pics/5709057915/in/photolist-9Guq22-359Dn-3gXSyw-4tfnPj-6TyZU7-r1bWLF-9g57do-8y3QRX-BqDY9-bwYWS-8k7rpp-ag69u-sYi6T-5ZDDtx-66TLZ2-2ajv5E-b9c6c-54UCD7-cY6LJq-7JeASf-7ePk2-fbKMYF-qApHxE-ok513v-bqVKxH-H63Sw-8xBqg9-mVDgG-fc2qzY-w2dJ6-47XuG7-4Wkiuw-5Sy36V-5UiXCa-7gntSX-ohtPki-ci5ndw-5ttNJo-r4EiCQ-9aGekm-8Ui7ka-a8vpJX-bM7AWk-7mV9n5-4eKyfi-4s88XL-4qcH7c-ouBnvt-qoxehn-2JdvM3.

Ware, Kate. Home. 2013. Flickr. <https://www.flickr.com/photos/katewares/9505200323/in/photolist-ftWCUc-3ZxWd-8xxyK2-5S85SE-7Ws9Aq-7DpkED-9a93hk-9Guq22-359Dn-3gXSyw-4tfnPj-6TyZU7-r1bWLF-9g57do-8y3QRX-BqDY9-bwYWS-8k7rpp-ag69u-sYi6T-5ZDDtx-66TLZ2-2ajv5E-b9c6c-54UCD7-cY6LJq-7JeASf-7ePk2-fbKMYF-qApHxE-ok513v-bqVKxH-H63Sw-8xBqg9-mVDgG-fc2qzY-w2dJ6-47XuG7-4Wkiuw-5Sy36V-5UiXCa-7gntSX-ohtPki-ci5ndw-5ttNJo-r4EiCQ-9aGekm-8Ui7ka-a8vpJX-bM7AWk>.

 

Finished Revisions of Tracing Persepolis

I have completed the final revisions on my Tracing Persepolis project. The most dramatic revision I made was I added another component of analysis to my project–visual patterns. This page has two subpages–the veil and the mirror. I used this component to give deeper insight on the small details of the two traced pages. Also, I cut out some of the seemly unnecessary analysis I had previously included on my other two pages–the layout and the mood. Also, my original draft was a little confusing because I intermixed mood and layout between the two pages, so I went through and tried to cut all that out so the two components were completely separate. Also, I added a picture to the splash page and imbedded a fair amount of photos onto my pages to break up the text and make the project more visually appealing.

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