arguing the opposing sides of weather technological changes in writing are having a positive or negative affect on the people using it, and also how different writers are using these new technologies. Writing today is still a recent technology, but in the past forty years it has really blossomed into something totally different from what people were used to. The second academic discourse convention present in my two academic portfolio essays is the idea of repurposing and summarizing. Throughout all my quotes in both essays I give a detailed analysis of the quotes I choose to talk about and put in conversation with other readers. For example, in my first essay “The idea of drawing-as-rehearsal is just one more example of the word-centered view that reigns in our education system.” (Newkirk p.79) When Newkirks subjects (in this case kindergarteners) are drawing they are engaging in the “Modes of Belonging” without even knowing it, and it enables them to comprehend things that without the “modes of belonging” would be impossible for anyone. Here I analyze and explain the significance the quote has the what the writer is trying to get at, while putting the quote and the analysis in conversation with another writer, in this case its Wardle and her ideas of “Modes of Belonging”. In my second essay I also do this numerous time, one example of this is “I trace how one student, Lindsey Rachel’s, draws upon practices developed for extradisciplinary engagements, particularly keeping a prayer journal as a member of a church youth group and generating visual designs for an undergraduate graphic art class, in order to enrich and extend her writing for English studies.” (Roozen p. 160) Lindsey is one of the few that does not rely on the technological advances she has in front of her such as computers, and the sea of information the internet provides. However, Baron tells us in his article From Pencils to Pixels that “pencils are still a writing technology but they are not as advanced as the computer.” Here I explain why the
idea of extradiciplinary engagements is important in context with Roozen, then put what I had just learned in conversation with Baron. Overall, my essays are built for “remote readers”, someone who has never read the book “Writing about Writing” or never heard of Newkirk, Wardle, Bazerman, Baron, or Roozen, would be able to read my essays and get an antiquate understanding of what I have been learning about in English 101 this semester. I go explain and give context for all my quotes and analysis so that people seeing this for the first time would know exactly what I am trying to convey to the reader. Throughout all the class discussions, asking and answering questions, reading other students and scholarly articles, this course has changed my writing in a positive way that all my years of high school and middle school have not done as much as this course has.
CJ Hall English 101 – (23) References Wardle, E. & Downs, D. (Eds). (2014). Writing about writing: A college reader (2 nd ed.). Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin’s. Merriam-Webster . Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2016.