Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Adaptation

Writing an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's, The Cask Of Amontillado, was entertaining, while trying to comprehend adaptations written by others was difficult. Having to write an adaptation really tested how well I understood the story, not only the plot, but also the underlying message of the story. Trying to understand all the different adaptations once the groups traded was challenging. To me this was a lesson in clarity, sometimes because you know what you are trying to say, you think you are being clear, when in actuality your writing can be very cloudy.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Research Quiz

The research quiz was a good introduction to research on the internet. I was lucky enough to be among the half of the class, which got to leave and use computers to answer the questions. The variety of the subject matter on the quiz forced me to explore different search techniques.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Perspective

On Wednesday September 29 we did an exercise in class during which we had to write from the perspective of the opposite sex. I enjoyed this exercise because it made me realize that much of what we perceive about other people's perspectives is stereotypical. This should help in the rebuttal portion of my argumentative essay.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Plato's Allegory of the Cave

I have read Plato's Allegory of the Cave before, but always valued it only for it's philosophical content. I liked the story because I liked the idea that nothing is really what it seems. It also reminds me a lot of The Matrix. Anyway, from reading it again in this class I gained appreciation for it as a creative way to present an argument.

Friday, September 24, 2004

In Class Debate on Mon. 9-20-04

In class on Monday we had two debates in which you, Mr. Potter assigned us a topic and a side to argue. When you first presented me with anti-abortion i was upset, but after reading in chapter 16 about how emotions blind us to reason, (p. 249,) i had a new perspective. My personal feelings about that topic prevented me from seeing the clear points against it. this made me realize how hard it might be to write an objective, unbiased argumentative essay.

Peace, Love, and Unity... Molly

Autobiography Exercise

The day we did the autobiography exercise in class i was rather disapointed. It was blatantly obvious that many people in the class had singled out and ridiculed a certain person. The behavior was immature and no doubt a product of insecurity.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Graduation Theatre

I really enjoyed reading this story. I liked the way it was written, the repetativeness really drove home the point, that this individual had overcome somuch with nothing but her own perseverance to thank for her success. Having face much adversity in my own life i was able to relate to the author, and it also made me realize how lucky i am to at least have supportive friends.

peace
one, molly