6 February 2019
Its hard to believe that in this past few weeks, we have only covered 33% of the syllabus, it feels like we covered so much. From in class activities such as creating weapons with our classmates for the apocalypse, teaming up with other students to research on the validity of certain content in the internet, it feels like we all the way done with this course. We talked about natural disasters that have occurred and the measures put in place in case of such an event. For example we had an interaction about the storm in Wetumpka and got to here from people in class who were actually there.
Out of all that we discussed the most important thing for me has to be the research skills we learnt in class, which has made me a more confident and comfortable writer.
The discussions we had on disasters occurring all over the world really had me thinking. For instance the nuclear incident that happened in Fukushima. Those people affected had nothing to do with the cause of those accidents, yet houses got swept away, people died and Japan as a whole suffered a huge loss economically and even emotionally. Then the issue about Wetumpka got brought up in class the other day people having their houses and property destroyed by the tornados, it got me thinking about storms and the impact it has on people and the environment in general. So I finally got stuck on writing about a storm.
It is scary just thinking about how close Wetumpka is to Montgomery and whatever happened there could have easily happened to anyone else. A storm could lead to all types of problems. Roads get blocked because of the severe weather, meaning people have to stay indoors at all times, schools closing, power outages are inevitable and that affects communication in general, since the internet is down the whole time. People having to evacuate their houses. A serious enough storm causes destruction of houses, buildings, businesses and even people dying. All of which later reflects on the government’s budget, costing even millions in damages.
- What are the effective ways to communicate with each other during the storm.
- What are the safest shelters to be at during the storm, and the evacuation procedures put in place for this time.
- What are the necessary things to stock up during this period.
I plan to begin my paper, showing other storms that have occurred in all other parts of the world, not just Wetumpka and how other people in all parts of the world prepared for the storm. Also showing the effects the storm had in different parts of the world, just to emphasize on the importance of planning ahead of time. There is also going to be news reports about the storm, telling people how to prepare for the storm, what things are essential during the storm and what parts will be most affected by it, updating people on a daily basis. I plan to paint a real picture of what will be happening at the time, bringing out all the emotions through my words, showing how much damage this storm brings about, what and who gets affected.
Using the skills I have learnt in class, I will be able to gather trustworthy information from google scholar and google for my research on the necessary measures to go through with in this times, mainly for credibility purposes. In the past I would quickly look over shady websites and copy word for word whatever they had on their website. Now I can gather sources from the internet with ease, knowing what websites I can trust and which ones are fake. This is of course through techniques we learnt in class such as the iceberg technique and CRAAP test.
One of my main concerns is on the fluidity of my paper, a problem I had in past literature classes, knowing how to arrange my points in a systematic order, has always been a problem for me. I will try to go into this paper with my mind clear of all distractions, and take my time with it. Considering how lengthy the paper actually is, it will be very easy to go off topic, so rushing into this paper will probably not be the best thing to do. By doing this and consulting the professor and other students I am positive that I will not lose connection with the audience by writing a whole bunch of gibberish.
Making my paper flow is one thing but making it interesting, something that people can actually want to read is something totally different. I cannot sit through a boring lecture or just reading a boring paper myself, so making it something worthwhile for others to read is a priority for me. Between my topic and the number of pages required for this paper capturing the attention of the audience in this paper is something am trying to accomplish. Since its a considerably lengthy paper, that only means more time on research on various topics. One of my worries is not having reliable information, getting wrong content from sources disguised to be the real thing causing my paper not to be authentic.
What I enjoyed most in my previous English 1010 course was the constructive criticism we all gave each other, from students to teachers. We used to write blogs all the time and hearing what someone else had to say about my paper, adding on to my content really helped me grow as a writer, as long as the criticism did not come from a malicious place. I also learnt how to properly construct sentences in my previous literature class and the importance of the right vocabulary in relation to a certain topic which has always been a problem for me.
I have never been good in my time management skills in my previous class, but writing has never been a problem for me. I actually enjoy writing, my main problem with writing in my previous classes has always been procrastination but I plan to improve on my time management skills in this course.