Monthly Archives: December 2015

Reflection on a semester of reading and writing

Dear Mrs. Dille,

When i first started writing i did not know how big of an impact ethos, logos and pathos had on an essay. I just thought i was suppose to write about facts only. I now know that making your audience get into their feelings as well as making yourself credible can turn your 80 grade essay into a 100. As a reader i am impatient because i want to get into the good parts of a story. As a writer i am unfocused because i tend to get easily distracted.

When i started this course i absolutely could not stand writing. I hated it. And i still hate it. Ever since i was young i never enjoyed to write. Mainly because i would rather show and discuss with someone my argument rather than write it and not be able to get all the information and points across. However my approach to writing has changed. I now use ethos and pathos more in order to keep my audience interested. Im most proud of the video Chris and I produced. We were able to get all our points in our argument across by demonstration.

Ive always been neutral about reading. It usually depends on the book if i get into it or not. Ive started to look at the books or articles more differently. I think about what the author is trying to make me feel as well as think about. My favorite book so far that i have read this semester is The Absolute True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. This book is my favorite so far because it makes me laugh. I enjoy the humor as well as the adventure.

For me not being the biggest, or any fan of writing, i feel as though i did rather well in this class. My essay on Bernie Sander, my op-ed on why Marvel is better than DC, my video and my other writings on my blog really showed my progression as a writer in this class. I would try to build my credibility more if i were to take this class again. Next semester i plan to get organized and take more time to do my writings. A suggestion would be to have more video based projects or speech related ones in order to get the actual feel of having an audience.

Sincerely your favorite student,

Michael Flores

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Reflection

Our project was on gun control and how some people make the point that it is the guns that are responsible for the deaths of other people. Our message was describing that the man behind the gun is responsible for the trigger being pulled and not the gun, which is an inanimate object. We chose to do a video because a visual aide will help people understand our argument better than if we were to describe it in written words.

We used a lot of pathos in our video. Funny moments such as when Chris names the gun “Pete” or when Vicente “RKO” the gun instead of the criminal, helps the audience realize that some people are blaming the firearm instead of the person standing behind it and how that argument is ridiculous. Our logos came in the beginning when Chris was describing how a gun cannot shoot by itself. He mentions that it takes someone to pull the trigger for a gun to go off. And finally our ethos came in the end when Chris gives his monologue.

In order to get this message to our intended audience we posted the video on youtube. We figured that since we live in a technological world now most of the people who are against us will see it. The reactions were not at all what we expected. At first we thought we would get a lot of negative comments from those against us. However we got a lot of supportive ones instead. People enjoyed our video, mainly the humor, but still got informed of our message.

I learned a lot about this style of argument. Not only is it difficult to get a point across, but it is also difficult to keep the audience entertained. However it was not all bad. It was easier to say and show what we were trying to argue rather than write. If i was to do this differently i would add more facts and quotes from people world wide.

Our persuasiveness was very well. I feel as though the humor is what made people realize our argument was valid and that the other side is not. I am most proud of the overall video we produced. As well as the reactions we received.