Freewrite Activity (Centennial Olympic Park)

The bricks at Centennial cause me deep emotional pain. Inscribed on each clay surface reads the name of a person who’s life is forever preserved in the walkway. Some also have special messages such as “love mom and dad” or “Harvard 1996” as to contribute a bit more detail about their lives. But still, the added information isn’t sufficient to cure the curiosity within my mind. Who was Jeff Thomas? What was his life like? What stories does he play a part in? Where is he now? It’s so strange how a tiny piece of brick carved with a few simple words can represent an entire person, forever cemented in anonymity amongst the names of strangers.

Aside from the bricks themselves, I further ponder about the people who have walked along the red and gold path. Obviously, over the decades since the park’s creation, I estimate that thousands have entered through the iron gate. Each too with their own name and story, but do they think the way I do? Do the names touching the soles of their shoes, touch their soul in the way they touch mine?

It’s a question of sensitivity I suppose, but regardless I yearn for quite moments of reflection away from the stress of being a college student. At some points, it feels that all there is in life is grades and papers and emails and stress, but I’m coming to the realization that this way of thinking is poisonous for the soul. Looking at the bricks and interacting with the possibilities of distant lives, gives me perspective about what I want my own name to represent: a life full of kind, simple moments.

 

Class Work: Looking at BEA (Thesis)

In this class so far I have visited two sites: Oakland Cemetary and the Georgia State Capital. Around Atlanta, I have also obviously explored the Georgia State University Campus as well as Sweet Auburn Market, the Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, and the general downtown district. Furthermore, I have also completed readings on historical preservation, campus spaces, and gender anxiety. Finally, our class also participated in creating annotated bibliographies, in which I discussed how historical preservation contributes to economic development.

So how does this relate to the BEA? Using this knowledge I will be able to assess different spaces and create an argument to present to the class. Although instead of using my previous question and cites, I have decided to take a new direction: looking at Atlanta through the lens of gender.

Thesis: Through the emphasis of gender stereotypic norms, Atlanta is divided through the spaces meant for men and women.

List of Spaces: Municipal Market

Reorganization of Blog

When I first read our task for this week I was very excited! I was definitely feeling the need to reorganize my blog for a while now and this assignment gave me the motivation to do so.

The first thing I did was to check to make sure all of my posts were appropriately named and categorized. For example, I decided to rename one of my “Atlanta Images” to better match the format of my other post’s titles. Additionally, I had forgotten to categorize a few of my posts, so I went back and added categories to them. Further, I also wanted to check and make sure all my category names were correct with Dr. Wharton’s website. Once this objective was completed, I moved on to my next task which was creating pages to organize the individual posts.

More specifically, I wanted to try to make it easier for my peers and Dr. Wharton to navigate my website. In order to do this, I created individual pages with the titles: “About Me”, “Atlanta Artifacts and Images”, “Built Environment Descriptions”, “Class Notes”, “Reading Responses”, and “Miscellaneous”. I then created pages with the individual posts and linked them to the parent categories listed above. (That way the viewer could access them under the drop-down menu.) Also, I numbered the posts so that they would show up in the correct order on the drop-down menu. Another addition I made that I thought would be somewhat helpful for the students was including the link to Dr. Wharton’s project descriptions and requirements.

Overall, I believe that this is a start on optimizing the capacity of my blog. I plan to one day in the very near future arrange a meeting with Dr. Wharton and discuss what I can do to further improve my website’s visual as well as functional appearance.

Question About the Reading Response Project (SOS)

In order for me to completely understand a project, I have to try to summarize it in my own words. Is the following correct?

We must first read and annotate the reading we have been assigned according to our group. Next, we pick a supplemental reading from the list to pair with the original reading. Basically, our reading response will be an explanation of our annotation of the primary reading and how the supplemental text relates.

Additionally, what is the length requirement for this project?

Thank you for allowing me this space to gather my thoughts!

About Me

Hello, everyone! My name is Jordan Johnson and I am so excited to be in this technology focused English 1102 class. I graduated from Loganville High School last May and started as a freshman at GSU last fall. At GSU, I hope to earn my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and hopefully continue on to graduate school. Also to help pay for college expenses I work as a cashier at PetSmart, where I get to assist pet parents and give treats to the cutest puppies and kittens. (In my eyes, it’s the best job I could ever ask for!) Overall, I’m pretty simple. I love school, eating chocolate chip cookies, organizing, and exploring downtown Atlanta. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my English 1102 bog. I wish you all the best in your college classes and in life.

Syllabus and Course Info Quiz

Syllabus and Course Info Take-Home Quiz

Instructions: Copy and paste these questions into a new blog post on your sites.gsu.edu WordPress site. Answer the questions, and when you’re done, submit the link to your new post using the submission form.

Questions:

What are the major projects? In a bulleted list, provide links to the project descriptions for each of them.

How will your final grade be calculated?

  • Our final grade will be calculated through a point system. Throughout the semester we will have the opportunity to earn points through projects, class work, attending class, etc. In more detail, the points you earn will determine your final grade.

What happens if you don’t complete one of the major projects?

  • “Failure to complete any of the major projects will result in an automatic grade of C- or lower meaning that you will have to re-take the class.” (Wharton)

What is the “submission form” and how do you use it? Embed the form below your answer (hint: Google “embed Google form” to find out how).

  • The “submission form” is how we submit our work using a link to where the assignment is located (i.e. projects).

Embed the course calendar and weekly overview below this question.

Where on the course website can you find an overview of what’s due and the readings for each unit?

  • First, click on the tab “Syllabus & Course Info”.  Next scroll to the section titled “Weekly Overview”. The white box beneath it will give a detailed overview of what’s due and what the readings are for the current unit.

What is the best way to see an overview of what’s due each week?

  • The best way to see an overview of what’s due each week is to click on the tab “Syllabus & Course Info “. Next, scroll to the red section and find “What is the general plan for the course, and when are things due?” The following white boxes detail what’s due each week.

What is the attendance policy?

  • The attendance policy requires students to be present for every class meeting on Mondays. Having an unexcused absence will deduct 100 points from your grade and being late to class will deduct 50 to 100 points from your grade.

What is one way you can lose points?

  • By missing class (deduction of 100 points) or being late to class (deduction of 50 to 100 points).

What are my office hours, the office hours of the two community instructors, and how do you make an appointment to see one of us outside of  class?

  • Dr. Wharton’s Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 9-11AM, Wednesday 9-11AM, and by appointment
  • Mrs. Arrington’s Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 1-3PM
  • Ms. Rose’s Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 10:30AM-12:30PM
  • To make an appointment simply email the instructor.

How do you earn participation credit? Provide a link to the instructions/guidelines for participation.

  • To earn participation credit, students will complete “required class preparation” work. Additionally, students may earn extra points from extra credit assignments, such as this one.
  • Instructions/Guidelines for Participation

How many points can you earn by participating in or organizing a study group session?

  • 20 Points

How can you be assured of earning an “A” in this course?

  • “Once you complete all of the major projects  and class prep, and accrue 5,985 points, you will automatically receive an A in the course.” (Wharton)

What are the minimum requirements for earning a passing grade of “C”?

  • “If you complete and earn the minimum points for all of the major projects, complete all of the class prep, and attend every class, you will earn at least 2,200 points and a grade of ‘C’.” (Wharton)

What do you do if you’re not sure how to document your participation in order to earn points?

  • If a student is not sure how to document their participation they can visit Dr. Wharton during her office hours or ask the question before class begins or after class has ended.

What are the Unit 1 readings and which one is your group assigned to focus on for the Unit 1 Reading Response?