Atlanta Image (Crosswalks)

Atlanta is known for many things: diversity, Sweet Auburn Market, Georgia State University, the Braves, skyscrapers, and Centennial Park. All of these are central to Atlanta’s identity, however, the first thing I think of when reflecting on my time spent downtown is crosswalks. Love them or hate them, they are central to Atlanta’s easily accessible appeal.

The experience of a downtown crosswalk is elusive to describe, but relatively enjoyable if you have the right perspective. I believe standing at a crosswalk gives you time to stop, breath, and take in the beautiful scenery of our city. While pausing it is likely that cars, trucks, and buses will zoom past you at an alarmingly close rate, but this is quite the norm. You smell car exhaust, Chinese food from the restaurant across the street, and the general, unplaceable smell of the city. You may hear a loud chirping to indicate who’s turn it is for the blind and people chatting in the street. Finally, you see the white man flash on the sign across the street, allowing you to continue your journey exploring downtown Atlanta.

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!

Class Notes for Week One and Week Two

Week One Notes:

  • Domain Name from “gsucreate”: jordan.johnson.
  • Our English blog will use WordPress.
  • To edit, click on the URL on the dashboard with “admin” at the end.
  • To see what the viewer sees, click on the first URL on the dashboard. *This is the format that needs to be sent to Dr. Wharton.*
  • Can access from both the “gsucreate” dashboard as well as from WordPress. (The first option is probably the easiest.)
  • Complete “Syllabus and Course Info Quiz” and schedule a conference with Dr. Wharton to receive points!
  • No class on Monday, January 16th.
  • Check website to see what’s due for next week.
  • Reading response due February 3rd.

Week Two Notes:

  • Try to finish reading response by January 30th for XC.
  • (The following are notes from the textbook. The citation will be at the bottom of this post.)
  • “Rhetoric is a persuasive language act” and can be in the form of “speech, written texts, or images” (Lopez 2).
  • We use rhetoric every day and in lots of different situations.
  • Rhetoric was an important feature in Ancient Greece.
  • There are three categories used to describe arguments: 1) “make a point”, 2) “aims to persuade”, 3) “tries to find common ground” (Lopez 12).
  • “Aristotle’s Three Appeals”:
    • Ethos- appeal to speaker’s “character or credibility”
    • Pathos- appeal to emotion
    • Logos- appeal to “reasoning and evidence” (Lopez 13).
  • There’s also Kairos, which “considers the time, place, audience, topic and other aspects of the occasion for writing or speaking” (Lopez 14).
  • Rhetoric is important in the academic setting (ex: movie responses in the book).
  • “The Burkean Parlor” is used to explain or illustrate how to become a part of the academic conversation. More specifically, you must first listen and do research to understand the topic before contributing. Next, you may add your own viewpoint. Others may agree or disagree, but that’s just a part of the academic conversation.
  • Collaborating with peers may help acclimate students to join academic conversations.
  • “…rhetoric effectively gives you the power to control your communication -both incoming and outgoing- and to affect your environment in a positive way.” (Lopez 28).
  • There are also visual aspects to rhetoric (ex: judge’s collar).
  • Work Cited:
    • Lopez, Elizabeth, Angela M. Christie, and Kristen Ruccio. Guide to First-Year Writing. 5th ed., Georgia State University Department of English and Fountainhead Press, 2016.

Atlanta Artifact (Coca-Cola)

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When people hear the word “Atlanta” many things may come to mind. Some people may think of the Olympics. Others may picture the skyline. But for me, I think of the refreshing taste of Coca-Cola. No this isn’t an ad to convince you what drink product is supreme; it’s my presentation of what I feel is a significant artifact representing Atlanta. Growing up on the outskirts of the city, my mom always kept Coke in our refrigerator. (It became my favorite sweet treat in the afternoons.) I soon realized that Coke was not only a staple in my household but also in the majority of families in the Atlanta area. I feel that this is so because we find comfort in tradition and that’s what Coke is in Atlanta, a tradition. Furthermore, I feel that Coke is a fantastic artifact to represent Atlanta because it’s all around the city. Think about it. What drink products do most Atlanta-based restaurants sell? The answer is Coke. Additionally, we also have the World of Coca-Cola (a museum)  located in Pemberton Place, named after the inventor of Coke. Finally, I think it’s also important to point out that the first place of production is located on our very own campus! In summary, Coca-Cola is a soft drink that has captured the hearts of those from Atlanta and the whole world. It embodies our city to people throughout the world.

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 WordPress site. Answer the questions, and when you’re done, submit the link to your new post using the submission form.


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?