Monday, August 26, 2013

Vocabulary 2

1. obesity: to be very overweight
ex. Being obese puts you at risk of having health problems.
2. accumulate: to gather or collect
ex. Eating a lot of junk food will accumulate into a lot of unwanted pounds.
3. mass: a body of coherent matter; bulk size or massiveness
ex. Being overweight gives you a bigger than average mass.
4. disease: any harmful condition
ex. You can catch a disease if you are in an unhealthy state.
5. diet: a particular selection of food
ex. His particular diet allowed him to lose weight.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

This is PHAT!

                "Fast Food Nation"
             By Eric Schlosser 
     I read this book last year during the summer and it focuses on how the fast food industry has affected our nation. The author, Eric Schlosser, reports on fast food and it's industry from coast to coast. His survey extends from California to New Jersey. The goal of this book is to expose the unsettling reality of fast food, it's impact, and how we're targeted for their market.

Vocabulary 1

1. expository: intended to explain or describe something
   I am in an expository composition class.

2. composition: the action of putting things together
   Composition in an essay will really affect the reader's understanding.
3. assuage: to comfort; to make something feel better
   He assuaged his sprained ankle with ice.

4. decadence: moral or cultural decline
   I feel like this generation is going through a decadent
5. hackneyed: lacking significance for being overused. 
   A few new slang terms are hackneyed. 
6. coalition: an alliance
   The Avengers are a coalition.

7. transcend: to go above and beyond
   I plan to transcend in this school year.
8. meritorious: deserving reward
   Renaissance students are meritorious. 
9. lurid: gruesome; vivid
   The horror movie was lurid.
10. petulant: bad-tempered; childish
   The sassy character was petulant.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Reflections on Week #1


   I feel as if technology will be a hassle at times but there is a way around it and that is to just go old school and turn in the assignment in paper or ask Dr. Preston if you could go to his class during lunch and use one of his computers.

   An awesome learning experience I had was in 5th grade.  Every student who got good grades would be part of a popcorn party. Whenever I get food for great effort, I am more than willing to try. Food is good, but after the 5th grade, I learned that you can't always expect a reward for your accomplishments. Food is good.
   I'm looking forward to this class because I am now experienced with the blog system and how Open Source Learning works.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What is Expository Composition?

Expository: intended to explain or describe something
Composition: the action of putting things together; formatting or construction

 How something is set up will give its meaning? Like, the way something is constructed will affect how someone interprets it. That's what I believe Expository Composition means.

My Big Question

Is anything real?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

It's All Latin To Me

dimidium facti qui coepit habet: sapere aude, incipe

                   "He who has begun is half done: dare to know"*The second part could also be translated as "Dare to be Wise"

        What I believe this phrase means is that by simply beginning, you are already ahead. The start to something will lead somewhere. "Dare to know" or  "Dare to be wise", it is saying to go forth. Be willing to learn.

         It relates to the course because we have to have this urge to learn to progress in our learning environment. We've begun and now what we have to do is the other half.

First Post!!!

A new school year!
My blog may not look like much at the moment but I'll get to full customizing it soon

Last year's American Literature blog:
Click here to see my old blog!

From last year's experience, I can say that I really prefer Open Source Learning over the classic text book format. My learning literally extended beyond the classroom.