Final Learning Reflection

Out of all the assignments we’ve had this semester, I’ve only disliked one reading, which was the They Say, I Say book.  Although it was very helpful, I just couldn’t get myself into reading it.  They way it is written, it’s an easy read, but for some reason I just couldn’t bring myself to actually read the material.  My eyes would just glide over the words, page after page.

On the other hand, I really enjoyed reading all of the literacy memoirs.  Personally, I find reading personal publications much more intriguing and easy to read than more education material.  I think it is because I can put myself into their shoes depending on how they write their stories.  It is also a lot easier for me to relate to and get a good grasp on.  It helped me learn more about literacy as well as a memoir’s structure, itself.  I really enjoyed writing my memoir, because it gave me a chance to write a different kind of paper than I’ve been writing my whole educational career.  I’ve never been able to write as freely as I did with my memoir, which was liberating.  Perhaps I’ll take it up as a new hobby…


Proposal Paper

Excluding the memoir assignment, this is my favorite paper of the class.  I really like that we get to research important issues and display them in front of the class, raising awareness.  I am fairly certain that I will do the topic of texting and driving, but I am not 100% sure yet.  I’ve also been thinking about doing animal abuse/neglect because I’m very much an animal lover and a dog person.  If I do end up doing the animal abuse issue, I would probably get way to angry to finish the assignment…so texting and driving it is!

I’m thinking about doing this subject because it is a growing problem both nationally and locally.  It is growing more and more each day, and pretty soon we’re all going to have a friend who is a victim of texting and driving.  It affects each and every community around the world, so I feel like it’s a pretty important matter.  There are a lot of bans on texting and driving in the US, and I’m not sure which states do and don’t have it yet, but I will research all the specifics in the process of beginning my assignment.  I know for a fact that Alaska does have a law for texting and driving.  I think it bans texting and has fees and jail time for the consequences of being caught.  I also know that Anchorage has a relatively high rate of accidents involving distracted driving, so I know I’ll be able to find organizations and programs about this topic.


For this assignment, I struggled to choose a single advertisement to dissect.  I think the ad I will use is the commercial for the GoPro cameras.  This commercial has no words and is all footage taken from GoPro users on various adventures.  I think this commercial is a good example of pathos and logos, with little relevance to ethos.

Here is the link to the video:

PATHOS:  This ad demonstrates pathos by showing people doing amazing things that most everyone wants to do at some point in their lives.  It shows people surfing huge waves, playing with lions, and snowboarding down the faces of mountains.  It really makes the audience feel adventurous and epic.  The music in the add also adds to this feeling.  The company chose to use rich, majestic music and borderline opera songs to embellish the video with an almost God-like emotion.

LOGOS:  The company targets a more active audience and uses all the right clips to show the full potential of the GoPro Hero 3+.  They do this, because they know that it will be effective in their marketing, and it proves to be working, according to their sales.  A couple of their other ads, that have more spoken roles, talk of how this new model is better than the last, and this shows the audience that their choice to buy the product is very logical.

ETHOS:  Although not as present as the other rhetorical senses, the ethos element is still there.  The use of ethos was established from the very beginning, by making the video very in your bold.

Memoirs of a First Grader

For my literacy memoir assignment, I have been bouncing back and fort between two different potential topics.  I find this assignment to be a bit more difficult than the last, mainly because I am only 19 years old, so I do not have too many significant literacy events and epiphanies to dissect in a memoir.  At least, I do not recall very many.  I could only think of the following two ideas:

The first event took place in third grade, and focuses around an evaluation of all the students’ reading skills individually.  We were taken out of class one by one and into a room with a different teacher.  The teacher gave us a book, and asked us to read aloud a certain paragraph or page.  Based on how well we read the section, the teacher would write down what they thought our level of reading ability was.  I was always a strong reader, because when I was very young my mother enrolled me in a private christian school, where I learned to read and write in cursive in preschool.  By the time I was in kindergarten, I had already read other chapter books designed for much older kids, so I was confident going into the evaluation.  My results came out much differently and more advanced than all the other kids.  I think this was due to my opportunity to get ahead at the private school.


Me, myself, and I

Hey everyone!

My name is Valerie, I’m Alaskan grown, and have lived here all my life.  I was born to be a soccer player, and have been playing competitively since I was 5 or 6 years old.  I love sports and anything outdoors, which is yet another reason to love Alaska.  I’d much rather be out playing the sport than sitting inside watching it on TV.  Art and music are two more big things in my life.  As an alum at the Anchorage Youth Symphony, the viola has been my instrument of choice since 6th grade.  In fact, this is where my love for travel began, as we often toured around other countries, playing many concerts for the foreign public.  English is not the only language I know, making travel very fun for me.  I speak French, a little bit of Spanish and Korean, and I also know American Sign Language.  Being able to communicate with different people all over the world is very fascinating, in my opinion.

On to the academics.  I am a sophomore at UAA and my major is Psychology, at least for now.  I am planning on studying abroad, hopefully, in the next year or two, although I am not sure yet as to where I want to go.  As far as future careers go, I still have no idea of what I want to do.  It can be a bit frustrating at times, but I’m okay with it.   All I know is that I want to love what I do, and do what I love.