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Monday 6/5/17

One of the things I had trouble most with this quarter was WP2, and the concept of grounded theory.  For me what iniitally frustrated me was the fact that there was no wrong or right answer, I was just making note of what i noticed.  This was very difficult for me because I have always been taught with a clear goal in mind, find the answer to this equation or what is the center of the earth made of.  There are correct answers to those questions there is no, well that works but so does that.  So when going through my articles i didnt know what to look for, I had to just read and see what popped out to myself.  At first it was very difficult, i felt like i was focusing more on content rather than language and structure which I know grounded theory wants you to focus on.  Coding was also difficult for me because i was unsure of how to place words into categories.  Eventually I just started writing and tried to get all of my ideas out so i culd visually see my ideas and how i could make connections.  The result was almost 2300 words and lots of analysis but i feel like that writing helped me to create my final ideas and compose a conclusion, I related this alot to the threshold concept, writing is a knowledge making tool.  By writing everything out I felt like i had created new ideas about my topic and i generated data (in the wiriting) that helped me to finalize some early ideas i had

Another thing that was new to me was using Mahara and a multimodal resource, all my life its been 12piont font size double spaced one inch margins etc, I really enjoyed getting to play around in mahara and see how visuals and sound and whatnot can enhance my work as a whole.  Qith WP1 i started off writing a "normal" essay and then am going to revise it and put it on mahara, i feel like that gives me mroe freedom to display my agruments and since i am alalyzing a song/video i am hopeing to include music, lots of visuals and the music video.

After discussing with me group, I reliezed that WP2 was also interesting becasue normally writing regarding research projects focus on one topic and use multiple resources to annalys their research question, for this project we worked backwards, starting with a topic and then analyzing each source and creating a research question based on the data we found, this is kind of a funnel appraoch to writing or deductive, instead of inductive

Wednesday 5/31/17

In the reading "Revising" by Joseph Harris, he initially started off the paper with four questions to help guide your editing.  What is your project, what else can be said about it, what's next, etc, all of these were questions that I expected but one stood out to me in particular: "What works?  What can you build on your strengths?",  I thought it was very interesting.  As a writer, I have always been taught when you get feed bad to focus on what needs to be changed and address that, anything that has been marked as "good" you don't need to worry about or even change.  But the fact that Harris mentioned this got me thinking, this can actually be a strong tool for revising.  For example, if you have an interesting idea but you did not elaborate on it or go into detail about it, that gives you some substance to work with.  it can also help you come up with some new ideas that could strengthen your main idea or even change it to be something different but better in your mind.

Wednesday 5/24/17

I am having a difficult time making connections.  I think because the project is so open ended I'm just having difficulties determining what I want to include.  I am also still very confused about how to approach writing about coding.  I don't like using personal pronouns or phrases like "I will be discussing this . . ." or "I analyzed this . . ." in my writing, but I am unsure of how to approach the introduction without using phrases like those.  I am hoping that through peer review I will have a more clear idea of what direction I want the project to head.  Also I hope that by reading other's projects it will help me come up with some ideas for my own.  I am very interested in my topic and I think that the background information I have included regarding the articles, the topic and the assignment is very strong and possibly might overpower my analysis.  I am interested to see if people understand all my background information or if they need more info, because the topic is kind of involved.  

Interview Memo

Milan Granillo

Second Year

Major: Double Majoring in Linguistics and Spanish

Age: 20

Preferred Pronouns: she, her, hers

Participates in the Zero-Waste Movement

At First Glance:

  • Very conversational
  • Focuses on ethical and environmental impacts
  • Personal experience has led her to make the decision to participate in this movement
  • Awareness is key



  • Category #1: criticism of capitalism/American “problems”
  •       -First world, economy, privledged
  • Category #2: global concern (ethics, environmental, social)
  •       -Quality clothing, ethically
  • Category #3: exploitation, ethical issue
  •       -Developing countries, paying the price
  • Category #4: Awareness
  •       -Aware, spreading knowledge

Monday 5/22/17

My current understanding of what an introduction should be in a paper is that it should introduce your topic of discussion, provide some background information if necessary and have a thesis statement with your main ideas discussed in each body paragraph.  You want to start with a hook, to catch your readers attention and draw them in.  Generally, it should not e too specific or too long, about 150-200 words is a good length or like half of your first page.  Your conclusion serves as a "wrap up" of your paper.  It has a summary of all of the information previously stated and you must restate your thesis in different words.  This is also where you can put your "call to action" or a final message you leave your audience with; it can be a piece of final knowledge or a challenge for your audience to partake in.  You really want your reader to remember your paper, so your conclusion needs to be strong and clear so the audience has a strong and lasting imprint of your main points.  Length wise the conclusion can be a little shorter but should still have lots of substance.

Monday 5/15/17

I think one of the main concepts on the Academic Writing Handout that can be connected to my articles would be the bullet regarding media.  In my second article there is strong use of color and colored images.  Each image has a label (such as 1B or 2C) and the authors refer to each image throughout the article.  Because this article is about new breakthroughs in sustainable fashion, these images help the reader to understand what the authors are saying and visualize the products they discuss.  The first article, from the mathematics and engineering magazine, relies heavily on mathematical equations.  These equations and the descriptions of the variables, are used to emphasize their analytical senses.

Article 2 Memos

"Multifarious Approaches to Attain Sustainable Fashion"

from Nordic Textile Journal (textile arts, textile and fiber engineering) Scandinavian

First Impressions:

  • color!
  • images with captions different colored font for captions
  • labeled sections (# and title)
  • quoted references or phrases or terms related to the sustainable fashion movement
  • design process steps with arrow
  • list of two main objectives

Article 1 Memos

"Analysis of Product Complexity considering Disruption Cost in Fast Fashion Supply Chain"

from Mathematical Problems in Engineering (Engineering; Mathematics) UK and Northern Ireland

At First Glance:

  • broken into 7 sections (# and title)
  • various Tables
  • use of variables to mathematically calculate various averages (the average cost per one turn/occurrence of fright for fabric suppliers, for trims and accessories suppliers, garment manufacturer, overtime disruption, set-up, overstock, and the total cost of supply chain)
  • charts with the results of numerical experiments
  • large map ("Conceptual Model") estimating disruption cost as a function of product complexity


 Category #1: Following the path, patterned cycle  (but not a full cycle), systematic course of events

Examples: chain, pipeline, synchronization

Category #2: sense of unevenness, not distributed evenly

Examples: uneven distribution, dependent, disrupted, new

Category #3: connected

examples: correlation, integration

Category #4: heavy involvement, lots required in a process

examples: product complexity

Grounded Theory

The underlying concept of grounded theory is that you are generating a theory based off your data acquired.  It is common to think that this would be a qualitative way of thinking, selecting categories from your data and connecting those categories to each other.  Inductive way of thinking. 

Monday 5/3/17

I think that this class has addressed writing as a study through multimodal works.  I've learned that not all writing is just 12 point font, Times New Roman 1-inch margins on plain white paper.  Writing can be spoken or sung or expressed in many different forms of communication.  Because of this class, I have started to look at different forms of communication differently and as forms of writing.  I also associate the idea of "study" with something that is constantly evolving.  The "study" of something involves a growing body of knowledge,  as time goes on the topic of interest gets altered based on the new information or techniques.  With writing, as I have mentioned many times before, we can always better our techniques and understandings, we can improve our final product of writing through the study of writing.  I believe through the grading contract we can focus more on our individual study of writing and our understanding of our own process, this is a key part of how this class addressed "writing as a subject of study."

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