i was wondering if someone could fill me in on what we did in class today. there was some mix up at the doctors office-something about having to move all of the appointments up because they had to reschedule a surgery-so i had to go in early for my last eye exam before LASIK tomorrow afternoon. it would be most appreciated! and i was disappointed about missing out on what everyone had to say about the film! thanks everyone-Happy Thanksgiving.

i had major issues with my computer..

i had major issues with my computer..

getting my eyes dilated today was a poor scheduling choice

first time using photoshop…i want to add drunk cartoon eyes

first time using photoshop…i want to add drunk cartoon eyes

Harry potter weekend on ABC family. Score!!

worksheet on academic articles-unfinished

5 i want to imitate:

1. EBSCOhost’s Harry Potter and the Underage Drinkers: Can We Use This to Talk to Teens About Alcohol? -the copy paste trick on google worked for finding the text online and not going to the library-score-this article is just what i have in mind. it is informative without being boring and bogged down with an overload of numbers and quotes. it incorporates quotations from the book and shows the correlation to under age drinking and the books. they use keywords etc to make it direct-

2. Dustin Kidd’s “Harry Potter and the Function of Popular Culture”- okay ive been wasting my time trying to actually research my subject and not look at journals i’d like to imitate…which was the whole point of this worksheet. i like this style b/c its closest to what i want to write like. its casual but informative and has a tone that seems professional and scholarly

3. “Harry’s girls and the discourse of gender”- same as above but more informal

4. “Harry Potter and the ‘Deeper Magic’: Narrating Hope in Children’s Literature”- same mess- just anohter style i like because it is simple, straight forward and informative. 

5. PubMed’s “General consumer” blah on alcohol. not scientific more, psychological, informative in that sense

5 i don’t want to imitate:

1.EBSCOhost’s Harry Potter and the end of the road: Parallels with addiction. The content is spot on and it uses a lot of data and statistics with graphs and stuff, while that is a great visual, i don’t want to overload my audience with numbers because the style of the text just becomes intimidating. too many facts - its a study..

2. “Harry Potter casts spell on accident prone children”- HA, i just wanted to include this title. its not a scholarly article-has a lot of pictures etc.

3. getting frustrated with the stupid abstracts- im finding examples of stuff i dont want to imitate- 4.science journals and 5. law journals that i can’t access! i don’t want to lose my reader in the first sentence with vocab they do not know and those types of journals tend to do so. sorry i know this is sort of cheating ha..

while researching for our assignment, i came across this gem when i searched for alcohol and harry potter- http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2279182/1/Drunk - some people just have WAY too much time on their hands.. haha

aaand http://jestergoblin.com/?p=18 ew, but festive!

class worksheet about blog assignment

Five blogs i would like to imitate:

-Stuffwhitepeoplelike.com: does anyone else find it weird that HP isn’t on this list? i like the sarcastic style of this blog and wish i could be this funny…

-i love serious eats’ style because they incorporate pictures and videos that are informative, while maintaining a casual style that is welcoming. their audience is very broad also and can appeal to a lot of people.

-wired.com was a good website too. it had the bold headlines like bullet points that we saw in class which i think is a good attention getter- the reader can decide whether or not to read the blog article within one sentence. the style is everyday language so its comfortable

-the huffintonpost blog was also a good website because it looked professional-had all of the topics listed at the top and some of the blog snippets are written well. the style or personality was more informative, not all that funny or common but still was casual enough to not be intimidating.

-http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/- okay i read this blog a ton because i love food- this one has more text and it also has the bullet point style which i find the most helpful for people to navigate. the style is relaxed and informative.

blogs i wouldn’t want to imitate:

-http://www.landoverbaptist.net/showthread.php?p=366193 : this blog goes on a huge religious rant- i.e. “Harry Potter whore flashes her cooter at children”- simple wardrobe malfunction..and she was wearing underwear…they’re crazy and over powering. jump to conclusions and are intimidating

-foxnews.com/blogs : it looks nice and its informative but its boring.. i want to incorporate more attention getting stuff like pictures and videos of the references to sex, drugs and HP-not older women pleasantly smiling who are going to deliver the news and lots of facts..

-perezhilton.com: although he can be funny, he can also be offensive and insensitive. i don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

-jackandjill.com —fashion blog, just pictures of really high fashion-one minded..

worksheet- unfinsihed-still unfinished due to my hell week and not feeling well..

1. What are the different “sides” of your controversy? Why do they disagree? what’s the big deal? (wikipedia or similar.)

-there are many controversies over why harry potter should not be integrated into school curriculum, but my controversy deals with if HP has any effect on literacy rates. Educators have either banned or praised the series for its effects on young readers and its immense popularity. the debate is over whether HP has literary content that is of any value to young readers that could have some sort of positive or negative effect on literacy rates.   www.nmsa.org/portals/0/pdf/…/rmle_vol25_no2_article2.pdf 

2.     Find three articles on your topic using CrossSearch, JSTOR, and/or Academic Search Complete. List them here. How will they help you provide evidence for your argument? What specific words, phrases, numbers, etc., would you like to use in your paper?

1. “Harry Potter and the Great Reading Revolution”- Margaret Willis explains a positive perspective on how HP has encouraged young children-esp boys-to move on to longer and more complex novels after the read HP-shows how it has a positive effect on literacy http://content.ebscohost.com/ContentServer.asp?T=P& P=AN& K=26899497& EbscoContent=dGJyMMvl7ESeqLM4zdnyOLCmr0iep7JSsKe4S66WxWXS& ContentCustomer=dGJyMPGuslGvqbZRuePfgeyx%2BEu3q64A& D=a9h 

2. “The rise and rise of Harry Potter”http://www.springerlink.com/content/jg74h7222575673j/abstract/

3. “Harry Potter: Agency or Addiction” http://www.springerlink.com/content/m6782j4351755485/fulltext.html —gives a negative perspective on the effects and content of HP

3. Find at least one article on your topic in Google Scholar. Record the link to it here. How/why will this article help you make your argument to your audience?

"The Power of Potter" on USA.news

4.     Find a book in Google Books that argues for or against your topic. Record the link here. How can you make use of this book as evidence?

 ”The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter: Perspectives on a Literary Phenomenon” by Lana A Whitehead- http://books.google.com/books?id=iO5pApw2JycC&pg=PA244&dq=the+rise+and+rise+of+harry+potter&hl=en&ei=r83FTL7pIYKdlgeXxZwD&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CD4Q6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=the%20rise%20and%20rise%20of%20harry%20potter&f=false 

i like that this author made a reference to HP’s “other literary relatives”-strengthens argument about how HP seems to be more significant-why not other books?

5.     Polling the Nations is the best tool ever. Find as many questions as you can that relate to your topic. What do these numbers tell you? How will you use them as evidence?

polling the nation is giving me a bit of a rough time-id like to have numbers of

6.     What images could you use to back up your argument? How will they help you? Record the links here.

 http://100scopenotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Top-100-Childrens-Novels.png- harry potter’s name is the largest font among all of the other book titles

http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/sites/default/files/photos/HPSet1_store_0.jpg- daniel radcliffe, rupert grint and emma watson’s poster for the READers campaign-all of them are pictured with other novels that are not hp-role models to encourage other books

7.     Do you plan to interview anyone or use expert testimony from any of these sources? If so, record your thoughts on who you are going to interview or whose testimony you are going to use. If not, brainstorm ideas for who you could interview.

 - i could interview teachers who have seen either one of the sides on if it has had any contribution to literacy and reading

8.     Who is your audience? Where will this be published? Use an advertising pack, Census Fact Finder, or similar tool to describe your audience. Which of the above sources of information will they be most likely to believe? Why?

my article is going to be in good housekeeping. typically i found that the audience is middle class white women ages 35+, but audience data i found included the numbers of who also read the magazine, id like to target parents of the smaller demographic.

i am also unaware of what exactly our assignment is supposed to be about precisely because nyquil has been the only friend ive seen in past three days and you wont catch me without a coughdrop in my mouth, but i’m inferring from everyone’s blog posts that it has something to do with clarity. i agree that clarity can completely improve a paper and i feel like i can grasp with what we’ve been learning in class but not actually DO it. i feel like i will definitely have it more in the forefront of my mind when writing my next paper but i feel like i’ve gone too long without a teacher correcting my wordiness so it’s going to be a tough habit to break. i have to say i am at fault of being too wordy. and i am also at fault of using semicolons and colons incorrectly so i am very appreciative to have that hilarious chart of how to incorporate them correctly.