Weekly Roundup: Week 12

This past week in class we were instructed to take a sample of our writing and cut it up into sentence strips.  We then took those strips and exchanged them with a partner.  Each student then had to attempt to reconstruct the paragraph of our partner.

Jenn and I exchanged paragraphs and I was surprised to see just how hard this task was (despite the help I had from trying to match the cut lines).  Jenn was able to reconstruct my paragraph with only one error; however, it did take a fair amount of time and consideration.  My sentence transitions tend to lack cohesion with the sentence before, which subsequently created a difficult task for Jenn when she had to recreate my sentence order.

Writing is an art.

Earlier in the semester we brought a paragraph sample in and charted out how many word we have in an average sentence.  This challenged me in my writing to seek cohesion.  When I write I look to have short sentences.  Instead of using punctuation to prolong sentences I now seek to shorted and separate my thoughts.  This weeks class exercise showed me that in my quest to shorten my sentences I have lost some of the natural flow to my writing.  Sentences need to carry on information, which will lead to higher understandability in my writing.

As a visual learner I found this class exercise very beneficial.  It is amazing what you can see when you deconstruct a paragraph and lay it in front of yourself to analyze. The exercise allows you to see where information is lacking and where information is in excess.  Some sentences can be combined and others can be broken into parts.

The formation of sentences requires balance.

Not too much.

Not too little.

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This coming week I have two final papers to write.  One is for a Philosophy of Ethics class and the other is for English.  In writing these papers I will seek balance in paragraph formation.  My goal is to have sentences that share both known and unknown information.



Practicum Update: Week 12

This week Jenn and I are focusing on polishing the website.  We have gone over each section and looked for ways to bring cohesion.  Our main goal remains to accessibility for all guests.

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We have also gone over the video interviews that are featured on the site and have made a list of missing interviews.  We hope to get these done over the coming week.

In preparation for the upcoming DH Showcase we have began reflecting on our practicum experience  over the past 4 months.  Learning to navigate and work with Squarespace has been a learning curve for both of us, but we both feel that the experience was beneficial!

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Apart from the final product aspect of the practicum we both agree that the face-to-face opportunities have been extremely valuable and impactful!  At the start of our practicum we could not have imagined how meaningful the work we would do would be.  We had the opportunity to speak to members of the community and tour sites of harm reduction and outreach.  Our eyes were opened to the world of non-profit organization and the factors that contribute to caring for those in need.

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Drug War Survivors Workshop
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Wish Centre Tour
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Wish Centre Tour
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Wish Centre Learning Room
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Union Gospel Mission Site Visit 

It is my hope that the encounters with non-profit social justice organizations in our community will continue long after our practicum concludes!  My eyes have been opened and this is truly just the start of a long journey of advocacy and care!

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