Sunday, April 6, 2014

Josh Parker
College Writing II
Research Paper Design Plan
            Throughout the semester I have kept my theme for the most part on nutrition.  I plan on continuing the same theme for my research paper.  Nutrition is a very broad topic and I am still unsure of what to focus on.  I hope that by writing this design plan I will be able to narrow my topic down into a more specific focus.  My past assignments have been centered on juicing.  I have enjoyed writing about juicing in the past, however I think that I would like to write my paper on a different topic within the theme of nutrition.  Even though I will not be writing my paper on juicing, I do like the idea of plant-based diets.  When I say ‘diet’ I am referring to the food we consume on a regular basis, not a food plan to loose weight.  My paper will likely have something to do with plant-based diets and will argue the benefits of that kind of a diet. 
            My purpose for this paper will be to inform my audience that the traditional American diet is not an optimal diet and has very many negative consequences.  I will discuss the drawbacks of the traditional diet to yourself as well as the environment.  I would like my paper to be informative for the audience and shed light on a healthier diet based on plant-based foods. 
            Ethos:  I want my paper to come across as well researched.  I want my sources to be credible and informative so that I am presenting the most accurate information.  I do not want to have a condemning tone when I write about the faults of the traditional American diet.  I want to have a tone that invites the audience to continue reading and be excited about finding ways to improve their diets.
            Pathos:  I want my audience to agree with my paper.  I would like to keep them interested all throughout the whole paper, and excited about the new information presented to them.  I want them to think about their every day diets and consider my points on how to improve their diets.  I do not want my audience to feel like they are being told that they are doing something wrong.  Instead, I want to introduce them to a new way of thinking about how they eat.  Changing eating habits is not an easy process unless you have strong reasons to change.  I would like my paper to present those strong reasons in order to motivate my audience to eat healthier.
            Logos:  My argument will be based on logical facts.  I believe that my topic is a well-documented field that will provide multiple factual arguments.  My task is to present the facts and comment on those facts in an order that makes a clear and logical argument that is easy for my audience to comprehend.
            Choice of Medium: My medium will be a paper.  My argument is going to have a lot of information.  A paper is the best form of Medium for my purpose because it is the best medium for presenting a lot of information.
            Arrangement:  I will present the problems with the traditional American diet first.  In my intro I will present shocking facts about the traditional diet that capture the audience’s attention without upsetting them.  I will then present my argument on better food options and how we can improve our diets.
            I believe that my audience will agree with my argument because it will be based on facts that are well studied and have proven benefits.  There are many people who believe that eating meat is a part of our diets as humans.  They believe that since it is something we have been eating for hundreds of years it is good for us.   My purpose is to counter that argument and provide research to back up my argument. 
            Nutrition is a huge topic.  I would say I know more about nutrition than the average person, however I am in no way an expert in nutrition.  Nutrition is always changing, new foods are discovered, and new research continues to surface.  I have scratched the surface on nutrition through light reading and documentaries based on research.  I hope that through this research paper I will learn a lot more about my topic and become more knowledgeable in the overall field of nutrition.  I will research my topic through the required source contexts.  My research will be composed mainly on books.  One book that I plan to use as a source will be “The China Study,” a book written based on 20 years of research on plant-based diets.  I have not read this book yet, however I have heard from multiple sources that it is a very comprehensive study.  I may also use a source related to Joe Cross that I analyzed during my rhetorical analysis.  I will use his website, “” or his documentary, “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.”  I will have a better idea of sources to use when I narrow my topic down into a more focused topic.

            After I finish my paper I hope that I will know better what types of foods to eat and what purpose each food group serves.  I hope to know which foods are dense in certain nutrients in order to improve my current diet.  I would like to know more about nutrition so that I can take a more active role in my diet and instead of eating what is presented or available, I can actively choose what my body needs to eat in order to be healthy.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Photo Essay

Photo Essay Design Plan
Purpose: I want my photo essay to illustrate that healthy food does not have to taste bad.  I want to show pictures of healthy food that looks like it tastes good.  The purpose of my essay is to combat the common belief that all healthy food tastes bad.  I want the focus of my essay to be on fruits and vegetables.  I want to also briefly touch on the fact that what a lot of people think may be healthy food is not as healthy as they think.  I want to create a spark for my audience to get them interested in eating healthier.
Medium & Production:  My medium will be photos that I will take myself.  I do not have a lot of experience on taking good photos, so I am a little concerned on how it will turn out.  For my photos I will take pictures of healthy food that looks like it tastes good.  I want to take pictures of food that has rich color, especially greens.  The color used in the pictures will send a message that the food is full of life, health, and vitality.
Ethos:  I want my pictures to have an inviting tone.  I do not want my essay to look down on the way the average American eats.  I just want it to convey an emotion that inspires, and shows how easy it can be to have a healthy diet.
Pathos:  I want my audience to agree with my essay.  I do not want it to be too serious so that it does not shut the audience out.  I know my audience would rather see interesting photos than pictures of nutritional facts.
Logos:  My argument is based on appeal.  I have to take pictures that make the food look really good.  I will include the ingredients of the food in captions below the photos.  I may also take a photo of unhealthy food to show the comparison and the relation to how the food looks and how it makes us feel. 
Arrangement:  While preparing the arrangement for my essay it is important to consider the requirements set in place by the professor.  The essay has to be 8 to 10 slides.  My essay will probably be 8 or 9 slides composed of two photos per slide.  I will use about 16-20 photos in my essay.  It is important to take a lot of good pictures so that I have many options to choose from.  The photos on some slides will be side by side, and in opposite corners on other slides.
Testing:  My testing will take place during the peer review in class on March 20th.  I will ask my classmates what they think and see what they would have done differently.

Closing Comments

     I believe that I accomplished the overall goal that I set in my design plan.  I wanted to inspire others to have a healthy diet, by showing pictures that looked appealing.  In my design plan I had originally planned on showing different types of healthy foods, however once I started on the project I thought that it would be better if I focused on the benefits of juicing.  I chose to put the captions at the top because of the template that I picked.  I thought that the template was a good color to express health and vitality and would serve as a great background for my photos.  My overall purpose stayed the same, I just changed my means in order to more effectively accomplish my purpose.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Photo Essay Experience

     Throughout this class I have changed topics for my assignments many times.  I changed topics once again when it was time to start my photo essay.  I chose to cover healthy food for my essay, and wanted to show my audience that all healthy food does not have to taste bad.  The purpose of my essay is to show that there are a lot of healthy food choices that taste good.

     Taking the pictures requires a lot of work, because you have to prepare the food in a way that makes it appealing for the photo.  I have not been home for the past week during the day, so all of my meals have been out.  I could take photos of the food that I am eating, however it is not the exact message that I want to get across in my essay.  As a result, getting a lot of photos to choose from has been a difficult task.  I know the pictures that I want to take, however I have not had the opportunity to take all of them yet.  I plan to take some more photos today and throughout the weekend.  Getting quality pictures is the most difficult part and requires the most amount of time.  I believe that once I have a good amount of photos the majority of the essay will be complete and I will just have to put it together.

     I think that this assignment is a good change of pace from your standard writing assignments.   Using different contexts keep the class interesting. However, it is sometimes difficult to do new assignments when you have never done any assignment like it.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Assignment #1 - What is our responsibility when blogging?

     Blogging is a great tool to communicate and share with a lot of people in a new way.  It gives us a chance to share our thoughts and experiences with each other so that we can learn from each other.  I think it is our responsibility to make these blogs interesting for each other to read, insightful, and to actively communicate with each other.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Everyday Inventions

     A couple of weeks ago my heater stopped working around 5pm.  It was one of many very cold winter days in the Chicago suburbs. We tried to find someone who could fix it quickly, however no one was available until the next morning.  The house cooled fast and it got down to around 52 degrees in the night.  Needless to say I did not sleep well that night.  In this situation many people would get angry, annoyed, and start to complain.  I used to be one of those people, however this time I started to think differently.  I thought about how great it was that we had a heater in the first place and how life would be without it.

     Our generation has been given such amazing gifts from past generation’s inventions.  We often don’t think about how great the objects are that we use on a regular basis, and how much they improve our lives. Items like: cars, phones, lights, computers, internet, plumbing, pens, beds, and so much more have made our lives much more convenient, comfortable, and productive.  It is safe to say that most of us take these amazing gifts for granted and don’t realize what life would be like without them. 

     Next time something doesn’t work the way it should, instead of getting upset, I encourage you to think about how great it is that the thing exists in the first place and be thankful that you have it.  There are still people all over the world that do not have access to the most basic of these gifts.