Blog 7.5

Wolfe, Joanna. “Rhetorical Numbers: A Case for Quantitative Writing in the Composition Classroom.” CCC, volume 61, number 3, 2010 pp. 434-57.

1-2 sentences of summary: state thesis and how she goes about proving it.

2-3 sentences explaining why the source is purposeful and relevant and current to YOUR topic.

Wolfe argues that we should teach quantitative arguments in composition classes. She proposes changes in instruction, textbooks, writing assignments, and instructor training.

CRAAP model can work, but we’re going to ignore the authorship and accuracy part because we know it’s peer reviewed and edited well.

We still need to evaluate based on currency, relevance, and purpose.

Books go in italics. Journals go in italics. Ex: Josh Marshall’s Camping Out is a book. 21 Pilots just released an album called Trench. My favorite song in “Jumpsuit.”

Every proposal has roughly the same parts. Joanna Wolfe argues that we need more Quantitative instruction in writing classes. I. The world as it is A. Numbers are everywhere. B. People believe two things: 1. Numbers are always objective/right. 2. Numbers have been “cooked” II. The problem with the world A. Students don’t get training in this type of rhetoric. B. Their teachers don’t want to address it either. III. The Solution to the Problem. A. We need to teach students to think of numbers as a rhetorical/persuasive. B. We need to design assignments to help them practice this.


Blog 7

In explanation of Dr. Joanna Wolfe’s article about Quantitative Writing, she starts by allowing the reader to understand the stigma the one may have around certain quantitative writings such as statistics. As statistics are mostly proven to be accurate and are major components to a persons research and personal persuasion, there must also be a more concise and critical thought process while obtaining such information. Through quantitative writings, the world can utilize an informative piece to allow persuasion to occur.

In evaluation of the article, I can see where Dr. Wolfe gathers her thoughts and elaborates the mindset of the majority of people. However, not all people are the same and throughout the first few paragraphs one can see that the inclusive tone presented allows for ‘most’ people to be brought into the article.

Blog 6

Blog 4: email to a best friend (18 years old) 

Topic: why they should or should not participate in extreme tourism.

Wanted to find sources that support us.

We want our friend to know we care and that we are worried, also want them to know we’ve done our homework. When we bring in our research, do we quote it directly, or summarize it?

when we do either of them, we have to NAME the source ad where they’re from. 

(Acc. To Josh Marshell, a freshman in my class at AUM, “the power outage was the scariest of my life.”)

On the other hand, sources may be used to disagree with us.  

My example: at the bottom.

This is dangerous because it creates binary thinking. (Thing in class)

How to avoid this. 

In Josh Marshall’s book Camping Out (italicized) 

, Marshall states that people “who want to avoid camping out are cowardly. Its not fun to live your life in a hotel.”

Ambivalent thinking: kinda like what he says, kinda don’t. 

While I first found a problem with the word, “cowardly” I understand Marshall wants to promote a life fully lived, both indoors and out. 

blog 5

Avery McVey 

Dr. Howard 

English 1020 Apocalypse 

6 February, 2019 

During the first few weeks of class, we learned how to obtain information for research and how to differentiate between “bad” information and “good” information. As we continued through the class, some activities that brought the topic at hand to life included researching, watching clips from “The Walking Dead”, developing a blog and writing posts on the blog, and creating a weapon for an apocalyptic event. Overall, the last few weeks of class have allowed for each person, myself included, to exhibit critical thinking and contribute to the class thought process. Within each assignment, I feel that I have been enabled to create a greater process of my thinking. Pertaining to the assignments, I feel that the blogs have persuaded me in my topic of interest. Within each blog, I had to think critically and elaborate upon each topic at hand. Thus, each major blog with due research, developed a unknown angst for the retrieval of information needed for an apocalyptic era one could possibly be presented with. During each blog, I had to research each topic and learn about each topic so I could write about it. Therefore, as I wrote about the origin of the “zombie”, my mindset developed into one that needed a more approachable plan for survival in an apocalyptic time and allowed for a greater sense of preparation. Thus, the most important part of class to me would be the blogs.

As I continued to write my blogs, and we watched the clips of “The Walking Dead” and contributed research to the Chernobyl and Fukushima radiation, I realized that I could base my topic of my paper on a radiation based illness or disease. For my topic, I will be proposing an apocalyptic illness that affects a person’s mental capabilities. The disease has been caused by a radiation infused leak within Montgomery’s water system and has been given the potential to affect everyone in Montgomery. With the radiation, the water of Montgomery has become contaminated and the people that have ingested it or have come into contact with it, are at a risk for the disease. As the person is affected with this illness, they begin to lose control of their actions and become a severe danger to others around them. The illness is highly contractable and highly developed. As the disease is contagious, ones affected with the illness must be quarantined. For society, this outbreak could be potentially dangerous as each person affected by the disease is a danger to others around them. As a person in society begins to show the affects of the disease, aggression among the people would break out as each person in contact with an affected person becomes ill. Continuing the reasons why this illness matters in society, the sudden outbreak of violence would contribute to potential deaths or injuries. Thus, the discord within the streets would contribute to an unsafe socially present environment. For me, being a biology pre-med major, I would propose an antidote to the disease. First, the water supply to Montgomery would have to be backtracked to find the source of radiation. Then, the water supply would need to be turned off to prevent more disease to reach others of the community. With the source of radiation found and samples collected, research on the radiation could begin and an antidote could be prescribed. As research begins, several questions must be asked. Questions that must be asked include: 1) Where did the Radiation come from and why does it affect humans the way it does? 2) Could the radiation have been planted as a ploy to contribute to a terrorist attack? 3) How can the Biologists on the research process conclude that the radiation has been planted?

For my topic, I will find research that supports my topic from the internet, mainly the cdc or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as this is where most outbreaks of disease are filed away and collected to contribute to a research process. Pertaining to research, as a class we covered the CRAAP test, where each letter stands for a word. Within this acronym, the “C” stands for currency or how resent or current the article utilized for research is. The “R” stands for relevance or how the article correlates to the research at hand. The first “A” stands for author. With this, the author simply relates as “is the author credible?”. The second “A” stand for accuracy, or how accurate the information within the article is. Finally, the “P” stands for purpose. Along with this acronym, we also learned how to decipher if a website is of standard to be utilized for the research. For my topic, I feel that the resources that will be most useful will be those that pertain to medical organizations or are strictly disease affiliated statistics. Within this class, I would also like to know how to utilize more complicated versions of google and/or other websites. I would also like to know more websites to use instead of using just google for my research process. In lieu of the topic, I would like to know more about how the apocalyptic theme came into play. 

As an outline of my paper, I will be using research from the internet as well as my experience with seeing how ebola affected a mass of people 

I will also show how todays society is and how it could easily be pivotable within the safety and wellbeing. As the research is presented, I will be able to contribute to my topic and how I see the apocalyptic potential. 

Within the second potion, I will be able to show how an even that is apocalyptic can occur and how it could be disastrous for a community. 

Finally I will be able to propose a way to conflict the disease and allow for the community to return to a state of normal. 

As a writer, I am most worried about if I will be able to fully contribute my ideas into words and evaluate myself within the meaning of my topic. In 1010, I wrote multiple papers so, I will be able to transfer that ability to this class. 

Blog 4

Dear friend,

On the topic of going to Chernobyl, I would suggest that you look into the trip as it is very dangerous and/or toxic. Within regards to thinking about this, I would comply with number one, the government officials, and number two, looking at this article: In this article, you will see that the actual place is contaminated with radiation. In my personal opinion, I advise not going to Chernobyl, simply because of the radiation. Another reason to not go is simply because of the fact that you would have to ride on an airplane, and they are not as reliable as they would seem. In conclusion, I feel that the whole “extreme tourism” thing isn’t for you and I feel that you should stay in “regular tourism.”

sincerely, Avery.

Blog 3.5

  • Quotes limit the search to the exact phrase
  • Use the CRAAP test to evaluate sources

Scholarly source

  • Must be peer reviewed 
    • Experts will anonymously give feedback then the publishers will decide if it should be published
  • Many journals are inaccessible. Most are in a library.


  • Needed to answer questions
  • Needed to validate something being argued 
    • CRAAP test
  • Must list the full name of author to give credit

Blog 3

On Friday, March 11, 2011, Fukushima, Japan was struck with a magnitude 9 earthquake. The earthquake, in turn, caused a tsunami. Ultimately, both natural disasters disabled the power supply and cooling of the Daiichi nuclear reactors, thus allowing for the three cores to melt largely and allowed for some radiation to be present. In regards to the reactors malfunction, government officials called for an evacuation of the city and thus over one hundred thousand people had to leave. To ensure safety among the people, the government of Japan remains nervous on the topic of citizens returning to their previous state.

Blog 3 Pt. 2

In my search for credible sources, I started with simply searching “Chernobyl disaster” on Google. Then, I went on to look at sources ending, such as .com, .net, .edu, etc. After I found some sources with a credible ending, I clicked on them and read them to see if the information was expansive and inclusive of the topic. During my search, I utilized the “iceberg” technique to differentiate between the useful information and the information that would just lead me down a path that would end up useless. Whilst reading the websites, I found that each listed became useful. For the first two, an article form of information is utilized and presented in a professional and efficient way. However, in the last source there is a video format of information that proves to be just as useful.