Advanced Composition

Reading & Writing in Digital Environments

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Progression of the Archive Project

Starting off this project, I was pretty much lost. I had no idea how this project would end up in the long run or how the process would even happen. Of course, I knew my first step would involve taking a trip to the archive and just looking at the folders in which I had chosen to review.

From there, our group got together and started talking about ways that we would present our findings to the class. I honestly had no clue except for the fact that we would have to write a paper of some sort. After discussing with the group, we decided we were going to present the pictures in a power point and describe each picture.

But how were we going to organize the material in a sense that would be easy to follow? After this past Monday, my group and I made a layout as to how we would go about presenting the information and in what order we would do so. First, we plan on describing the journals and diaries we found and then we would dive into speaking of the books and articles H.A. Rey pasted in his diary. This will represent his inspiration. Georgie will then speak of her findings in which describes his work towards one of his first books as his work in progress. Finally, Mia will speak of the transactions he recorded in his journal entries.

Overall, I was a bit uneasy at the beginning of this assignment. After having several class and group discussions, I am becoming more at ease with the project. I hope the flow can continue flowing!

Cold Storage

Yesterday, the class watched Cold Storage. I did not think I would find much interest in the video until it started. Cold Storage is about a library near Harvard University that holds millions of items. The items include books, CD-ROMs, DVDs and other sorts of data. The materials are housed in a building that maintains a very low temperature. I suppose that must be where the title, “Cold Storage,” comes from.

As the video progressed, I was impressed with the vast amount of space the library occupied. It was very clear that this library was not just an ordinary library because it represented the ultimate human record of mostly all items that have been produced. I find it fascinating that Charles Elliot sparked the idea of such a library in 1986. After all, the human record attains more than just a few forms of information collected over the years. There are 9 million items and counting that reside in this library.

With low temperatures, calm and collective environment, the workers contribute to the cold atmosphere. The workers work hours on end in silence as they finish their particular task(s). I can only imagine the effort and work put into maintaining the building as well as preserving all of the items it holds.

The Early Bird Gets the Advantage: The Importance of Literacy in Early Childhood

Image result for child reading

Children of this generation are not encouraged to write as much as pupils in the past which limits creativity which can lead to depression and many other mental health issues in young creatives especially, but children as a whole. My topic for this research project is to examine why there aren’t more writing programs for youth among the ages of three to twelve. I want to find how there can be more funding for literacy programs in order to help my reader understand the importance of gaining a love of reading at an early age to help with overall health in the future.

The trend seems to be to push children to choose careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields since they offer the most promising salaries after a college education. These STEM programs often receive the most funding while literacy programs are left either raise their own funds or deal with minimal funding.

How does reading and writing affect the mind of young children?

Do children who read and write more do better in school?

Are they overall mentally healthier?

Why is the act of reading important for development?

Why are there not more careers field for the language arts?

My parents always encouraged me to go to school and get good grades so I can go to college and choose a major that would get me the best paying job. My parents, like many others, always told me to “reach for the stars” (whatever that means) and aim to be a doctor or lawyer or engineer. While all of those are admirable careers, none of them ever seem to suit me. I was the child dangling one foot out of my second story window bedroom gazing at the desert that was my backyard and contemplating the meaning of life and if all of “this” is a dream and what that meant for the concept of good and evil. Deep stuff for an eight year old but that’s what literature did for me. It took me to places so real they could not be made up. My senses were so intrigued by the worlds on the pages it were as if I were in them.

Prompt 2: A Riveting Reptile

H.A. Rey pic

The above image is a doodle that H.A. Rey created to go along with a few of his unpublished books, Nonsense ABC; Nonsense Rhymes; and Rhyming Pictionary. It was created around 1941 using early crayons and watercolors with H.A. Rey’s handwritten text below the image.

This image first caught my attention because it was an odd splash of color among the black and white letters that takes up most of the archive. The second thing that caught my eye was that the drawing included two of my favorite items in the entire world: a reptile and books (which was made even better when I saw that the crocodile was the one reading said books). The third thing was the caption. Rhyming words just seem to have this quirky, childish appeal that I don’t think many people can resist. I adore it so much, especially with words that aren’t often used in rhyming schemes; such as the ones H. A. Rey uses in this drawing. The –ile ending is a completely smooth transition from the back of the mouth to the front (at least in American English pronunciation) and is very pleasing to listen to when rhyming.

I’m interested in this object because from the moment I say it, I was interested in its story. Was is from its own standalone book? Was this a fully-fledged character? Did H.A. Rey want to do more with this character? I don’t know the answers to any of those questions, but I do know the story that first came to my mind upon seeing this image.

This crocodile was a part of their own book. They were a very odd crocodile; instead of wanting to hunt or swim all day, they preferred reading, and they constantly talked about reading to their other crocodile friends. They talked about reading so much, in fact, that they were exiled far away, which worked out in the crocodile’s favor since they would finally read in peace.

I thought it would be a very cute idea for a children’s book, especially with the addition of wonderful images such as this gracing its pages.

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