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Ashleigh Murray

English 1010

Justin Jory

7/31/2017

Reflection of English 1010

When I first started taking English 1010 I thought that English was mostly about grammar and

proper punctuation. After further taking this course I have found a new understanding for English and

that it was way more than grammar and proper punctuation. I have found that by using different

rhetorical strategies you are able to further evaluate yours or others writings to determine the deeper

meaning of what they are writing about. One of the threshold concepts that meant a lot to me was,

how have you used writing as a resource to do something, be someone, or make something? I sat there

and thought to myself for quite some time that I never write anything ever because I dislike it so much. I

realized through this course when I had to further evaluate some writings of mine that I do use writing

as a resource every day to do something and be someone. I further reviewed 3 emails of mine that were

written to 3 different audiences. I found that my tone and professionalism changed as who I was writing

to. I soon realized that I shouldnt change my professionalism by who I am talking to. This now results in

me being more aware of what I am writing and saying to each person. I know that this course has

changed the way I view my writing and what I can do to make it better. Once I can make my writings

better this will make me sound and look more professional be make something of myself to achieve all

my goals within my career.

When researching my writings further I decided to use the interview method to see what others

thought of my writing and what I could do better. I loved this method because you get someone elses
opinion and understanding of what you just wrote. I decided to interview my husband, he knows the

basics of what I do day to day but doesnt full understand. He was able to further review and advise how

I spoke. One of the big things that stuck out to me was he stated I was overly nice in my emails. I

understand that I need to be nice but being overly nice can come off as annoying. I really enjoyed this

English course as it helped me become better at my day to day work load. Below I have included two of

my major English project for Unit 1 & Unit 2 below. I hope you enjoy reading what I have learned

throughout the semester.

To be or not to be professional Unit 1 project

After reviewing 3 emails, I always have the thought in my mind depending on who my audience

is, if the way my email is written is it professional or not. I know that it is important to use proper

language and grammar of course, but you also want to make sure you professional with your writing no

matter who you are speaking to. After reviewing 3 different emails with difference audiences I have

determined that my writing changes depending on what audience I am writing to. It shows which

audience is more important to me by the way I write things. I believe now it is super important to write

professional well written emails no matter who you audience is to create good habits.

The question I wanted to ask myself while reviewing thee emails was how language and writing

is resources we use to do, make, and be things in the word? After further reviewing 3 emails I

determined how writing is a resource to do, make and be something in the world. I determined that
writing is a huge resource that everyone uses daily. It was super important to ensure that your writing

makes sense for each audience that you are writing to. Here is a little back ground about what I do for

work. I am an account coordinator for employer groups, I help them manage their health saving

accounts by helping them with any questions they may have throughout the day. Majority of the time I

am emailing back and forth instead of talking on the phone.

I chose to review three of my emails since I email daily, the 3 emails I selected are written to

different audiences. My employer groups, co-workers, and to my husband. It was quiet interesting to

see how my emails changed as I wrote to difference audiences.

Starting with my employer group, when reviewing the email sent to one of my groups I

determined that those emails are professional, well written, well reviewed emails. I mean this is the

reason I have a job right? Therefore, I wanted to ensure that I was sending professional emails.

However, I do feel that I was overly nice. I wanted to make sure they knew I was there to help them

whenever they need help. However, being overly nice can be annoying. Therefore going forward I think I

will ensure to be nice so they know I am willing to help them. But not to the point of being annoying. I

think that emailing is a good resource for employer groups so they dont have to call me with every

question that they have.


Emailing co-workers, I dont feel like I care as much when I am sending an email to internal co-

workers. It should be important no matter what I am doing. I mostly didnt think that it really matter

what they think because a) they arent my boss and b) their not my employer group either. But when it

really comes down to it, sending professional emails to them as well should be a priority. These people

could possibly be on the same team as you or even be your boss. Therefore it would be best to always

send professional emails. Leaving a good impression is what helps you move up the food chain at work.

If people know that you are a hard worker they will want you to be a part of their team.

Dont get me wrong, my emails are professional. Its not like they are snotty or rude by any

means, I just could proof read and make sure everything sounds correct. I find myself only typing part of

works. For example I will say the instead of they, or I will forget a small work completely like are, is, and,

etc. This then results in the writing not being the best they could be.

Emailing my husband, lets be real when you are talking to friends and family you arent super

concerned with your grammar or professionalism. You write with more slang or words you commonly

wouldnt say in a professional field. I wanted to further analyze one of my emails with my husband to

see how different I write him the others. I dont have to sound professional or anything because its just

my husband and it wont affect how much I get paid or anything of that sort. After further analyzing my

email with him, it sounds more like a conversation through texting, or instant messenger. I almost

NEVER proof read my emails to him, occasionally I will to ensure what I am saying makes sense, but

most of the time I dont. I leave a lot of emails opened ended with him having to answer questions.
I dont provide as much information as I would with work emails. This then results in

information missing from the conversation and the email not fully making sense. I believe that the

conversation made more sense with him because we previously discussed some of the information in

our email. If this was someone that didnt talk to me before they wouldnt have any idea what we were

talking about or the point of the email.

In conclusion, I found it be interesting how you change the way you write depending on your

audience that you are writing to. People often think they their audience doesnt make a huge difference

when you are writing but it really does. It changes how you write and the quality of your writing.

Language and writing is resources is a vital resource in which we use to do, make, and be things in the

word. Writing well defines who you are and where you are going in life. Some of the strongest leaders in

our world have to learn to use their words to get people to believe and follow them. Writing can be used

for better or worse, in my industry that I work in if I continue to write well and widen my vocabulary I

will be able to move pretty far up in my company.

Rhetorical Analysis Unit 2 Project

Mike Rose and Matthew B. Crawford us similar rhetorical strategies in their writings about blue-

collar jobs. When they are speaking about the different manual labor jobs they used a few different

rhetorical strategies like storytelling, description, imagery, claims and facts, as well as style, diction,
tone, and voice. They used these strategies to show their observations and experiences within these

work fields to get their opinions and point a crossed. These strategies help the audience visions their

points and give facts and claims that we can relate to. In Blue-Collar Brilliance, Mike Rose explains his

experience with blue-collar jobs as well as his mothers job as a waitress and what strategies she used to

become more efficient and successful within her job. Matthew B Crawford explains his experience with

being an electrician and why manual labor is important.

Mike Rose writes how his mother was a waitress when he was growing up. He spent a lot of

time at the diner and while he was there he observed how she worked. He said In manipulating

material, the worker becomes attuned to aspects of the environment, a training or disciplining of

perception that both enhances knowledge and informs perception. This rhetoric strategy was claims of

fact and value, for this strategy he wanted to convince the audience how manual labor takes just as

much intelligence as a white collar job. He explained by figuring out how to manipulating your job, and

becoming attuned to the aspect of the environment you are using intelligence to achieve goals to

successfully complete you job.

Rose also states Our cultural iconography promotes the muscled arm, sleeve rolled tight

against the biceps, but no brightness behind the eye, no image that links hand and brain. He used this

rhetoric strategy of storytelling, description, and imagery. Our cultural views that muscled arms with

tight sleeves means that you are all muscle and no brain. We often think that good looks or muscles

mean this person is less intelligent. This works well in description and imagery for the audience. We can

get a better idea or picture in our head of what blue-collar jobs are like. It interprets that its not all

about muscles, if someone uses their intelligence in what they do they can improve and successfully

complete each job.


Matthew B. Crawford writes about how today schooling is more important than anything, this

results in use believing that blue-collar jobs are worthless. Crawford writes Today, in our schools, the

manual trades are given little honor. The egalitarian worry that has always attended tracking students

into college prep and vocational ed is overlaid with another: the fear that acquiring a specific skill

set means that ones life is determined. This rhetoric strategy was invoking authority or credibility. We

have a mindset that today school is more important to have that piece of paper saying you completed

school then having set skills.

Rose and Crawford uses multiple rhetorical strategies throughout their writings that helped

support their thesis of blue-collar jobs. Rose used more storytelling, description, and imagery to allow is

audience vision and experience his reasoning and research. Rose was more effective with getting you to

view the full picture where Crawford used more authority and credibility by using more facts and claims

throughout his writing. Both rhetorical strategies were effective in the audience imagining the full

picture in what they were trying to state about how blue-collar jobs are just as important and take as

much intelligence as white collar jobs.

Citation Page

Crawford, Matthew B. "Shop Class as Soulcraft." The New Atlantis. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 July 2017.

<http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/shop-class-as-soulcraft>.

Rose, Mike. "Blue-Collar Brilliance." The American Scholar. N.p., 18 Sept. 2012. Web. 28 July 2017.

<https://theamericanscholar.org/blue-collar-brilliance/#.WXtFM03fPcs>.