We should open our minds and listen before we speak…

What I’ve learned strictly from being in a public school system is that physical attributes such as my age, my race, and my gender plays a role in how I am perceived. I’ve always heard the term “racism” thrown around as an annoyance to the majority of people. But to me, it is my life, how I am perceived, and how my voice is heard. The recent deaths of John Crawford, Renisha McBride, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and many others not publicized have led to increasing mistrust between black Americans in communities and police and the criminal justice system. Blacks, as I, feel as if their voices are consistently muted; when we talk about racism and discrimination, we are told “we are making it about race”, as if our identities and how we are seen in society are just cards we can take out and put away. This was especially made clear to me in the past few months. One of my teachers in high school liked talking about current events in the news every day before class. One day he took the time to inform the class about the Michael Brown shooting for those who weren’t aware or caught up. After summarizing the events of the shooting, he concluded that Michael Brown deserved what he got and the lack of indictment was just. The feeling of disappointment I felt as one of four black students in the room was indescribable. I was not upset that he had a differing opinion from mine; I was upset that he as a figure of authority and a trusted educator presented a...

Class Notes–2/9

One more assignment for unit 1 Built Environment description (BED) due Friday Feb. 12 @ 11:59pm BED sit in the area for 45 min to an hour -(5)total submission -(1)notes as a past -(1)formal BED -take pictures -written or recorded notes -describe observation and what you find -answer questions like- What artifact or things are present? What is the layout of your site? What colors are present in the space? Models Of Communication -aural -gestural -linguistic -spatial -visual Pathos, Ethos, Logos, kairos Ethos-Speaker’s credibility;credibility in your conscious Pathos-manipulation of emotions logos-speaker’s use of facts etc.. appeal to serve logic kairos-“right” time or place *Make 1/3 of AB ‘why is that source useful for ANYONE not just you.. writing the built environment Analysis of Atlanta’ How-in what ways-is this source useful for anyone writing about the B.E. of Atlanta Mrs. A will accept any work that hasn’t been turned in from Unit 1. Reading summaries for Unit #2 due Monday @...

Class notes 1/21–

updates: new tab on Mrs. A blog called ‘Peer Review’ reading summaries due MONDAY 1/25 updated agenda (check out calendar) ‘Summary’ as a title for our reading summaries is simply to simple. Titles are made to “ENGAGE and suggest topic/thesis” In search of a title seek… -the intended audience -the purpose -detail examples: “Architectural Regulation: Summary of Schindler’s Article” “Before presenting information, cultivate it”– Mrs. A Mrs. A gives us a list of places that we will be choosing for our built environment project Mrs. A advised us to get a piece of paper out and fold it (hotdog style) and write ‘Objective’ on one side and ‘subjective’ on the other while she explained what the two were (see class notes 1/19)… She sent us to leave the classroom and to go observe something we went through some examples and this is what we concluded.. -we have trouble perceiving things when we have knowledge on it. -naming things, can limit you.. this exercise helps us realize common mistakes and can hopefully prevent them. we are practicing objective and subjective writing. to see what’s due go on the calendar if you have any technical issues… email Mrs. A or go to her office hours(Tues....
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