Midterm Writing Reflection

I hated writing. The traditional five paragraph essay bored me and I was forced ramble to meet a word count. I would have liked my writing to be short and straight to the point, but English teachers have harped about my work not being very descriptive. After coming to a conclusion, I realized I had no interest in what I wrote about. Your English 1102 class was a life changer for me. I was weary about the structure of the class, but I knew it would allow me to be more creative with my writing. For several years, I thought about creating a blog and this class was the perfect opportunity. In English 1101, I was given a handful of major writing assignments for the semester (all were research based), except one that was about my personal connection to a song. I lacked a certain element on each...

Commentary of Schindler’s “Architectural Exclusion”

In this post, I will comment on several quotes below from Sarah Schindler’s “Architectural Exclusion: Discrimination and Segregation Through Physical Design of the Built Environment”, an article that was published in The Yale Law Journal. In 2013, The Metro transit agency of St. Louis, Missouri implemented dividers on bus stop shelters. (Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch) “…one might think it a simple aesthetic design decision to create a park bench that is divided into three individual seats with arm-rests separating those seats. Yet the bench may have been created this way to prevent people— often homeless people— from lying down and taking naps” (1942). In recent years, city planners, domestic and abroad, have made decisions to deter people from sleeping on public benches. These actions displace homeless people, who find sleeping on a bench more comfortable than resting on the ground. For the subtle changes in bench design, are often overlooked by individuals who don’t utilize the seating. As these forms of modifications are finished, the affected population are often pushed out from areas where they are not wanted. (Source: Mid-Atlantic Entry Systems) “Another common version of this phenomenon is one of the most obvious forms of architectural exclusion: the walls, gates, and guardhouses of gated communities” (1958). The idea of “gated communities” were  based on the desire for security. Its design intentionally creates a physical barrier between the residents and the outside world. Along with safekeeping their communities, the dwellers disconnect themselves from ever forming relationships with bordering neighborhoods. An aerial view of the destruction of the Overtown community, a predominately black neighborhood of Miami, Florida. The images of...

How to Edit a Link in Your WordPress Site Menu

For those of you in Mrs. Arrington’s English 1102 class, the link for the submission form under the “Projects” drop-down menu is for Dr. Wharton’s class. Here are the steps to resolve this issue below (WITH PICTURES [click to enlarge]): View your “Dashboard”,  find and hover the  “Appearance” tab, and click the “Menu” link. Locate the “Submission Form” box. Click the arrow next t the “Custom Link” text. Highlight and delete the text in the URL field. Copy the link to Mrs. Arrington’s Google Doc (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RHVV12T2xfJ-eWwN35IYaGCd0rcfXdoI4syDgMtka7o/viewform?embedded=true) After pasting the link into the URL field box, save the...

Syllabus Quiz

1. What are the major projects? In a bulleted list, provide links to the project descriptions for each of them. • Reading Summaries (http://spaceplacerhet.robinwharton.net/reading-summaries/) • Annotated Bibliography (http://spaceplacerhet.robinwharton.net/annotated-bibliography/) • Built Environment Descriptions (http://spaceplacerhet.robinwharton.net/built-environment-descriptions/) • Built Environment Analysis (http://spaceplacerhet.robinwharton.net/beanalysis/) 2. How will your final grade be calculated? I will receive points for attending class and turning in each of the assigned major projects of the course. Along with the point accumulated by submitting the major assignments, I will have the opportunity to earn extra points by completing in-class work, studying, contributing material in the collaborative archive. If I have at least 2,500, I can receive an “A” in the class and 1,475 points amounts to a “C”. The final grade for any number of points between 1,475 and 2,500 will be determined by the top earner of the section. 3. What is the “submission form” and how do you use it? The Google Doc submission form will be used to turn in all assignments with the exception of the quizzes on Brightspace. When turning in assignments, I must fill out the required fields and provide a link to the submission. I must also click the checkbox that confirms my understanding of the Academic Honesty policy at Georgia State. 4. Embed the form below your answer (hint: Google “embed Google form” to find out how). Loading… 5. Embed the course calendar and weekly overview below this question....
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