The first post I decided to include was my blog post about history. I chose this because I think it shows how I can summarize information. With a topic as broad as history I think I did a good job addressing a civilization, and showcasing what made them unique and interesting. An example of this would be my line detailing what parts of the near east Mesopotamia included and how it got it’s name, while highlighting the Ziggurats (the temples that made Mesopotamia a unique area of civilization.)
A lot of people have different interests, and some are more prevalent than others. Cars seem to be a common one for guys, fashion for girls, and everyone seems to love movies. While I enjoy these common interests I feel like my interest in history isn’t universally shared. History is usually one of the most hated courses in high school, and something that almost everyone dreaded, but I think that’s because they weren’t taught about the interesting stuff, or they simple didn’t actually listen in class. I think my favourite period of history is the Dynastic period of Mesopotamia, which encompasses parts of Iran, Iraq and Syria. Mesopotamia literally means the land between the rivers in Greek. This was the time period where the first civilization popped up, Sumeria, and empires started to form. Massive temples called Ziggurats, as large as the pyramids were constructed as a monument to the gods, while the walls of Babylon, brightly coloured royal blue, with lions and constillations carved into it, stood towering in the desert landscape. I think the most interesting people during this time period were the Assyrians. This civilization was known for its ferocity and love of war, constantly fighting its neighbours. Not only were they warmongers, but they were builders, creating massive cities that populated all of the Euprhates river. In fact, their desire for blood was so strong that they believed their gods would end the world if the Assyrians stopped fighting wars. Empires fell and rose like the tides of the sea, their leaders leaving their mark on history forever. Mesopotamia encompasses many different cities, civilizations, empires and peoples and I think this diversity, yet similar culture is why I’m so interested in them.
The second piece of writing I chose was the discourse community final draft I wrote about wrestling. I think this highlights my ability to cause the reader to visualize what I’m trying to say. For example when addressing the collective knowledge my team had about wrestling, I compared it to a pond in which I could fish knowledge out of. I chose these words hoping it with give the image of my teams knowledge being vast and deep, much like a pond I would fish out of as a kid. I also believe this piece of writing showcases my ability to give proper background information on the topic I’m discussing, an example of this being the passage below where I discuss the history of ancient and modern wrestling.
Discourse Community Final Draft
“The sheer amount of terminology you have to acquire throughout a wrestling career may seem intimidating at first, but you pick it up quickly and the words are easy to retain when you’re frequently using them. The history of wrestling is merky, with many different forms (such as folkstyle, and freestyle) existing at the same time, as well as different forms being created rather recently (Greco-Roman.) Although the history isn’t clear the origin is. The first identifiable form of wrestling started in Ancient Greece during the eighteenth Olympiad in 704BC and was later adopted by the Romans which further bolstered its popularity. But the modern revival of Wrestling can be attributed to the Europeans, where wrestling made its big comeback in the United Kingdom. The sheer influence of the British Empire helped spread and inject wrestling into “modern” culture.”
The final piece of writing I chose was my Trend Analysis. I think this is the piece that I am most proud of, and the one that showcases my abilities the most. The grammar is excellent, with minimal spelling mistakes, and the information I provided was accurate and backed up with sources. I think the main reason I’m proud of this though is because I inserted the information in a way that seemed natural, at least from my point of view. When I brought up facts they weren’t shoved in, I believe they flowed naturally with the sentences they were incorporated into. Below is the introduction that was written for the project. I also think it shows that I can write about serious topics. Almost every single one of my blogs in Communications I was comedic, because I honestly prefer incorporating humor into mostly everything I do, but my writing in the Trend Analysis showed that I can be versatile in my writing approach.
Since our field of choice is constantly dealing with immigration into Canada we decided that an appropriate topic to choose would be the current and emerging immigration of Canada. We particularly decided to focus on immigration coming from third world, undeveloped, and countries going through a crisis, such as Iraq, Syria, and Somalia. The purpose of the report is to inform and at the same time give insight into the immigration levels of our country and possibly give an educated guess on what future trends will look like. Knowing these trends will allow us to properly accommodate and prepare our self for any possible influxes in immigration. There are some limits to this report of course. With such a relatively low word allowance, it is hard to properly take into account every factor that could lead to an increase or decrease in immigration such as economic strife or a conflict erupting. You also have to take into account that unpredictable events such as the Syrian civil war or the constant natural disasters in Asia may severely impact immigration levels. Homegrown factors can also affect immigration, such as a Conservative government being elected causing a decrease in the immigration cap, or a Liberal or NDP government coming into power, most likely causing an increase in the levels. We collected most of the information from Stats Canada’s Immigration section on their website. Since these statistics are coming directly from our government we consider them an essential and trustworthy source of information.