ENL 102 Semester Portfolio

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ENL 102-47 Semester Portfolio Introduction: This semester has been very challenging; far more so than the fall semester. This is evident by the subject matter of the four assigned essays. All four papers this semester have added a new dimension to writing a paper. I have had to better balance several elements that would normally warrant almost complete attention individually. It is these challenges that have improved me as a writer. Essay 1 Writer’s Block Harry Henage ENL 102 Sec. 47 Essay 1 Draft 1 February 14, 2012 Writer’s Block Any time I write I am inevitably struck with writers block. It manages to be unpredictable and routine at once. I can never predict with any certainty when it will happen; or why for that matter.…show more content…
This is where the majority of your overall view on literacy can be attributed. A primary discourse is not one, which can be learned through observation or instruction; inclusion is entirely organic. It would be near impossible to write an instruction on how best to interact with each of your family members. Beyond the immediate family/ peer group are the social institutions gee describes as secondary discourses These include school but are in no way limited to: work, church, sports teams, and labor unions. Secondary discourses are gained by applying the initial socialization learned from the primary group. Gee describes entry into these secondary discourses in a way not dissimilar from entry into a skilled trade. He contends that upon initial entry into the discourse; you are being granted an apprenticeship. Within secondary discourse Gee makes an important distinction between dominant and non-dominant…show more content…
I find it amazing that they traveled a huge distance to come to America and really and truly just work; all the time. So having this paper as a reason to ask certain questions that had been nagging at me was kind of awesome. I had all sorts of things I wanted to ask. There was one group member, Eduardo, who I am convinced has stabbed at least a couple people in his life. I had visions of me getting to them confessing that they where part of some sort of South American drug cartel. And the Mario, the group leader was in fact Rhode Islands own Scarface. These are the kinds of revelations I imagined having. Of course when I had to sit down and write out the questions I was actually going to ask I realized asking if they had ever stabbed someone or are they part of a drug cartel was really-really offensive. That really went to show how little I knew about the people I had been interacting with for several months. Once I actually did start hearing their stories I was somewhat in awe of these guys. Hearing about the obstacles they all had to overcome and the pretty terrible way they are treated by most people at work I was amazed they could keep a pretty positive outlook on
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