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WLLN Draft

Posted by Cai Rong Li on
Picture of JFK airport

Language and literacy are things that people use throughout everyday life. I learned my second language through immigration. 

I immigrated to the United States during my early years in elementary school. Before I immigrated to the United States, I didn’t know a single English word. I didn’t enjoy reading at all since I had a hard time understanding the content of the book due to my lack of vocabulary at the time. Even though my English improved over the years, thanks to my teachers’ reading activities, I still couldn’t find reading interesting for me. It was until 5th grade that sparked my interest in reading books. My 5th grade teacher assigned a research project on ancient civilizations and we need to read textbooks about civilization and eventually create a booklet based on the ancient civilization. At first, I was frustrated because I don’t understand why I need to read books about things that were from thousands of years ago and have nothing to do with me.

“I came, I saw, I conquered”

– Julius Caesar

However, I soon changed my mind about this research project and I became interested in a topic that I thought I would never be interested in before. As I started reading about my assigned ancient civilization, Rome, I found myself lost track of time and continuously reading until the bell rang. The description and images of the Roman civilization from the textbook attracted my interest into learning more about Roman culture. This is the first time that I read nonstop without getting distracted by external factors. While I created the booklet for the project, I found myself actually enjoying the process because I am doing something that I like. After the project, I started to read books about other civilizations and led me to play games based on ancient civilization backgrounds. From the game, I met people from different parts of the world with the same interest and we would roleplay as ancient civilization groups and play against other groups. 

Picture of the game

From this research project, I gained more than just a new interest that carried on throughout my life but the willingness to try things that I didn’t like from my first impression. This experience impacted me significantly because it inspired me to try new things that seem challenging such as badminton and coding, which now became my favorite sport and major. 

Digital Receipts/Digital Receipt #2

Digital Receipt #2

Posted by Harin D on

Harin Dharmasena 

Digital Receipt #2 

Reading, Listening, Viewing  

This week I spent approximately 1 hour going over the Backpacks vs briefcases by Laura Bollin Carroll and exploring the week number 2 assignment. For the documents, I understood each one and was able to figure out how to use rhetorical analysis and what it is. I spent time making sure that I understood everything in the document. I got how rhetorical analysis works and how we use it in our daily lives without having any recollection of it. While going through this week’s documents I was able to focus easily and easily understand what is required of me. I would say that I worked at my normal speed and work ethic and was able to clearly grasp this week’s workload.   


This week our only writing assignment was to write a 300-word response after reading the backpacks vs briefcases. We were to take an instance we recalled using rhetorical analysis in our daily lives and tell it to the best of our ability. This took me about 20 to 30 minutes in total to do, as I was slowly figuring out what I could describe as rhetorical analysis. After finding a scenario I was able to describe and depict my response and complete the assignment. During this assignment, I worked at a normal speed trying to learn what the assignment was asking for. I do not believe that I struggled at this yet did my best.  

Providing & Responding to Feedback   

As this is the second week of assignments for this course, I have not really received any feedback yet but am hoping to get some feedback on how to better improve my digital receipts and how to further understand what I need to improve upon.  


I learned how to submit my first writing assignment and grasped how this week’s task could benefit my upcoming assignments. I think I completed the writing assignment as best as I could, although I hope to learn with future assignments. I am slowly learning how to implement what I learned into my future assignments like the WLLN. I have a basic understanding of rhetorical analysis and am looking forward to receiving feedback on my assignment on how to better improve. 


Thus, because it is the second week of class, and I have only had such a few times with my classmates, I have not had the chance to collaborate at all. I have introduced myself through the course site and through our week #1 and week #2 assignment. Other than that, I haven’t had much communication, I am looking forward to collaborating and working with my peers in the coming weeks.  


Class #9 – Async Only

Posted by Jesse Rice-Evans (she/they) on

Greetings all,

Please note: we are not meeting synchronously today!~

You all should be working on Assignment #2 – Rhetorical Analysis

Make sure to post a draft of Assignment #2 using the approproate category by class next week 10/25! – this counts as your digital receipt for the week!

If you have not submitted Assignment #1 – WLLN to the course site as a post yet, please do this ASAP! Use category “WLLN” when you post.

I encourage you to email me with your questions, as it is the easiest way for me to help clarify expectations quickly. I will send responses to everyone if they are applicable to everyone!

Thanks all! See you on the 25th to start talking about doing research using CCNY library databases and other reliable sources!



WLLN Final

Posted by Ashraf Alam on

Ashraf Alam

Prof. Rice-Evans


Freshmen Eng. Comp. 

WLLN: First Draft 

A recent troubling moment that I had: was when having to write a scientific paper for both AP Capstone and AP Research. Having written loads of scientific papers before that point (credit to my science research class), however, these two papers were different in the sense that the language used and the way we had to format the paper was something I had never seen or done. Also, we were the pioneering class to take this course; there was no reference to go off of, and the papers themselves counted for about 60% of our final grade (the other 30% being the presentation). The hardest thing I can remember was the formatting: we needed to write the paper in a way such that our reference articles (which had to be all scientific papers/articles/journals) “needed to talk to each other”; the style was something I had never seen or written, and to say I had trouble was an understatement.

The AP capstone paper, in particular, was troubling due to the use of different lenses and the incorporation of stakeholders we needed to write about for each referenced article we used. There were eight lenses, but we had to use three. In the beginning, finding reference articles was not complex; having a science research background helped a lot, but the formatting and writing were other issues: I could not “solve” so easily. It took over four-six versions of the paper (all proofread by my instructor and peers) for me to get something decent. The first struggle came when detailing the findings; I was incorrectly listing the work under the wrong lenses/trying to make the articles fit into a lens that did not. Trying to connect lenses when they did not fit was not fun. Considering my paper, how the socioeconomic status of adults and its effects on their levels of happiness in rural China: were viewed from the social, economic, and political lenses was not an easy task. What was harder was the last paragraph: we had to interconnect all three lenses to make them “talk to each other” (this also acted as our closing statement).


(Paper for IWA (AP Capstone))


(Presentation used for AP Research)

Continuing to the next year (AP research), we had another paper, but it was our study. We had to conduct either a human subject study or an experimental study, collect, analyze, and interpret data; this was what we were doing in our science research class, but this paper was more scrutinized and harshly graded. The AP research paper followed the same format as any basic science paper: the abstract, introduction, methods, results, data analysis, and conclusion. The only troubling part was that the reference articles (background research) had to build off each other. If the idea did not follow a logical direction, it was marked wrong, and we would not get those points. One article introduced an idea, the following article built on that idea, and so forth until we came to our study and how it was relevant to modern society or our bigger “question”/”topic” that we answered. I had some experience at this point: granted my experience from writing the AP Capstone paper.

The difference between my start to finish and where I currently am today is the difference in my abilities from back then to now. I am more competent in literacy and better know how the English language flows. Without AP capstone and AP research being two of the harshest English classes I have taken, I would not in the same shoes are I am in today. It has also given me general experiences in understanding the author’s points of view, biases, and perspectives of sources within the paper. I am nowhere near perfect or probably will ever be; however, this experience has shaped me and has brought me closer to better writing and reading of the conventional English language.

Group picture of all AP Capstone and AP Research students 2022

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