Foundations for Writing

A St. Cloud State Site for English 191

November 20, 2019
by Judith Kilborn
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Sample Remixes

Here are some remixes that student groups gave me permission to share (and that are publicly available on YouTube). The later examples provide the students’ paragraphs of introduction:

Gender Bias in the Workplace

Our group, composed of four women, worked together to show the differences in how men and women are treated while working. This video uses Disney clips, news articles, and very powerful facts to show gender inequality in the workplace. Learning from the past will help us strive for a better future, and thats what needs to happen.

Racism in the Media

In our video remix we show racism in the media. We show clips of racist acts or saying caught in the news. It is a concerning and growing issue today. As technology has advanced this issue has become more public. We want people to be aware of this problem and make sure the people around us do not make the same mistake as the people in these videos. Everyone is equally a person, no matter their skin color or what they believe in.

Blue Lives Matter

Our video is about the controversy about Blue Lives Matter. We show a series of videos of police officers getting shot and how quickly these situations can happen. We honor the fallen officers in providing images of them that can be found on Fallen Officer Memorial Fund website. Because this is such a controversal topic, we are more showing the situations that caused Blue Lives Matter to form and go public versus arguing this is the correct side to be on. ENJOY 🙂

October 1, 2019
by Judith Kilborn
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“The Whistle-Blower Knows How to Write: His complaint offers lessons on how to make a point.”

Jane Rosenzweig, the director of the Writing Center at Harvard, analyzes the “Whistle-Blower” memo in an opinion piece in the New York Times. She focuses on the Whistle-Blower’s

  • ability to present a clear, direct document that uses “subheadings to make sure we can connect the dots”
  • topic sentences to focus readers’ attention on each paragraph’s content, and
  • active verbs to make sure that readers understand who is accountable.

Check this article out at (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/27/opinion/whistleblower-complaint.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage).

September 21, 2019
by Judith Kilborn
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Greta Thunberg on climate change in various venues

An initial image from outside the Swedish Parliament in August 2018

And an initial video posted to Thunberg’s Twitter feed that month

Testifying to Congress on September 18, 2019

In a video released by https://nowthisnews.com/

Speaking in Battery Park, New York at the beginning of the Climate Strike on September 20, 2019

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