A5



For A5 I chose homeopathics. I decided to talk about regular medicine compared to homeopathic medicine. Is homeopathic medicine quackery or just as efficient as regular medicine? I am going to talk about what people think about the topic and also find information on both sides of the topic. I will show both opinions on what medicine is prefered and why doctors chose both of them. Also showing the pros and cons of each one.

Katie -- This is definitely an interesting topic. You might have a hard time finding a lot of argument for homeopathic medicine as the only type of healthcare a person should receive. You could possibly limit your topic a little bit more by defining the circumstances under which homeopathic medicine vs. traditional medicine are pitted against each other. For example, preventive care comes to mind. A lot of people think that there are natural ways to prevent diseases and disorders through natural rather than through medical treatment or chemical means. It would be hard to argue that homeopathic medicine is a better option for someone with, say, stage 4 cancer. In what contexts are you putting these two healthcare options against each other? -- Leah


Katie Amrich
Leah Stahl
A3

Word Definition A3
Many words may have different meanings than what is was first known for such as plastered. Plaster can be thought of as many things. Plaster was first known as a “medical application and also a building sense” before the 1000’s. However, the word plastered in today’s society is known as being “drunk. These two definitions are very different from each other yet both are the same word. Words can change from being one thing to another over a period. Another example of how this word has changed is it was known as to “mold”. The first time it was used for building terms was first recorded in Eng. C.1300. The word was later in 1915, known as “to bomb (a target) heavily.” This word has slowly formed from being a dressing of medical application to being a building term and now to bomb heavily. The word plastered (drunk) was known about from 1912, which may have been from the word plaster which the medical application comes about which is "to apply a remedy to, to soothe," hence "to give compensation" (1891). This has formed into so many things over the century it is hard to figure out why exactly it has. Many of these words can be linked together however, such as “plastered” and be applied to the others. Such as the thought of it first being mold. Molding can apply to building. When building one must mold things together and form a structure. Another example is when building many things can either be bulldozed, or inner changed into different types of things, which might have made the meaning to bomb heavily used as just another example of the word slowly changing into different forms.

Top 5 things I need to work on:


  1. Comma Splices
  2. Misplaced Modifiers
  3. Subject Verb Agreement
  4. Active Voice
  5. Punctuating titles
In the article “Stop the Clock”, Amy Wu talked about how the world is always speeding everything up. Within this article, it started as her explaining how clean her aunt’s house was when Amy was little. Amy then stated that she would try to not be like her aunt and do everything the “fast” way. Amy also talked about how even in stores she would see signs that would say save time, etc. Eventually as she was growing up, she made dinner for her family and started to appreciate her aunt for the things she does for her family and the way she makes time for them. In the end, Amy mainly sums up by saying, “In the end, we may lose more than we’ve gained by forgetting the important things in life.” This last line of her story is also her thesis statement as well. The key arguments that support her thesis are her making dinner for family one night by scratch, and her handwriting a letter to her cousin.
The author uses pathos by writing from her own experience. She has a lot of emotion in her paper, which helps her show her pathos as well. Another form she uses is ethos by using correct grammar, and writing very sincere about her topic. Lastly, she uses logos in her article by giving a lot of reasoning behind her thesis. Amy uses opinions of other others in her article to help her get her point across and make sense of things.
The appeal I find the author relying on most is pathos because she writes a lot from her own perspective. In this case, I think her relying on pathos worked because it really got the point across and kept the reader engaged. The most persuasive thing about her using pathos is the way she worded things and used great examples. One quote from her that really stuck out was, “We’re living life on fast-forward without a pause button.” This was a good metaphor used that helped me understand what she was trying to get across to the readers.
The audience that this article is pertaining to is Newsweek readers who are probably for a general audience. However, mostly college aged students who are just starting out. This affects what people are saying here because Amy is gearing this article towards younger people to embrace them of giving themselves more time. This article had some strengths and weaknesses as well. Such as for strengths, Amy uses a lot of good descriptions and examples throughout her article. Another is, she really gets her point across and makes it well known throughout her article. A weakness on the other hand though is, she talks about how we should slow down, but in reality, everyone living in today’s society is always trying to find new ways to make things faster paced. Especially the people she is trying to persuade most, the young people of today. Many people today like things fast paced so in some cases this growing slower could be a bad thing. Another weakness is she does not use any statistics in her paper or very many factual things. Amy’s paper could be more enticing if she used more of these things.