Language and communication skills are not only vital to being successful in the academic and professional world, but also necessary when we want to bring about change in our society or communities. Language creates and is created by the world and society we live in; the ability to master language can open doors for us that we may have never dreamed of. What we focused on developing our mastery of language throughout the semester in order to find our voices. We worked together to learn how to foster personal change and development in social, academic, and professional communities through language. Our voices are important to this class and to our community.
The title of this publication is “Voices of Fullerton.” This is the final project of our class in which students revise or remix reflections into different genres or write original creative pieces.
I am proud of all my students for all their hard work this semester!
This is the prompt used for the Reflections.
For this class you are required to write 15 reflections that are to be submitted via Titanium. Students will be required to write weekly reflections on news articles or questions from the reflection prompt. Reflections will be graded on completeness of ideas rather than accuracy of language.
- A one page reflection on either a news article (write the title, author, place of publication) or one of the reflection questions (write the question number).
Pick a news article from a reputable news source and reflect on what you read. This is a more open assignment so you can pick an article on anything from celebrity news to international political news. This is also an opportunity for you to start reading about what is going on in your intended field. If you are a business major, maybe you want to start reading the Wall Street Journal or Forbes. If you are a science major, check out ScienceDaily. If you want a list of websites for your major, please email me. Otherwise, pick a news article that you can write about a page on.
- The words I’d like to live by are…
- What always brings tears to your eyes? (As Paulo Coelho has said, “Tears are words that need to be written.”)
- What is your interpretation of one of your recent dreams?
- Describe one of your oldest photographs.
- How have you changed and grown in the last year?
- Write a letter to your future self.
- Write a letter to your past self.
- What relationships matter the most to you? How can you maintain and improve them?
- If your house was on fire and you could only save three possessions, what would you take and why?
- If you could go back in time two or three years, what advice would you give yourself?
- Midnight in Paris: If you could hang out with any historical figure(s), who would you hang out with and why? Describe your perfect night out with your historical buddies.
- Pick a poem and respond to it. (Be sure to include the name and author of the poem)
- ADVENTURE PROMPT: Go hiking (preferably with friends) and find a peaceful spot in nature. Turn your phone off, remain silent for about ten minutes, and describe your surroundings and the thoughts you have during this time.
- Pick a song that you associate with a specific moment in your life. Why is this song important to you? Are you drawn to the lyrics or the melody of this song? Explain.
- Pick a genre of writing from your major you wish to practice. (e.g. Business majors might try to practice writing memos) If you need help picking a genre of writing for your field, please ask me.
- Pick a film (not movie) and respond to it. The difference between a film and a movie is artistic merits. A movie is meant to entertain. A film is meant to provoke thought. If you would like a list of films, please talk to me or email me for a list of films.
- Go to an art museum or gallery. Pick one piece of art (or installation) and respond to it. What is the artist trying to convey? Do you agree or disagree with the artist’s message?
- Visit and explore a different part of campus that you’ve never been to before. Describe in detail what you see.
- If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
- What would you like to learn more about (today, this week, this year, etc) ?
- Write an op-ed on a current event that is important to you.
- Write a profile on a person that interests you. See NFG for tips on how to write a profile.
- Creative Writing: Go to the random word generator: (http://www.textfixer.com/tools/random-words.php) Select 5 random words and write a one page story using those words.
- Open Prompt: If you have a question/prompt you would like to write about, please email me and I will approve it.