Blog 12

We are vulnerable to a natural disaster happening.
“There are indeed many kinds of vulnerability. However, all of them can be inserted within four main types of vulnerability: social, economic, political and cultural. This classification indicates that each social entity has different types of vulnerability, and it is not only the result of the human actions, decisions and choices, it is the result of the interaction of the natural, economic, social, cultural and political contexts where people live.” (Alcantara-Ayala 5.1) I agree, when it comes to the safety and preparedness of people for a natural disaster there is a major vulnerability. “Natural vulnerability depends on the threatening natural hazard (very much related to geographical location), thus, there is volcanic vulnerability, flooding vulnerability, landsliding vulnerability, tsunamis vulnerability, hurricane vulnerability and so on.” (Alcantara-Ayala 5.2) Yes, natural vulnerability is very dependent on geographical location and while Montgomery Alabama is not at risk for a volcanic eruption, we are at high risk for a tornado and possibly a hurricane. This is why my emergency box does not contain overpriced equipment for landslides, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. This solution is tangible, readily available, and genuinely helpful to all situations that would actually occur in Montgomery, Alabama.

Alcantara-Ayala, Irasema. “Geomorphology, natural hazards, vulnerability and prevention of natural disasters in developing countries” Science Direct . Vol. 47 Issues 2-4. pages 107-124. 1, October 2002.


Blog 11

My solution will not stop powerful countries from world domination, it will not prevent nuclear warfare, and it will not house people in a zombie apocalypse. While it may help in recovery from these disasters, it should be used in a more practical use. Tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and hurricanes are rather common in Alabama and the regions surrounding, yet there are not safety steps implicated at this point in time. After my solution called the life sustaining box is implicated, tornado and hurricane chance of survival will be drastically increased, saving thousands of lives in the long run.

Blog 10.5

I worked tirelessly on my annotated bibliography and outline. First, I missed my friends birthday party so I could work on the outline, he was turning 19. Then, I had to cancel on my old high school friends, we had been planning a get together for a couple weeks. Most importantly, I missed a bible study because I could not afford to do something besides work on this project. The writing of my outline and annotated bibliography took precedence over a lot of things in my life, and that is why I deserve a good grade on it.

Spring Break Blog

Spring Break blog 2019 (extra credit for 3 points)

What are reasons that we actually use our sources?

To back up your argument

To add authority to what you’re saying

To prove you’re not plagiarizing

To argue against the source, disagree with them

To show that YOU CARRIED OUT THE GOAL, you used the iceberg technique

To defend your points

To define key terms in your intro

How might sources be used in poor or annoying ways

The roadkill—-your drop the source in there, it doesn’t make much sense or relate to the topic

Citations that don’t make sense (always want to use the author’s last name in a citation and the page if you have it: (Bell 140) Bad ex: (Faith 140).]

Uncle Barry rambles too much–throwing in TOO MANY SOURCES and TOO MUCH TOO FAST


This means using “i” in your paper.

Not quoting or summarizing correctly

Three thing we do: summarizing, paraphrasing, and directly quoting

Summarizing: general or the MAJOR point of what you read

Paraphrasing: putting a part of a source in your own words, still means you have to cite it!

Quoting: exact words from author are needed

‘worst places” (citation needed) include Chernobyl

FLOW–connecting old info to new info in a smooth way

First , I went to my morning class, Then I had snack. After that I went to my music class. Then finally I ate lunch, and school got out early.

How is the flow working in social media? There’s little flow in our everyday lives either in social media or on the news….

Blog 10

Blog 10

Send your rough draft of the annotated bib and your outline by Monday night, 6pm via email

10 sources total, 5 of which are from journals/ scholarly sources, 5 from reputable places using CRAAP, pop culture examples (qualify them–explain that they are fictional, nut that they can still help us understand certain things)

idea****Talk about making a safety package like the jungle scene from bachelor.

Pose a hypothesis first at the top of your outline


Top of the bun–intro


Bottom of bun–conclusion


  1. Intro par 1: Start with a personal example that explains why you researched this topic, or share a story from your pop culture sources ( qualify it and say it’s fiction.. Uri the guide is not a real person)
  2. INTRO PARA 2: Define all of your terms. Slow down, and explain what your most important key terms mean. Ex: EMP–explain what it is in your own terms.
  3. INTRO PARA 3: thesis paragraph where you explain your solution and how you’ll structure it.


Describe a possible scenario that will cause a disaster. In a proposal, stick to that genre. Use logos. Use qualifiers–explain that it’s hypothetical. Be concise( no more than 1-2 para). Avoid changing genres and making it creative.

IV. Describe how the world normally works

  1. Source of water in montgomery
  2. Rivers and their influences
  3. Pollution

V. Describe the way we must solve a problem if disaster occurs.

  1. Money or costs
  2. Staff, or people that can help our plan
  3. Buildings

VI. Describe opposing views/ different ways to solve the problem

VII. Conclusion Part 1: Explain again why your choice is the best.

VIII. Call to action: Explain what work needs to be done, explain limits of your proposal.

Create your OWN outline, filling in the specifics from your project. Make it parallel.

Parallel structure: means that all grammatical and stylistic choices look the same.

Blog 8.5

BLOG 8.5


Caleb Jones explains that people who do not go into nature are “cowardly”. Although the word cowardly is too strong here, I do think we all could use more nature.

In the works cited entries OR in the text itself, small stuff = “quotations”, large=italics

The first thing you need to know about a source is the first AND last names of the authors

The first time you introduce an author, you’re going to use their full name. After that, use their last name.

Where might you get help to cite something

Owl purdue



Easybib/Citation machines/

What three things are a part of an annotation?

Author, title, date, sometimes journals/numbers

Citation, Summary, Evaluation

What three things are a part of an annotation

Given a topic in January–the apocalyptic event

Narrow thesis topic–health care in the apocalypse


In high school you have your thesis first, and then you look up sources that support that. CONFIRMATION BIAS

Extreme tourism–my topic

I do research and read different types of sources and THEN–

Hypothesis: Using extreme tourism to become famous online is an insult to the people who have survived the disaster.


In this project a set of Instagram photos that I found online illustrated my point: that extreme tourism, especially done right after the event, os disrespectful to the survivors.

10 sources; 5 should be from scholarly journals and 5 can be online

Use pop culture texts.

Topic: grieving after a disaster/ setting up services

On my first few pages I want to share examples of grieving from the movies. One place many fans grieved alongside their characters was in the film Avengers: Infinity War. This film features a group of heroes who try to stop the evil Thanos from destroying half of humankind. In the conclusion to this film, most viewers were heartbroken when they saw Iron Man holding Spiderman, who disappeared into ash. Likewise, Capt America sank to his knees to see his best friend vanish before his eyes. These moments might be similar to ones we have experienced in disasters.

Chernobyl Diaries. Directed by Brad Parker, performances by __and__, 2012, Amazon Prime, Link to movie,

This film shows what happens to a group of young adults who travel to Chernobyl. The horror comes when they are stranded on site and begin to face the terrors within the buildings. Although this movie was not a hit, and although there are many predictable moments, I found the shots of the scenery most helpful to my upcoming research. The presence of a couple taking photos also gave me good ideas about what to write.

Blog 8

Wechsler, Amy. The Mind and Beauty Connection. “9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You”.

Breyer, Melissa. ” 5 sunscreen ingredients to avoid”. May 22, 2018.

The relevance of both of these articles to my topic are easily recognizable. These articles will play a role in me finding the ingredients for a sunscreen that will be allergy friendly and will be gentle on people’s skin. Both of these articles are fairly current and up to date so I feel as though they will both pass the “c” part of the CRAAP test. The Authorship is both by people who are either scholar’s or have experienced these things hands-on or both. All in all these articles pass my evaluation as useful for my project and I will certainly give their credit where it is due.