What did you find most unexpected or surprising about the process of composing Writing Project #2 compared to your process of composing Writing Project #1? Why do you think this was unexpected or surprising?
The most surprising part was the fact that we had to visit an actual place and take field notes. What I did not expect at all was that we had to interview someone. I think I did not expect that because I am not used to this kind of work.
What did you find most challenging, confusing, or frustrating about the process of composing Writing Project #2? How did the assignment itself contribute to these challenges, confusions, or frustrations?
The most challenging part was the integration of the field notes and the interview. We had to be very creative! The assignment and its genre, ethnography, were not familiar concepts. However, I did my best to carry out this research.
Now that you have worked through two major projects, what—for you—seems to be the most critical or important part of the writing process and why?
I believe that the most crucial part of the writing process is the revision because it includes reflection and critical thinking.
After you completed Writing Project #1, you were asked the following question: “If you were invited to teach someone else something about writing tomorrow, what would it be and why?” If you were to answer that question now, would your response be the same? Why or why not?
I would still write the same, that all aspects are important; however, I would change "reflection" to "revision," given that revision requires reflection.
Why do you think the WPA Outcomes (under “Processes”) and this course seem to value reflection and reflective writing? After all, we continue to ask you to reflect on the writing you do. Do you think reflection is a task that is separate from writing, or do you think that reflection is an essential part of writing?
I firmly believe that reflection is a critical part of writing. If we think about it, we will realize that we reflect more frequently than we might believe.
Readers and writers have their personal beliefs about writing, and their perceptions can influence the way they evaluate the style and formatting of others' texts. It should not be surprising, given that we all see the world through our prism.
Diversity in writing and reading styles can be positive if we use it as a tool for reflection and revision. However, in cases where people have to collaborate, or in cases of proofreading, different perspectives can create problems. When our peers, for example, review our writing projects and have different opinions about the style and formatting of our essay, can confuse or disorient us from what we had in mind.
“Revision” broadly refers to a process where writers return to a piece of writing to change it in some way. Often, people assume that revision is meant to somehow “make writing better.” Sometimes this is the case, but revision can serve many different purposes and can even result in messier texts.
I believe that revision is a vital part of the writing process. By revisiting our writing, we are challenging our thoughts and beliefs. We are open to new perspectives, and we give space to progress and change that might bring success. In our writing project, for example, the fact that we revise our piece of writing after having it peer reviewed, gives us the chance to examine other viewpoints and reconsider ours. It doesn't matter if we agree with others or not; the important is the openness to new ideas.
I think that revision is a positive act because it promotes progress. Moreover, review helps us practice critical thinking. When we evaluate the opinion of our peers, sometimes it is hard to decide what to integrate to our essay and what to ignore.
Most of my peers had the impression that revision means polishing a text and correcting grammatical errors, for example. Through this course, though, they realized that revision is a useful tool that helps us evaluate not only the "technical" features of our writing but also the purpose, the audience and other elements of rhetorical knowledge.
Based on the readings and videos this week, create your preliminary interview questions. Remember to build in some flexibility. In a document, record these questions and why you want to ask these particular questions.
Meet with your interviewee. Be sure to explain the assignment you are completing before you begin your interview, and fill out the Interview Consent Form. Take detailed notes while you conduct the interview. While you should try to get answers for each of your questions, remember to pay attention to what your interviewee wants to talk about, and remember that you can ask unplanned questions if it seems appropriate.
After your interview, go through your notes, and write them out in full sentences.
-How often do you visit this place?
-Once a week.
-Do you come here to drink or to eat something?
-Why have you chosen this place?
-It is a beautiful and quiet place.
-What do you usually do when you are here?
-I enjoy the space.
-How does this place make you feel?
-Calm and serenity.
-Have you connected this place with any negative feeling?
-Is there anything that you don't like about this place?
-Sometimes there is a lot of people.
-Why is this annoying?
-Because it is precisely the reason why I come here. I like to come here because the place is quiet and peaceful.
-Would you like to share a particular memory?
-I wish I could share with you the smell of the delicious dinner.
-What do you think that you have in common with the other people who come here?
-It is the means of transportation.
-Yes, but sometimes tourists come here by bus.
-This happens rarely. However, the mayor of the city comes here with a helicopter!
-What do you think that you don't have in common with the other people who come here?
-What do you mean?
-Most of them come here to see how this place is. I come here to enjoy the space, for pleasure.
-As a regular client, what would you suggest to a person that visits the place for the -first time?
-To respect the beauty and the atmosphere of this location.
In this Writer’s Journal, you will have the opportunity to begin to gather observations for Writing Project #2 and to work on fieldnotes about those observations. To that end, be sure to review the course materials on making observations and fieldnotes. Then, go to the place where you can observe the phenomenon that will be the focus of your ethnography. Be sure to bring something to write with (pen & paper, computer, etc.).
Take notes using the questions below to help guide you (be sure not to make judgments—take notes only on what you observe). Remember that you will first need to take observation notes and then later turn them into fieldnotes (via the questions below):
Next, turn your observations to the people and their actions (being sure not to make judgments):
My fiend notes
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Who is present?
Me and my husband, other couples, families, friends and staff. Also, one cat and mosquitoes that bit me! 😡
Who is absent?
Greek and English. Formal language between staff and clients and informal language between customers.
Characteristics of the people
Balance between males and females.
Ages: most are in their thirties and forties. Two infants and one kid around four years old.
Dress: informal, casual style.
What objects are in the space?
Tables, chairs: some are empty, a baby is on a chair, I have my bag on the chair next to me.
Trees and plants: they are decorative and the trees are shaped as a natural umbrella that provides shadow and freshness.
The rocks are decorative but kids climb on them and use them as a game.
The low lights are hidden in the leaves of the trees and they look like they are part of the trees.
The lake is the main attraction of the area.
The glasses are used to serve the drinks and the plates are used to serve the food.
Ashtrays are used by smokers, as this is an open area.
The building is used as a cafeteria and restaurant.
There is wifi, however, it is not open. We can ask if it is free or not. 3G is not good, making my work here difficult. 😳
Dogs are allowed. I don't know if other pets are allowed and who is not allowed to be in this place. We are not allowed to approach the lake and swimming is forbidden here. Only some ΕΥΔΑΠ employees have access.
It is not considered a cheap place, however, people are dressed casually perhaps because of the purpose of the place, that offers relaxation. Someone dressed very formally might feel uncomfortable, unless there is an event, for example, a birthday party. Someone who talks and laughs loud would stand out, as the music is light and it is not very noisy. A kid who is talking loud and running or crying also. Moreover, a tourist from another culture could stand out if he or she is dressed in a particular way. If they are dressed in the way Greeks do, they could blend.
The Greek culture regarding coffee is represented all over the place. The comfortable chairs, for instance, represent our value that views drinking coffee as a relaxing activity. This tells that people of my culture see having a drink as entertainment and a way to socialize.
Jazz music, low lights, the lights resplend on the lake: it is calming and relaxing.
Little flow of movement.