Sketch 3: Visual Note Taking

When I was drawing up my notes, I realized how related different topics were to each other. When I just wrote generic notes for a specific lecture, I had a tunnel vision focus on whatever I was taking notes on and did not try to connect it to the whole lecture. When you draw visual notes, it is much easier to see a more general outline of the lecture. I also saw myself trying to apply the knowledge instead of just trying to memorize it.

Literacy Narrative 1 Reflection

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When I was writing the literacy narrative, I kind of just poured my thoughts onto paper without really thinking about what I was writing. What caused this was the free-writing exercises. The exercises were great for brainstorming and was my first time trying it but definitely won’t be my last. To be completely honest, the exercises did not seem to help during the whole process, but when I was actually writing the literacy narrative, the benefits were shown evidently. A lot of what I wrote for my literacy narrative was from answering the free-writing exercises and I’m guessing its because the questions forces you to remember more details of the reading/writing memory I was trying to recall.

I learned from writing this narrative that I could write much faster than I thought. In high school, it would’ve taken me ages to write 500-700 words. I was able to easily write the same amount in a lot less time. Additionally, I had a lot of difficulty putting my thoughts into words, which hurt me in writing essays in high school. However, after doing the free-writing exercises and writing the narrative, I was able to clearly write down whatever was on my mind, it was like my fingers were on cruise control just typing away on their own. I realized in the process of writing this essay that proper brainstorming allows for a strong foundation and draft.

“I wrote what I thought was good to myself, instead of what was good to a high school teacher.” This is the last sentence of my essay and I think someone that is reading my essay would think this is the most interesting sentence because it can be related to anybody that went to high school and had to write in the “five-paragraph format”.

Ink Tank

As I was reading the instructions for Sunday Sketch 2, I looked at my desk and saw a bunch of highlighters. The first idea that popped in my head was to make a nickelodeon green slime gun with the green highlighter as the barrel of the slime gun. I didn’t know how to make the gun look cool and toy-like, and it ended up just looking like a green colored gun. I felt that even though the slime gun would’ve been a cool concept, it was slightly inappropriate and didn’t want any trouble coming from this sketch.

That’s when I thought of a cartoon tank with the green highlighter as the turret of the tank. I tried my best to make the tank look cartoony as possible by down-sizing the body of the tank to make the “turret” (green highlighter) unrealistically big.

Avatar Sketch 1

This is a picture of a monkey that I took when I went to Florida one summer. I took this picture because of the red neon “Follow Your Dreams” sign to the left of the monkey. It seems that the monkey is following his dreams and is happy so I should to. I’m guessing the monkey’s dream was to create graffiti art because of the spray can in his hand. Although the graffiti art created by the monkey is not the best, he seems to be enjoying fulfilling his dreams. His smile makes me want to follow my own dream, regardless if I succeed in achieving them or not.