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We will share most of our work in a Google+ Community. We can upload images, respond to each other’s ideas, and share links and artifacts here.


Course calendar can be found above and HERE.

Dear Chico State…your video from Summer Bridge

Author: kjaxon

Thank you

Thank you

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with all of you. You are an incredible group of humans and I can’t wait to see where your journey takes you. You will continue to thrive surrounded by each other, I have no doubt. I also want to say a huge thank you to the mentors; this class does not function without them. Best wishes through finals and into the summer.

Here is the link to the article featuring some of our writers: Hoanna, Ashley, and Andrea. Part 2, featuring the video from Rosa and Alejandra, is now live too: LINK HERE.

Thank you to everyone for the generous act of sharing your work!

The final two weeks: Multimodal Projects & Reflections

The final two weeks: Multimodal Projects & Reflections

Hi everyone,

Please bring anything you might need to work on multimodal projects in class today (May 2) and in the workshops this week. You can also check in with us today in class and then go film or get supplies if needed. Or you can use class time to work on the project…think of the rest of this week as work and support time for projects. REMEMBER: there is a resource with ideas for platforms and examples that could be useful.

Next week, we’ll be talking about and prepping for the final reflection assignment (which you’ll complete at the last workshop). We will use the large class time to draft and gather materials for the final reflection. We’ll be composing the reflection assignment with Adobe Spark.

Your multimodal projects are due a week from today: Wednesday, May 9. You’ll post links or upload images of your multimodal project to your G+ community.

You are so close to the end of your first year of college. You. Got. This.

All the Revisions \0/

All the Revisions \0/

Kim Jaxon

English 130P

Professor Jaxon

25 April 2018

On Revision: Suggestions for Playful Prose

“Half my life is an act of revision.” –John Irving

Each semester, I ask students to revise their papers. It is now your turn. I want you to experience what it feels like to have a complete draft in front of you that you can now play with. When it comes to revision in my own writing, I often throw out whole paragraphs, add new introductions and conclusions, add a source, or take the one paragraph that is working at the end and start over. The revision work is a major overhaul. I am asking you to think about 1-2 places in your drafts that might work better with a new paragraph or places in the paper where you could use another source for support. I think of editing as hanging pictures in a room or putting on makeup: I have the solid walls or the clean face and now both need enhancing. I offer below some writing practices and ideas that you might consider as you revise and edit.

  • Epigraphs: you might want to think about including an epigraph as a way to invite the reader into the ideas of your paper. An epigraph is a quote (from an interview, from one of your sources, from a poem, a ply, a novel, a film…) that comes after your title and before the first paragraph. It is typically in italics and centered or flush right. See my quote above as an example.
  • Sources: check out Monica’s paper again and specifically notice how she introduces her quotes and how she cites her sources. You could also look at the example MLA paper on Purdue’s OWL. You might check your paper to see if you have articles in “quotes” and books or title of TV shows or films in italics. Did you use the author’s last name when referencing a quote? Did you cite page numbers correctly and is the period after the parenthesis (9).
  • Title: Is your title doing work for the reader? Can they tell what the draft is about? Is it engaging?
  • Word choice: are you getting the most out of your word choice? Is there a word that might say something more precisely?
  • Images: many of your papers lend themselves to including some images. You can insert an image into your google doc and even wrap the text around the image. Fancy.
  • Links: You might find that it makes sense to link to your source or to a video you are referencing. Think about all those links that were in the Audrey Waters’ article we read early this semester.
  • Bullet points: There might be places in your essay that would be more readable with bullet points.

Your final draft is due by the time you come to class on Monday, April 30. You can use the same google doc as your first draft. If you choose to make a new google doc, please make sure it is shared with your mentor and me.

*Important: Please include a memo that tells the mentor and I what you revised/edited and why you made those changes. If you chose to ignore some feedback, say why you decided not to include those ideas in your revision.

If you finish your revision/editing in the workshop, you might start to look over our resources and ideas for the multimodal project.

Happy revising everyone! You. Got. This.




What is working in your draft? What do you like about your paper so far?

What is still a problem with your essay? What do you know you need to revise?

Anything you for sure want feedback on? Point us to places you might for sure want feedback?

Is it shared “to edit” in the Google Doc with mentor and Kim?

Re-read and catch typos and oddly worded sentences. Thank you!

Paper Guidelines

Paper Guidelines

Thank you all for the input yesterday: you all had similar ideas about guidelines for the paper (due Monday, April 16).

Paper Guidelines

You should expect that the paper will do the following:

  • You should argue for a specific approach or point of view, even if it is tentative. (i.e. at this point in time, given the research I have read/conducted, I argue that  . ..) OR provide information and analysis of an idea (i.e provide analysis of how women are represented in the media or how car culture is created in online communities…)
  • Minimum 3 sources represented in your paper. Select the most relevant research for discussion/support of your ideas. Use in-text citations to support your ideas (this is a fancy way of saying use quotes from your sources to support what you say).
  • Your paper should be carefully documented including MLA or APA in-text citation and Works Cited (MLA)/References Page (APA)
  • 3-6 pages

You will be evaluated based on the complexity of your claims, your use of support/outside sources, and your attention to editing and citation format guidelines.

Guiding questions that might help you with what to say:

Ideas for your introduction:

  • Why are you interested in this? Why should others be interested? You might be able to revise the intro from your Curated Resource.
  • Tell a story about your experience with the thing you are researching. If you’re a gamer, talk about that and describe what it’s like to play. Tell your immigration story or a story from your family. Talk about how you’ve experienced the media: are you represented in current popular media? Tell a story about being part of car culture or another issue you are a part of…
  • Summarize one of your sources as a way to start the paper, then explain how you became interested in the next paragraph.
  • Tell us what others or the public think about this issue and then go on to explain why the public is confused or has a limited view of the issue
  • Describe a case or someone’s story that lead to this research.
  • Explain why this issue is important to think about at this moment in time.

Ideas for the body of the paper:

  • If you’ve used a film, book, video or TV series: you could summarize or describe it and then go on to do your analysis of the text.
  • You could summarize your sources and tie them to your claims and ideas.
  • You can connect a story you told in the introduction to the sources you are reading. How do the sources connect to your experience with the issue?
  • Go back and look at Monica’s paper and think about how she uses each paragraph to move through her argument about civic engagement in college. You might also look at how your sources use their body paragraphs to move through the ideas.

Ideas for your conclusion:

  • So what? So why should people care about this? What do you want people to leave with after they read the paper?
  • Is there anything people can do? Awareness, places to search for more information or to volunteer?
  • You could address what you think should happen next: what questions are you left with? What would you research next? What should others work on?
  • You could go back to your story if you had one in your intro and add to it. In fact, you could not tell the ending to your story in the intro and then use the conclusion to say what happened.

If you get stuck: read your sources or look for other sources (as models or as more information).

Research Teams

Research Teams

Group 1: Allie

Almarie Osbourne Black Lives Matter
Andrea Vickers Black Lives Matter Movement and LGBTQ
Danielle Collier Black Panther Party
Allison Mendoza BlackLivesMatters movement
Kiara Castanon Racial Profilling

Group 2: Cristina

Josue Figueroa Car Culture
Maximiliano Narez Cars
David Atiegar Goal line technology in soccer/ other sports
Edgar Rodriguez Goal line technology in soccer/ other sports

Group 3: Cristina

Diana Jaime      Consumerism
Vidmar Garcia   Cryptocurrency
Marquez Thomas Cryptocurrency

Group 4: David

Amna Khan Terrorism Technology
Ana Ramirez Deepweb
Ramon Zamudio Cyber Warfare
Nou Yang Hacking
Kenmonte McBride Identity Theft
Aracely Arteaga The dark web

Group 5: Olivia

Jacob Barrera DACA
Melinna Chavez DACA
Andrea Torres Perez DACA
Horacio Romo-Robles DACA
Leslie Salazar DACA

Group 6: Cecilia

Jose Rico Magallon Undocumented students
Alejandra Ramirez Bermudez immigration
Rosa Fabian Immigration
Esmeralda Velazquez Ayala DACA
Bianca Rosas Immigration

No Group 7; now combined with group 15

Group 8: Allie

Alex Xiong Gaming
Larry Her Gaming
Tony Xiong Gaming and the effect it has on the mind and body
Joshua Xiong video games (esports) Negativity about

Group 9: Olivia

Patrick Yang Gaming community/culture YouTube
Ricardo Flores Gaming Theory
Kong Yang Video gaming of how it affect you in a positive way.
Anthony Cha League Of Legend

Group 10: Jazmin

Eshon Mayshack Gaming
Sven Biorck Video games in learning
Daniel Perez Video game learning
Manting Xiong video game stories be implemented into the school system in english and literature

Group 11: Kasey

Jordan Fuentes Gun control
Chelsea Pihaylic Gun Control
Peter Yang Gun influence on the young
David Lor Video games and gun violence

Group 12: Sabrina

Angelica Ayala Granados History and Representation of Batman in Different Forms of Media
Carlos Guevara Obedience to Authority
Foua Vang Photography Power of
Ashley Napper-Vaquera Photoshop

Group 13: Kelsey/Ruben

Anija Billups makeup Male
Natalie Yang makeup Influence in digital marketing with
Ariana Figueroa Makeup Tutorials
Jasmine Fields Natural hair being portrayed in the media
MaiChong Lor Plastic surgery
abraham eze celebrity culture and social media

Group 14: David

Nina Yang Music and storytelling or Music and Identity
Ricardo Marquez Music and the Industry Within
Breanna Oliphant How bloggers use YouTube as a platform to promote their music. Also is YouTube hurting the music industry.
Michael Brown Hip Hop culture and how it effects our world

Group 15: Jazmin/Ruben

Veronica Beltran Twitter culture
Kimberly Orozco Twitter during election time
Adilene Quintanilla Twitter/Hashtags
Amari Smith False fake news
Hoanna Ramirez fake profiles or news the rise of
Faith Scott How social media impacts the news

Group 16: Kasey

Roy Anderson Youtube
Kinnahd Hughes Youtube
Karla Cazares Ortega youtube has changed
Mariah Martin-Vargas Hulu and Netflix

Group 17: Sabrina

Teresa Ortiz evolution of vlogging
Daniela Gavlan Twitter
Je’Shon Dockery Hashtag The power of
Shane Mitchell Meme Culture throughout the years.
Elizabeth Ramirez Instagram our human connection to digital culture(specifically instagram)
Paula Mbanu Black Mirror

Group 18: Cecilia

Marisol Ortega-Rodriguez Women representations in business
Marisol Martinez Araujo Women in education
kamil miller women objectified in the media
Tarez Hollandsworth Media Creates Fear
Ashley Lopez The misrepresentation and lack of representation of Latina women in the media
Diosselin Hernandez Lgbtq+ community and their representation in the media

April deadlines & reminders

April deadlines & reminders

Hi everyone,

Make sure these due dates are on your calendar for April/May:

  • Sunday, April 8: Curated Resource due
  • Monday, April 16: Explain Everything paper due
  • Monday, April 30: Revised Explain Everything paper due
  • Friday, May 4: Explain Everything multimodal due

You’ll also have a curated reflection of your work in our class this semester due Friday, May 11. We’ll be doing a lot in class to support your work on these assignments. Look forward to hearing about your research.

Kim & the mentor team

Thank you (and reminders)

Thank you (and reminders)

I want to thank you all for yesterday. And I want to reassure you that you should do what is best for your own self care. The kind words and hugs yesterday were incredibly healing and I am grateful for our community. You are such awesome humans.

Please read this next part carefully, just so you know the plan going forward for our work:

  1. About half of you took the research survey yesterday (thank you!); if you did not get a chance, please take the survey: Here is the link.  The mentors and I will use your answers to support everyone’s research and create some working groups. Should take less than 10 minutes.
  2. We moved the due date for two more sources to the Monday after break (March 26th). When you return, you should have a lot of links and at least 4 sources should have some summaries. Most of you were already well on track for this. You are doing great work on the research.
  3. We moved the “make up workshop” to the week after spring break. We decided to run two: Wednesday, March 28, at 4:00 and Thursday, March 29 at 3:00. We will ask who is interested when we return from break.

Finally, I just want to remind you again how incredible this class is…NOT ONE PERSON has lower than a B- so far in class. And many of you have A’s. We are well on our way to everyone passing this class, which has never happened. You got this. We look forward to supporting your research when we return. I know many of you work jobs, but hope you get some downtime next week.

Take good care. Remember that counseling is available today in the BMU downstairs, The Hub, and The Counseling Center (SSC 430). You can also call from off campus: 530.898.6345. Don’t hesitate to reach out.

Proud of y’all.


All the laptops!

All the laptops!

While most of you bring laptops every class session, just want to give a heads up that we definitely need them this week (and the week following break). We’ll be spending some time in class updating your research in your Google Docs and supporting research efforts.

Thank you everyone! You are finding some really interesting sources!

Here’s a link to Manting’s research document as an example.

And Ricardo’s

Also, here are some ideas for more places to search for sources:

Kim & The Mentor Team

Angelica shared this awesome, empowering video with me too. Check it out

Reminders: Week 6

Reminders: Week 6

Hi nice people,

Just some friendly reminders for this week:

  1. Come to class tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb 28) with some notes from your review of either Garza, Shafei, or Vargas’ websites. Link to their sites on the calendar. Choose one of these people and spend 30 minutes looking around at their information and the advocacy work they do.
  2. You’ll be doing some writing in class tomorrow in our G+ communities. You need a laptop or the G+ app on your phone so you can do this writing. You must be in class to get credit for this work. I’m genuinely interested in what you think about the ideas from Garza, Vargas, or Shafei’s work. How do they use digital tools and platforms to be heard? How do they use hashtags, or websites, or films, or Twitter (all of them have a strong Twitter presence you might want to look at too)?
  3. For workshops this week, look over the plans from our Workshops page and come with an idea for Make 3 that the group could do together? A piece of art? A film? Performance art?

Starting next week, you’ll be pursuing your own interests related to digital culture. Lots of links to get you started here. Our goal is to find something that is interesting for you to research.

Thanks everyone!