September 20

Civic Artifact Speech Outline

Stacie Kerbel



  1.  Introduction
    1. (Open door and let it swing closed) What you have all witnessed is something that we witness every day, the opening and closing of a door. This door, a big, heavy metal door, represents so much more than an entrance.  There is a reason that a door has hinges.  It allows it to swing open and close depending on the situation occurring at a given time.
    2. Thesis
      1. The door calls upon us as individuals to open the door to welcome and embrace new people, as well as help everyone achieve success. It also calls upon us as individuals to sometimes close the door, allowing one to have privacy and reflect about their days without the interference of others.
    3. Transition One
      1. When I begin a story I like to start at the beginning, so that is how we are going to frame the story of the door. We are going to  open the door, hold the door, and then shut the door.
    4. Topic Number One: Opening the Door
      1. The first step opening the door is the process of creating new opportunities for ourselves.
        1. First generation college students
          1. Personal example-my mom’s developmental students-RACC
            1. Many are older student returning to school/or are really poor students wanting to make their lives better through obtaining a college education-want to make a difference in the world-they are usually in developmental classes
          2. Women in powerful positions
            1. Hidden figures
            2. HRC-presidential bid
          3. These people have all opened the door for themselves, creating paths that they may or may not have seen coming, but have definitely changed their and societies lives for the better.
        2. Transition Number 2
          1. The people that have sparked changed in society have done so in a way that has held the door open for more people to walk through and experience new opportunities.
        3. Topic Number Two: Holding the Door Open
          1. Some people are not as fortunate as us, and need help achieving their dreams. They may have come from underprivileged areas and different areas in need. It is our civic duty to help these people succeed and not slam the door in their face.
            1. Refugees
              1. History-we did this in the past-WWII
              2. Illegal immigrants
            2. Underprivileged children
              1. Personal example-BBBS
                1. Helping them get to a level where they will succeed
              2. It is our job to make sure that these people all have the same opportunities and the way to do this is to hold the door open for them, not shutting them out from anything. Once they are able to have the same opportunities (job/education wise) as us,
            3. Transition Number 3
              1. After a long day of holding the door open for other people, the door shuts and we have time for ourselves.
            4. Topic Number 4: Shutting the Door
              1. We all need a little time for ourselves to decompress and destress, because face it our lives are very stressful. It is important to do this as we need to be leaders in society
              2. When people are over tired and stressed they feel like they are unable to do this preventing society from advancing.
              3. Therefore, it is our civic duty to shut the door and take some time for ourselves without the world hovering over us.
              4. Do this by reading some books, hanging with friends, going outside, or if you are me watching reality television.
            5. Transition Number 4
              1. These are all activities involved in our last step, closing the door. And while for some this may be the most relaxing part of the process, we cannot remember our other civic duties.
            6. Conclusion
              1. We walk through the doors every single day, opening them, holding them and closing them. And while we see this as a nuance task, this process serves a greater purpose.  The door calls us to create new opportunities for ourselves, help other people succeed, and allow for us to have privacy and time alone.
September 14

Stream of Conciousness

Throughout Addario’s autobiography she uses rhetorical devices such as sentence structure and organization to help make her story more compelling or vivid.  These same rhetorical devices can be transferred into my passion blog to make it more exciting. 

On pages 116-117, Addario reveals the correspondence that she has with he one of her editors describing what she needs before she enters a war zone.  Addario’s sentence structure is very visual and grabs the reader’s attention.  The first thing that one can notice is the extended use of commas and parentheses.  The commas help to show her nervousness about the situation as it is a stream of consciousness.  Addario’s continued thoughts help her to cope with her new situation. One can see that Addario is nervous about this entire situation by reading what she writes in parentheses. Addario is unsure about what will be dangerous could be flying towards her, but is putting on a brave face saying that she is only afraid of heavy objects.  That is why she is not too sure what will be coming toward her as she states “guess that would mean ceramic plates”.  She also talks in a parenthetical phrase about how she is tired and just wants to get the planning over.  Addario is stressed about the planning, and therefore, is ranting about wanting to have the event pass stating “sorry if this is too much info for you….get this planning over with…” The other important rhetorical device is organization.  Addario writes this section by building each paragraph with more in detail than the next.  She is explaining what she actually knows she needs to document about the trip.  In a sense this is her realizing what she is about to photograph.  The building of detail after detail show the stress she is experiencing.

While my blog is pretty care free, because reality television is made for relaxation.  However, I can use sentence structure to highlight an idea.  For example, a short sentence in the midst of long sentences can reflect and important idea and vice versa.  I can organize my paragraphs in a similar fashion as Addario does to entice the reader.  I can also organize my paragraph chronologically or topically to entertain the reader and have the reader focus on certain ideas. For example in my next post  will discuss The Bachelor.  I will divide the paragraphs based on topics, the Bachelor, the Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise.  My excitement for the show will be show in short sentences, while I will have longer sentences about things that I did not like that happened in the show.  This will be similar to how Addario expressed her stress in a stream of consciousness.

RhetoricaImage result for the bachelorl devices help to show the reader what they are truly thinking about.  They can show emotion and explain the environment people are experiencing, allowing the reader feel as though he were in conversation with the speaker in the book/blog.

September 7

Igniting the Passion

The novel “It’s what I do” depicts the passion of war photographer Lyndsey Addario.  Throughout the novel one learns of Addario’s different trials and tribulations as a war photographer.  Everyone on earth has a passion, photography is Addario’s passion, and it’s what ignites the fire or passion within her.

One section of the story flashes back to a story of Addario speaking with her Nana.  It discusses the passion that her Nana and her lover, Sal, shared.  Sal ended up marrying her Nana’s friend and the three individuals all remained friends for years.  After Nana’s friend Eleanor died, Sal kissed Nana and it was just as passionate as when they were dating many years ago.  However, after this interaction their relationship became tense and this did not happen again.  The passion between these two lovers is the same way that Addario feels about war photography, and unlike her Nana she does not want to miss out on any part of it.  Addario includes this story to relate her passion to love, something that is easier for people understand.

While I cannot relate to having a passion for war photography, I can relate to being very passionate about something.  Reality television is a part of my existence.  I go into a trance where I can forget about all the problems in the world.  I can go back to my first time watching reality television like it was yesterday, watching “Dance Moms” on loop laughing about all the ridiculousness that occurring and laughing about it.  I think what is magical about “trash” television is can be extremely relaxing and entertaining, but it also teaches people important lessons that may aid them in the trials and tribulations of life.  Therefore, much like the war photImage result for the bachelorography of Addario and the kiss from Sal to Nana, reality television is my passion and is something that I love to watch.