Civic Artifact Rough Draft

  • UNICEF Child Abuse Commercial
    • Pathos
      • Audience members drastically change their feelings during this commercial
        • At the beginning, the young boy is excited and happy about building this costume
          • Works really hard to cut and paint
            • Audience is excited for this boy’s costume
        • His smiling expression changes once the door opens
          Signifies how easily frightened he is

          • Used to being alarmed because anything could happen to him since abuse is unexpected
          • Terrified, frightened look on his face
          • He bends down and hides into the “dresser” to emphasize his desire of wanting to be invisible
          • Trying to hide from his abuser
          • Scared of the future
        • “There are children who play to be invisible”
          • The use of the word “invisible” causes the audience to empathize and sympathize with the young boy
    • Ethos
      • UNICEF made the commercial
      • Defends children’s rights of having basic nutrition, education, immunization to fight diseases
      • Emphasizes the necessity of children to be treated with respect, compassion, support, and love
    • Kairos
      • Occurring during Halloween which is a time for family and friends
      • Even during these holidays filled with joy, there are still people who suffer
      • Must appreciate our blessings
    • Ideology
      • Common belief that abused and neglected children feel invisible and want to hide
      • Effects of abuse include: depression, suicidal thoughts, violent tendencies,
    • Commonplaces
      • Tradition of making Halloween costumes
        • Child is making his own costume instead of the tradition of the parents making the costume or buying the costume
        • Costume is a drawer which represents his desire to hide from his life and the abuse
      • Connection with Saint Mary’s Villa
        • Tradition of initiating these children into their families again through family meetings
        • Commercial emphasizes child’s need to be comforted and supported by family
        • Has to make his own Halloween costume, even though this should be a family tradition for the parents to initiate
        • Commercial emphasizes the need of the child to be immersed in tradition of family
    • Conclusion
      • Our civic duty is to protect these children from the horrors of child abuse.  Children should not live in fear everyday of their lives.  They deserve a childhood filled with joyous memories of playing with their family and friends.

Their Safe Haven

What is your safe haven?  Do you have a special spot on campus under the trees where you can destress?  Do you have a specific ice cream parlor in your hometown that reminds you of your family?  Saint Mary’s Villa is the safe haven for many abused and neglected children from Philadelphia.  In 1911, Saint Mary’s Villa was founded as an orphanage for boys by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. In 1936, the orphanage moved to the Lindenwold castle, which was owned by Richard V. Mattison.  In 1966, this castle became the set for the comedy The Trouble with Angels.  Some individuals visualize this home as a symbol of a popular movie, while others imagine it as the solution to the plight of neglected children.  While supporting the physical, psychological, and emotional needs for children, Saint Mary’s Villa focuses on helping these children fulfill their potential and find their passion in life.

  • Pathos’ role in human nature
    • People naturally support children who have experienced trauma through physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.
    • This hardwired instinct to protect children extends to all mammals with high levels of awareness.
    • Innately have empathy and sympathy towards children.
    • Compassion toward children, and are shocked by the news of abuse from parents and other relatives.
    • Sense of urgency to protect children has enabled populations to survive.
      • If a built in protective mechanism for children failed to exist, mankind would be extinct.
    • Saint Mary’s Villa’s purpose is to act as a safe and accepting environment for neglected children to find a sense of comfort and acceptance.
  • Ideologies
    • Communities should do more to help children so that they can fulfill their potential
    • Cultural “norms”
      • Individuals not only feel the cruelty of child abuse but also are cognitively aware of the detrimental effects
        • Physical, behavioral, and psychological effects such as injuries, brain damage, death, decreased confidence, learning difficulties, and violent behaviors
        • Consequences impact victim and society
    • Governmental laws to prevent child abuse for the culture of society
      • The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) 2003
      • Reflect ideological views on the subject
  • Commonplaces that delineate the support for the fight to help abused children
    • Saint Mary’s Villa provides a nurturing environment to support children as they grow
      • Taught about respect, responsibility, and unity
    • Tradition of the significance of family and community
      • Common belief among all people to value their family
      • Family dinners on Sundays
      • Tries to implement this tradition into the abused children’s lives.
        • Necessary for their growth and development
        • To do well in school and to make the best of the opportunities presented to them

Protecting these frightened and tormented children is part of everyone’s civic duty as citizens.  The duty of individuals is to protect them from the evils of the world and to teach the children about healthy familial relationships.  Part of the mission of Saint Mary’s Villa is to provide these children and their families with the hope that they will surpass this problem.  Strengthening the children’s  support system and increasing their trust in others will enable them to pursue their goals in the future.  Since humans value the nourishment and development of children, acting on the issue of children’s safety is vital.

Works Consulted

National Research Council. Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect. The National Academies Press, 1993, 208-225. Web. 18 Sept. 2017.

“The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) 2003.” Children’s Bureau: An Office of the administration for Children and Families.  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 31 Dec. 2003. Web. 19 Sept. 2017.

The Villa Ambler 2017. The Villa a PHMC Affiliate Program. Web. Sept. 14 2017.



RCL #3 – It’s What I Do

The most compelling scenes in It’s What I Do involve the effective use of descriptive language.  When Addario expresses her fear during the first bomb she witnessed, I can clearly imagine her experience.  Within this moment, she realized that she should not enable her nerves to prevent her from fulfilling her passion.  Addario explains to her readers that although this experience was new and frightening, she missed the opportunity to photograph intense images of the dead and injured.

To emphasize the shock that resonated with her while the dead body in the pickup truck passed her, Addario utilizes her strong voice to delineate her genuine concern and passion about spreading the word about the cruelty that she photographs.  Instead of saying that this person suffered from a brain injury, Addario enthusiastically writes, “Brains poured out of a gash in the head.”  Her readers do not lose focus with her writing style because she is trying to portray one of the most heartbreaking and life changing experiences.   This descriptive languages ensures that her readers understand the horrible conditions that Addario, as a photojournalist, is responsible to capture.

In order to cause more people to engage with my passion, I will use more insightful words that will demonstrate my emotions.  I want to convey my interest in dogs so that my readers know that I am genuinely passionate about the benefits of rescuing dogs.  To enable my readers to picture themselves in each of the scenes that I will eventually describe in my blog, I will utilize the importance of specific actions.  I will try to ensure that my blog focuses on my physical experiences and not only on the words that express my love for dogs.  My passion for dogs extends beyond my two dogs because dogs benefit everyone from their loving and optimistic personalities.  Incorporating vivid images of my joyful and playful memories with my dogs will provide my readers with the desire for them to discover their unique passion or dream.


Rcl #2 – It’s What I Do

Addario mentions the story about her Nana’s lover because she wants to emphasize the importance of passion.  She encourages her readers not only to find their passions but also to invest in them.  Addario nourishes her passion by taking advantage of every opportunity that is presented to her.  Even though these opportunities conflict with her personal life, she chooses her passion for photography because she is certain that photography will be part of her life in the future.

Addario believes that when she finds true love, it will fit into the mold of her life.  True love will not keep her from pursuing her dream of continuing to work as a photographer in a myriad of countries.  I believe that Addario wants her readers to understand that they cannot ignore their passion when there are many chances to live it.

I want to encourage everyone to rescue dogs so that they can have a peaceful, safe, and comfortable home to live in.  By benefiting them with a loving home, we receive the gift of joy and happiness from their positive presence.

Knowing that you are appreciated enhances your ability to appreciate others.  My dogs, Angel and Princess, always wait on the window sill next to our large living room window for my siblings and I to come home from school.  They perch themselves on top so that they can see us walk up our long driveway.  As soon as we open the door, they bark, jump, and run with delight.

What is better than having your dog wait all day for you to come home?  What is better than embracing your dogs after a hard day at school?  What is better than being showered with kisses and hugs at the end of a long day?

I cannot think of anything.


RCL #1 It’s What I Do – Prompt 1

One of my ideas for my passion blog is to write about my dogs, Angel and Princess.  Since we have rescued them from the SPCA, they have had a positive effect on my family dynamic.  I want to encourage everyone to rescue dogs so that they can find a peaceful and comfortable home.  My first passion blog will be about the details about their lives before my family took them into our home.  I want to emphasize the importance of the love and compassion that dogs need.  I also want to talk about the consequences of abused dogs because their personalities are deeply affected.  My second passion blog post will be about the personalities of dogs.  My dogs have unique personalities that correlate with their names. My third passion blog will be about my dogs’ quirks.  My fourth blog will be about how my dogs are able to communicate despite their inability to talk.  Lastly, my fifth passion blog will be about the benefits of dog therapy.

My second idea for my passion blog is to discuss the different service activities that I have participated in.  I will talk about what I have learned about myself and others from each experience.  For my first passion blog, I will describe my service trip to West Virginia.  My second blog post will be about the forensics program that I created at an underprivileged grade school, La Salle Academy, in Philadelphia.  My third blog post will be about my experience with tutoring third to fifth grade children at La Salle Academy.  My fourth passion blog will be about my experience with volunteering for my grade school’s forensics program.  My fifth blog post will be about my passion for being a UNITAS retreat leader, which involved delivering a speech and leading discussions and activities.