domingo, 24 de septiembre de 2017

PORTFOLIO #9: Thesis Statement



  • Thesis Statement Definition:
    - It is a single specific claim that your essay suports.
    - It includes a topic, a precise opinion and reasoning.
    - It is an argueable stament.
  • Parts of a Thesis Statement: It has three main parts.
    1) A subject: That's basically the topic or your essay.
    2) Claime/ personal opinion about the topic: What you think about the topic.
    3) The blueprint of reasons:
    - There should be, at least, three reasons.
    - They will support your claim and also persuade the readers to believe in your opinion.
    - You need to research evidence to support your opinion.
    - Those pieces of evidence or "the blueprint" are only effective if: 1) I explain what I mean about my opinion in the body paragraphs; 2) I provide detailed examples for each blue print point.
  • Thesis with points listed:- Points at the end of the Thesis Statement.
    - Points at the beginning of the TS.
    - Points listed in the sentence after the TS.
  • In conclusion, the THESIS STATEMENT tells your reader:
    1) where you are going in your essay, and
    2)how to plan on getting there.

  • "Thesis Statement- How to construct and compose (A review)"
  •  "How to write an A+ Thesis Statement"

PORTFOLIO #8 "Literary Essay"

domingo, 17 de septiembre de 2017

Portfolio #7 "From Paragraph to Essay"

From Paragraph to Essay from Gabriela Rocio Soto Valic

 BIBLIOGRAPHY: IMHOOF,M and HUDSON, H (1975) From Paragraph to Essay. Chapters 1,2,4,5,7 & 8. LONGMAN


Bibliography (EXAMPLES): - Piccirillo, R. A. (2011). "The Technological Evolution of Filmmaking and its Relation to Quality in Cinema." Inquiries Journal/Student Pulse, 3(08). Retrieved from - - Rasmussen S., Jamieson D., Honein M. and Petersen L. Zika Virus and Birth Defects — Reviewing the Evidence for Causality. N Engl J Med 2016; 374:1981-1987May 19, 2016. Retrieved from - TROYKA,L., SIMON, and SCHUSTER. From Handbook for Writers. pp 64-66. - Wilkerson, K. T. (2017). "Social Networking Sites and Romantic Relationships: Effects on Development, Maintenance, and Dissolution of Relationships." Inquiries Journal, 9(03). Retrieved from

jueves, 7 de septiembre de 2017

Portfolio Entry #6 "A well-written paragraph"

In the following video Alex describes how to structure a well-written paragraph in English. 

Parts of a Paragraph - English Academic Writing Introduction. May 19, 2009 from the site:  "engVid - Free English Video Lessons"

He says that the PARTS OF A PARAGRAPH are:
1)      Topic Sentence
-          It is what you are writing about.  
-          It should be an interesting topic and you should give your opinion about it.
-          Do not give details.
2)      Body
-          It is the heart of your paragraph.
-          It should include supporting arguments or details that support your topic sentences.
-          It should be ordered according to importance or chronology.
3)      Closing Sentence
-          It has two functions:
·         It reminds the audience what you are talking about.
·         It keeps your audience thinking.


      Many politicians deplore the passing of the old family-sized farm, but I'm not so sure. I saw around Velva a release from what was like slavery to the tyrannical soil, release from the ignorance that darkens the soul and from the loneliness that corrodes it. In this generation my Velva friends have rejoined the general American society that their pioneering fathers left behind when they first made the barren trek in the days of the wheat rush. As I sit here in Washington writing this, I can feel their nearness.

      There are two broad theories concerning what triggers a human's inevitable decline to death.The first is the wear-and-tear hypothesis that suggests the body eventually succumbs to the environmental insults of life. The second is the notion that we have an internal clock which is genetically programmed to run down. Supporters of the wear-and-tear theory maintain that the very practice of breathing causes us to age because inhaled oxygen produces toxic by-products. Advocates of the internal clock theory believe that individual cells are told to stop dividing and thus eventually to die by, for example, hormones produced by the brain or by their own genes.

      We commonly look on the discipline of war as vastly more rigid than any discipline necessary in time of peace, but this is an error. The strictest military discipline imaginable is still looser than that prevailing in the average assembly-line. The soldier, at worst, is still able to exercise the highest conceivable functions of freedom -- that is, he or she is permitted to steal and to kill. No discipline prevailing in peace gives him or her anything remotely resembling this. The soldier is, in war, in the position of a free adult; in peace he or she is almost always in the position of a child. In war all things are excused by success, even violations of discipline. In peace, speaking generally, success is inconceivable except as a function of discipline.

lunes, 8 de mayo de 2017

PORTFOLIO ENTRY #3 : Speech acts: Constative and performative - Collen Glenney Boggs





In this video, Collen Glenney talks about speech acts and how they function in our daily lives. She divides speech acts  according to the ideas developed by the English linguistic J.L.Austin. He defines speech acts in two separate parts of speech, CONSTATIVE and PERFORMATIVE. The first ones are sentences that describe something as true or false whereas the second ones are sentences that denote an action which depends on context and reception, known as FELICITY CONDITIONS. These actions are not only brought out by words but also these words are actions themselves. This is what we know as SPEECH ACTS, which include but are not limited to ordering, promising, apologising, warning, etc. Even though, these actions follow a set of rules, they could be respected or not.