Sunday, September 11, 2011

Homework #2

 After reading chapter one in Pearson Custom Library English Mercury Reader I discovered two "hotspots". The first hotspot I discovered after reading the chapter was said by Rodney Kilcup, "To become a better writer, the most crucial thing is to have "a good, interesting question"(Ramage, Bean, Johnson 1). In the quotation explained by Kilcup, it explains in the passage that this advice by Kilcup is good advice because we'd like you (the reader) to think of good writers as critical thinkers who pose questions and problems. The writer wants the reader to understand that good writing usually will have a good interesting thought provoking question involved with it. I feel like as the reader I definitely agree with that statement because when you are reading something it should be informative, and the purpose to read is to get informed with information that will educate you with knowledge. Another hotspot that I would like to point out in the reading from chapter one in Pearson Custom Library English Mercury Reader is a statement made by the author, "Good writers address problems rather than topics"(Ramage, Bean, Johnson 7). Again, in my opinion one of the great powers of writing is to inform. To inform someone with topics is good, but when you are informing the readers with problems that are circulating around the world that we live in that is good writing.
           As I was reading chapter one "What is Literacy?" in the Everything's a text book I came across some major "hotspots". The first hotspot is that twenty-first century readers and writers need to, "Develop proficiency with the tools of technology"(Melzer, Teague 1). In the world today technology is very important, and it seems to be growing increasingly in the last couple of years. We are headed for a new world, and it is definitely running through the changes in technology. Another hotspot that I found while reading was that these writers also need to "Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally"(Melzer, Teague 1). It seems that when brains collaborate that things seem to get done easier, and faster. The collaboration of people will really help writing and technology head into the right direction for the future.


  1. I agree that when people work together, whether with writing or technology, they begin to create a better future.

  2. I didn't catch that quote on relationships, I'm glad you pointed out because it makes a very strong point. Working with different cultures/people opens up a very wide range of intelligence.