Blog Prompt #2 (1/28/2019)

For the second blog post, let’s share a portion of the draft of your first short analysis. For this prompt, create a link to the professional article that you will be using for your analysis. You will want to choose the article carefully; some articles will work better than others for this assignment. Then, complete the following:

Create a link to that article. Discuss at least one exceptionally short or one exceptionally long sentence or paragraph in the professional writing you chose. What is the sentence pattern? How does that sentence or paragraph work? Why do you think the writer chose a short or long sentence or paragraph at that specific time? Make sure you discuss the writer’s rhetorical intent in the context of the writing’s meaning and purpose.

For example, we can pretty easily say that a writer places a very short sentence among much longer sentences for emphasis. The real question is why did the writer want to emphasize that specific sentence in the context of his or her purpose, meaning, and audience? What does that sentence say that demands such emphasis?

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8 comments for “Blog Prompt #2 (1/28/2019)

  1. Fornes
    January 23, 2019 at 1:43 pm
  2. Chasity Mitchell
    January 23, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/01/partner-content-supplements-during-pregnancy/

    This sentence that I would be talking about is exceptionally long which is “during the 40 weeks of a full-term pregnancy it is more important than ever to meet those nutritional needs through a healthy and balanced diet with the support of some specific nutritional supplements.” The sentence pattern is #1. That sentence work because it’s telling when it’s the most important time to eat healthy so you can have a healthy baby. The writer chose to make this sentence long at this time because he/she wanted to explain that during the end of most women’s pregnancy they crave unhealthy food that may cause difficulties toward them or the baby. The writer’s rhetorical intent is to convince mothers to be as it gets closer to giving birth to your baby make your health you number one priority because many problems can go wrong and you wouldn’t want that to happen.

  3. Jordan Fraser
    January 27, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    This was the article I chose. 

    The longest sentence I found in this article was 60 words long. That sentence had 5 commas and 1 colon that separated two complete sentences that would make no sense if they were apart. The shortest sentence was 4 words and was a concise transition from one paragraph to the next. Perhaps the reason the author chose to write their paragraph this way is due in part because that was all that was needed or that it felt like a good “period” mark to the whole paragraph. The longest sentence I encountered was this: 

    Theirs may be the greatest empire that few have ever heard of, bookended in history by two civilizations that loom much larger in the popular imagination: the Moche, whose stunning murals depict the bloody sacrifice of war captives, and the Inca, who vanquished the Chimú around 1470, only to be conquered by Spanish invaders little more than 60 years later.

     It is difficult to tell what the sentence pattern- or patterns, rather- may be as the sentence is very long, uses conjunctions, includes a colon, uses the passive voice, and multiple clauses with different patterns. I believe it is pattern 2, pattern 2, pattern 3, pattern 5, pattern 5, and pattern 2 I think the reason it was written this way is because the ideas are inseparable. To place this sentence as the general idea of the whole two-sentence paragraph puts the whole string of ideas in one place, loosely compartmentalized by the only punctuation that would allow a sentence this long to exist.

  4. Hailey Stamper
    January 28, 2019 at 11:36 am

    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/01/blue-eyes-mutation-coyotes-spreading-in-california/
    The longest sentence in the article I chose was 48 words,
    and it contained three commas: “Due to the localized nature of the phenomenon,
    and the complete absence of it elsewhere in the country, scientists now
    hypothesize that a mutation to the genes that control eye color likely appeared
    several generations ago, and these newly-documented canines are recent
    descendants of one original ‘one-in-a-million’ mutant.”
    I believe it’s the sentence the entire article is meant to
    revolve around as it centers around the point of the article the best; which is
    that coyote’s with blue eyes are extremely rare.
    I think this sentence was meant, by the author, to be deliberately
    longer than the others as it forces the reader to pay attention to how long it
    is. Additionally, adding that these coyotes could be “recent descendants of one
    original ‘one-in-a-million’ mutant” to end the sentence proves the rarity and
    importance of the find.
    I believe at the base of itself, this sentence is Pattern #6,
    but I also have 0% faith in that.
     

  5. Aostin Priester
    January 28, 2019 at 11:47 am

    The longest paragraph that I found in this article has 62 words. It has a total of 4 sentences. The first sentence has a total of 7 words. It contains 2 quotation marks and a period. The second sentence has 16 words. This sentence contains 1 quotation mark, 1 comma and a period at the end. The third sentence has 18 words. It has 3 quotation marks, 1 comma, 1 hyphen and a period at the end. The fourth sentence has 21 words. It only has 1 quotation mark with a period at the end. The longest sentence is the fourth one which is:

     If you truly weren’t a racist you would have never even made that cookie or thought it would be a joke.”

    I think the author structured these sentences this way because it is the only way that it can be structured to make sense to the readers.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/washington-bakery-s-build-wall-cookie-stirs-controversy-n963501

  6. Alex Deal
    January 28, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2019/02/alex-honnold-made-ultimate-climb-el-capitan-without-rope/

    This article I found is on Alex Honnold who is a rocker climber that free solo El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. This is more of a documentary and  and about the free solo climb. Sentence’s are more descriptive to paint the picture so you can get a good visual of it. There are several long sentences in this passage some of the longest sentences in this passage are from 41 to 48 words long.  One of the longer sentences is a descriptive sentence where it is describing “Freeblast” a part of El Capitan that Alex is going to have to get past in order to complete this climb. Another long sentence is describing two famously tough routes that Alex has climbed in the past. This is to let the audience know that Alex is an elite climber.

  7. Cedia Vicks
    January 28, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    The Accidental Invention of Bubble Wrap

    One of the shorter sentences I found within the article is seven words long.  The author, David Kindy, talks about Fielding’s father being the inventor of bubble wrap. Although it was never stated, it is clear that Kindy interviewed or had some type of interaction with Fielding’s about this because he included his comments within the article. Kindy’s shortest sentence was a quote from Fielding’s saying “But I was probably the first kid.” This sentence to me show emphasis because of the time that it was placed. This sentence was the last sentence in the paragraph that talked about Fielding’s being the first person to pop bubble wrap. His reasoning for saying this is because his dad was the first person to invent bubble wrap in which he thought he was the first person to pop it which is probably true but, then he realized that the people at the firm were also the first people to pop it because it was real reasoning behind it and not just for fun. So, this goes back to him saying that because even though he was too young to understand the real purpose of this creation, he still wants it to be known that he was one of the first kids to experience popping bubble wrap.

  8. Shianne Huffman
    January 28, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/06/mars-organic-compounds-methane-curiosity-space-science/
    “DAY TO DAY, it’s easy to lose sight of an astonishing fact: Since 2012, humankind has been driving a nuclear-powered sciencemobile the size of an SUV on another planet.”
     
    This sentence is structured to capture the audience reading this article. It is designed to catch the attention of an individual scrolling through articles in the National Geographic’s  online magazine.
    The writer starts the sentence with capitalized words, “DAY TO DAY”. This creates focus on what this article is discussing. The writer wants the reader to understand the “astonishing fact” about what humankind is doing on another planet. In this sentence, the writer chose to use “humankind” rather than “mankind”. This shows the writer took consideration of who may be reading this article. The writer uses this sentence to show how, since 2012, we have been controlling a SUV sized device on another planet while never leaving this planet.
    This sentence contains two sentence patterns. The first is pattern II, Noun Phrase + Be Verb + Adjective. “It” is the subject, “is” is the verb, and “easy” is the adjective. The second sentence is Pattern VII, Noun Phrase + Transitive Verb + Direct Object. “humankind” is the noun, “has been driving” is the verb, and “sciencemobile” is the direct object.
    The writer focuses capturing the reader’s attention to continue reading this article through this beginning sentence.

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