Final Portfolio



A memorable story of Bell Canyon hiking trail in Sandy City, Utah.  This piece of writing is my eye-witness account of the ecological impacts that are changing the water level of this trail.

Ecological Change at Bell Canyon Trail

Discusses the ecological impacts that are happening to the Bell Canyon Trail.  First hand account of the ecological impacts to Bell Canyon are shown.  Furthermore, there are statistics support thing eye-witness claim.  Leading to the question of how can we still preserve this specific site; and more so, how can we preserve sites like this around the world.

Interview Proposal + Interview with Roger McCabe

An interview proposal and the interview transcript with Roger McCabe, who is a retired musician local to Central New York.  The transcript reveals the scope of my investigation of Woodstock and the time around then.  During the interview, Roger McCabe talked about his musical career, his experience before Vietnam, and when his band (The Jumpin Jax) declined an invitation to play at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969.

Biography of Roger McCabe

A biography of Roger McCabe, a musician native to Central New York.  This biography talks about his early life, his experience before Vietnam, his band being invited to the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, and his personal life.


These four pieces of writing shown here are debatably my favorite when writing during this semester in WRT 205.

From Hiking, I liked how we were able to take a memory of a place we had strong ties too and develop it into a piece of research writing.  I believe that the story here makes the individuals who are reading this writing actually care—the individual (audience) almost has a stake in the preservation of the Bell Canyon Trail.  This is something that I would really want to become stronger at when writing in the future.  I want to be able to construct strong anecdotes at the beginning of my writing to help engage the audience; as well as, make me (the writer) and the audience to care about the piece of writing.

The continuation of the memory lead into the development of a research piece: Ecological Changes at Bell Canyon Trail.  Aside from the anecdote at the beginning of this piece, I really liked the statistical data and research that I found about the site of Bell Canyon Trail, and the area around it.  While looking for research was hard to find because the hiking trail that I chose was such a specific spot, I still managed to find strong information about the Bell Canyon Trail and the area around it.  When I managed to find statistical date of water depth level around the Bell Canyon area, it really helped confirm my observation of the ecological changed made through my anecdote at the beginning of this piece of writing.  Furthermore, I realized that statistics are really good in aiding research writing; and thinking about it now, there are many types of research papers (that I had read) that include statistics on the topic.  When writing research papers in the future, one of the first things that I am going to do is to look up statistics on the topic in question.

I also really enjoyed having the interview with Roger McCabe, and writing the transcript for the interview.  More so, I just like having the interview with Roger McCabe—I thought that he was a really cool guy with a lot of interesting stories to share.  I believe that my biggest strength was patience during the interview and, especially, when I was transcribing the interview with Roger McCabe.  He had a lot of interesting stories and experiences to talk about, and time was limited—since, I drove out to Utica (which is about a 45 minutes to an hour drive from Syracuse) to conduct the interview with Roger McCabe.  As for my weaknesses, I could have done a better job at developing better initial question for Roger McCabe.  In order words, I felt that I could have done a little better at preparation before the interview with him.  Furthermore, interviews can be extremely helpful to add to pieces of writing.

Lastly, the Biography of Roger McCabe (a retired local musician native to CNY) was extremely exciting to write.  I thought that it was a relatively creative genre of writing (for me) to use, and it brought the ideas of local histories/ stories into one of my last pieces of writing.  While writing the biography of Roger McCabe, I wanted to include everything about Roger McCabe’s life—since, his life and stories were so interesting.  However, I realized (after Vani told me) that I didn’t need to write the whole biography of all of Roger McCabe’s life and to scope the biography with the information that I already had from the initial interview.  Nevertheless, when changing the genre of my topic I need to talk/interview Roger McCabe again; however, I just e-mailed him for more information regarding his life rather than driving out to Utica again.  I felt that my weaknesses here were organization and preparation.  When writing the biography, I was having a hard time as to what to put into the biography about Roger McCabe.  I managed to talk about his early and personal life, as well as his musical career and stories along with it.  As for preparation, I wouldn’t have had to attempt to conduct a second interview or send the e-mail to Roger McCabe if I was better prepared with questions.  If I had stronger initial question, I wouldn’t have had to e-mail Roger McCabe again.



Library Visit

A reflection of a visit to Bird Library at Syracuse University and exploring the special (archival) collection.  This second visit revealed to me the variety of potential sources that can be used for research.

Interview Proposal + Interview with Roger McCabe

An interview proposal and the interview transcript with Roger McCabe, who is a retired musician local to Central New York.  The transcript reveals the scope of my investigation of Woodstock and the time around then.  During the interview, Roger McCabe talked about his musical career, his experience before Vietnam, and when his band (The Jumpin Jax) declined an invitation to play at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969.

03.21.2016 – Homework Post

A reflection of an interview found in a literature source on the internet.  The interview was of two individuals who attended the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969.  The second part of this post are noted that I took on the documentary made in 1970 on Woodstock—titled: Woodstock

Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969

This piece of writing talks about the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969, and explores the preparation of Woodstock.  The venue for the Woodstock Festival was changing up close to the performance date of the event.  Furthermore, this post talks about the different political and social threads attached to the Woodstock Festival.  In the end leading into the story of Roger McCabe and his band during the time of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair.


Reflecting back to when I was conducting research for this semester, I realized all the different sources that I pulled from.  I also found myself very dependent on online sources from search engines to databases.  As the semester proceeded, I found myself identifying and thinking about the rhetorical model, audience, genre, and stakeholders.  I felt myself looking for these things while reading and conducting my research.

During the library visit, I found myself with mass amounts of archival documents and information.  This is a type of source that I can draw from in future research investigation for a particular subject.  I have visited the library special collections before; however, it wasn’t until my second visit to appreciate the mass amounts of information there.  During our library visit, I learned about the local information of Syracuse along with music, politics, economics, place, etc.

In my post with the interview proposal and the interview with Roger McCabe, I found myself using different sources for preparation and different methods to retrieve information from him.  I learned a lot about Roger McCabe and the time around then when having the interview with him, and when transcribing the interview.  I looked up sources about Woodstock and tried to scope my interview questions with Roger McCabe to that topic.  When changing this genre into a biography, I needed to get more information from Roger McCabe.  Initial I had an interview with Roger McCabe, the second time I got more information from him was through e-mail.  Both methods helped get facts and information of Roger McCabe’s life to complete my biography.  In my future writing, I believe that I will continue to conduct relevant interviews to further my investigation.

In this homework post, I used two different sources during my research.  I found an article that was basically a transcript of an interview of two individuals who attended the Woodstock and Music Fair in 1969.  I felt that reading an interview could help me conduct my own interview with Roger McCabe.  The second part of this post are my notes on the full length documentary of Woodstock made in 1970.  The was a good source to obtain information because at the time, I was getting tired of reading about Woodstock and the history around then and just wanted to watch/listen to something.  Instead of reading more articles and information about the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, I changed methods to watching a movie and listening to the information in the documentary.  I learned a lot from watching the documentary; the movie allowed me to understand what was happening during the time of Woodstock.  In the future, if I ever get tired of reading anything I am just going to watch videos about it—YouTube has everything.

Finally, I used many different sources for my research of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969.  I used articles, peer-reviewed papers, transcribed interviews, archival research, documentaries, pictures, and others.  These are different types of sources that I can use in future writings.  The piece of writing not only shows the varieties of sources that we can use in research, but this writing reveals a lot of information regarding activism, economics, politics, etc.  These are strong research information that can aid in your topic of investigation.  In the future, using a variety of strong sources and asking questions of economics, politics, culture, etc. can help further my writing; as well as, identifying the rhetoric situations, audience, genre, and stakeholders.


Extra Credit Freewrite

Stressed Out

I am super stressed.  I am so stressed.  All I want to do is watch the new season of Cuckcoo on Netflix. Ughhh.  Like, I was suppose to read about this guy named Anthony Wallace for my anthropological theory class (so boring) after this class.  Seriously, all I know is that he developed these theories of “mazeway” and “revitalization movements;” and that stuff is suppose to boil-down to mean cultures can change within itself.  So boring, right.  So, while I have to be worried about my organic chemistry tomorrow (Thursday), I am reading about Anthony Wallace in a completely different subject.  On top of that, I have this forensic science paper that is destroying my life; thank god it isn’t due for a while.  So, back to PANICIING FOR THIS ORGANIC CHEMISTRY EXAM!

Since I am re-writing this freewrite for extra credit, I realized that what I said about Anthony Wallace is basically all I really needed to know for him.  Actually, that’s wrong he did a lot more thing such as his fieldwork and ethnological research.  He also did his original fieldwork pretty close by near Ontario, Canada.  Anthony Wallace added history to the Haudenosaunee (or Iroquois).  And people (if you are reading this), I am still not done with season three of Cuckcoo.  However, I do recommend it to everyone to watch—it is on Netflix.  And friends, I did fine on my organic chemistry exam.  I got a 52, and the average was a 53.  So, thank the Lord because I only studied for a day. *sigh* I really need to get better at studying for exams.

Extra Credit Freewrite

Run Gone Wrong

All I remembered were trees after branch after tree while running through the trail.  The branches hit me as I ran through them, but I felt nothing.  I kept running; every few steps, I tried to take a breath.  When I was lucky enough for a breath all I could smell was curry, not even the smell of leaves or soil.  What was I running from?  I had been running for a while now, and my side aches—but, I continued to run.  I couldn’t hear anyone or anything running behind me.  I began to slow down.  I looked behind and there was nothing there—still running.  I couldn’t remember if I was running from something/someone, but I continued to run.  How long have I been running?  Where are my friends?  Why does it smell like mom’s curry?  And, what was happening?  I continued to jog around.

I was lost.  I didn’t know my way out of this trail.  I couldn’t hear my friends.  It smelled like curry.  And all I saw were flipping trees.  Then, I saw something.  I turned to see a figure dressed in all black, and it began to run towards me.  Was this who I was running from before?  I immediately began to start running in the opposite direction.  I could hear the individual running after me, and every step they took.  I yelled, “What do you want?!”  There was no answer from the individual.  I kept running choose to not look back.  I could judge how far the individual was from me by listening to the steps they took.  At the pace I was running, I was safe.  I was thirsty, and my mouth was dry.  All I could think of was getting away, and I continued to run as fast as I could.

I was being chased by the individual for about five minutes now, but I kept running.  I saw a relatively steep hill and ran towards it.  I began running up the hill, and the individual followed me up.  I have always been good at running up steep hills; because back in high school for sports, my team would always have to run hills together.  However, I was the weak link.  Nevertheless, now I felt stronger than the individual chasing me.  I looked back and saw the individual slowing down.  I could hear them breathing heavily.

This was my chance to lose them.  Once I finish this hill, I can run and hide somewhere else.  They wouldn’t be able to catch me.

Almost to the top of the hill.

Made it!

The treadmill reclines.

I turn of the treadmill and the TV on it.  My legs were jello-y as I went upstairs.  My mom just made curry.  It smelled great and full of spices!  What else is better than food after a run?

Critical Reflection on Project 4

This was our last writing 205 project, and I really enjoyed working on it.  I really liked the idea of altering our research from our earlier project and turning it into a different genre of writing and for a different audience.  I used to think that I could only write research papers, but after changing my genre for this project—I can to do it for other writings.  I thought that my research was relatively boring—yes, I thought that music and Woodstock are cool.  However, there was a lot of politics and socioeconomics that fell into Woodstock during that time.  More so, there is a lot of history that came out of the time around Woodstock.  When deciding a genre of writing to change to I chose to change the genre to a biography.  I really like the idea of writing about a local musician, and was very excited about this genre change.  I was so intrigued by Roger McCabe’s story and life, that I wanted to learn more about him and let others know his story.

It was very difficult to change the genre and audience of a specific piece of writing.  My research was on Woodstock, and the threads attached to the festival.  My biggest problem was what to keep out, what to add, and what to change.  I didn’t know how to write strong biography.  When I realized that it wasn’t really my task to write about all of Roger McCabe’s life, I was able to write his biography; and the biography ended up being a good overall of Roger McCabe’s life.  Another problem that I had was identifying a specific audience.  There is a lot of thought that goes into identifying your audience the the scope of the writing genre.  If I wrote a research paper rather than a biography, then there would have been a different audience to recognize.

During peer-review, I needed more information on my draft.  However, the genre was good; and the audience was relatively clear.  My rough draft was really rough.

According to my classmates, my biography read very informally.  I wanted to express Roger McCabe through the biography but using the funny stories that he told me.  I wish I could have made the biography more personable.  Another thing that I could have done differently was to add more about the other bands of Roger McCabe.  I realized that during my other project I was more zeroed-in on Woodstock and that time.  It was perfect because the Jumpin Jax were asked to perform at Woodstock.


04.18.2016 – Homework

  1.  A list of the conventions of the genre you’ve chosen for Project 4.that he showed me.
    1. student/ biography
  2. A photo/link to a sample of that genre.
    1. Biography (online) – Example Gloria Vanderbilt
    2. Local Musician Spotlight: Tracy Thorne
  3. A draft of your Project 4 (it can be as rough as the one you made in class today!)
    1. I can draft a biography that looks like Gloria Vanderbilt’s online biography.
      1. Quick Facts on the individual
      2. Synopsis
      3. Early Life
      4. Woodstock
      5. Vietnam
      6. Marriage
      7. Personal loss?
      8. But, I also want to somehow include the music