End of Semester Recap about the Conflict in Ukraine


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A.) My Topic: My topic this semester was about the conflict that Ukraine has with it’s neighboring country, Russia. Based on the situation in Ukraine, I wrote about why Ukraine should seek help from outside forces such as the EU, U.S., or NATO.

B.) My Essays: In this class, I wrote three essays. My first essay was a definition paper, in which I defined my topic in a way so that the audience would get a general idea of what is going on in Ukraine. For my topic, it was important that the audience knew the events that led to the point of Russia invading Ukraine. What inspired me to write about this topic is that I myself am Ukrainian, and I have many family members that live in Ukraine as well, so over the past few years, the events happen in Ukraine are always a constant basis for discussion in my family. For my second essay, I wrote a rebuttal to my first essay, so I basically tried to disprove some of the points that I made while still withholding my original viewpoint in the background. It was fun to explore the other side of my argument in this essay, which is why I believe It turned out better than my first essay. As for my third essay, which is my proposal paper, I’m writing about a way for the conflict in Ukraine to subside.

C.) My Research Methods: When researching about my topic, I looked for articles from news sources that talked about the conflict in Ukraine, where the conflict is at right now, and where the conflict may go if certain things happen. The conflict in Ukraine is still talked about today, especially with the recent events of three Ukrainian ships being fired upon then seized by Russian ships in the Kerch Strait, so finding articles and sources wasn’t too difficult. It was a matter of finding the best sources which turned out to be somewhat challenging. I didn’t really spend much time in databases because I felt like news articles online were easier to come across and easier to cite. When it came to seeking help from other people for this topic, I actually ended up asking for my dad’s input on the topic and he showed me a few good sources that I could’ve used in my writing.

D.) Sources: Some good articles about my topic;




E.) Final Details/Observation: Overall, I learned a lot more about my topic than before I started writing these essays. Beforehand, I had a general knowledge when it came to Ukraine’s conflict, but researching and reading over countless sources throughout this process has ultimately strengthened my understanding of the conflict in Ukraine, and many aspects of it that I hadn’t even thought about until reading about them. Before writing these essays, I only knew what my topic was about, not how it should be solved or ways to end it. In the end, I still have the same perspective about my topic, Ukraine should become more aligned with Europe if it wants to end its conflict with Russia. In the future, I’d want to know a lot more about my topic since there are countless factors that go into Ukraine’s conflict, and each one is worth knowing.


Final Blog Post

My Topic:

For this semester, the topic I focused on in my various essays was how the current United States Education System was unfair and did not do what it was designed for.

My Essays:

For the first essay I wrote a definition paper in which I focused on telling the history of the problems in the educations system and establishing what problems exist within it.  I first told the history of education, or at least what I was able to find up until today.  Then I talked about quite a few problems involved with the education system in the essay a few being how the style of teaching originates from how factory workers were put to work a long time ago and still is the mainstream method of teaching.  In essay two  I wrote a rebuttal in which I mostly focused on discrediting an article I found online that talks about how the American education system is simply the best out of all the other countries.  I used various articles to disprove many points that were made about how exactly the American education system was better than others.  for the third essay I am redefining the problem that persists within my topic and then coming up with numerous ways in which we could solve some of the problems our at least make them better.

My Research Methods:

To begin I like to do a general search to see If the ideas I come up with for the essay have sources that can support my claims. I found that using databases for my research was actually a waste of time because while they could filter through many articles quickly, most of those articles were so specific that they could not be used as research for my topic but actually would waste time searching for nothing.  For the most part, I never really had to look for sources daily or anything like that, thankfully.  When I did find sources if there aren’t any  that support my way of thinking or if the research disproves my previous thoughts I change them but if there are enough to support them then I continue on to my next step.  I make a bullet point list of ideas that fit along with the main point of the essay, that I will use for reference when I actually start writing.  Then I like to explore those ideas and come up with as many points that I can with them.  This makes up for most of the ideas that I make in the essays.  Then for most of the main points I make I look for research that supports my specific points.  For the most part this is really all I did for all the essays, the only other thing I did for some of them was put in my own personal connection to whatever point I was making to demonstrate to the audience a real life connection in relation to my point.


Was the USA ever the best at education?

The Invented History of ‘The Factory Model of Education’

Education in the United States of America

Final Details:

After all my research my opinion hasn’t really changed much from start to finish.  In fact It only became more apparent to me that what I thought was just a simple problem was actual a much bigger problem than I thought.  The reason for this is that through my research I discovered that for many people, the things I thought were clear problems never made them think of it as a problem even though there is clear research, media, and politicians that say otherwise.  I think for many people its easier to just live in a figurative bubble than to accept that sometimes what they believed for many years was in fact not true.  I would have to say that throughout my research that is the new main idea that I have discovered regarding my topic.  Though my thought on this is that it is better to just pop that figurative bubble and face the truth than forever live in ignorance.

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Education Image


Visual Argument of Ukraine’s Conflict


Over the past few years, Ukraine has been put in the global spotlight due to the events of Euromaidan, the Russian invasion of Eastern Ukraine, and the annexation of Crimea, just to name a few. When finding articles on the internet related to Ukraine, these three cases seem to be the center of discussion. Just like how the authors of these articles get their points across through creating arguments, the authors of visual arguments communicate their ideas of issues by the use of drawings and depictions. The cartoonist of my chosen image, Carlos Latuff, drew two cartoon characters and a vicious looking bear fighting over the country Ukraine. There is minimal font in this image, but the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” definitely applies here.

The author, Carlos Latuff, is a Brazilian freelance political cartoonist. Latuff is most likely unbiased since this piece is unlike his usual work. He is best known for his images portraying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Wikipedia). Therefore, he most likely has an objective view of the conflict in Ukraine. This image was directed towards the average audience, as it was posted by Latuff himself on Twitter. With that being said, his audience is most likely his followers that may be interested in this conflict. It makes sense that the image was intended for a general audience because the picture is simple yet holds much meaning behind it, which is left for the viewer to interpret. Overall, the author is making the argument that Russia is seen as a big, overpowering force on all fronts of Ukraine’s conflict.

In the political cartoon, all sides of Ukraine’s struggle are being shown. The bear, a widespread symbol for Russia, represents Russia in the image. Uncle Sam wearing a top hat with the American flag on it represents the United States. Lastly, the man wearing the blue shirt with the EU flag on the back depicts the European Union. Just like how Russia is taking control over certain parts of Eastern Ukraine, the bear in the image is tugging at that side of Ukraine. At the same time, Uncle Sam and the man wearing the EU flag are pulling at Western Ukraine. Although this picture is very symbolic, it is still very true to life because Russia wants to gain control over many parts of eastern Ukraine, while the western side of Ukraine is more pro-European and pro-United States, which is the logos behind this image. This is why Russia, the U.S, and the European Union are shown fighting for Ukraine, as if they were playing tug of war, appealing more to pathos. This visual brings me back to my essays because this is what my argument is about, the fight for Ukraine. The visual argument is on point with the arguments in my essays, showing Russia as an overbearing force, with the U.S. and EU trying to pry Ukraine out of the bear’s strong grasp.




Works Cited

(2018, November 13). Carlos Latuff. Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved

November 18, 2018 from, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Latuff.


Latuff, Carlos. “The Russian Giant Has Awoken!”. The Red Pheonix, 2014.




Questions about the Conflict in Ukraine




Blog # 3 – Causal for mobile tech

I planned to create a causal argumentative essay for the essay #2. Within my general topic, the effect of technology, I would consider the causes or consequences of trends related to the topic. I would focus on some specific topic, such as how technology influences the communication, especially the social skills in teenagers, or how the education system is affected by technology. I would try my best to avoid any kind of logical fallacies in the reasoning. I would judge on whether the benefit of technology outweighs the costs (negative effects) or not. I would look for sources and point of views from multiple aspects, such as parents, teachers, people who uses technology a lot and those who doesn’t.


For the pre-writing approach, I used to outline what I want to say on paper and organize them into the cause-and-effect chain if possible. Then, I’m freewriting whatever comes to my mind around the outlined list I have. Next, I add source in between to support my argument and make a connection to it.


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Blog Post #3 – Prewriting Essay #2 / Research Update

For my second essay, I plan to write a rebuttal argument about opposing views on my topic. I would most likely approach the argument with a counterargument since there are two sides to my topic. There are those who want Ukraine to join the EU and become an “actual” member of Europe, and then there are those who want Ukraine to stick to its communist roots and let Russia decide the country’s future. Both the pro-European and pro-Russian sides have many reasons for backing their opinions so it wouldn’t be too hard to make a rebuttal against the pro-Russian side of my topic.

I will try to limit repeating reasons why Ukraine should stay closely aligned with Europe since that is what I wrote about for my first essay. Instead, I’ll create counter-arguments for a claim (or claims) that is for Ukraine to be pro-Russian. I would research the reason behind the pro-Russian opinions of the opposing view and why they have those views. By creating a rebuttal argument, I would create arguments countering those claims. Overall, I would still focus on my position, but I would spend most of the time writing about the side that I oppose.

Possible Source: Source Link

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The picture above shows someone holding a Russian flag among many people holding Ukrainian flags. This picture gives a visual of the two opposing viewpoints; the pro-Russian side and those who want Russia out of Ukraine.

Citation for photo:

Markham, Isobel. “Ukraine Soldiers Defecting To Pro-Russian Side?” Bustle, Bustle, 25                               Apr. 2018, http://www.bustle.com/articles/21325-ukrainian-soldiers-defecting-                                 to-pro-russian-side-apparently-which-isnt-great-news-for-ukraine.

End of Semester Recap of Veganism

My Topic: For this semester, I chose to research the controversial vegan movement in an effort to find out how it benefits society, the individual, and the animals.

My Essays: For my first research paper, I focused on whether or not a vegan lifestyle is truly a healthy way to live, and how it may be more beneficial than any other diet. I learned that veganism can be the healthiest way to live if the proper foods are being consumed, but can also be unhealthy if the diet is heavy in carbohydrates and fats. In my second essay, I researched how animal production has changed as a result of the industrial revolution, making veganism a more favorable lifestyle than ever before. Not only are the animals being harmed due to production, but the earth’s environment and atmosphere is as well. My final paper will inform readers how they can go about making changes in their everyday routines to lessen their impact on animals, the earth and their own bodies. It may be quite challenging to go vegan all at once, but taking baby steps allows people to ease into the transition at a pace they feel comfortable with.


My Research Methods: Researching my topic was an enjoyable and unique experience because veganism is discussed throughout different sources of media. I was not limited to only scholarly sources, and instead had the freedom to access social media content, advertisements, popular news sources and campaigns. Having a variety of different types of sources to integrate within my work created a diverse platform to support my arguments and provided multiple perspectives. My findings ranged from a Stanford University publication to a dairy company’s Twitter advertisement, but each and every one I found was beneficial to my writing in some way.

Sources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13h6o533T8SroDVfd6CXySGqUZfPSPjzyTvOmrCutcic/edit

Final Observations: Researching this topic over the course of the semester was a fascinating journey, because I have wanted to learn more about veganism for the past few years. By studying it from an academic standpoint, I focused a lot more on the facts and evidence than I would have doing personal research, which likely would have consisted more of opinions. Reading both opinionated and factual sources gave me a better ability to form my on opinion and learn more about what veganism has to offer as well as some of the drawbacks that come with it. For example, I learned that eliminating animal products from the diet can reverse prostate cancer in men. This was astounding information for me to land upon, and was something I cared about personally since this cancer has affected previous generations of my family. My perspective on veganism has become much more positive after this semester’s research, and I have even begun taking small steps to eliminate animal products from my diet and lifestyle. I no longer have dairy milk in my daily iced coffees, and have refrained from buying any new belts, shoes or wallets made of leather. While these adjustments may seem small, if society as a whole could make these minor changes, the positive results would be huge.


Visual Assignment: Marijuana a Deadly Drug?

Marijuana is considered a Schedule 1 drug which is as bad as they get. American RSDHope says, “SCHEDULE 1 (CLASS I) DRUGS are illegal because they have high abuse potential, no medical use, and severe safety concerns; for example, narcotics such as Heroin, LSD, and cocaine.” As many people already know, marijuana does have medical uses and is being legalized for medicinal purposes in many states. As far as severe safety concerns, I think this chart displaying the death toll of various substances says a lot about the “severity” of marijuana use. Looking at the data alone you can’t see the bar for deaths caused by marijuana overdose. Even if you could see the bar, it would be lost under the shadow of the overwhelmingly large number of deaths caused annually by tobacco, a drug that you can easily purchase if you are of legal age in any state. The number of people who die because of tobacco does not only include those who directly use the substance. This number also includes those who take in the substance second hand. In comparison to the other substances, marijuana is the least deadly.




Essay 2 Ideas for Veganism

For my second essay, I plan to follow the ethical approach of my topic and focus on how veganism affects the environment as well as animals. By focusing on the ethics of this issue, I will describe how animal production impacts the land and atmosphere of the earth, as well as how the animals consumed in most diets are treated and produced. I will begin by finding statistics sources that expose the detrimental effects of modern animal agriculture. These sources, one of which I linked below, are the key to supporting my claim that veganism is the most ethically responsible lifestyle.

I can also talk about how veganism can go beyond eating, but also our skin care and clothing as well. Many people do not even view their leather belt as once being an animal because society is so detached from production. By making the reader realize how we use innocent animals to our advantage, I can persuade them that being a vegan is a much more ethical choice.


Google Search, Google, http://www.google.com/search?q=go%2Bvegan&client=safari&rls=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjygYTD-I_aAhWho1kKHXyHC_EQ_AUICigB&biw=1324&bih=916#imgrc=IsK-cBjpANKFiM:

“New Report Reveals the Environmental and Social Impact of the ‘Livestock Revolution’.” Stanford University, 16 Mar. 2010, news.stanford.edu/news/2010/march/livestock-revolution-environment-031610.html.