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A possible service learning component that kind of connects to the Genealogy project could be
volunteering at a Senior Citizen Center. I feel like Senior Citizen Centers have senior citizens of
all ages, some of which have lived through many different time periods and it would be really
helpful to us to hear about other people's experiences and their family history.
For presenting to larger groups for a long period of time it's good to map out everything and go
over it in advance like timing it, running through the presentation to make sure that everything is
working (audio, images, videos etc.). It’s a good thing to try and include some audience
participation areas as long as they don’t take forever and are something that you have to sit and
discuss for longer than a minute or so. Don’t force yourself to remember everything. You can
write out a few talking points on note cards to make sure that you hit everything that you want to
talk about because you feel that it is important that you you won’t forget important details. For
huge groups, it is good to project your voice to make sure that everybody can hear you and that
your voice isn’t going in and out.
The quote by Zora Neale Hurston speaks to me (“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking
and prying with a purpose”). This quote speaks to me because of what it literally means,
research IS formalized curiosity. When you think of things that you want to know more about
you have to have been super curious about it because you took the time to look it up because
it's something that you want to learn more about instead of letting it sit to the side in the back of
your brain. When you’re doing research you might be taking note of everything you find out
whether it's physically or mentally because you want to keep track of everything probably so you
won’t forget.
Inquiry Question: I want to know what was going on in Pennsylvania when my great
grandmother went and lived there for a few years with her parents. (1935-1940)
- I need to research what things looked like in Pennsylvania during this time frame
- I will include pictures of representation of what Pennsylvania looked like during this time
- I need to interview my grandmother and my great aunt and see if they know where she
was living at the time like an exact city so I can get an idea of what the area looked like
and maybe where she lived
- I would like to have pictures of….
- I want to maybe try and find an exact answer as to why exactly my great grandmother
went there for 5 years especially without her children
- 11/12 Library Date: I want to do a little more research myself into my inquiry question. I
think I want to go back a few more generations than just the five to see exactly where my
family came from.
- 11/19 Peer Review:
- Put things into writing instead of bullet points
- Put things into some format that’s easy to go through
- E-Portfolio:
- Upload the documents that won’t change
- Set up pages in the layout that I prefer
- Oral Presentation:
- Chose a platform for the presentation
- Look for pictures
- Do research into some locations
- What he says is significant because it shows how “easy” it is to search for your
ancestors after you get just one lead. For his father to have shown him that obituary and
to tell him “to never forget this woman.” and for him to actually taken an interest in it is
very inspiring. It's still relevant to 2019 because any piece of information that you can be
given to you about your family can open so many doors. For him to have started what he
does now at age 9 it shows you that practically anybody can find their family history even
if it's just jotting down everything you can learn about your family and figuring out where
it connects.
- There’s a photo of my great grandmother and she’s wearing a tiara in the photo. For the
longest time it raised some questions in my mind as to why she was wearing a tiara and
got the picture taken. I figured based off of the way she was dressed that it was a special
occasion like her birthday, some event that she was in attendance to or she had won
something that she was really proud of because she was dressed in a long sleeved
green dress that seemed velvety. After figuring that it was a special occasion, I
wondered what occasion it was. The photo seems to be very significant to my family
because it seems like everyone that was super close to her has a copy. After sitting with
my questions for what seemed like forever, I asked my mom and found out that she had
won a “Queen’s March” at church and she had won by a long shot and she was super
proud of it and wanted her picture taken.
- Something that changed in my family is where my Uncle lived. He was born and raised
in North Carolina and around the time that I was 6 or 7 he moved to Jacksonville, FL for
a few years. At first everybody wasn’t too happy about him moving because nobody
knew what was down there in Florida for him but then we everyone was okay because
Jacksonville was a place where we would visit for vacation and we wouldn’t have to pay
for anywhere to stay since he had enough room for all of us. My grandfather is also a
fisherman so he would love to fishing while we were in Jacksonville since it was so close
to the water. Eventually he came back to North Carolina which we’re happy about but we
also miss Jacksonville and haven’t been since he moved back up here.
- I thought I knew everything about where my mom and my uncles grew up but I was
wrong. I used to think that my mom and my uncles were raised in the house that my
grandparents live in now and were born in Concord but it turns out that wasn’t true. For a
decent number of years, maybe around the time that my mom was 5, they lived in a
house in Concord in a little neighborhood called “Silver Hill” and that’s where they were
raised up until my Uncle turned 4 and then they moved to Charlotte where my
grandparents live now. I remember my grandmother telling me how she didn’t want her
kids to be born in Charlotte because that’s where my grandfather grew up so I figured
she had them in Concord and then when she was released from the hospital, they
traveled back to Charlotte.
- I wouldn’t say it's an ethic food more of a preferred family dish, potato salad. My great-
grandmother was the first person to make it and I was told stories about how she would
bring it to family events and cook it for Sunday dinner. Since she passed away, my
grandmother is the only one who will make it because she knows exactly how my great-
grandmother did it. It’s really just potatoes, mayonnaise, eggs, bell pepper, purple onion,
drained pickled relish and sugar but the thing is, there are no measurements and it’s just
based on taste. Its normally only made on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas and
when we have church events because those were the times that my grandmother really
made it. Even though it's really simple and technically anybody can make it, it’s really
special to use because my great-grandmother was the first person to make it in our
family and my grandmother and mother really cherish that because of how close they
were to her.
- No, I did not think that I would be spending the semester learning about my family
history and heritage because it’s not something that you get asked to do. To me
genealogy is the study of your genes and how they make up who you are and who your
family was/are. We should care about this research because it's going to continuously
open doors that we didn’t know we could open. From finding out where your family used
to live and finding out who your great-great-great-great grandmother is and who she
married what her husband did for a living. It's good information that you can pass down
to your children and that they can pass down to theirs. Maybe some of the things that
you find will inspire you to do something similar to what was done and bring something
back into practice.
- I have gone to Savannah, GA, Atlanta, GA and Charleston, SC and taken tours and
gone to museums in all three cities learning information about what went on during the
Civil Rights movement and earlier times during Slavery that I didn’t know before. I didn’t
go on those trips expecting to learn so I didn’t write anything down but I took pictures to
document things that I thought were interesting. All of the information may not have been
directly correlated to me but it was a time when I was able to go and learn about history
that I didn’t know before. Thanks to what I’m learning from the Genealogy project I want
to be able to go to the places were my ancestors once lived to learn about what was
going on there.
- What is not there that you need to know? How long were you in Italy? When you
came back to the US after this trip did you try to practice any traditions that you learned
about while you were in Italy?
- Connection to House on Mango Street: 6 Hairs
- I connected to Hairs for two reasons. One everyone in my family has different
hair patterns. My grandmother is a mixture between kinky and curly, my mom’s
hair is curly, which means her hair will make well defined curls as soon as you
put product in it by my hair is the opposite. My hair is kinky which means it won’t
curl on its own. The other connection is that my grandmother was born with
Sandy brown hair and Hazel eyes which neither my grandmother or grandfather
have (both have dark brown hair and dark brown eyes). It skipped a generation,
my great grandmother’s hair was sandy brown and she had Hazel eyes which
later on turned to blue and I have brown hair and dark brown hair maybe black
and brown eyes.
“Don’t ask who your audience are the audience.”
- This writing tip speaks to me because I’ve never thought about this before. Everytime
that I’ve written something I’ve been asked to think about who is reading the paper and
how to keep them hooked into it. It's a really good idea to write to where you please
yourself and you’re not forcibly writing something that you wouldn’t even want to read
because of how either boring or technical it is. If you put your own thoughts and feelings
into it then whoever reads it is able to read and feel that personal touch that you put into
it and they may feel as though they don’t have to be so formal about it either.
- It's important to know how to write for different audiences and different scenarios
because you need to be able to get your point across to the person that’s reading it and
by writing it at the level that it needs to be at (academically). In terms of applying for an
academic scholarship, your essay is more than likely going to a board of people that are
at a high achieving level in their career so your essay needs to be in the correct format if
you were asked for a specific format (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.), the spelling needs to be
correct, the grammar needs to be correct, if you have any quotes or research, it needs to
be cited correctly. If you were texting your friend about an embarrassing situation it
doesn’t have to be so formal because they aren’t necessarily going to be judging you on
the way you write and if you have proper grammar or spelling.
- In High School we did a lot of peer review work and would rotate until at least 5 people
read over it which was helpful because you get to hear from multiple people instead of
just one. Depending on how long the assignment was by the time you get to the 3rd or
4th person you start getting lesser and lesser comments on ways to improve because
some people have gotten lazier and sometimes they think that there’s nothing else they
can write about. Other times some people didn’t have useful comments and they would
just write “Good job!” “I like how you did this!”.
- My inspiration for writing comes from music. Many of the songs that I have listened to
help me come up with a story in some type of way whether it is by the lyrics or by the
title. Sometimes if a song is written by a female artist I like to write from the point of view
of a male protagonist. If it's an instrumental the beat tells a lot based off the intensity or
calmness. I also get inspiration from visual art (paintings and drawings). Sometimes
whatever is going on is a painting or drawing helps me to create my own idea of what
the author may be trying to get across. My grandparents house is very inspirational for
me too because of how much history is in the house. My mom and my uncles
Computers, Powerpoint and Prezi shaping your literacy narrative
- I had a computer at home and at school but I think the first time I used a computer was
at School in Kindergarten. We would get time to go to the computer lab at least once a
week and we would get to play educational games after learning about computer
etiquette from the computer lab teacher. I remember using Prezi probably when I got to
6th grade to create a presentation in science class about the planet Uranus. I think
computers really helped create my literacy narrative because I was able to get hands on
experiences with a computer at such a young age and get to learn how everything
works. As the years passed by, at school, we would learn new skills on the computer to
better use the computer especially
School Book Fairs and tying it your literacy narrative
- I can remember that the school book fair was always something to look forward to
because we got class time to be able to go look at the books that we wanted to buy. I
remember getting my wishlist and filling sometimes maybe 2 pages completely with
many books that I wanted to get once my mom came to the store. At the time I
remember reading fictional books like June B. Jones and Diary of a Wimpy Kid,
paragraph books and many books in Spanish because I was at a language school. I
think that going to Book Fairs definitely helped create my literacy narrative because not
only was I able to learn from reading in English but also in Spanish. I think they also
helped me with learning what it was that I liked reading and why I liked reading those
books so much. My imagination grow with every book I read as well because every story
was in a different location and the characters had different family backgrounds from what
I did.

Special Place for helping shape your literacy narrative
- Growing up learning how to write and practicing my writing, the kitchen in my
grandparents’ house was probably the place where my writing was always at its best.
The table was a tan-ish color and was rectangular shape. I remember when they first got
the table, I was 6 years old, a small little girl and it seemed like it was a huge dining
room table fit for a castle. Plenty of times I would find that my imagination was at its
strongest point while I was sitting at the table with a piece of paper and a pencil. At times
I would write short stories about whatever came to my brain and other times I was
working on school assignments. Whenever I was at the table writing my grandfather
would come and sit by me and when I stopped long enough and took a break either for a
snack or to use the bathroom he would read over what I wrote and everytime I came
back to the table he would say “I know your writing can be better than this” and we would
go over it and he would help me find better words to use and cut down sentences so
they didn’t run on forever and ever. To this day, I will still sit at that table and write until I
can’t anymore.

Peer Question: Besides finding better words and cutting down sentences, what else
would you do specifically with your grandfather to help with your writing?

List of who’s helped to shape your literacy narrative
1. My Mom: My mom helped me in my earliest stages of life by reading to me and every
essay that I write she reads over them and gives me edits to how they can be better and
how to get my point across quickly.
2. My Grandfather: Since elementary school my grandfather has liked to read my writing
and give me corrections on spelling, run on sentences, and how to better get my point
3. My 3rd Grade English Teacher: 3rd grade is the earliest that I can remember writing
paragraphs for papers.
4. My 8th Grade English Teacher: My 8th grade teacher was very active in helping me to
create strong thesis statements and titles for papers.
5. My 9th-12th Grade English Teacher: I had the same English teacher all through High
School and she was very good about making sure our research was well thought out
and that I had a strong understanding on how to tie everything together by the end of the
paper. She was also helpful at getting us to look at both sides of an idea (devils