English 1020 Apocalypse
5 February 2019
My English 1020 class so far has been very different compared to all my other classes I have taken in the short span of time since I have been here at Auburn University at Montgomery. Coming into this class I had no idea what to expect, I honestly chose the class because it was at a reasonable time and I needed to take English this semester. So far, I have learned plenty of new things in her class. One of the first things I learned in her class, is that everyone handles stressful situations differently. I learned this from when we went around and asked people about their past events and how they handled them. Secondly, I learned about CRAAP test, which talks about currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, purpose. The CRAAP can be used when looking at potential sources for your paper. Next, I learned about how to refine all pages when using a search engine like Google, Bing, or Yahoo. Some of the examples were to use quotations around whatever you search and to use “and.” Then, we learned about google scholars search engine. This is by far my favorite because I never knew about it. Also, because all of the sources have been revised by at least two people.
My proposed topic is fairly simple, my topic is to have houses that are on the water be built with stilts that are made with certain patterns underneath to withstand the strong winds and water from various natural and unnatural disasters. Below is an example of the usual house with stilts.
As you can see the house held up with only wooden pegs and if anyone has seen beach houses after a natural disaster you know that these wooden pegs cannot without even the weakest of hurricanes. My idea is to support the beach houses with cement circular spirals that also are serve as staircases to an underground emergency basement.
Some of the research for this project comes from my own understanding of how severe the homes on the waterfront are due to my parents owning a beach house and when Hurricane Katrina hit. It left complete devastation of the beach house and my parents had to rebuild from the ground up. Some of the other sources for my project I could use is the information from engineers on how tall building are supported and how bridges are supported. Some information I could use is from path beach houses which were destroyed from natural disasters.
The outline I have pictured in my head is simple, but sophisticated at the same time. I would first start my paper off with the introduction telling a story of how a happy family once lived on the beach and loss everything they ever owned to a giant tsunami or hurricane. Then I would begin to tell if they were use my new design for their house, how they might still have their house. Next, I would show through describing it and pictures how my design is different and better than all of the earlier designs that did not work. Then, I would give an example through two stories of how my design is better and would work in various ways that earlier modules did not. After all that I would most likely summarize up my idea and paper by giving last input I had. Finally, I would give a very factual but brief conclusion.
Some of my biggest strengths in English is that I am very good at writing from the head, I can write freely and just let my mind go to work and type the paper very easily. Also, I talk naturally very proper, so when I begin writing papers. I type like I talk which is proper. Some of my greatest weaknesses is that when I type. I usually tend to fall short of whatever the requirement is. I believe this is due to me getting straight to the point, and I usually do not put evidence or have facts about what I am saying after my initial point. Once I say what my opinion is on topic, I am finished which is not good.
With all the information above I believe my project is deserving of the $5,000; because I believe that my project is something that happens very often. Especially, were we live. Also, anytime a tropical storm, tsunami, or hurricane hits ground. What are the first houses they show? They always show the houses that are right on the water, and time after time they build the houses the exact same way they were before and wait for the next storm to come and tear them down again. I believe my idea will change the world due to fact that people homes would be saved. I believed my solution is the best because clearly the solution that is in place now is not working. My father always told me if it is not broke do not fix it. Well in this scenario it is broke and someone needs to fix it so why should I not spread my ideas with the world and fix a problem that is not just nationwide but worldwide.