Last Letter

Posted May 30, 2010 by mdaar
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Dear Michael Moore,

As I look back on my writing skills from the beginning of the year to the end of the year, I do see a change in how I approach assignments and in my writing technique.  However, I do not think it was necessary to take three writing classes.  I almost felt like I should have had one, and combined all of the ideas into one class.  Though it is always beneficial to take   writing classes, it just got tedious some times.  I believe in WRD 103 I became a better creative writer.  An example of this would be from one of my papers when I said, “He dragged the sun colored ladder with the steel frame that held up his weight, and started to erase the smudges off of the window which had become a napkin for little kids’ fingers to wipe off on.  His arms, a propeller, shining the glass until it became a portal, but all he could see was his reflection”.  I felt as though I really looked into the situation and gave very descriptive details, which I was suppose to do.

In reference to WRD 104, I learned different techniques for research.  I think I vastly improved on how I do research and how I intertwine my quotes into the paper.  An example of this would be when I wrote, “Palmer taught herself to read by the age of four, and truly values what education can do for a person, and how it can change people’s lives.  She shaped Wellesley College so much that she is buried at the school so those there can remember and recognize her as an education role model.   Palmer said, “Pre-eminently the college is a place of education…” I feel like I really incorporated the person saying the quote into my paper.  Overall, I learned different ways of how to make a research paper stronger.

Another quality I learned in WRD 104 was how to be my own filter.  I definitely feel like I have taken on a responsibility of making sure all of my sources are credible and usable in a paper.  I think it is important to understand no one else but I am responsible for being my own filter.  Although, I feel like I have improved in my writing, I also feel like I have not reached my full potential.  I think overall the WRD classes are useful, but it was not necessary to take three classes of it.  At times I felt like certain teachers looked for things for us to do to just take up time and those particular class times were not useful or constructive.

Lastly, I would like to thank you for being a great WRD 104 teacher. You were interesting to listen to and it was a good way to end my time here at DePaul.  Thank you!


Monica Daar


Purpose of College: Value of Education

Posted May 29, 2010 by mdaar
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Monica Daar

WRD 104

Michael Moore

May 28, 2010

Purpose of College: Value of Education

About a year ago, my high school dean asked me what I was going to be doing after high school. I quickly replied that I was going to college of course, what else would I do? I never truly thought about another option. I just thought that was the cycle in which things worked. Similar as to how I never thought about what I would do after high school, I have not put much thought into what exactly the purpose of college is. Besides education, I see the purpose of college as a way to learn about a multitude of things.

There are all different types of school missions and mottos among universities around the United States.  One mission statement from Wellesley College, an all women’s liberal arts college in Wellesley, Massachusetts states, “The mission of Wellesley College is to provide an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world”.  By age 26, Alice Palmer, the former President of Wellesley College in 1881, was said to help the school become a more all around Liberal Arts College.  Palmer taught herself to read by the age of four, and truly values what education can do for a person, and how it can change people’s lives.  She shaped Wellesley College so much that she is buried at the school so those there can remember and recognize her as an education role model.   Palmer said, “Pre-eminently the college is a place of education. That is the ground of its being. We go to college to know, assured that knowledge is sweet and powerful, that a good education emancipates the mind and makes us citizens of the world” (Palmer 4). However, each person who wants to go to college might have different expectations of what college is and why they want to go.  Still the bottom line is that the primary reason to go to college is for an education. People pay the school for an education and that is why it is called “higher education”. Although people get different things out of college, they are all leaving with some type of knowledge they did not have before they entered.

Sterling M. McMurrin looks at the various responsibilities a university has to the students in American Associations of University Professors. He explains the different types of knowledge students should receive from their respective college.  McMurrin, a professor at the University of Utah from the 1940’s to the 1980’s, was well known for being the United States Commissioner of Education under President John F. Kennedy.  He was also involved in the Mormon Church and helped shape certain church doctrine.  According to McMurrin in American Associations of University Professors, “The universities serve a somewhat specialized purpose.  They are concerned with knowledge and rationality- with the discipline of reason, the achievement and uses of knowledge, and the generation of critical and creative intelligence” (McMurrin 5).  If all schools are trying to reach out with the same purpose, then why must they all have different missions?  Every university has a specific motto they want to instill in their students before the students leave.  What do those missions actually mean to the students if they are really at college to emerge themselves into a pool of knowledge?

There are so many diverse types of colleges, and their mission statements reflect what they stand for.  For example, Hope College is one of the most conservative colleges in the United States.  On Hope’s homepage it states a core value believing that, “vital faith, which provides both the incentive and dynamic for learning and living, is central to education and life” (9).   The professors at Hope are going to try to shape the students through a Christian based learning experience.  Hopes College’s school mission statement states the objective, “To educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society through academic and co-curricular programs of recognized excellence in liberal arts and in the context of historic Christian faith”.  Even though Hope College and Wellesley College are on the opposite sides of the spectrum as conservative and liberal institutions, both of their missions express the desire for their students to achieve greatness in the liberal arts and have their students become leaders.

Not only is college for education, but also one must keep an open mind and think about the other influences college has on people as a whole.  From the American Association of University Professors Bulletin, W.C Atkinson, a well-known researcher and publicist, believes, “that education is a preparation for life, and that an aspect of education may be objectionable in theory and yet justifiable in practice precisely because its defects and inconsistencies are those of life itself” (Atkinson 41).  If higher education is a preparation for life, and all our lives are going to be different, then how can there be just one purpose for the general whole?  College itself is supposed to educate those who want to be educated, to help them bring themselves into the lives they want to make for themselves. So, although it may be a preparation for life, each of us will take out of it what we need for our individual lives.  Each of us will walk away after graduation with different experiences and be prepared for different situations. Like most things in life, we take what is useful for ourselves and leave the lesser parts in the past.

People who do not go to college also have the ability to do what they want in life, but college is that one experience nobody can take away from you once someone has experienced it.  It seems that it is important to look at the purpose of higher education as an aspect of training for the rest of your life. The training includes the psychological, emotional, and knowledge based preparation we need to survive. It may prepare you for employment in a certain field, or make you realize what you have studied is not really what you are interested in. Whichever, the purpose of college seems to be completely objective for each college student who is trying to figure out what they want to make of themselves and their lives.


Atkinson, W.C. American Associations of University Professors Bulletin. Vol. 23. Washington D.C American Association of University Professors,  1937. 43. Print.

McMurrin, Sterling M. American Association of University Professors. Vol. 60-61. American Association of University Professors, 1974-1975. 5. Print.

Hope College. 2010. Web. 20 May 2010. <;.

Special Education in the Peace Corps

Posted April 26, 2010 by mdaar
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  1. Why does there need to be Special Education in the Peace Corps?

When thinking of my research question, I wanted to pick something that had value to me and was something that I was interested in.  The Peace Corps is something that I want to join after college, and I hope to be able to teach special education.  I know special education teachers are not big in developing countries, so I want to find out why the Peace Corps added it to their program.

My audience is aimed towards people who maybe want to join the Peace Corps, for people who are interested in worldly events dealing with issues and children, and also teachers who might want to know what’s going around in developing countries.  I knew I wanted to do something dealing with a Peace Corps, so from there I tried to narrow down my topic dealing with Special Education in the Peace Corps.

[1]  Carano, Kenneth T. “Passport to Cultural Enrichment: The Peace Corps World Wise Schools Experience.” Social Studies 100.4 (2009): 187-192. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 23 Apr. 2010.

[2] The article, Passport to Cultural Enrichment: The Peace Corps World Wise Schools Experience, argues that through the Peace Corps people will gain a sense of cross-cultural awareness that will overall make them into better people. [3] The author supports his argument by explaining that the American people need to learn more about other people’s cultures to make   Americans better-rounded people. [4]. The author talks about the unique programs that can improve students’ cross-cultural awareness in order to convince people they should join the Peace Corps. [5] This article is made for people who are interested in joining the Peace Corps, and also for people who are interested in Cultural Communications.

[1] KRISTOF, NICHOLAS D. “Teach For The World.” New York Times 11 Mar. 2010: 31. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 23 Apr. 2010.

[2]  The article, Teach For The World, argues that although the Peace Corps has  been popular since its inception, currently the program Teach for America is becoming more popular. [3]  The author, KRISTOF, NICHOLAS D. explains to the audience that Teach For America is a good thing, but people should not forget about the Peace Corps and tells how teaching is also apart of the Peace Corps experience. [4] The author gives the fact that 46,000 applicants compete for about 4,500 slots for Teach for America. He stresses that and tries to   convince people that there needs to be a balance between the Peace Corps and Teach For America, and that there is room and need for both. [5]  This article is written for people who are interested in teaching opportunities and people trying to decide if they should do Teach for America or Peace Corps.

[1] Swanson, Elizabeth A., and Sharon Vaughn. “An Observation Study of Reading Instruction Provided to Elementary Students with Learning Disabilities in the Resource Room.” Psychology in the Schools 47.5 (2010): 481-492. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 23 Apr. 2010.

[2] In the article, an observational study of reading instruction provided to elementary students with learning disabilities in the resource room is described. The author argues that through intervention specialists, students are getting to learn more and develop necessary skills.  [3] The author talks about the different experiments they have had with the kids and how they are developing as students.  [4] The author tells of studies and how things work in order to show people it is important to study special needs. [5] This article is written for people interested in special education, learning disabilities and how special needs students are capable of learning if taught the right way.

Research Question

Posted April 19, 2010 by mdaar
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Why are there Special Education Teachers in the Peace Corp?

Analysis on “Interrupted Reading”

Posted April 6, 2010 by mdaar
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Although I did write research reports in high school,  they always seemed to be on popular topics which made it easy to find immense amounts of information about them. I really do not feel doing research is something that I have been taught, I have just been lucky with my topics. Trying to find scholarly resources on “Interrupted Reading” sounded easier than I it actually was. I never imagined I would hit such a road block in my search.  I have to admit, it was a bit frustrating. I started off by trying to Google information by typing in things like: Corot’s Interrupted Reading, Analysis on Corot’s Interrupted Reading, and others.  Not getting very much luck from Google I then went to DePaul University’s Library website.  Through that I found websites that talk about Corot’s history, style of work, and other things about his life, but never specific articles on just an analysis on “Interrupted Reading”.

Going back a second time I used Google Scholar.  I found that to be very useful and I found more information on the painting itself.  Even in a short amount of time I feel that I have a better control on doing research and finding things that I can have more confidence that the website is a credible source.

Dealing with the painting, “Interrupted Reading” I see a high society woman worrying and being sad about something that she cannot tell anyone.  She is having private time alone and that is when her true feelings come out and she shows the world how she feels.  She seems to be such in a train of thought that she is not sitting up straight. Because of the time of the piece, if she was in public she would be elegant in how she sat.; instead she sat with poor posture. I found out that Corot’s paintings of women did not become public until after he died, they were considered his “personal paintings”. Corot makes this woman have a   authenticity about her.  She is beautiful, but at the same time she is distraught about something.  That is real life.

Interrupted Reading

Posted April 4, 2010 by mdaar
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Interrupted Reading by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot


[1]  “Corot, Jean-Baptiste Camille.” The Columbia Encyclopedia. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008. Credo Reference. Web. 03 April 2010.

[2]  The Colombia Encyclopedia claims that Camille Baptiste-Jean Corot is a well respected and well known painter for his landscape pieces and his delicate lighting in his work Interrupted Reading. [3]  Colombia Encyclopedia explains the life Corot lived through his painting career and his impact on the 1800’s artistic world and his popular longevity which still exists today. [4]  The article tells the reader all the places Corot lived in during his painting career, in order to explain his inspirational locations. [5]  The article describes the life of a passionate painter and is geared to an audience who appreciate timeless artistic pieces and artists.


[1] “Corot, Jean-Baptiste Camille (1796-1875).” The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather guide. Abington: Helicon, 2009. Credo Reference. Web. 03 April 2010.

[2]  In this article it states that Camille Baptiste-Jean Corot has three different categories of paintings that changed during different periods of his life.  [3]  The encyclopedia explains Corot as an influential painter through his painted landscapes. [4]  The article show Corot as a successful artists in order to show how he helped other painters during his lifetime. [5]  This article is intended for the people who appreciate the work of Corot and wanted to learn about his different types of paintings and the inspiration behind them.


[1] “Corot, Jean-Baptiste Camille.” Philip’s Encyclopedia 2008. London: Philip’s, 2008. Credo Reference. Web. 03 April 2010.

[2] Philips Encyclopedia explains that Corot had success at the Paris Salon with his soft-edged style and his romantic paintings. [3]  The article explains how Carot was more natural than other classical painters and thats why he was an influence in the post-impressionism era. [4]  The article was written in order to show that Carot was one of the ultimate landscaping artists. [5]  This was written towards people who appreciate or paint landscape paintings.

Girl With Green Face

Posted March 30, 2010 by mdaar
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Painting: Girl with the Green Face

By: Alexei Jawlensky in 1910

Type: Oil Painting Read the rest of this post »