Relflection and Annotated Bibliography

Marcus Chapman

Trials and Tribulations in becoming a good writer

When becoming a good writer in the digital age, a typical writer must look away from the screen of a computer monitor, cell phone, or television to truly understand how to further develop in writing. The idea of limiting electronic use in class creates an environment that is peaceful and less distracting for a writer. Giving them access to their deep thought when writing in our journal.

The importance of composing snail mail is essential to a day in age writer because we never really get to sit down into emotional thought on pen and paper and express our emotions through writing. This writing is especially key in our day of age because we are used to sending texts and calling one another. But composing a letter to a family member once a month, gives the personalized feel to the recipient. Giving the student the opportunity to reach out through old school style of writing and communication. Writing long-hand forcing the writer to write out text instead of using slang language which could decrease vocabulary and spelling.

A big part of writing is the criticism of work and being able to understand feedback, making you better as a writer and listener. The workshop essay gave students the opportunity to listen to readers interpret their work live to understand how people of different races, ages and background perceive their essay. As a writer it is always important o be able to monetize their essay, and leave as much bias and or political views from writing and leaving the viewer to interpret the reading. In conclusion English 131 and it’s parts has improved my writing and learning through many different trials of writing. By keeping a personalized journal I am able to keep thought and idea in one place to further improve my writing style.

Works Cited

Beatty, Robert. Serafina and the Black Cloak. Disney/Hyperion, 2015.

Smith, Zadie. Swing Time. 2016. Penguin, 2017

(Workshop essay)

Annotated bibliography

Beatty, Robert. Serafina and the Black Cloak. Disney/Hyperion, 2015.

In Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert beatty, we get the story of a young girl named Serafina, is trying to figure out the mystery of the missing children in the Baltimore estate. Robert beatty uses the genre of gothic mystery, fantasy, and fairy tale to lead us on an adventure in the pursuit of the Man in the Black Cloak

Bettelheim, Bruno. Introduction: “The Struggle for Meaning.” The Uses of Enchantment:

The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales. Random, 1976. Pp. 3-19

Bruno goes into great detail in, “The Struggle for Meaning” to describe how intriguing kids find fiction and fairy tales. Explaining how difficult it is to understand the meaning of these fairy tales because of the imagery and information these said stories.

Collins, Billy. “Snow Day by Billy Collins.” Poetry Foundation, Poetry Foundation,

In Billy Collins, Snow day. Billy goes into great detail about a snow day. The imagery of the snow we can see how roads are blocked, schools are closed, and children are going outside to enjoy the soft white snow. We see the narrator of the poem is stuck in the house and is listening to the sounds outside, and towards the end we see something is about to go down between three little girls.

Richtel, Matt. “Blogs vs. Term Papers.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 20 Jan. 2012,

In the article “Blogs vs. Term Papers.”, Matt Richtel explains how the modern culture is changing with the digital age. Giving us insight on how most teens nowadays are staying inside on their phone. He also explains how blogs vs term papers can be beneficial with writing for teenagers growing up because of the style of writing.

Smith, Zadie. Swing Time. 2016. Penguin, 2017

In Zadie smith’s, “Swing Time”, the reader is led on a journey of two friends through a story of identity. One is talented in dance trying to pursue a dance career like her father. While the other goes back to her roots to truly understand the ipsety of where she came from.

Twenge, Jean M. “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 19 Mar. 2018,

Jean Twenge in the article, “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?”, twenge describes how the day in age teenager is changing. The typical teenager milestone or adventure is going down such as acquiring their license or going out and having fun has gone down. And he further explains how this dramatical change is because of smartphones. Limiting the face to face contact, making everything easily accessible online


Swing Time

Identity & Ipseity through Dance

The Narrator and Tracey grow up together, who both coincidently fall in with modern pop and, dance despite Tracey being a lot more talented at dancing the narrator. In the text Swing time we can see how they use dance to connect themselves with their history. African American Idols such as Tracy’s father, Michael Jackson, and the Nicholas brothers are all used as influencers of the character style of dance and way they hold themselves.

Over time the narrator and Tracey grow apart. Tracey going to on to try to make a name for herself and determined to demonstrate her talents to the world. The narrator becomes an assistant for Aimee who shows her the high life, eventually gaining in interest in philanthropy moving to west africa. In which the Narrator sees beauty in her roots. Getting a glimpse of the dance which she finds magnificent.

Tracey struggles with her identity through childhood moving out of the neighborhood, not living with both parents, and as gifted of a student. The narrator wasn’t as gifted as Tracey dancing wise but the both gravitated towards each other because of them being the only black children in the dance classroom. (34) “They went to a single sexed school”, which could of also caused confusion and frustration in sexuality as we can see Tracey get envious of the narrator when she would talk to other girls especially in the dance class. Tracey also was premature secually which also gave affect on the style of dance she copied and like. As we see at the birthday party her copying the dances of Aimee which are secually derived, at a young age.

But the narrator explains how she is determined to make it out of the neighborhood and looks to her idols for inspiration, (99)”She shared the space with Michael and Janet Jackson, Prince- she made her room into some kid of shrine”. A big part of Tracey’s struggle with identity comes from the absence of her father, with him being in and out of jail, she comes up with the excuse of her father being one of Michael jackson’s stage dancers. Giving that to excuse the constant absence of him throughout the book.

But the Narrator gives us a little glimpse of the past times when Tracy’s father was around during their younger years. Describing his clothing and the way he upheld himself. (182)” The first thing I noticed was that he had the body of a dancer, and moved like a dancer, rhythmically”. On the same page it showed how her father didn’t just want to walk down the street with them but told them to run which made themselves very known to others.

Concluding that even though both characters have there struggles in identity and figuring out who they are culturally, both Tracey and the narrator figure that out through dance and most importantly the african american idols that we see that popularized certain dance moves and images presented in their work.

Marcus C. Chapman

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Well balanced student and athlete that enjoys giving back to the community and helping lead when necessary. I am currently looking for internship where I can grow and strengthen my professional attributes; working towards my goal of becoming a Stockbroker/Analyst.

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  • Highly Organized and detail oriented
  • Willingness to learn new tasks and adapt in an urgent fashion
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Communicate effectively with others



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  • Greet Guests upon arrival.
  • Provided support with answering questions about event and location of the various events.
  • Handed out information and answered questions as they came in.
  • Assisted Management with cleaning up and reorganizing to set up for next day events.
  • Ensured all guest were ticketed
  • Ushered guests to their seats


Carolina Raptor Center (March 2013-Present)                                                                                                 Charlotte, NC    

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  • Set up and broke down stations for the children the learn about the various birds on display
  • Cleaned bird cages in accordance with NC Health Regulations.
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North Mecklenburg High School IB Program – Diploma June 2017

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Lenoir Rhyne University – B.S. Business Management; Freshman Current GPA 3.00        Hickory, NC



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Introductory Blog

Hey my Name is Marcus Chapman, I am a freshman at Lenoir Rhyne University. I play soccer for Lenoir, I am number 15. I play as a winger and striker. I grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina for all of my life. My favorite place to visit is my grandparents in the summer. They live in San Diego, California and it’s a great place with many sights nearing beaches and the border of Mexico.