Writing and Communication in Ancient Civilizations

An essay written for "Rise of Civilization" class at University of Alaska Anchorage 2017 by Amanda Ellis Writing and Communication in Early Politically Complex Ancient Civilizations Early politically complex civilizations were the birthplace of several methods of writing used to record and communicate information. Writing down transactions, events, myths, and histories creates a method of … Continue reading Writing and Communication in Ancient Civilizations

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Early Tool Use and the Beginnings of Agriculture

by Amanda Ellis An essay written for Anthropology, "Rise of Civilization" class at University of Alaska Anchorage Spring 2017 Early humans such as the late gracile Australopiths and early Homo erectus began making stone tools around 2.6 million years ago in eastern Africa. These early tools are known as Oldowan industry and consisted mostly of … Continue reading Early Tool Use and the Beginnings of Agriculture

Why Mr. Rogers Wins

An argument paper written for Spring 2017 semester at University of Alaska Anchorage Persuasive Writing Class Why Mr. Rogers Wins by Amanda B Ellis On May 1st, 1969, Mr. Fred Rogers gave a statement before the United States Senate Communications Subcommittee. At stake was twenty million dollars of funding for public television. Mr. Rogers, a … Continue reading Why Mr. Rogers Wins

Movie Reviews Support Obscure Films

A genre analysis written for English 111, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016 The movie-making industry is massive and worldwide, but many films are lost in the cracks, overshadowed by a few blockbusters every year. But there are many obscure and unknown movies that are still deserving of admiration and time. These movies may be dismissed … Continue reading Movie Reviews Support Obscure Films

Literacy is a Many-Splendored Thing

A Critical Analysis paper written for UAA English111, 2016 I visualize the concept of literacy as a finely cut gemstone. Similar to the gem’s ability shine in a myriad of ways, so does a simple and finite definition of literacy prove elusive.  While I believe literacy fulfills rudimentary functions in modern day-to-day survival,I also believe … Continue reading Literacy is a Many-Splendored Thing

Dynamic Characters in Three Short Stories

An analysis paper for Literature 200 at Western Kentucky University The short stories “Revelation” by Flannery O’Connor, “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver and “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner are examples of interpretive fiction which utilize dynamic characters to compel the reader towards a deeper understanding of the human experience. The main characters of these stories demonstrate … Continue reading Dynamic Characters in Three Short Stories

Destigmatize Mental Illness in The Workplace

  Abstract Mental health is often a taboo subject in the workplace. However, disregarding this vital facet of human health can be detrimental. Employees who feel valued and supported through difficulties will be more likely to give their best work and loyalty to an organization. There should be no difference between offering support for a … Continue reading Destigmatize Mental Illness in The Workplace