We live in interesting times. Let’s read, and discuss some current articles.
1. Practice summarizing nonfiction articles
2. Practice analyzing arguments, with attention to thesis, and use of evidence.
3. Become familiar with current controversies in American culture
4. Practice nonfiction writing and blogging skills, including citing sources by using links, responding to other writers, quoting key passages from others, and stating one’s own position.
Blogging is a relatively new genre of writing. Though there is no single form for a blog post, this assignment will ask you to use a form that is common. It is simpler than an essay form, and its focus is responding to what another writer has said. Though a good blog post does have a position and an attitude, the emphasis is more upon voice and attitude than thesis and evidence.
1. Once a week, read the posted article, and blog your response to it. You can either agree or disagree with the original column, or you can use it to introduce a new point of view that you wish to express.
2. Each blog post should use follow this format:
a. A summary: summarize the point the columnist is making, in a sentence.
b. Your thoughts: Make some statements that sound like you and gives your “take” on the post.
3. You should have a new post up by Thursday, 8pm.
4. You should have added a comment to at least one of your classmate’s blogs (blogging is a social medium–-it’s about talking with others) by 8 pm on Thursday. These comments should respond to the substance of the post. They need not be lengthy at all, but they should not be throwaway comments (“I agree”, or “good job”).
Guidelines for posting:
~Student online media are to be a vehicle for sharing student work with real audiences. It is expected that participants to online media who leave comments will do so in the spirit of respectful, constructive, and helpful expression.
~Students using this blog are expected to act safely by keeping personal information out of their posts. Students agree to not post or give out their family name, password, user name, e-mail address, home address, or other information that could help someone locate or contact them in person. Students may share their interests, ideas, preferences, and opinions insofar as they relate to the topics in this course of study.
~Student posts must include first name, last initial.