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Blog Posting Instructions
Throughout the term you will post blog entries on the dates indicated on the syllabus. You must also comment on at least one of your peers’ blog postings within 48 hours of their due dates. Our blog will be limited to members of our class and not available to the public. The instructor will provide an assignment for the postings indicated on the syllabus, but you are also welcome to post and comment whenever you feel inspired to do so.
Your blog entries must be at least 250 words and analyze quotations from the text as well as an image, sound, or video clip that you will include or indicate with a link.
Blog postings provide an opportunity to shed light on the contexts that inform the texts we will read. You should build from the topics we have addressed in class and in our projects, taking the readings a step further and posing questions for your classmates to consider. The blog is also a place where you can receive feedback as you develop your projects.
You must use MLA citation format to acknowledge the sources to which you refer or the images or media you incorporate in your posting.
The five required blog entries and comments count as part of your responsive writings grade for the course.
Blog postings are due at least 30 minutes before class. To be counted as one of your four required comments, a comment must be posted within 24 hours of a blog's due date. You can post additional comments at any time.
For MLA style see https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
For quoting practices see: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/563/01/
For avoiding plagiarism see: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/930/10/
The instructor will evaluate your blog postings using the five point rubric above, ranging from 0 (no credit) to 4 (exceptional). Grades will be posted on Blackboard.
Adapted from http://www.samplereality.com/2009/08/14/pedagogy-and-the-class-blog/
Blog Posting 1
Due: 9/30, at least 30 minutes before class.
Jennine Capó Crucet's Make Your Home Among Strangers takes Lizet Ramirez's first year of college as its subject. Readers encounter Lizet contemplating her decisions and reacting to her surroundings. In response to reading such a novel during your first semester at NYIT, you will formulate a thesis statement that responds to one of the following questions, which you will support with your analysis of quotations from the novel.
1. This novel does not shy away from depicting the realities of college life. Or does it? Make an argument as to the value of such aspects, focusing in on specific moments from the text.
2. How do the author's lack of quotation marks affect the way her book makes meaning? How do passages of the novel read differently as a result?
3. How does the protagonist's interest in science shape the novel, particularly as a novel of 'the college experience' (there is not just one)?
As you develop your thesis statement and paragraphs, use the templates from They Say/I Say. The structure of your paragraphs should also follow the example of the sample paragraph in Issue Four of Understanding Rhetoric. Remember that you do not need to summarize the novel, as your posting's readers will be familiar with it, and you should select quotations to analyze in which the language of the quotation (the words, images, tone) is necessary to making your point. You do not need to quote passages that you could otherwise put in your own words.
Remember to select a narrow focus so that you can achieve depth in your posting. You do not need to summarize the texts in your posting. Assume your readers have seen them and tell your readers what they need to know to understand your points.
As you compose your posting, review the techniques for analyzing and interpreting texts in Understanding Rhetoric.
You must include a list of works cited at the end of your blog posting acknowledging all sources you have consulted, including webpages. You must use your own words and cite all sources using MLA format.
Blog Posting 2
Due: 10/23, at least 30 minutes before class.
In preparation for your projects designing phone, tablet, or computer applications (apps), your second posting will argue that one existing app is of use to college students (it may also be an app you see as a model for your group’s app). Your posting will be at least 250 words and analyze aspects of app that you have located, including one image, and at least one quotation from Jennine Capó Crucet's Make Your Home Among Strangers.
When assessing the app you have selected, review the instructions for the App and Rationale assignment on our course website and Understanding Rhetoric’s strategies for analyzing visual rhetoric. Consider the ways that the app’s written, oral, visual, electronic, and nonverbal elements work together. Other questions to consider (you do not need to address them all) include: What is the audience for the app? How will college students use it? How does it work? How do the visual design and purpose work together? What pages or options does the app include? Is the app easy to use? How does it incorporate a phone, tablet, or computer’s features, such as internet access, gps, or access to social media? What would you improve about the app? Are there any reviews of the app? Who has found it successful or unsuccessful, and why?
You must include a list of works cited at the end of your blog posting acknowledging all sources you have consulted, including websites. If you located your app using itunes, you can find a website describing the app and directing users to the itunes store using google.
You must use your own words and cite all sources using MLA format.
Blog Posting 3
Due: 11/18, at least 30 minutes before class.
In your final blog posting you will address one of the following questions, asserting a thesis that you will support with analysis of evidence from at least one course text and one peer reviewed journal article.
- Zadie Smith’s essay addresses the film The Social Network, which came out nine years ago. How would you update her critique of Facebook and social media now? Respond to at least one point she makes, quoting and analyzing it in your response.
- What impact does technology have on personal relationships in Smith’s essay? What would you change about the relationship between technology and personal relationships as Smith sees it or as it is now?
- What do we learn about education from Smith's or Phillips's essays, or both texts?
Your posting will use one of the templates from They Say/I Say to assert an argument with a narrow focus that you can address in 250 words, analyzing at least one quotation from the novel. You will also analyze at least one peer reviewed journal article, following the instructions for the argumentative essay. You are welcome to use articles in our Google Drive folder. Remember to include all texts you consult, including those we read in the course, in your works cited.
Topics you might investigate as you begin your research include: social media, issues in and research addressing STEM and STEAM education, and research regarding "the college experience." You are also welcome to analyze the film The Social Network in relation to Smith's essay.
You must also introduce and follow your quotations using one of the formats on pages 45-46 of They Say, I Say.
Remember to use correct MLA format for in-text citations and list of works cited acknowledging all sources you have consulted.