Online Writing Activities

General Rules for Contributions

Posts in the first category of original contributions are due by the start of class on Tuesdays; response posts are due by the start of class on Thursdays.

Remember that this is a writing-intensive, 500-level course. All posts need to be thoughtful and detailed. At this point, I will not dictate content or length (although, be aware that 3-4 sentences won’t cut it!), but I reserve the right to step in at any time to add additional rules or stipulations.

Part One: Original Contributions (20%)

Using WordPress, you will set up and contribute to your own individual blogs. You are required to post at least two blogs a week beginning the week of August 28. Each week you must publish one of each of the following categories of blog posts:

Reaction post. Each week you should post a response to one or more of the readings that we will be discussing in the next class; these comments will be used as a foundation for class discussion. These responses can be argumentative, philosophical, analytic , or what you feel is appropriate (tone is up to you, but please keep it non-offensive). Usually it will be your choice, but sometimes I may want us all to focus on one reading, or ask different clusters of students to focus on separate readings. I’ll let you know.
As you come to the end of this post, I want you to include a link to an outside source - one you think relates to this topic and/or would be good for class discussion.

Part Two: Responses to the Community (10%)

These points will be awarded for the blog comments you place on your classmates’ posts. I’m expecting you to do at least one a week for the rest of the semester. These must be added no later than one class AFTER the posts are due. While these will be less extensive than your blog posts, your comments must further the discussion, not just say “I like this” or “Interesting-thanks”! If at all possible, suggest ideas that the poster and your classmates may want to consider, or suggest resources that might illuminate the discussion.

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