October 10, 2008 Archives
During class, I will introduce you to interactive fiction.
Most of this is the same as the instructions for the last portfolio, but section 1A is different.
If you have revised your online resume, and you'd like me to look at it again, feel free to call my attention to it by including it in an appropriate category.
1A) Write a new blog entry that offers a thoughtful, reflective critique of Crawford Kilian's Writing for the Web, bearing in mind that his editor has asked him to publish a new edition.
- What strengths should Kilian keep, and what weaknesses should the revision address?
- You may include links to entries you have previously posted, and/or links to what your classmates have written on the subject.
Note: Demonstrate your ability to offer constructive criticism. Don't shirk from calling attention to weaknesses, but avoid playing "gotcha." For tips on offering constructive criticism that your audience will actually accept, read "How To Deliver a Report Without Getting Lynched.")
1B) As you did for your last portfolio, create a new entry on your weblog, with a title that emphasizes what you feel you have accomplished so far this term. Write a brief introduction that introduces the class and your portfolio to a reader who doesn't know the purpose of the assignment or what the class is supposed to cover.
2) Use material you have posted on your blog to support your statement about what you learned.
You may give a simple bulleted list, or you may write a paragraph that
includes key words that link to specific pages on your site.
including a blog entry, write some significant words, such as the title
of the entry or the reason you are including it in your blog, and
turn those significant words into a link. (Please don't use
neutral words like "click here" or "my homework" or "foreshadowing in
'A Good Man Is Hard to Find'" for the links... make your words
communicate the insight contained in your blog entry: "Emily Dickinson
is a sick cookie.")
Sort and organize your entries into the following broad categories. (I definitely do NOT want just the URLs of every entry you have posted.)
2A) Coverage: Link to one or several entries that include a
direct quote from the assigned reading, that identify the source of the
quote, and that links back to the course web page devoted to that
reading. (Link to your Kilian Review Essay under the "Coverage" section of your blog.)
Link to one or several entries that you posted on time (such as agenda
items posted 24 hours before the class discussion, or reflection papers
posted before the class meeting... something you posted during a
classroom exercise would be a weak contribution here).
2C) Interaction: Include one or several entries that demonstrate your ability to interact with peers. Your entry might link to something a classmate posted, or your entry might have attracted comments from peers. If someone leaves a comment, you should reply to the comment in order to try to keep the conversation going.
2D) Depth: Include one or several links to entry on your blog that shows your ability to write in depth. (Link to your Kilian Review Essay under the "Depth" section of your blog.)
2E) Discussion: Include one or several links to a page on a classmate's blog where you left a significant comment that was part of a fruitful discussion. (Would "Good job!" or "LOL" count as significant comments? Probably not.)
3) Submit your portfolio by posting a link to it on this page.