If you have been keeping up with your blogging, this should only take you a few minutes to compile. If you've fallen behind, this assignment is a chance for you to catch up.
Generally, you should include all your entries, if only to demonstrate that you blogged each time I asked you to. But some people blog more than they strictly have to, so I don't formally require everyone to include every blog entry they wrote. (You might, for instance, post an agenda item before the due date, but then post a longer, more thoughtful entry after the class discussion. I'd rather you put the more thoughtful essay in your portfolio.)
1) Create a new entry on your weblog, with a title that emphasizes what you feel you have accomplished so far this term. Begin with a brief statement for the benefit of a reader who doesn't know the purpose of the assignment or what the class is supposed to cover.
2) Organize the 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. (When creating links, avoid using neutral words like "click here" or "Chapter 2 homework" 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. (Example: Maddie's "Bittersweet Victory")
- 2B) Timeliness:
Link to one or several entries that you posted on time (such as brief agenda
items posted on the required day, or longer reflection papers
posted before the class meeting... note that something you posted while class was actually in session 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. (A blog entry in which several readers have posted comments, but you haven't posted any replies to those readers would be a weak contribution to this category. An agenda item that does not contain a link back to the course page would also be a weak contribution.)
- 2D) Depth: Include one or several links to entry on your blog that shows your ability to write in depth. Did a work inspire you? Frustrate you? Did you share some specialized knowledge (maybe you have read something else written by the same author, or you have taken a class about the same time period)?
- 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. (Again, if the trackback doesn't work, you can always post a comment that includes the URL of your page.)