September 14, 2007 Archives
Imagine if you read something in a book, then pulled out a piece of your own paper and jotted down a note about it. Somebody else who came along and read the same book would never know that a piece of paper exists somewhere with your thoughts on it.
Blogging can seem lonely and pointless unless other people read and respond to what you have written. So follow these steps, and you'll draw more readers to your writing.
- Read: Read the assigned text.
- React: 24 hours before we discuss an assigned text in class, post your Agenda Item (a brief quote from the assigned reading, and a brief note explaining what you'd say when called on in class) posted to your blog, following the trackback procedure (see the "Help" page for the "Trackback Tutorial"). Even if you haven't finished the assigned reading yet, please do post your agenda item on time.)
- Respond: Before class time, I'd like to see everyone post 2-4 comments on peer blogs, but our class is small enough that I think we should all follow each other's blogs.
- Reflect: Bring to class a half-page reflection paper that mentions by name a student whose agenda item helped you notice or question something about the assigned reading. I encourage you to post that half-page reflection on your blog, but doing so is optional. (Your upcoming portfolio assignments will ask you to include examples of blog entries that show your ability to reflect deeply, to launch a good discussion, etc., so it will be to your benefit to plan to publish longer reflections on topics that really interest you.)
Rescheduled from Wednesday.
Complete an online exercise that simulates
covering a routine city council meeting writing a feature story. For Wednesday, read the "Nat Gruf Notes" material that is in the Handouts section of JWeb. A 400-word story is due in Turnitin.com by Friday.
(I'm going to put off the city council exercise until a bit later.)
Mock SHU press conference
We will do the mock press conference another day.