in_class: September 2007 Archives
You will start working on this during class.
Any words I have mentioned in class or that you have encountered in your assigned readings are fair game for the quiz, but obviously if I have written my own definition and put it in the glossary, I feel it's extra important.
On Constitution Day, I thought we would look a little more at the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights, which guarantees five freedoms -- press, speech, religion, assembly, and petition.
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.)
Language, Tone, Concision
Structure of a News Story
- Quotes/Key Details
- News (run through all kinds of newsworthiness)
- Background (connect to previous events to show significance of developments)
- Other Details
An ongoing story can twist suddenly. Sago Mine; Duke Lacrosse party; see this soft story on the grieving parents of a missing preschooler; then, the preschooler's mother "fears charges" and was recently named a suspect.