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1020 Session Five: Project One Review 9/11/14

On Tap Today:

What should your About Me page look like? Let’s take a look at mine.

Common Student Problems with Project One (and common strategies to avoid them):

The Procrastination Situation:
  • You decide to wait until Sunday morning to familiarize yourself with WordPress’ markup language and editing procedures, only to discover that they are a bit more complicate than you anticipated and are thus forced to watch, teary-eyed, as the midnight deadline rolls past you like a giant boulder crushing your dreams of academic success.
    • Pro-tip: Play with WordPress. You should have already created two posts, a response to Gee and a blog evaluation.
The Transition and Punctuation Situation:
  • You compile your facts and evidence about your life from various class activities and blog posts. Confidently, you decide at 11:34pm on Sunday to simply cut-and-paste all of that together only to proofread and discover that it is a bunch of gobbledygook that makes no sense on paragraph or sentence levels.
    • Pro-tip: Perform common editing/spell check functions in a word processor you are familiar with then export to WordPress.
The Illustration Situation:

Peer Review

In our classroom discourse, one of the key practices is peer response, or the reading of and responding to each other’s written work in order to help each other improve.

Here are some key principles to keep in mind while you work through this task:

  • Talk to each other about what you hope to get feedback on.
  • Read your groupmates’ texts (maybe even more than once!).
  • Devote time and attention to the task of giving feedback.
  • Write comments neatly and legibly. Above all else, be respectful of each other.

We will work in groups of three to five people. Pass your paper to a teammate.

  •   As the first reader, I want you to comment, in writing, on the opening line and introduction.
    1. What is your reaction to the opening? What is the tone and style? Is it appropriate for the genre of “About Me” pages?
    2. Does the opening sentence lead well into an expanded narrative/autobiographical sketch of the  blogger?
    3. Comment on what is not working in the text–what is missing? What is confusing?
    4. Comment on what is working well in the text–what do you like? What is interesting? What is written really strongly?
  • Pass the papers around again. As the second reader, first comment to #1 above.  Mostly, though, I want you to identify a passage that describes the blogger’s primary Discourse.
    1. Is there an appropriate transition into this section?
    2. Comment on what is not working in that section of the text–what is missing? What is confusing?
    3. Comment on what is working well in the that section of the text–what do you like? What is interesting? What is written really strongly?
  • Pass the papers around again (skipping the writer if necessary) .  As the third reader, comment to #1 above.  Mostly, though, I want you to identify a passage that describes the blogger’s secondary Discourse.
    1. Is there an appropriate transition into this section?
    2. Comment on what is not working in that section of the text–what is missing? What is confusing?
    3. Comment on what is working well in the that section of the text–what do you like? What is interesting? What is written really strongly?
  • Pass the papers around again (skipping the writer if necessary) .  As the fourth reader, comment to #1 above.  Mostly, though, I want you to identify a passage that describes the blogger’s writing experience.
    1. Is there an appropriate transition into this section?
    2. Comment on what is not working in that section of the text–what is missing? What is confusing?
    3. Comment on what is working well in the that section of the text–what do you like? What is interesting? What is written really strongly?
    4. Does the blogger come to an adequate conclusion?
  • Hand the paper back to the writer, smile, and pay them a nice compliment about their shoes, hair or whatever.

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Homework:

Project One is due by 11:59pm Sunday, 9/14/14.  Update your “About Me” page on your WordPress site and upload a copy to SafeAssign via Blackboard.

Reading: Read Wayne Writer Ch. 2 and the Project Two page.

Writing due before class on Tuesday 9/16: Post 3: Follow directions for Writing Activities 2.1 and 2.5 in The Wayne Writer, Ch. 2. Post your response on your blog under an appropriate title

1020 Session Three: Discourses and Genre

Today’s Agenda:

  • Responses to Gee. What is a primary Discourse? A secondary Discourse? How relevant are they to your college writing experiences?
  • Project One
  • Project Two
  • Rhetorical Situation and Genre

Make a list of all the different Discourses, or scenes, that you participate in and outside of college.  With one or two partners, discuss your lists and see where they overlap.  Answer the following questions together:

  • Who are the participants?
  • How are participants expected to behave and interact with each other?
  • What mode and style of communication is used?
  • What specific topics are of interest?

Today we’re going to look at personal blogs as one genre that is used in certain discourse communities to communicate individuals’ ideas about topics. In particular, in preparation for Project One, we are going to look at the about me or about pages on these blogs to see what they look like (what textual features they have) and what they are meant to do (what the social function is). Thinking about how the design of the text connects to the purpose of the text will help you think about how you want to put Project One together, but also about how genre, purpose, audience, writer, and context all work together as part of the rhetorical situation.

So as we look at these blog examples today, we’ll talk about

-What does the text look like?

-What impact does that design have on the purpose and audience?

The features we catalogue in these pages may be things you’ll want to incorporate into your own about me pages in Project One.

“About Me” example 1

“About Me” example 2

“About Me” example 3

“About Me” example 4

 

Homework:

Read:

  • Wayne Writer chapter 1, “Understanding Scenes of Writing” 3-25, 41-45
  • The Concept of Discourse Community” by John  Swales
  • Using this list, or Google, find a blog related to your major, career path, or personal interest.  Read a post or two to get a feel for the blog and blogger(s). Post the URL of your chosen blog on your wordpress site.

Write:

  • Begin drafting your “About Me” page.
  • Post Two: Blog Analysis

    • Write an evaluation (@ 300-500 words) describing the blog you found above by 11:59 pm, Wed. 9/10/14
    • Discuss:
      • Blogger and hosting site
      • Readers and their characteristics
      • What the blogger(s) want their readers to do
      • The ways the blogger(s) influence readers’ attitudes and actions
      • How well these objectives were met (or not).
      • Post this to your wordpress or other blog by 11:59 pm, Wed. 9/10/14
  • Project One is due by 11:59 pm Sunday, September 14, 2014
  • Project Two is due by 11:59 Sunday, September 28, 2014