Friday, November 11, 2011

IP Conference Schedule

The following is the schedule for IP conferences.  All conferences will be held in (or near) 3004 JKB--same place as usual.

Monday 14 November
11:45 - Madison

Tuesday 15 November
2:00 - Logan
2:45 - Brian
3:00 - Mark
3:15 - Scott
3:30 - Tyler
3:45 - Andrew P.
4:00 - Andy S.

Wednesday 16 November
2:00 - Jennifer
2:30 - Kirk
2:45 - Stetson
3:00 - Rachel
3:15 - Kelli

A number of you have yet to sign up--please claim a time in the comments below, or contact me for a different meeting time.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Schedule for IP Unit

Th 3 Nov Library Day

T 8 Nov - MLA Documentation (cont'd), IP Thesis
Blog Post due:  IP Thesis

Th 10 Nov - Writing Day (location TBA)

FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER:  IP ROUGH DRAFT DUE AT 4PM, EMAILED TO ME (at least 5 pages double spaced)

T 15 Nov - Conferences with me (no regular class)

Th 17 Nov - Arrangement, Incorporating Sources
WR 129-150; WM 96-106
Blog Post due:  Outline of IP

FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER:  IP DRAFT DUE AT 4PM, EMAILED TO ME (at least 8 pages double spaced)

Peer Review Groups meet outside of class, 18-28 November

T 22 Nov No class - Friday Instruction

Th 24 Nov - No class - Happy Thanksgiving!

T 29 Nov - Reflection on IP; Intro to Multimodal Argument
SG 55-60
IP FINAL DRAFT DUE (hard copy) at beginning of class
Blog Post due:  Reflection on IP process

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Blog Prompt: 5 Background Sources

Hello alls,

Just a reminder:  you have another blog post due tonight at midnight.  This is a simple one:  I just want you to link us to 5 background sources you've looked at that somehow inform your topic.  Give a brief rhetorical situation for each one--nothing fancy.  If you weren't in class today, contact me and we'll work out what you can do with this.  If you have any questions let me know.

Happy researching!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

2 Blog Prompts

Hello class,

Your prompt for TONIGHT is to reflect on the RA process--how did it go?  What went well?  What didn't go well?  What would you change if you could redo the process?  What do you think could the program, or myself, be doing better to help you?  How did it compare to the OpEd process?  Reflect on these questions and your overall feelings on the RA process.

Your blog prompt for TOMORROW (that's right, you need to post it by midnight on WEDNESDAY) is to post one, or a few, potential Issues Paper topics.  You can post one topic and brainstorm about it in detail, or two or three potential topics.  You must, however, come up with 2-3 potential RESEARCH QUESTIONS for each potential topic--these will guide your research as you begin to immerse yourself in the library on Thursday.

Great job on the RAs!  See you all on Thursday.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Blog Prompt: Peer Review

Hello class,

Your blog prompt for tonight is to write about how peer review went today in comparison with what we did for the OpEd--which form of peer review did you prefer?  Did peer review go better or worse for you this time, and why?  What would you change about how we did peer review today?  Etc.

Happy writing--don't forget your RA final blog post is due MONDAY AT MIDNIGHT!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Blog Prompt: Figurative Language

Hello class,

Prompt for tonight's post:  from the article you're analyzing for the RA, pick out a figure of language of some sort (from what we talked in class today, or from the reading, or whatever--metaphor, alliteration, hyperbole, over/understatement, symbol, etc.) and analyze it.  Why did the author choose this particular form of language?  What effect does it have on his audience?  Etc.

Happy blogging!


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Blog Prompt - RA Thesis

Hello alls,

As you know, you have a blog post due tonight.  The prompt is simply to post your RA thesis, along the lines of the thesis template we discussed in class today (which has been emailed to you).  This should be the thesis you will be using FOR your rhetorical analysis.  Good luck and good weekend!


Conference Schedule

The following is the conference schedule for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week:

Monday 10 Oct
11:00 -
11:15 - Madison
11:30 - Cami
11:45 - Josh

Tuesday 11 Oct
2:00 - Brandon
2:15 - Jennifer
2:30 - Logan
2:45 - Brian
3:00 - Mark
3:15 - Nicole
3:30 - Tyler
3:45 - Kelli
4:00 - Jake
4:15 - Andy S.

Wednesday 12 Oct
1:30 -
1:45 - Andrew P.
2:00 - Kelsey
2:15 - Rachel
2:30 - Kirk
2:45 - Stetson

All conferences will be in (or near) 3004 JKB.  If you aren't signed up for a time and would like one, or if you need to change times, let me know.  Otherwise, see you then!


Thursday, September 29, 2011

2 Blog Prompts

Hello alls,

If you haven't posted the reflection on the OpEd process, please do that asap (it should be a post reflecting on how the OpEd writing process went--was it successful, what did you like/not like about it, what worked didn't work for you, about peer review and conferencing and the writing center and so forth).

Also, you have a blog post that is due TOMORROW AT 4PM--repeat, it is due tomorrow (Friday) at 4PM instead of the normal midnight time.  In this post you should choose ONE of the blog posts on which you've been considering writing your rhetorical analysis and provide the following:

  1. a link to the post
  2. the rhetorical situation of the post
  3. answer the 4 questions that we talked about on Tuesday regarding the post
When I look at your blogs this weekend I'll then let you know what I think about the blog post you've chosen, and let you know whether you're on the right track or not.

Happy writing, and see you Tuesday!


Monday, September 12, 2011

Hello class (of Fall 2011),

Things have been crazy these first few weeks, but I think I'm finally getting on track (and getting everything updated--if I've missed anything, let me know!).  A few items to remember:

First of all, there is NO CLASS tomorrow (Tuesday 12 Sept) because I will be conferencing with each of you.  The schedule for conferences is posted below.

Second, I AM requiring a blog post from you by midnight tomorrow (Tues.)--this is a free post; you can write it about anything.  In conjunction with that, remember to stay on top of commenting on others' blogs--5 (thats FIVE) comments per week! :-D

Also, remember that you have ANOTHER draft of your OpEd due this Friday at 4PM (emailed to me, as usual).

Regarding conferences:  ALL conferences are in (or near) my office:  3004 JKB.  I'll either be in that room or on a desk nearby; just be in that area and I'll flag you down.  And please keep to your assigned time.  If you are late, I'll likely not be able to meet with you and we'll have to reschedule.  For those who aren't on the conference list:  you may take any of the available times (just let me know in the comments), or email me (Brandon is the only one to have done that so far).

So, here's the schedule in case you forgot:


2:00  Jen
2:10  Josh
2:40  Rachel
2:50  Brian
3:00  Kelsey
3:10  Stetson
3:20  Tyler
3:30  Nicole
3:40  Kelli
3:50  Andrew S.


1:30  Madison
1:40  Scott
2:10  Kirk
2:40  Jake

Happy writing!


Monday, August 1, 2011

Blog Prompt

Hello alls,

Your blog prompt, due TONIGHT (Monday 1 Aug) AT MIDNIGHT, is to create an outline for your research paper.  Look at what you have so far, and see how it fits into the formulas/outlines we discussed on Friday.  Post the outline, including specific points and how they are contributing to your thesis, and tlak about what you may need to still include, what you may need to cut, etc.  If you already have an outline, great--post it, and talk about what may need to change still.

I'll see you each at conferences and in class on Wednesday!


IP Conferences

Below is a schedule of conferences for the next few days.  Please be on time to your conference.  I am going to keep a strict time schedule, so if you are late then I'm afraid we'll either have to reschedule or you'll have to have a shorter conference.

Monday 1 August in CLASSROOM

10:00  Alyssa P.
10:15  Katie
10:30  Amanda
10:45  Alyssa D.
11:00  Capri
11:15  Esmerelda
11:30  Jake A.
11:45  Charity
12:00  Bryan
12:15  Lucy
12:30  Caleb
12:45  Melissa

Tuesday 2 August in 3004 JKB

12:00  Jacob T.
12:15  Brannon
12:30  Alison
12:45  Emily
1:00    Kyle
1:15    Shannon
1:30    Amy

Monday, July 18, 2011

IP Thesis

Hello alls,

Don't forget your blog prompt for tonight:  write out a tentative IP thesis statement.  It doesn't have to be something you'll necessarily stick with, but it has to be enough to direct your research for the rest of this week.  The idea is that you'll specify/narrow your topic as you go.  But in order to start, of course, you need a direction.

Also, don't forget that we'll be in the Library on Wednesday AND Friday (2232 HBLL).  See you there--you'll hopefully get a lot of research done this week!


Friday, July 15, 2011

Blog Prompt

Hello class,

Look at me, posting the blog prompt so promptly :-).  I therefore expect you to get your blog posted on time as well--tomorrow (Saturday) at noon.  Here's the prompt:

Write a reflection on the Rhetorical Analysis process.  Ask yourself similar questions that you did when reflecting on the OpEd process--what went well, what didn't, and why, etc.  Also, compare it to the OpEd process.  Was it better?  Worse?  Why?  Etc.

Have a great weekend--see Harry Potter if you get the chance.  Its AWESOME.  And I'll see you all on Monday (with hard copy drafts of your RAs, with rubric attached, in MLA format!).


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

RA Conference Times

Also, here is a list of those of you who have conference times with me TODAY in MY OFFICE (3004 JKB) regarding your Rhetorical Analyses:

12:00  Alison
12:10  Katie
12:20  Emily
12:30  Caleb
12:40  Alissa P.
1:00    Kyle

Yesterday was a bit of a fiasco as far as scheduling goes (I didn't manage the time well enough), so I'll try much harder to keep the conferences within their time frames today.  If you still need to set up an appointment, please email me.  Good luck revising, and I'll see you all on Wednesday!  (Also, if you're looking for the blog prompt from yesterday, its the post below this one...)

Belated Blog Prompt...!

Hello class,

I know, I know, I didn't post the prompt yesterday as I said I would.  I apologize.  I notice there are quite a few of you that didn't post last night as well, so here's the deal:  if you get your post up by midnight TONIGHT, I'll give you credit.  If not, I won't.  OK, here's the prompt...

Analyze how the article that you have chosen for your Rhetorical Analysis uses various forms of figurative language.  List as many of these forms as you can, and discuss whether or not the author uses them effectively.  If appropriate, integrate this analysis into your Rhetorical Analysis (if you haven't already).  Good luck!


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

TWO Blog Prompts*

*Unless you already did the first one on Saturday

So here's the rub:  I know I forgot to post the prompt for your blog post on saturday, and because of that I'll allow those of you who haven't posted it yet to post it by midnight tonight along with your post for today.  Here's the prompt:

Write a reflection on the OpEd process.  Discuss the following questions (or any others that come to mind):  How did it go?  What went well, what didn't go well, and why do you think so?  What could have improved in the process?  What could you have done better?  What could I have done better?  Did you enjoy it (relative to other writing assignments)?

And your writing prompt for today:

Write a thesis statement for your Rhetorical Analysis (using the components we discussed in class today--the thesis handout can be found online, through Blackboard).  Also, write a body paragraph for your Rhetorical Analysis (again, using the elements we discussed in class--clear topic sentence, specific example, analysis, and discussing how it effects the audience).

Good luck!  See you all on Friday!


Monday, June 27, 2011

Blog Prompt and Videos

Hello alls,

You have a blog post due tonight at MIDNIGHT.  The prompt is to analyze the claims, reasons, and assumptions within your Opinion Editorial (as we did with a number of rhetorical situations in class today).  You can do this in any format you would like that is helpful to you (outline, paragraphs, whatever).

Also, I'm still waiting on two videos (Group 1:  Linking Marks and Group 3:  Enclosing Marks).  Get them to me asap!  Thanks!


Monday, June 20, 2011


Hello alls,

Welcome to Writing 150, Summer Term 2011.  I think we're going to have a great class this term...!  And without further ado, here is your blog prompt for tonight:

BLOG PROMPT:  Write a brief bio about yourself.  Who are you?  Where did you grow up?  What are you likes/dislikes?  What do you want to accomplish with your life?  What goals do you have?  What makes you an interesting person (you're all interesting)?  You don't have to answer every one of those questions, but thats the sort of think I want you to discuss.

Also, at the end of the post, tack on a *potential* topic and/or thesis you're formulating for your OpEd.  I want to get you thinking about it.

Looking forward to reading!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Blog Prompt for THURSDAY

Hello alls,

You have a blog post due THURSDAY AT MIDNIGHT (even though we will have no official class on that day because of conferences).  Your assignment is to analyze a piece of rhetoric (it can be whatever you want--a TV show, a speech, an article, a blog post, even the article you analyzed for your RA, whatever) and then attempt to make an OUTLINE of the piece--the intro, the main points, the conclusion, whether there are pathetic appeals, counterarguments, etc.  Good outlining!

And you DO have to comment this week!


IP conference schedule

Hello class,

Here's the schedule for IP con fences with me, this Wednesday and Thursday in 3004 JKB (same place as always).

11:00 Ashlyn
11:15 Sidney
11:30 Abby
11:45 Liz
12:00 Madi
12:15 Molly
12:30 Sara
12:45 Taylor
1:30 Connor

9:00 Candace
9:15 Kim
9:30 Megan B
9:45 Nick
10:00 Meghan S
10:15 Andrew
10:30 Natalie
10:45 Kendall

This of course means that there will be no official class on Thursday--just conferences. Also, remember that Friday is a Research/Writing day--it will be IN THE LIBRARY, 2232 (the same room we've been meeting in).

Also, Punctuation 5 will be due on Friday, so be sure to bring the to class (Claire and Sydney--I gave Ashlyn new copies of the exercise, so be sure to get them from her and complete them before Friday).

As always, if one of those times doesn't work for you, email me and we'll set something up.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Penguin Handbooks

Hello class,

It is important that you bring your Penguin Handbooks to class tomorrow.  Please do so.  Thanks.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

5 Background Sources

Hello alls,

As you should be aware, you have an assignment due by midnight tomorrow--5 background sources.  While I think the syllabus says to email them to me, please post them to your blog instead (it makes things much easier).  Repeat:  do not email the 5 background sources to me--instead, post them on your blog (if you've already emailed them to me, which some of you have, that is fine, but I would like you to post it to your blog as well).

However, you are not required to comment on these posts.  And, since no other posts were assigned this week, you are not required to comment at all on any blogs this week (so this is a week off from commenting, as it were).

Now, about the sources.  I don't want anything fancy--not even MLA format in this case.  Just give me the name of the article/entry/whatever, along with the name of the author (if there is one), and the URL (if there is one).  Thats really all I'm looking for.  No summary, no analysis, just the source itself.

And I'm looking for BACKGROUND sources here--which means you probably won't cite them explicitly in your paper.  Background sources are more for broadening your knowledge of the topic you are researching in preparation for writing.  Examples of background sources include nearly everything Rita showed you on Friday in the library, as well as encyclopedia entries, and even Wikipedia (that said, I don't want ALL your background sources to be Wikipedia articles--I'll accept a maximum of two Wikipedia entries, the others have to be from other places).  The idea behind background research is, in addition to broadening your knowledge of the topic, to also point you in the direction of more specific and/or useful and/or credible sources--as was mentioned on Friday, the bibliographies of these articles are usually great places to find real sources to use (including Wikipedia entries--they usually have fairly credible bibliographies).

So--that's the idea.  5 background sources, posted to your blog by midnight tomorrow (Thursday).  No summary, no fluff, just the sources themselves.

Happy Information Hunting!


Friday, March 4, 2011

IP Group Topic Conferences and Blog Prompt

Hello class,

Here is the schedule for Group Topic Conferences.  Remember, we will NOT be having class on Tuesday (instead I will be meeting with those who signed up for those slots).  Also note that while the Tuesday conferences are IN OUR REGULAR CLASSROOM, the Wednesday conferences are IN (OR NEAR) MY OFFICE.

Tuesday 8 March:

10:00  Nick, Taylor, Madi
10:15  Meghan S., Michelle, Candace
10:30  Natalie, Kendall, Megan B.

Wednesday 9 March:

11:00  Ashlyn, Sydney
11:15  Abby, Kimberly
11:30  Liz, Molly, Sara

For those of you who weren't able to sign up for a time, or who couldn't meet me at any of the specified times, please email me and we'll work something out.  I would prefer to meet with all of you at once, to retain to "collaborative" feel of the conference.

Also, remember your blog post due TOMORROW at NOON.  This post should simply be a tentative thesis for your Issues Paper (you may use the thesis generator we used in class on Thursday--you can find that under Course Materials on Blackboard).  I just want to get a gist of where each of you are going in your research.

Have a great weekend!  Good luck researching, and I'll see you all next week.  Let me know if you have any questions, as always.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Blog Prompt: Issues Paper Invention

Hello alls,

So I know I'm posting this rather late (technically you have 10 minutes to get your blog post up...sorry!), and it looks like most of you have already posted yours, but here is the prompt anyway just in case you were wondering/had forgotten/whatever:

Write, essentially, a brainstorm post on a potential topic (or potential topics, plural) for your Issues Paper, relating them in some useful/meaningful way to globalization.  You can do this in whatever way works best for you--webbing, brainstorming, freewriting, lists, whatever.  Good luck with invention, and I'll see you all on Thursday (where, incidentally, we'll talk more about invention...!).


Friday, February 25, 2011

Blog Prompt: RA Reflection

Hello class,

Just a reminder:  Rhetorical Analysis due on TUESDAY, hard copy, stapled, with rubric from Supplemental Guide attached.  Also, feel free to go to the writing center anytime between now and when it is due for some extra help on your paper AND 10 points of extra credit (redeemable once only for the RA, of course).

Also:  Blog post due tomorrow at NOON.  This should be a reflection on the RA process.  How did it go? Good/bad?  What worked well, what didn't?  More or less difficult than the OpEd?  What could you have done better?  What could I have done better, or the department, or whatever?  What would you change about it?  And so forth.

Word.  Keep it real this weekend and I'll see you all on Tuesday!


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Peer Review for RA

Hello class,

As you know, we'll be conducting a peer review class on Thursday.  Your presence is REQUIRED--it is absolutely essential that you attend class on peer review day.  You should all have received an email from me outlining the instructions, but just to reiterate, here they are again:

1)  Read the rubric for the RA before you start to read your classmates' essays.  This will be helpful in looking for the more GLOBAL issues, which are all illuminated in the rubric. (However, please do NOT give your classmates a "grade" of any sort.)

2)  You will be giving a marked-up version of each of your classmates' RAs back to them--you can either print this out, write on it, and give it back to them by hand, or use the "track changes" and "comments" features of Microsoft Word and email it back to them.  Either way, all of you should receive a marked-up copy of your manuscript back from each one of your classmates in your group.  Ergo, be sure to take notes of what you think of you classmates' RAs as you read them.

2)  When looking at your classmates' RAs, first look for things they do WELL.  Come up with a list of them.  Be sure to write them down so you can remember to mention them during the workshop.

3)  Answer the question of "If this were your paper, what changes would you make?"  Be as specific as possible.

4)  Point out any other global issues that you think the author might want to be aware of (again, if you are wondering what issues to look for, refer to the RA rubric).

5)  You want to be helpful to your classmates, but you want to be kind as well.  Hopefully they will do the same for you.

6)  If you have any questions about the review process, or if any of the attachments don't work, please email me.  I'll be glad to clarify anything!  I know this will probably take a lot of you out of your comfort zone, but that's okay, guys--it can definitely be worth it!  (And, like punctuation, it builds character!)

Happy Peer Reviewing, and I'll see you all on Thursday.


Friday, February 18, 2011

Blog Prompt: Diction, Tone, and Figurative Language

Hello class,

Your blog prompt for this week, due this Saturday (tomorrow) at noon, is to look through the article you are analyzing for your rhetorical analysis and find ways the author uses diction, tone, and figurative language (and, of course, how those decisions affect the reader).  You may list a number of examples or focus on one or two.

Also, we will be peer-reviewing this coming Thursday.  We will be doing this in groups, probably of 4-5.  I will send out an email this weekend letting each of you know whose papers you will be reviewing, and with specific instructions as to how the peer review will be run.

Have a great three-day weekend!


Monday, February 14, 2011

RA Conference Times

Hello class,

As you know, you should have turned in a first draft of your RA (Rhetorical Analysis) to me by midnight on Friday, and I'll be conferencing with you about said drafts over the next two days (and, consequently, there will be no class tomorrow).  Here are the conference times I have scheduled so far:

Tuesday 15 Feb:

10:00  Madi
10:10  Molly
10:20  Abby
10:30  Andrew
10:40  Meghan S.
10:50  Nick

12:00  Kendall
1:00  Connor
1:10  Natalie
1:20  Candace

Wednesday 16 Feb:

9:40  Taylor
9:50  Michelle
10:50  Sara
11:00  Ashlyn
11:10  Sidney
11:20  Megan B.
11:30  Kimberly
11:40  Liz

So, there you have it.  Same drill as before:  if you haven't signed up for a time, yet, or if none of the scheduled or remaining times work for you, send me an email or reply to this post and we'll work something out.  I also should have your OpEds for you to pick up at your conference (and I should be getting your scores up on Blackboard either later tonight or sometime tomorrow).

Enjoy your (partial) day off!  I'll see you at conferences...



Friday, February 11, 2011

Schedule Changes

Hey alls,

As requested, here are the schedule changes for the following week or so:

F 11 Feb - RA Grading (Bring SG)

T 15 Feb - Conferences with me (no regular class)

Th 17 Feb - Rhetorical Fallacies (review WR ch. 4)

F 18 Feb - The Power of the Word (read WR 85-103; RA Polished Draft due)

Also, there is no official blog post for this week.  As always, you can post one about anything whenever you want, but there is no prompt on which you will be graded for this week.  Good luck with your RA first drafts!


Friday, January 28, 2011

OpEd Blog Post

Hello class,

Sorry this is late in the posting--I know some of you have already posted and that is fine, but here is the official prompt in case you were wondering:

Write a blog post reflecting on the OpEd process.  How did it go?  What went well?  What didn't go well?  How do you think it could have gone better?  What could you/I have done differently to make it easier?  How did this compare to other papers you've written?  And so forth . . .

And remember, this post is due at NOON tomorrow (Saturday).  Good luck!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Blog Prompt for Tonight!

Hello alls,

Great peer review today--I think it went well enough, at least!  Now, for your blog post tonight:

What are your first impressions of the peer review process?  Was it useful to you?  If so, how?  In what ways do you think it could be better?

That's it!  Don't forget your reading for Thursday, (from all three books!).


Monday, January 17, 2011

Punctuation Groups

Those of you that were in class on Friday will remember that we spoke about the "mini-presentations" that we will be doing this Thursday (20 January) in class.  Here is a run-down of the assignment, the groups, and so forth.

The Assignment
Your group is to create a 5-minute presentation on your assigned grammar section from the Supplemental Guide, teaching the rest of the class the grammar and/or punctuation principles outlined in said section.  You may teach these principles in whatever way you want, using whatever materials/tools you want (that are within reason and appropriate, of course).  In addition, come up with 2-3 examples (per group, not per person) for the class to complete/fill in the blank/whatever that demonstrate your assigned principles.  Also, everyone in your group must participate in the actual presentation, so assign the work accordingly.

The Groups
The following are the assigned groups for the presentations:

LINKING MARKS (p. 65-66):
Molly, Abby, Sara, Connor

Ashlyn, Sydny, Megan, Madi

Liz, Andrew, Kim, Natalie

Nick, Candace, Taylor, Michelle

Kendall, Claire, Meghan

So Forth
As you may intuit, you will probably have to meet outside of class once or twice to organize your presentations with your group.  Please do so!  And, if possible, have fun with this.  I know its grammar, and lets be honest, who REALLY enjoys grammar?  (Okay, so some people definitely do...)

Hope you are all having a great LONG weekend and I'll see you in the next few days!

OpEd Conference Times

Hello class,

Here are the scheduled conferences I have so far.  If you haven't signed up for one of these times (I know a few of you weren't here on Friday), respond to this post with the time you would like--you'll notice there are a number of spots open; you can sign up for any of those.  And, if none of these times work for you, just email me and we can figure something out!

But, before I give you the schedule, a few things regarding your OpEd conferences (and conferences in general):  1) don't be intimidated (not that you would be, but in the off chance you are...)--its just a discussion on how to make your paper better.  2) come witha  few questions and/or concerns that you have about your paper that we can discuss--I'll read your paper before hand and will probably have some comments, but I want to know what you are thinking and what your concerns are as well.

Okay, so only two things.  But there you go.  Now, the schedule:

Tuesday 18 Jan:

10:00 - Candace
10:10 - Megan
10:20 - Abby
10:30 -
10:40 - Nick
10:50 - Taylor

12:00 - Ashlyn
12:10 -
12:20 -
12:30 - Andrew
12:40 -
12:50 -
1:00 - Connor
1:10 - Molly
1:20 - Natalie

Wednesday 19 Jan:
10:30 -
10:40 -
10:50 -
11:00 - Kimberly
11:10 - Sara
11:20 - Michelle
11:30 - LIz
11:40 -
11:50 - Madi

And remember, ALL CONFERENCES ARE IN 3004 JKB.  Looking forward to meeting with all of you!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Blog Post # 3

Hello class,

I know this is late, but I'm assuming you all got the message in class today.  You have a blogpost due by midnight tonight; once again, the post revolves around your OpEd.  Write a brief purpose statement/paragraph (or two) that outlines what you plan to do in your Opinion Editorial assignment.  Helpful things to include:  the rhetorical situation behind your OpEd (issue, writer, reader, purpose, etc.), where in the rhetorical lifecycle your issue is, why you think it is kairotic, potential counterarguments that you may need to address, specific examples of how you're going to prove your point/convince your audience, and so forth.

Also, remember that from now on each post of yours should include at least one form of rhetoric OTHER than writing (which may include, but is certainly not limited to, links, videos, and pictures).  Remember the copyright basics we discussed in class last week when determining what multimedia forms to use in your blog.

Finally, I've embedded a YouTube video on how to embed YouTube videos on your blog (whoa . . . trippy).  Its not the most high quality or informative video I've seen, but it should get you going.  Here it is:

Also, when embedding videos you may find that the video is too large for your blog when you publish the post (i.e. it extends beyond the blog post panel into other panels and areas of your blog).  There's an easy fix to this:  when in the "Edit HTML" version of your post, there are two areas that say "height:" and "width:"  Mess around with these numbers to get the size that fits your blogpost panel.

And, just for fun, and because the previous video reminds me of it, here is "Shane singing five octaves on the piano" (a YouTube classic!).  Enjoy!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Easy way to add blogs to blogroll...

Hey alls,

Molly brought to my attention an easy way to add blogs to the blogroll.  First of all, make sure you are following everyone in the class (including this blog)--I'm sending out the email with everyone's URL shortly--and then when you edit your blogroll there should be an option on the pop-up to simply add everyone you are following to your blogroll.

See you all tomorrow!


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Assignment and Prompt # 2

Hello class,

Remember your reading assignment for tomorrow:  find three blogs that interest you (Google search is the best way to go--you can search specifically for blogs, or search for sites that have lists of blogs e.g. "top ten nursing blogs," "top 100 creative writing blogs," "best Starcraft 2 blogs," etc.), read the past 5 posts or so on each of the blogs, and come to class tomorrow prepared to discuss

  1. what each of the blogs is about (purpose)
  2. who each blog is written for (audience)
  3. what you like/don't like about how the bloggers present their ideas (good/bad format, boring prose, good multimedia and links, etc.)
Also, the remaining three OpEd groups from today will present their OpEds at the beginning of class tomorrow.


Your next blog post is due by tomorrow (Friday 7th) at midnight.  It will be a brainstorm post on the topic(s) you are considering for your Opinion Editorial.  Review the SG 1-15 for guidelines on the OpEd.  For this class, we'll say that each of you are writing your OpEd as if you were writing it for the Daily Universe, meaning that your "audience" will be BYU students, faculty, professors, and so forth.  Your topic, given that parameter, may be whatever you wish (preferably something you feel strongly about).

So:  1-3 paragraphs of brainstorming, due tomorrow at midnight!

And, of course, don't forget to comment on each others' blogs!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Blog Prompt # 1

Hello fearless bloggers,

In case you missed the assignment this morning, or somehow forgot, your duty for tonight is to 1) create your blog and email me the URL and 2) send your first blogpost out into the blogosphere!

Your first post should be a brief intro to yourself now and where you see yourself in the future (occupationally, physically, geneologically, ecumenically, grammatically, whatever.  Give us some insights into who you are and what you want to do with your life (or, perhaps, what you don't know you want to do with your life).

And, of course, don't forget to comment!*  Happy blogging and I'll see you all on Thursday--with syllabus contracts signed and ready for me, right? :-)**


*  Which, speaking of commenting, please leave a signature for each comment you post so I know who is commenting on what.  You should be commenting through your Blogger account, but just in case just put your first name, initials, or some identifiable characteristic of you at the end of each comment (e.g. like what I've done at the end of the body of this post with "cbh" [my initials]).

**  Check it...I just used an emoticon.