Monday, April 2, 2012


Hey alls,

FYI, we're meeting in the library today (2232 HBLL).  In fact, we'll probably be meeting there for the rest of the semester so you all have time to work on your MAs.


Thursday, March 29, 2012

IP Reflection (Blog Prompt)


Your final blog prompt is to write another reflection--this time regarding the Issues Paper.  You guys know the drill by now; write about the process, what went well, what didn't go well, what you or I or the program could have done better, etc.  Once you've written this post, rejoice!


Monday, March 19, 2012

Blog Prompt: IP Outline


Your prompt for this evening is to post the outline/rhetorical structure you created for your IP in class today.


Friday, March 16, 2012

Open Post


You have an open post this weekend.  Post about anything you'd like by noon tomorrow.  Also, be sure you got my email about schedule changes and so forth.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

IP Conferences

Wednesday 14 March

3004 JKB:
12:00 - Ky
12:15 - Johnny

2:00 - Alex Z
2:15 - Tiffany
2:30 - Heather
2:45 - McKenna
3:00 - Katelynn

Thursday 15 March

3004 JKB:
2:00 - Chelsea
2:15 - Tanner
2:30 - Rachel
2:45 - Michelle
3:00 - Seth

Same drill as usual--if your name isn't on the list, and none of the open times work for you, email me or comment on this post and we'll figure it out.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Friday Blog Post

So we won't be holding class on Friday, but I am requiring you to visit the Writing and Research Labs at least once in lieu of class time.  You'll also need to write a blog post, due Friday at midnight, in which you talk about your experience at one of the labs--was it helpful for you?  What did/did not go well?  What are your plans for your draft?  Etc.

Also, remember that the rough draft of the IP is due MONDAY at midnight (changed from Friday at midnight).  We'll also be holding class on Monday as usual, instead of conferences.


Friday, March 2, 2012

Blog Prompt: 5 Background Sources

Your blog prompt for this weekend (post due tomorrow--Saturday--at noon) is to give me four background sources.  Remember that a background source is something that broadens/deepens your understanding of your topic, but not necessarily something you will use to prove your persuasive point (background sources are often too general to use in specific projects).

I need the TITLE and RHETORICAL SITUATION of each of your four background sources posted to your blog.  By noon tomorrow.  Make it work, designers (if you get that joke and know where the reference is from, and you post the correct answer to the comments, you'll get a point of extra credit--w00t).

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Two Blog Posts I forgot to post the prompt on Monday.  Here was the assignment:

Come up with three potential topics for your Issues Paper.  Express the potential topic briefly along with two specific questions that could guide your research for that topic.

So that's that.  Now, for tonight, you have another blog post due:

Choose one of your potential topics from your previous post and write a tentative thesis for that topic.  You are encouraged to use the thesis template that we discussed in class today.

Happy blogging!

Friday, February 24, 2012

RA Reflection Post

Blog Prompt due TONIGHT at MIDNIGHT:

Write a reflection on the RA process.  This will be a similar post to your previous OpEd Reflection:  What went well/badly during the RA process?  What aspects did you like/dislike?  How did this process compare to the OpEd?  What did you enjoy/not enjoy about the RA assignment in general?  How could the process have gone better?  Etc.

Also, remember your RA itself is due TOMORROW at midnight!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Blog Post Due Tomorrow (Wednesday)

Hey class,

First of all, no blog post due tonight (Tuesday/Monday because we're at BYU and sometimes Tuesdays are Mondays...).

Second of all, you DO have a blog post due TOMORROW night.  You are to compare the peer review process from the OpEd to the peer review process we had for the RA.  Did you think it was more/less useful?  Why or why not?  What worked better, or worse, than the peer review for the OpEd?  Etc.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Writing Prompt for the Weekend

Hey class,

Once more, you have the opportunity to write a blog post on a topic of YOUR CHOICE!  Act now!  Well, act by noon tomorrow.  As in post it by noon tomorrow.  I'll recap:  you have a blog post due by noon tomorrow (Saturday), and you can write on whatever topic you wish.  Have a great weekend!


Yet Another Blog Post

I know, I know, I'm awful at getting these up on time.  So sue me.  (Please don't sue me.)

Your blog post for Wednesday was to (1) list all the elements of figurative language that you could find in the article/blog you are analyzing, and (2) show a concrete example of two of those figures of language.  That's it!


Saturday, February 11, 2012

RA Conferences

Monday 13 February

In my office:
11:30 -
11:40 - Owen
11:50 -
12:00 - Chelsea
12:10 - Joynny
12:20 - McKenna
12:30 - Ky
12:40 - Katelynn

In class:
2:00 - Tanner
2:10 - Seth
2:20 - Tessa
2:30 - Michelle
2:40 - Tiffany
2:50 - Ruskin

Wednesday 15 February

In my office:
11:30 - Carissa Sears
11:40 - 12:40 - open

Most of you who haven't signed up for a time have contacted me--one or two of you haven't.  Please do so soon.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

RA Thesis Statement (Blog Prompt)

Hey alls,

Don't forget your blog post due by midnight tonight:  I need a potential RA thesis statement.  That means that you need to choose one of the blogs you proposed in your previous post and go with it.  Do think about the items we discussed in class (reiterated in the handout I sent to you)--including them would be a good idea.  Other than that, have a great weekend and I'll see all of you (together) in a week!


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Two Belated Blog Prompts

Hello class,

I recognize I've been awful at posting these prompts in a timely manner.  I'll try to be better at that.  That being said, here are two blog posts you SHOULD have already written by now:

(1) A Reflection post on the OpEd process--how did it go for you?  What went well?  What aspects of the process did you like/enjoy?  What didn't go well?  What could I/you/the program/whoever have done better?  How did this process compare to writing processes you've experienced in the past? Etc.

(2) I need you to provide three potential blog posts that you could analyze for your Rhetorical Analysis.  I need a link and the rhetorical situation (writer, audience, issue) for each of these potential posts-to-be-analyzed.


Friday, January 27, 2012

Yet Another Blog Prompt

Hey alls,

You have a FREE blog prompt due tomorrow.  What that means is:  you need to post something by noon tomorrow on your blog, but its up to you what you post.  It can be about how much you love the Cranberries (the band, not the fruit), or what your weekend plans are, or why your Writing 150 teacher gives you a severe case of the wiggins (but, of course, you'll be held accountable for whatever you post (-:).  So there you have it--open blog post due tomorrow.


P.S.  There are two punctuational/grammatical errors in this post. One extra credit point for each.  First person/people to point out the mistakes AND a correct version of the mistakes win(s).

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chelsea's Blog Link


For whatever reason, the link to chelsea's blog in the sidebar is not working (as you've probably noticed). Instead, please go HERE.  (Don't forget about her blog in the future [re:  comments]!)


Monday, January 23, 2012

Blog Post: Ethos, Pathos, and Logos

Hey alls,

Blog post due TONIGHT at midnight:  Take a look at your OpEd and establish how you are making an appeal to each of the three main components of rhetoric (ethos, pathos, and logos)--tell us the tool you are using and how that is an appeal to the given part of rhetoric.  Hopefully you are doing so already--if not, its time to think about how to make those appeals and use those tools!


Blog Prompt

Hello alls,

I know this is a bit late, but for the sake of consistency I'll still post the prompt here.  (You were all present on Friday so I assume you all understood the prompt anyway.)  Your blog prompt on Friday was to examine the logic of your OpEd:  clarify what the claim(s), reasons, and assumptions were in your piece.  Just a reminder.

Another reminder:  don't forget that your polished draft of your OpEd is due Tuesday at midnight (emailed to me)!


Sunday, January 15, 2012

OpEd Conferences

Hello alls,

The following is the schedule for OpEd conferences this coming week.  A few things:

(1) Note the location of each conference day--some are in my office, others in our classroom.

(2) I'll be critiquing the draft you send me tomorrow night UNLESS you would like me to view an updated draft--if that is the case, be sure to bring that updated draft with you to the conference.

(3) If you are not on the list, please be sure to email me and set up a conference time.

(4) If you need to change times or reschedule, please email me beforehand and let me know.

Ok, so here's the schedule:

Tuesday 17 Jan (in my office--3004 JKB)
3:00 - Ky
3:10 - Tanner
3:20 - Seth

Wednesday 18 Jan (in our classroom--123 HRCB)
2:00 - Owen
2:10 - Katelynn
2:20 - Tessa
2:30 - Carissa
2:40 - Heather
2:50 - Alex

Thursday 19 Jan (in my office--3004 JKB)
12:10 - Chelsea
12:20 - Ruskin "The Boss"
12:30 - McKenna
12:40 - Michelle
12:50 - Rachel

See you guys this week!


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Blog Post: OpEd Thesis

Hey alls,

So I know I'm posting this prompt late, and that most of you have already responded to it in your blogs, but just in case...

Your blog post that was due at NOON today was to have been a potential thesis statement for your Opinion Editorial.

Also, don't forget that the first draft (at least 500 words) of your OpEd is due Monday at midnight.

Another also:  conferences are next week.  I'll post the schedule for them sometime tomorrow.

Hope you're having a great 3-day weekend!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Blog Prompt: OpEd Brainstorm

Hello alls,

By NOON TOMORROW (Saturday) please post a brainstorm for your OpEd topic.  This can be in paragraph form, a bulleted list, or whatever.  Your topic can be, essentially, anything--as long as you have a persuasive point.

Also, remember I'm not requiring comments for this week.  Your blogs should all be up on my blogroll this weekend.  :-)



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