due Mon Apr 16: bio blog post #2

Remember to publish your second biography blog post by Monday April 16.

Here’s mine from my personal blog.

To help you focus each new post, consider this artist’s explanation of how he makes a photograph and why: “To me, again that’s the whole point of doing it is [to just] not just to present a pretty picture but to present something that shows people something that maybe they haven’t seen or experienced and something really worthwhile.”

Adjusted for our writing these blogs, Mr. Burkett’s statement reads like this: The point is not to simply write a summary of my biography, but to present an insight readers may not have seen and that is also worthwhile for readers.

Here’s a link to the recent interview with Christopher Burkett.  The video runs just over seven minutes, and I highly recommend it, if you have any interest in art, technology, nature, beauty, chemistry, patience, etc.

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agenda Thu Apr 12: Hamlet, now what?

learning goal: What is the Claudius’s reaction to the play within a play?  What is Hamlet’s reaction to Claudius’s reaction?

 

pick up the Branagh film where we left off–i.e., at Claudius’s line “Give me some light.” (3.2.244)

 

agenda Fri Apr 6: READING DAY

TODAY is another READING DAY.

I recommend using it for reading in your chosen book.  Enjoy the time. Spend the time watching and listening for answers, or pieces of answers, to the questions you have framed.

Remember to publish your first blog post by Mon Apr 9.   You do not have to submit it to TURNITIN, as we did with the Jan/Feb post.  I will, however, read and score your post according to the three criteria from the Short Writing Rubric.  In other words, is the writing clear, specific and developed?  “Clear,” by the way, is worth half the score, since you owe it to your readers to write clear sentences.  I recommend using a blogging buddy to review your post for clarity, before you publish it.

I will leave a comment on everyone’s post, concentrating on the content–without addressing mechanical issues.  Those issues, along with any issues of specificity or development, will be represented in the score.  Length by itself is not something to worry about or focus on.  It can be, however, a helpful measurement of development.  Therefore, I recommend your aiming for at least four hundred words.  Experience with past years’ student blogs suggests that as the length starts falling below this level so does the development.  With each post, find a meaningful focal idea* and pursue that on behalf of yourself and your readers.  Explore and explain the idea thoughtfully.  Enjoy the reading and writing.  As just one of your readers, I look forward to your insights and offerings.  Thank you.

 

*and an accompanying image that represents that idea, literally or figuratively (be sure to credit the source of that image)

 

biobill

photo by author, 21 Mar 2017

Agenda Wed Apr 4: READING DAY

In a typical week before presentations begin, we will designate at least the first class as a READING DAY, starting today.  (See google-doc schedule for upcoming reading days.)

reminder: publish the first of four blog posts by Mon Apr 9. Ask a blogging buddy to help you proof the draft of your posts, before you publish.  (Originally, this first post was scheduled for Apr 16, but I have moved it up a week.  Notice the last post is due by Mon May 7, which gives you two weeks between the third and fourth posts.)

agenda Thu Mar 29: op-eds, blog posts

learning goal: what makes an engaging blog post, during the biography project?

two recent op-ed pieces–by an old man and a young woman

  •      write reactions in margins
  •      mark sentences with particularly effective sentence structure

 

sample blog post #1 (W Brown); and description of suggested approach to all four posts

 

time to draft, seek feedback, read past years’ posts, read, etc.

 

 

agenda Fri Mar 23: send bio emails

time in library to complete email portion of the bio project; see below

Everyone expected to email paragraph-descriptions of top three choices with fourth paragraph explaining current leanings. See guidelines below*. (Fri Mar 23)

CAUTION: CLEARLY CITE ANY INFORMATION IN YOUR EMAIL THAT YOU QUOTE FROM ANOTHER SOURCE.  Unless indicated otherwise, content in a personal email is assumed to be orgininal with the author.

Individual choices finalized and books in hand by end of March. (Thu Mar 29)

Individual reading begins in April, typically during class. (Wed Apr 4)

Presentations begin in second half of April. Presentation instructions forthcoming. (Mon Apr 16)

*guidelines for paragraph-descriptions email:

This email has four paragraphs. You and I are the audience for this writing because you are naming and explaining your top three choices Each of the first three paragraphs names the title and author, along with a brief description of the book. Each paragraph also explains your interest in this book. The fourth paragraph names your current top choice and specifically why it attracts you more than the other two. I ask everyone to email this writing (“top bio choices”), regardless of circumstances. The goal is to increase people’s confidence with their final choice.

due Fri Mar 23: email with top three bio choices

Everyone expected to email paragraph-descriptions of top three choices with fourth paragraph explaining current leanings. See guidelines below*. (Fri Mar 23)

CAUTION: CLEARLY CITE ANY INFORMATION IN YOUR EMAIL THAT YOU QUOTE FROM ANOTHER SOURCE.  Unless indicated otherwise, content in a personal email is assumed to be orgininal with the author.

Individual choices finalized and books in hand by end of March. (Thu Mar 29)

Individual reading begins in April, typically during class. (Wed Apr 4)

Presentations begin in second half of April. Presentation instructions forthcoming. (Mon Apr 16)

*guidelines for paragraph-descriptions email:

This email has four paragraphs. You and I are the audience for this writing because you are naming and explaining your top three choices Each of the first three paragraphs names the title and author, along with a brief description of the book. Each paragraph also explains your interest in this book. The fourth paragraph names your current top choice and specifically why it attracts you more than the other two. I ask everyone to email this writing (“top bio choices”), regardless of circumstances. The goal is to increase people’s confidence with their final choice.