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Expository Writing as Digital Citizenship

Its a new semester, and I am teaching two sections of upper-division expository writing. I am excited to return to a previous approach: blogging as composition. Last time I tried this with freshman we and we were quite pleased with … Continue reading

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Blogging as Composition

Since I’m another of the mad scientists who birthed this approach, I’ll throw in some quick reflections. For those who don’t know, three colleagues and I piloted a new approach to introductory composition this past fall. 80 students were divided … Continue reading

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Review Writing for Amazon

Today we want to look at a few Amazon.com book reviews for Tapscott and Williams’ Wikinomics in order to generate a sense for what distinctive features good reviews contain. Donald Mitchell [April 6th, 2007] Bradley Gessler [January 15, 2007] M … Continue reading

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MLA citation

Using the MLA guidelines provided by Purdue’s OWL lab, please construct a MLA works cited list for the following material: The Henry Jenkins reading from the coursepack (book title: Convergence Culture). The Stephen Johnson reading from the coursepack. (article title: … Continue reading

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Crash Course on Academic Writing

I like to frame academic research by looking at Kenneth Burke’s famous passage on the unending conversation of humankind. I also want to discuss three terms from classical rhetoric: ethos, pathos, and logos. logos Driven Unlike your blog writing, which … Continue reading

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Reputation as Ethos for the Responsible Netizen

I picked up the quizercise from Karl Stolley (who, I am pretty sure, just adapted Janice Lauer’s “writing opportunity”): every Monday, before we begin discussing the week’s readings, I ask students some kind of question that calls on them to … Continue reading

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Class notes, tech day, week five

Today we are going to work on integrating you a bit more into your online community. So, we’re going to use del.icio.us to explore your community. Log into your del.icio.us account. Make sure you have your “post to del.icio.us” or … Continue reading

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Week Three, Computer Session

As you put the finishing touches on your mission statements, I want to turn and start thinking about your first individual post. And, in doing so, I wanted to offer examples of the kinds of posts, taking note of their … Continue reading

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Project One

Below is the first post assignment. Forgive the sloppy presentation, I’m cutting and pasting from Word… English 106 Fall 2007 Project 1: Mission Statement as the First Post As I have brought up several times, your first major assignment is … Continue reading

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106: Week Two Computer Lab

Today’s class will seek to introduce you to your blog, some of the features of Blogger, and to the basics of HTML that you will need to compose your posts. Creating Your Blogger Account All of you should have received … Continue reading

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