Greetings 271 Class!
Welcome to the new semester and our class blog. This will be the space where you share your ideas about the texts we are reading throughout the semester. Remember that you MUST sign up for a wordpress.com account by Wednesday, September 7th. Your account name should be your full name–that will make it easier to track your ideas and give you credit for your writing.
I’m re-posting the rules and regulations for our blog below. I look forward to reading your posts and comments. And remember, feel free to experiment with the form. Feel free to post links, film/audio clips, or anything else you think might enrich our blog and class.
Your comments can take several forms:
1) A continuation of our in-class discussion (something you might have thought of later or didn’t get a chance to say)
2) An observation about the way in which our discussion or the text relates to other texts we have read in the class
3) An observation about the way in which our discussion or the text relates to something else you have read or seen recently
4) A critical question about the reading (not “what happened?” but rather “what does it mean that…?”)
5) Something that might be of interest to the class given our discussions
6) A response to someone else’s post
The aim is to give you a space to reflect a bit on our readings and share ideas you are still formulating in a low-stress environment. I will not be judging your posts on how “right” or “wrong” they are, but on how much you’ve engaged the issues of the course analytically. It is my hope that you will use this space to have productive discussions, not just independent posts (and not just summary of the text). I will occasionally post questions to facilitate discussion. These comments don’t need to be particularly formal, but please spell-check and make sure they are intelligible. You will receive an overall qualitative grade for the frequency, thoughtfulness and general quality of your online participation at the end of the semester.