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Guidelines for Entries on Your Blog

Make your post by midnight on Wednesday each week.

Your post needs to be roughly the equivalent of one double spaced page of writing. I recommend you create your entry in Word to ensure you have a posting of adequate length, then cut and paste it into your blog.

The purpose of the posts on your blog is to respond in writing to the readings on our syllabus. These responses are considered "informal writing" as they are not graded. This is space for you to use writing to explore your own ideas about the readings we are doing this semester. While your entries need not be as polished as the writing you do on your graded assignments, they, like your papers, require that you are thinking critically about what you have read.

Ocassionally, I will give you a question I want you to respond to in your entry. I will post these questions on this blog, so check this blog before you write your post.

Before you write your entry, consider your reaction to the reading. (This means, of course, that you need to have done the reading before you write about it on your blog.)

In your post, state and explain your position on the subject the reading addresses. Rather than simply stating that you liked or didn't like the reading, I want you to write about why you did or didn't like the reading. Then explore and explain the reasons behind your opinion.

Here are some ideas that can get you started on your post:
--Do you agree with the author's position? Disagree? Why?
--Have you had a personal experience that relates to the subject matter that was addressed in the reading? Relate your experience, and discuss its relationship to the reading.
--Choose one or two ideas the author has explored and react to them in your own words. Do your thinking on the page. Use the post to sort out what you think about the material that is being discussed in the reading, or the ideas that the reading provokes in you.

Optional: If you like, note the author's execution one of the techniques we have been discussing in class. Sometimes the authors of these articles do not do such a great job with some of the elements of essay writing we will be talking about. If you see something that you think could have been done better, make of a note of it briefly at the end of your post.

The subject matter of the readings we will be doing this semester form the foundation for the writing we will be doing. Keep this is mind when you are thinking of what you want to focus on in your papers. You might get some ideas for your papers through your blog postings.