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Post  captain eric on Fri Jan 23, 2015 12:31 pm

Please make an account on this site.  Then, read David Foster Wallace's commencement speech. There is no reading response but please bring a print copy of the reading to class. Thanks.

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Post  captain eric on Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:28 am

This is the thread in which all assignment prompts will be posted.
For your response, please go back to the "Reading Response" area of the forum and use the "New Topic" button to create your post.

For your first assignment, please respond to the following prompt after reading the assigned sections of Ch. 3 in the Academic Writer. Your response should span two paragraphs. Thanks!


Consider the terms "rhetorical situation" and "rhetorical analysis." How would you explain them to a friend?
When you write online do you think you appeal most to pathos, logos, or ethos?

Here is the link to the reading:
seyrix.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/ch-3.pdf

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Post  captain eric on Sat Jan 31, 2015 2:24 pm

blog.lib.umn.edu/blogosphere/blogging_as_social_action_a_genre_analysis_of_the_weblog.html

This is your reading material, due Monday. Stop at the bolded “Defining the blog as genre.” This should be about 5 pages. This is a somewhat difficult read, so take your time with it and if you need to look up words, do so! But, it's okay if you're not quite with the reading when you get to class. If there's something you don't understand, bring a question about it. We will work through it together.

For a post response:
Define Kairos (you may have to look up a definition).

Based on this reading, what do you see as modern concerns with the weblog? Do you agree? What are your concerns?

And, what is the importance of voyeurism to how we understand writing or reading?

Finally, I would like you to list 3 specific questions or confusions you have about the reading. Be prepared to bring them up in class.

*Note: When you post your response, please find your first reading response post and respond to it rather than creating a new thread. Thanks!

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Post  captain eric on Tue Feb 03, 2015 3:56 pm

This is your reading material, due Wednesday. Stop at the bolded “Defining the blog as genre.” This should be about 5 pages. This is a somewhat difficult read, so take your time with it and if you need to look up words, do so! But, it's okay if you're not quite with the reading when you get to class. If there's something you don't understand, bring a question about it. We will work through it together.

For a post response:
Define Kairos (you may have to look up a definition).

Based on this reading, what do you see as modern concerns with the weblog? Do you agree? What are your concerns?

And, what is the importance of voyeurism to how we understand writing or reading?

Finally, I would like you to list 3 specific questions or confusions you have about the reading. Be prepared to bring them up in class.

*Note: When you post your response, please find your first reading response post and respond to it rather than creating a new thread. Thanks!

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Post  captain eric on Sat Feb 07, 2015 2:41 pm

Prewriting Assignment #1

Your paper will rely upon you exercising several skills. You will have to be able to describe and use quotations, you will need to draw connections between the blog/comic and its audience, and you will have to assess who the audience is and how the blog/comic and audience fit together.

For this assignment, choose one web-comic or one blog that you wish to write about. I would like you to write at least four paragraphs in which you 1. Give evidence, via quotes and description, for how your blog or comic presents itself, 2. Describe who you think would be the ideal audience for your blog using both your own observations and rhetorical tools. 3. After finding the audience for your comic/blog (usually in forums or beneath posts) describe your audience, how they communicate, what they seem to value, and so on. 4. Try to make a claim for how the web-comic or blog works with its audience.

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Post  captain eric on Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:49 pm

Your watching for next class:
msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/35147797#35147797

Prompt for response:
While watching this Q&A, analyze how the politicians use evidence. What do the politicians ask Obama (and what do they leave unsaid)? Consider the tones of different speakers. Consider the use of logos, pathos, and ethos, and find specific examples. You might not be able to identify speakers, but you can use the time that has elapsed to couch your claims.

I will be grading you on specificity and the thoughtfulness of your response. Thanks!
Also, I am not really interested in any political opinions. Rather, a critical look at how those opinions are expressed.

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Post  captain eric on Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:56 pm

Please read:
Ong's Paper
Read part I (part one).

For this reading response, assess, from the beginning of Ong's writing, what his general argument is. Find two relevant quotes that help identify his argument in your response.
ric.edu/faculty/rpotter/temp/ong.pdf

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Post  captain eric on Sat Mar 07, 2015 5:26 pm

Please read:
Gee’s “What is Literacy”
Website:
ed.psu.edu/englishpds/Articles/CriticalLiteracy/What%20is%20Literacy.htm
Stop after Gee defines the terms learning and acquisition.

Please respond to each of the following:
1. Summarize Gee's definition of literacy. Try using his terminology to illustrate his definition.

2. Did this change your understanding of literacy? If so, how? And, how might this affect your understanding of your own literacy story?

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Post  captain eric on Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:29 am

For Friday, think of three instances in which literacy has affected you. Try and narrow the scope of these instances to a day or less. Because we'll be writing a short story, we won't have the time to cover a longer span of time. Once you have three story options in mind, write a short paragraph summarizing each of the three instances.

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Post  captain eric on Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:17 am

Please read Academic Writer Chapter Seven through page 233.

seyrix.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/ch-7.pdf

For your reading response, I would like you to come up with two questions you'd like to potentially research. As discussed, they should be well defined and narrow. (Instead of asking "is evolution a legitimate theory" narrow it - "What evidence do we have for modern evolution?" then narrow it further after doing a little research - "Does the micro-evolution of E.Coli in laboratory settings predict that the same changes could occur in the wild?" This will help you delve deeper and find more interesting answers!)


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Pre-writing Assignment for Paper 3

Post  captain eric on Sat Apr 18, 2015 12:33 pm

For this pre-write, please:

List five academic sources. For each source, write one paragraph that 1. describes the source's topic and goals and 2. how the source will be useful for your paper.

Once you have done this, please write one paragraph in which you discuss the difference between the public conversation around your paper's topic (as we discussed in class) and your academic sources' discussions.

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