Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Ahoy! 1102 pirate mates . . .

Re-enactment with an actual 16th century
Spanish musket similar to those used in 
the Golden Age of Piracy.
Over Spring Break you have been exploring ideas for your end-of-semester pirate projects, so here is a shortlink to 1102 student blogs and projects from previous semesters. These can help you brainstorm ideas visually and come to our next class ready to start the research process.

For much of the research project, your blog posts will operate like a research journal where you will write about interesting ideas, express your opinion, and collect a variety of media links. Have fun and be sure to keep your blogs up to date.

From left to right: 18th c, British, French, Spanish muskets
Fort Matanzas, Florida.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Optional Blog Post for Extra Credit!

Those of you who may need a few extra points have the option of creating a blog post for tomorrow night's 3rd and final Presidential Debate.  For this post follow the same instructions as for the 1st Presidential Debate.

Note: Your individual blog post grades have been updated. To date you have had 5 assigned blog post assignments:
1. Violence in media
2. Sweatshop rhetorical analysis
3. Presidential Debate analysis - Instructions on Blogshop
4. Opposing Viewpoints - See  Lesson 7 
5. Interest in Argument Topic - see Lesson 8 checklist for instructions
Optional blog posts will receive extra credit at the end of the semester.
WARNING: Some of you have not posted anything. You have received 0 for each blog post not completed.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Blog Post 3 – 1st Presidential Debate of 2016

Debates should focus on issues, not personalitites
Assignment Overview:  Watch the September 26 Clinton/Trump presidential debate on TV and take notes on the participants' use of ethos, pathos, and logos, given their goals and the audience. 

Focus on some of the rhetorical strategies the candidates and the moderators use (you might use the W.O.V.E.N. elements) to persuade the audience. (see some samples at the end of this post)

Air Time: 9 - 10:30 p.m. Eastern
TV Channel: ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, CNBC, Fox, Fox News, MSNBC, PBS News Hours, Univision.
YouTube Recording of full Debate:  1st 2016 Presidential Debate 9/26/2016

Debate Viewing Instructions: Pay special attention to these questions: what kind of ethos do the speakers establish? How? When do they use pathos and why? When do they use logos and why? Also, define the audience for this debate. The purpose is obviously to be elected the next President of the United States.

Blog Post Instructions (300-500 words 1-2 images): 
  1. Select a debate “winner,” and construct an argument justifying their position, and the techniques used when the candidates debate the issues.
  2. Focus on both speakers' use of ethos, pathos and logos and the rhetorical strategies they use. For example: eye contact, body language, voice volume and control, and any other elements of W.O.V.E.N. used to make persuade the audience.
  3. Write a blog post that discusses why one debater "won" the argument by more effectively using rhetorical appeals to convince the audience.
  • Pedagogical Goals - Rhetoric: 
    • Audience
    • Logos
    • Pathos
    • Rebuttal
    • Rhetorical Analysis
    • Visual Rhetoric
  • Pedagogical Goals - Literature: 
    • Cultural Context
    • Imagery
    • Performance
    • Word Choice
  • Pedagogical Goals - Writing: 
    • Invention
    • Style
    • Thesis Statements
    • Word Choice
  • Sample Student blog on Rhetoric in the 2012 Presidential Debate (457 words)  - this student overuses “I” and at times his use of logos, pathos, and ethos appear forced. Dr. H’s advice would be to discuss how the audience might perceive the issues and techniques – not on opinion. The writers opinion will be reflected in how they express the ways the rhetorical strategies are used. This student includes some great comments, but the focus on his opinion at times weakens the analysis.
  • Sample Student blog on Rhetoric and Civic Life (1029 words) – Although this blog analyzes ads for the Presidential election, the style demonstrates a high level of writing skill with effective use of transitions. The focus is not on the writer’s opinion, but on an analysis of the rhetorical strategies. This student appears comfortable with managing the multiple elements of a rhetorical strategy.
  • Sample Student Rhetorical Essay (379 words) – This short blog post focuses primarily on one element of the rhetorical strategy. For students who may feel overwhelmed at trying to include multiple elements in one blog post, this strategy might work well. Consider this technique if you are still not comfortable with the idea of rhetorical analysis. The student also confuses "affect" and "effect".

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

How to Critique a Blog

Critiquing should be constructive

"Congratulations! You’ve decided to join the ranks of bloggers. You’re going to love it! 

Before you get too far into it, though, I’d like to help you avoid some common beginning blogging mistakes. These mistakes are almost a rite of passage, but why waste that time with mistakes you can easily avoid?"

So, how do we go about critiquing constructively? Try this technique . . . 
  • Write 3 things you like about the submission - focus on both content and design.
  • Offer 3 suggestions for improvement - "Try ????", or "Instead of this, try that?"
  • Focus on the positive, not the negative . . . writing is a process.

For further reading check out some of Jessica's other posts and the links below.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Reading Critically

When Reading Critically, annotate and highlight to determine key ideas and concepts.

  •     Underline key words, phrases, issues
  •      Look up words you do not know
  •      Look for context clues
  •      Thesis vs. gist or the topic
  •      Point out pros and cons
  •      Verify sources
  •      Recognize Bias – on the part of the reader; bias on the part of the writer

Monday, February 29, 2016

16 Rules of Blog Writing.

16 Rules for Blog Writers
Source: Sue Anne Dunlevie

"All newspapers make sure their content is easy to read by constraining the width of their columns and that’s what their readers expect.

Blog writers need to do the same and format their blog posts so they’re easy to read. Long narrow newspaper columns mean your eye can easily jump from the end of one line to the beginning of the next without losing its place.

If the column’s too wide readers will keep getting lost, unless they enlist their finger to help them keep track. Even if they do that they’ll get frustrated and won’t enjoy the reading experience." To read more detailed a detailed explanation for these go to: The 16 Rules for Blog Writing web page.

For more tips on layout, fonts, and "chunking" text go to:  16 Rules for Blog Writers

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Blogging FAQ's

Blog noun
  1. 1.
    a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.

Blogging "newbies" always want to know: How long should my post be? What do I write?

The answer to that depends on your audience and purpose.  For instance, if you are building a blog as part of a course, your instructor will usually give you instructions on what to write and the length. However, your blog should reflect who you are. For more tips on this go to Studio 3880 and read "Finding Your Writer's Voice".

To add media, most blog engines will have an easy to find icon or menu bar at the top of the post page. Blogger also has tutorials and easy to use Help links. We have also included rubrics for your blog.