Consider this post your guidelines and rubric for this assignment. I hope you enjoy this assignment!
First, you will receive an email from me in the second week of classes (Sept 12 to 14), inviting you to join our site as an author. Please accept the invitation. From there, posting is simple. I will show you how in class (or feel free to figure it out on your own! There are tutorials and instructions available through WordPress).
- The first post will be drafted in class, so I can (briefly) teach you the conventions of blog writing, and we can discuss what a reflection is.
- The subsequent posts will be up to you. Please find the guiding questions for each post below, and you can deal with these creatively. The main goal is to reflect on your writing.
- You are invited to use images, audio, video and so forth in your posts – be as creative as you like (as long as you meet the goals of the assignment and stay within the guidelines of UW’s Policy 33).
- Your post should be between 500 and 800 words. If you go over, that’s fine, but you definitely should not be under.
- Your post needs to reflect on the questions, but do not sequentially answer the questions, they are a guide for you to use.
- Do not reference any personal information or full names in your posts. This site is not optimized for search engines so it is relatively private (not completely). Still, please always be careful and protect your personal information when you are online.
- Comments made on your peer’s posts count toward your “commitment to the class” grade.
Post One Guidelines (due September 19 on this site before midnight)
- You will draft your first post in class and submit the rough draft to me for preliminary comments, which will be returned to you in class on Friday Sept 16. The reflection questions for this draft will be given to you in class.
- You will then rewrite your draft over the weekend for submission on the 19th to this site.
Post Two Guidelines (due October 23rd on this site before midnight)
- Be sure to check the general guidelines above and then consider the following questions, which are designed to guide your reflection:
(i) What kind of writing are you being asked to perform in your other courses? Do you find it challenging, enjoyable, frustrating?
(ii) What skills do you think you have gained so far through the assignments you have completed (in this course or other courses)?
(iii) Is there anything you are looking forward to doing in your courses?
Please do comment on your classmates posts!
Post Three Guidelines (due December 5 before midnight)
- How did your term go? What were you most surprised by (particularly in terms of writing, but not exclusively so).
- What advice would you give first year students now that you are about to enter your 1B term or continue your 1A? What writing advice would you give them?
A- to A+: in order to receive a high A or even a perfect grade, you need to have a nearly flawless blog post. One or two small errors is acceptable, but more errors will mean a lower grade. Your post needs to have a strong focus (in terms of reflecting on the course and its content in relation to your needs and goals). That is, rather than answering the questions in a methodical fashion, you should use the questions as guides to supporting a central focus for the post. The post incorporates relevant links, images, and multimedia (meaning there might be links and so forth or there might not be – relevancy is key). Overall, this post is well-written, well-focused, and also entertaining. The reader leaves the post feeling like they have learned something new.
B- to B+: this grade level means you’ve met all the requirements of the assignment, but there might be too many little errors that impede the flow of reading, or you may not have a really strong focus for your reflection. A B+ post will be a pleasure to read in that there are few errors that impede the flow of reading and the focus is strong. Perhaps, however, there simply is not enough explanation or supporting examples. A B+ is almost an A level post. A B- means that there are a number of errors that impede reading. By “impede reading,” I mean that the sentence structures might be hard to navigate or ideas are not fully explained. However, the post is still readable and somewhat enjoyable.
If you receive a C level grade, I am going to ask that you rewrite the post. Your new grade will be averaged with the original grade.