~~Fall 2017 Syllabus~~
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useful links: Digital Storytelling Useful Links
WA=Writing Analytically JNL=Reading Journal Red=writing assignment due
8/29 Welcome and Introductions
8/31 Seeing More, Seeing Better
+ Read in Writing Analytically, 7th ed: Chap 1: “Writing as a Tool of Thought” through “Writing the Self” (pp1-7), & “The Five Analytical Moves” Moves 1-2 (pp16-21) (PDF)
+ Joseph Stromberg article “Why You Should Take Notes by Hand” (online article)
+ JNL: Come prepared to share 3 facts/tips you find illuminating and any questions about the reading
+ Writer’s Questionnaire Due (prompt)
9/5 Why Write Online?
+ “Digital Writing Uprising: Third-order Thinking in the Digital Humanities” by Sean Michael Morris (online article)
+ “Organic Writing and Digital Media: Seeds and Organs” Pete Rorabaugh (online article)
+ pp 21-32 in Writing Analytically, 7th ed (PDF) *Note: the PDF is the full chapter, but you are only responsible for a limit number of pages!
+ pp 1-27 in How to Be an Explorer of the World
+JNL: In today’s reading, record 3 passages you think are interesting, strange, or revealing. Also, identify what you think is the “So what?” question from one of articles.
+ “Why we Love Beautiful Things” by Lance Hosey (online article)
+ “Alone Together” by Sherri Turkle (PDF)
+ Join class blog (see email for details)
+JNL: 3 exercises from How to Be an Explorer (prompt coming)
+ Plus, please bring in examples of blogs you like and be prepared to answer why (No ideas? Take a poll of your friends. What blogs do they read? Why?) Journal Prompt
In-Class blog suggestions:
Plus a few from past years:
+ Chapter 7 in Writing for Digital Media by Brian Carroll, “Blogito, Ergo, Sum” (PDF)
+ excerpts from Technology: A Reader for Writers, pp1-10 (PDF) includes: “Defining Technology” by Thomas P. Hughes and “What is Technology?” by Eric Schatzberg
+ Blog post #1 due by class time (Prompt )
+ WA: “Analysis and Argument” through “Lean to Notice” (pp8-16) & “Find the Analytical Potential” through “Write all the Time” (pp71-75) (these pages are located inside Chapter 1 and
Chapter 2 Chapter 3)
+JNL: Write a short paragraph about analyzing a blog of your choice using the strategies presented in Writing Analytically.
9/19 + read through 3 or 4 of blog post #1 posted by your classmates
+ “Consider the Audience” by Jen Rajchel (ebook chapter)
+ “Digital Literacy” by Richard Lanham (online article)
1) In a short paragraph, make a connection between a reading from class and a peer’s blog post ; AND 2) In a short paragraph pose a question about writing online that we have not yet covered in class or in our course blog posts
9/26 **Report to Media Center** (Bosler Basement)
Session with Julie Savage-Lee, Multimedia Specialist
+ No new reading
+ come prepared with a title and url name in mind. We will set up WordPress accounts and begin deigning our blogs
9/28 + in class peer review for Paper #1 (Paper #1 Prompt)
10/3+ Excerpt from Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson (PDF)
+JNL: In a short paragraph pose a question about writing online that we have not yet covered in class or in our course blog posts
+ Journals Due to me this day
10/5 + no new reading
+ Please bring How to Be an Explorer of the World with you to class
+ Paper #1 Due (Prompt) Please bring peer review worksheets and rough drafts to hand in with the final draft.
In-class JNL assignment: complete exploration #14 or #22 for 1/2 hour
10/10 **Report to Media Center** (Bosler Basement)
No new reading
+JNL: Brainstorm types of posts that you could write for your blog. Make a list of at least 5 topics or approaches you could use. Write a sentence or two about each to help you remember your ideas.
+ Comment on my blog post with a short comment including your blog’s title, a small teaser, and a link to your blog site
(post link forthcoming)
10/12+Writing Analytically: “Making the Thesis Evolve” pp 227-236
Part I: Translate into your own words the feedback you received on your essay or on your blog posts thus far. What higher order concerns do you need to work on?
Part II: Choose two of our essays from this week or last and place them in conversation with each other. Think about what each essay’s thesis statement is and how it evolves.
+ Blog post #3 due by class time (Prompt)
10/17 Fall Pause– No Class
+ in-class peer review: Paper #2
+ Read Chapter 1 in Writing for Digital Media, “On Writing Well” (pp3-22) (PDF)
+ prologue to The Shallows by Nicolas Carr (PDF )
+ excerpt from The Driver in the Driverless Car by Vivek Wadhwa (PDF)
+ Paper #2 Due
+JNL Part I: Translate into your own words the feedback you received on your essay or on your blog posts thus far. What higher order concerns do you need to work on?
Part II: 2 exercises from How to Be an Explorer. Specifically connect one of these exercises to your blog/blog topic in a short paragraph
Past essays that are excellent models:
+ “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan (PDF)
+ reading on digital storytelling and storyboarding : read the University of Houston’s 5 pages on digital storytelling and then watch a couple of example (see tab at top for “example stories”)
+ Blog post #4 due by class time (Prompt)
11/7 **Meet in Bosler for workshop in Media Center**
+ no new reading
+ come prepared with video or audio in mind to work with
+JNL: What multimodal project will you complete for your final project? Brainstorm ideas in a healthy paragraph.
+ excerpt from Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson (PDF) Chapter 4: “The Gold Standard”
+ Be prepared for an in-class workshop on your blog’s design
+ Blog post #5 due by class time (Prompt)
Blogs/websites discussed in class:
+ read 3 articles from 3 blogs (chosen in class in 11/9) and be prepared to talk about what works and does not work in specific posts.
+ WA on Introductions and Conclusions and the paragraph (pages 236-242 and 251-252; PDF)
+ comments due (see Prompt)
+ JNL: Part I: In light of the assignment, discuss (using WA) why these posts work.
Part II: Find and read an interview on one of these blogs. Describe why you think it is successful or not
11/23 Thanksgiving- no class
+ Anne Lamott from Bird by Bird (PDF)
+ “The Science of Story Telling: What Listening to a Story Does to Our Brains” (online article)
+ JNL: draft, in your journal, a storyboard for your final project. Use a premade template, or design your own.
+ Blog post #7 due by class time (Prompt)
+ excerpt from Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic (PDF)
+ JNL: one final exercise from How to Be an Explorer
+ Journals due to me
+comments due (see Prompt)
12/5 In-class presentations
+ Blog post #8 due by class time (Prompt)
12/7 In-class presentations
Monday 12/11 by 5:00 pm: Blog Post including your final video + reflection paper (Prompt )