The blog is a space for you to think through the ideas raised in class discussions, readings, and larger writing assignments. Blog posts are meant to be an informal way to discuss ideas with the whole class, so it is encouraged for you to post ideas rather than fully constructed arguments. The blog posts count for 15 points per post.
Process and Format:
On the days marked, you will be required to write about 250-400 words about the specified topic. Blog posts are due at 11pm on the day assigned. Tag your posts with the main ideas you include in your post and the theme of the current class post. These posts and comments are informal in tone and can be used as a place to explore your ideas, and you should feel free to use graphics, pictures, gifs, etc. if they help you communicate. However, you should make sure to write in a way that is easily understood (full sentences in paragraphs or phrases in bullet points) and you fully answer the question or discuss the topic posed.
Extra Credit Comments:
You can earn up to 10 points extra credit in this class by commenting on each other’s blog posts during the Mapping the Movement and Researched Argument units (one point per comment, no more than 10 get credit). You can only post up to three comments on a single week’s assignment (even if they are on different classmates’ posts), and the comments need to be up by classtime of the Monday following the post date. Each comment should be about 100-300 words and should connect your classmate’s ideas with your own thoughts and opinions or ideas we read about or thought through in class.
Mapping the Movement:
Blog Post 1: Your first post should be an exploration of what advocacy means to you. What do you think of when you think of movements that work to create change, in general? What movements, either current or historical, come to mind? After thinking through some ideas about what advocacy is, brainstorm some movements that you might like to explore. What movements interest you? Are there any that intersect with your own sense of identity, either as a college student or another facet of your life? What kind of benefits do you see from exploring these movements, and what challenges do you anticipate as we move forward?
Blog Post 2: Now that you are starting to build your website, think specifically about what an online platform means for the movement you’re looking at. This could be exploring the way your movement uses online platforms and communication, thinking about ways that media such as videos, audio, and photos can be used by your movement, considering what the layout of a webpage means for a viewer, or whatever else you’d like to think through. Think critically about what you plan on including in your website and what this means for potential viewers of your work.
Movement Pitch: For the first step of the Advocating Change project, you will each individually write a post (at least 300 words) that introduces a specific cause to your group and briefly details why your group should support this cause.
Pitch Comments: After your pitch is posted, you will comment on one post from each of the other groups in class, voicing support. Comments should be about 100 words and offer concrete feedback, explaining why you like the idea. While your group does not have to pick the pitch that has the most out-of-group support, you should keep these comments in mind as you evaluate pitches.
Blog Post 1: Brainstorm three potential topics for your researched argument. What kind of topics interest you, and why? Once you have your topics, form them into open-ended questions that you will eventually answer with your thesis. Briefly explain each topic and question, and then think through what motivates you to investigate each, what kind of information you hope to find, and what kind of arguments you think you might make. It’s okay if you don’t have all the answers yet, but explore what these topics mean to you and where you would like to go with them.
Blog Post 2: Post a brief bibliography of your sources so far. Include 4-6 sources in your post and make sure you start with accurate, full MLA citations for each source. After you’ve identified all of your sources you wish to discuss, spend the rest of your blog post talking about what each of your sources does for your argument and what they add to your overall ideas about your topic and where your paper will go. Talk about the sources all together, but be sure to have all of your sources selected and carefully read before this post.