You’re here! And if you hover your cursor over the “Weekly Reading” tab you took to get here, another tab will drop down that says, “Week 1.” If you follow that, you’ll see a prompt that opens our discussion about the readings for this week. So, once you get there, what should you write?
Think of your blog post as notes toward the conversation we’ll have in class, identifying features of the texts that we should discuss when we meet—maybe because they perplex, annoy, or excite to you; because they remind you of something else we’ve been talking about; or because they prompt you toward some possible idea for your thesis. You may write informally, and you should write honestly, describing your actual response to the reading. Note specific passages (via quotation and citation) that you think we might want to read together, asking questions like: What seems particularly useful, problematic, or confusing about each text—and how might we learn from these texts together? What light do they shed on the ethical, aesthetic, or political good of literature? How do they speak to each other and to us?
How long should your post be, and when is it due?
Each blog post should be 300-600 words long, which equals a page or two of double-spaced writing. (Save your posts in an electronic document, too.) We’ll decide on the first day of class what day/time of the week the blog posts are due.
If you miss a deadline, you may post late, but lateness defeats the general purpose of preparing for our discussion, so late posts count for 50% of a timely post, unless they contribute to one of our ongoing threads rather than a weekly reading. (We’ll discuss this.)
How will the blog posts be graded?
Your blog posts will be graded only the quality of your effort and engagement with the texts. The best blog posts raise good questions for our class discussion by demonstrating a genuine curiosity about the reading and fostering that curiosity in their readers, too. (After all, nobody is curious about everything, so we all need to work at that sometimes, and every good critic learns how to make their curiosity contagious.) If you think hard and reflect your thoughts in writing, you you’ll do well on the blog posts, which are graded as “informal writing”.
Where can you go for technical help?
If you have any questions, the first thing to do is consult the help page http://help.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/getting-started/).If you try to get help there but you still have problems, contact Rob Garfield at James.Garfield@qc.cuny.edu