Thursday, September 27, 2012

Paper 2 Assignment

As we discussed in class, you can find the Paper 2 assignment on our course page:  I will not be handing out a hard copy (paper) version of this assignment, so please be sure to check the page for possible topics.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Moby-Dick in the news

Moby-Dick in the news Audio Project Offers Four Months of ‘Moby-Dick’
By JOHN WILLIAMS'Moby-Dick,' ink on watercolor paper, by Matt Kish.‘Moby-Dick,’ ink on watercolor paper, by Matt Kish.
The actress Tilda Swinton and 134 other readers are lending their voices to the “Moby-Dick Big Read,” an online audio version of Herman Melville’s epic novel.
The chapters will be available as free downloads, a new one appearing on the Web site each day until mid-January alongside a related image by a contemporary artist.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Blog post grades and quiz grades in Angel

The gradebook in Angel has been updated to reflect your blog posts and first quiz. 

Your post for last week (2 points) and your comments posted to others’ blogs this week (1 point) = 3 points.

Each blog post counts as follows:

3 points = 2 points for the initial post + 1 point for a comment
2 points = 2 points for the initial post but no comment was posted
1 point = 1 point for a comment but no initial post
0 points = post and comment missing, or you are not participating in the blog assignment. Remember, you’re not required to participate, and your report grade and final exam grade will be sufficient. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Comments on blog posts

Although I will be reading all the posts and comments and you will receive credit for them, I will only be commenting on half the class's blogs each week. Don't worry if you don't see a comment from me; you'll still receive credit.

Here are the guidelines for posting comments that I mentioned in class. I've added them to our weblogs page at

Respond to at least one post by another group by Thursday at 9 p.m.
Each week, you will respond to another person's blog by 9 p.m. Since new blog posts won't be available until 9 p.m., you'll be reading and responding to posts from the previous week. You don't have to wait until Thursday to post a comment, though. For example, last week's blog posts (8/30) will receive comments by 9 p.m. this Thursday (9/6).
  • The requirement is one comment on one other person's blog, although you're welcome to post other comments if you wish.
  • Comments should be substantial: 100-200 words that discuss the content of the post. Try asking questions, adding your own observations, or mentioning another blog post that seems to respond to this one.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

In the office

I'm in my office (357 Avery) now and will be until about 2:45, if you'd like to stop by and talk about your paper.