Each of your blog posts must include the following three things:


1) Name of Author and Text


2) Choose one of the following options each week.  LABEL YOUR POST CLEARLY

--> ARGUMENT:  Describe the author’s argument in a short statement that begins, “This author (name) argues that….”  Follow it with a paragraph explaining that argument in your own words. The argument is not a summary of ideas but a short explanation of the author’s most significant contribution or idea.  What is his/her main point here?

--> QUOTES:  Choose three quotes from the text and explain what they mean and their relevance to the text.

--> CONNECTIONS:  Use the reading to make connections to two other readings we have done in class.  Discuss the texts in relation to one another.

--> HYPERLINKS:  Discuss the issues the author raises in the text in relation to real world concerns by creating links to articles, videos, and other websites that illuminate the issues at hand. Discuss both the text and the hyperlink in detail to fully explain the connections.

--> EXTENDED COMMENTS:  Use someone else’s blog post as the center of your own.  Discuss their points and engage in dialogue with that person and the text at hand. Feel free to agree or disagree with the points your peer raises. (Make sure to leave that person a comment so they know you wrote about them!)

--> REFLECTION:  Much like your Think Piece writing from early in the semester, write about your personal connections to this text.  What does it make you think about?  How does it relate to you?


3)  Questions/Comments/Point To Share:  (1-2 paragraphs)

At the end of each of your blog posts — no matter which option you have chosen — please write out one point you can share in class.  This can be a question or comment that you intend to raise in our class discussion. I hope preparing in advance will help you build confidence and best prepare to participate in class discussions.