Description of the Writing Blog

After Engl 305, you will have honed your critical thinking, research, and writing skills; engaged in the activity of literary debate through critical theory; and created your own WordPress site that houses your English 305 Presentation and Process Portfolios.  In addition, you will have developed your skills at writing and designing for web reading and viewing, vital skills for everyone to know.

A key function in WordPress sites in the ability to blog. In the field of Rhetoric and Composition, these blogs may also be called journals, logs, or writing-to-learn exercises. A blog in English 305, for example, will allow to informally write about your experiences in the class, particularity your experience engaging in the writing process through out semester.

You may want to leave your blog “open” for comments from your peers and others, but if you do, you might want to moderate those comments so that they are appropriate for your WordPress site for English 305.  You may also choose to respond to your peers’ comments, thus creating a dialogue about English 305.

Blog posts can be liberating, for you can be as inventive as possible, as informal as you wish.  Your blog is yours to use as you see fit.

So get into the habit of writing frequently throughout the semester–you may even find the blog an interesting way to do some freewriting about ideas for your papers. Your template has set up categories where you can post for blog writing, but feel free to revise those categories if you find a more interesting way to arrange your blog posts.

Happy blogging!

Summary and Evaluation

Ah, Terry Eagleton, Wolfgang Iser, and Gerald Graff–with a sprinkling of Helen Vendler at times–this assignment, while not the most seductive one, demands that students evaluate arguments according to Toulmin’s Uses of Argument, which is the foundation for the way English 305 approaches the teaching of argument and persuasion.