Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Writing IV: Exam Items (2009-10 [§1C])

There are prompts for three essay items in the slideshow presentation below. Please view the entire presentation, and read and follow all directions carefully.

You will need to post an individual response to each item, in a single comment for each, on the three reflecting pool posts earmarked for your section (§1A or §1C, below), not on this post. I suggest that you compose and then grammar- and spell-check your responses in a word-processing application before posting them, because you will be unable to edit your responses after you post them as comments.


Section 1A
Section 1C
Reflecting Pool 1 (§1A, only)
Developing Awareness
Reflecting Pool 4 (§1C, only)
Developing Awareness
Reflecting Pool 2 (§1A, only)
Facing Challenges
Reflecting Pool 5 (§1C, only)
Facing Challenges
Reflecting Pool 3 (§1A, only)
Achieving Satisfaction
Reflecting Pool 6 (§1C, only)
Achieving Satisfaction

Writing IV: Reflecting Pool 4 (§1C, only)

Reflecting Pool 4 (§1C, only)


Please post an individual response to item one, Developing Awareness (Writing IV 2009-10, slide 4), in a single comment on this post.

Writing IV: Reflecting Pool 5 (§1C, only)

Reflecting Pool 5 (§1C, only)


Please post an individual response to item one, Facing Challenges (Writing IV 2009-10, slide 5), in a single comment on this post.

Writing IV: Reflecting Pool 6 (§1C, only)

Reflecting Pool 6 (§1C, only)

Please post an individual response to item one, Achieving Satisfaction (Writing IV 2009-10, slide 6), in a single comment on this post.

Writing IV: Exam Items (2009-10 [§1A])

There are prompts for three essay items in the slideshow presentation below. Please view the entire presentation, and read and follow all directions carefully.

You will need to post an individual response to each item, in a single comment for each, on the three reflecting pool posts earmarked for your section (§1A or §1C, below), not on this post. I suggest that you compose and then grammar- and spell-check your responses in a word-processing application before posting them, because you will be unable to edit your responses after you post them as comments.


Section 1A
Section 1C
Reflecting Pool 1 (§1A, only)
Developing Awareness
Reflecting Pool 4 (§1C, only)
Developing Awareness
Reflecting Pool 2 (§1A, only)
Facing Challenges
Reflecting Pool 5 (§1C, only)
Facing Challenges
Reflecting Pool 3 (§1A, only)
Achieving Satisfaction
Reflecting Pool 6 (§1C, only)
Achieving Satisfaction

Writing IV: Reflecting Pool 1 (§1A, only)

Reflecting Pool 1 (§1A, only)

Please post an individual response to item one, Developing Awareness (Writing IV 2009-10, slide 4), in a single comment on this post.

Writing IV: Reflecting Pool 2 (§1A, only)

Reflecting Pool 2 (§1A, only)


Please post an individual response to item two, Facing Challenges (Writing IV 2009-10, slide 5), in a single comment on this post.

Writing IV: Reflecting Pool 3 (§1A, only)

Reflecting Pool 3 (§1A, only)


Please post an individual response to item one, Achieving Satisfaction (Writing IV 2009-10, slide 6), in a single comment on this post.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Yes, everyone, today is the day!

In this post, I'm sharing a reply to a puzzling question I received via mail after class today.
Yes, the deadline for Proto-Portfolios and Portfolios is today (Jan 15). Thanks to a class cancellation, when I had the flu in December, you have had an extra two days to complete your portfolio. If you heard the 29th, it wasn't from me.


The portfolio due date is on the course calendar. I've reminded you and your classmates repeatedly, for instance, on the Writing Studio Blog, where you got the portfolio template:


Your complete portfolio for this semester is due – published and labeled on your blog – by Friday, January 15, 2010 (10:30 a.m. for 1A, and 12:10 p.m. for 1C, JST). [emphasis added]
(Writing Studio Blog: TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2010)


I announced the deadline and wrote it on the whiteboard in class on both Jan 6 and Jan 13, and sent it out via gmail, for example, in this mail message from the class calendar:


2010/1/5 Paul Beaufait
Portfolios due


The new portfolio template, with instructions for its use and completion, is on the Writing Studio Blog:
http://writingstudioblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/portfolio-for-writing-iv-2009-10.html (2010.01.05)


The due date has changed from January 13, to January 15, 2009. [emphasis added]


I sent fresh reminders via gmail when I added specific class times to this description from that calendar event:


The new portfolio template, with instructions for its use and completion, is on the Writing Studio Blog:
http://writingstudioblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/portfolio-for-writing-iv-2009-10.html (2010.01.05)

The du
e date has changed from January 13, to January 15, 2009. Completed portfolios, including Proto-Portfolios (§ 0.0), are due by the end of make-up class meetings:

- Writing IV, § 1A: 09:30
- Writing IV, § 1C: 12:10 [emphasis added]



(Writing Studio Calendar: Portfolios due, Jan 15, 2010)
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Portfolio for Writing IV (2009-10)

It is the beginning of a new calendar year, and almost the end of the current academic year. I hope you've enjoyed your winter break, 
Now it's time to collect, showcase, select, and reflect upon your writing the past semester. This portfolio template is for you to:
  • Copy with permission, under license from the Writing Studio Blog (License, below);
  • Paste into a new post on your own blog, entitled Portfolio for Writing IV (2009-10) [in Compose mode];
  • Complete with data from, and reflections upon, the body of your writing on your blog for Writing IV; and
  • Publish with the label "portfolios" (plural, without quotation marks).
Your complete portfolio for this semester is due – published and labeled on your blog – by Friday, January 15, 2010 (10:30 a.m. for 1A, and 12:10 p.m. for 1C, JST).


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Student ID: vwxyz
[Please replace "vwxyz" (above) with
the last five digits of your student number
(without quotation marks). Then delete these remarks.]


Portfolio for Writing IV, Section 1A OR 1C
[Please delete the unsuitable class section and the word "OR" (above), along with this line of remarks.]
(See: Note 1, below)

0.0. OVERVIEW

Reviews, Posts, Words, and More

(See: Note 2, below.)
[Please embed your proto-portfolios here {in HMTL editing mode}; then remove this line of remarks, including the square brackets.]

1.0. ESSAYS

(See: Note 3, below.)
Please complete this table with data gathered from essays on your blog. See the Key (below) for definitions of the symbols in row one, and complete columns four through nine with numerical values (0, 1, 2, 3, ...).
1.1. Showcase
Short titles with links to blog posts
Dates
yyyy.mm.dd

W
C
L
P
M
2-01a (2009.10.07)
















2-01b (2009.10.21)
















(2-01c)
















2-02a (2009.11.04)
















2-02b (2009.11.18)
















(2-02c)
















2-03a (2009.12.02)
















2-03b (2009.12.18/22)
















(2-03c)
















Totals
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Key:
¶: number of paragraphs five (5) or more sentences in length
W: number of words
C: number of comments
L: number of links
P: number of photos or other graphics
M: number of other media included in post


1.2. Most Improved Essay

(See: Note 4, below.)


Selection and Assessment: Which of the three essays that you've written and revised this semester shows the most improvement? What did you do to improve it? Remember that complete answers are better than short answers, focus on your writing (accuracy, appropriacy, content and organization, rather than graphics or other media), and explain at least two major improvements.
  • [Please remove these remarks, including the square brackets, then identify your most improved essay, and explain ways that you improved it here.]

2.0. COMMENTS

Showcase
Short titles of posts with links
Dates of comments yyyy.mm.dd
Numbers of words in comments
Qualities of comments**
2.1. Your first comment on your instructor's blog*








2.2. Your best comment on a classmate's blog*








2.3. Best comment by a classmate on your blog*








2.4. Most comments on:
Short titles of posts with link
Dates of posts yyyy.mm.dd
Total number of words in comments
Qualities of comments**
2.4.1. Any one of your essays*








2.4.1.1. When did you respond to those comments?
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2.4.1.2. How did you respond to those comments?
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2.4.2. Any of your other posts*








2.4.2.1. When did you respond to those comments?
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2.4.2.2. How did you respond to those comments?
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Current semester comments on essays and other posts
** Please list the most important qualities of comments on each type of blog post. That is, explain briefly what makes comments good.


2.5. Recent comments display

Does your blog display recent comments from blog visitors in a prominent location, for example, in a sidebar, header, or footer widget? Where, or why not? Please explain.
  • ...

2.6. Additional reflections on comments

  • [Please remove these remarks, including the square brackets; then write out your reflections on both giving and receiving comments here.]
  • ....

3.0. BOOK REVIEWS

3.1. Showcase
Short titles with links
Dates: yyyy.mm.dd
Words
Comments
Example:
2007.05.16
39
1
BR 2-01




BR 2-02




BR 2-03




BR 2-04




BR 2-05




BR 2-06




BR 2-07




BR 2-08




BR 2-09




BR 2-10




BR 2-11




BR 2-12




BR 2-13




BR 2-14




BR 2-15




BR 2-16




BR 2-17




BR 2-18














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Totals:


Note: Please calculate and list book review Totals for words and comments without including those from the example (above).


3.2. Best Book Review

Selection and Assessment: Which of those book reviews do you feel is the best that you've written this semester, and why? Remember that a complete answer is better than a short answer, focus on your writing, and give at least two reasons to support your assessment.
  • [Please remove these remarks, including the square brackets; then identify your best book review, and write out reasons for selecting it here.] 

4.0. BLOG LAYOUT, LABELING, LINKING, and MEDIA



Showcase
Yes
No
4.1. Does your blog display an archive?




4.1.1. Does the archive display the titles of posts?




4.1.2. Is the archive organized by month?




4.1.3. Is the archive at or near the top of the sidebar?




4.2. Does your blog display a cloud or list of labels in the sidebar?




4.2.1. Do your labels include these required labels (typed accurately):
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  • "books" (plural) AND "reviews" (plural)


  • "essays" (plural) AND "portfolios" (plural, without "proto-")


  • "quickposts" (plural, with no space between quick and posts)


  • "links" (plural) AND "media" (plural)




  • "movies" (plural) AND "websites" (plural)




  • "brainstorms" (or "brainstorming"), "essay prep.," AND "free-writing" (or "free-writes")




4.2.2. Does your sidebar display other labels?




  • How many other labels have you attached to three (3) or more posts?


    • ___ other labels attached to three or more posts

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    • Which labels, and to how many posts each? Please list those labels instead of www, xxx, yyy..., and list numbers of posts instead of n, m, o... (in parentheses), below.

      • www (n)
      • xxx (m)
      • yyy (o)
      • zzz (p)
      • ...
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4.3. Links and media
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4.3.1. Do your blog posts this semester include photos or other graphics?




  • Does your blog profile include a photo or graphic representation?




  • How many of your blog posts this semester include photos or other graphics?


    • ___ posts including photos or other graphics

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4.3.2. Does your blog include posts with multiple links?




  • How many of your posts this semester include three (3) or more links?


    • ___ posts including three or more links (including this portfolio!)

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4.3.3. Does your blog include other media?




  • How many of your blog posts this semester include other media?


    • ___ posts including other media

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  • What kind(-s) of media have you included in posts this semester? Please list the kinds here:


    1. ...
    2. ...
    3. ...



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  • What media content that you originally produced, if any, do your blog posts for this semester contain? Please list and explain each item briefly, and add short links and dates (yyyy.mm.dd) for reference.


    1. ... (short link, date)
    2. ... (short link, date)
    3. ... (short link, date)



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4.4. Overall presentation

What have you done to enhance the overall presentation and readability of your blog? List and explain the three most important content, display, formatting, layout, or other presentation changes that you have made on your blog this semester.
  1. ...
  2. ...
  3. ...


5.0. ADDITIONAL REFLECTIONS ON YOUR BLOG AND YOUR WRITING FOR IT

Please feel free to include reflections on both class work and homework, as well as on the content of this portfolio (proto-portfolios, showcases, selections, and reflections).
  • ...
  • ...
  • ...


6.0. ADVICE AND SUGGESTIONS FOR YOURSELF, YOUR PEERS, AND YOUR SUCCESSORS

  • ...
  • ...
  • ...


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Notes:
  1. This portfolio template derives from Writing Studio Blog templates for Writing IIIc and Writing IVc (2007-08), Writing III, §§1a & 1c,  Writing IV: Portfolio, §§1a & 1c (2008-09), and the July 7, 2009, Portfolio for Writing III.
  2. Please use the same code in section 0.0 that you used to embed your proto-portfolios (PPFs) in the footer of your blog, which you should already have revised to display your 2nd (fall) semester PPF first.
  3. The essays section (1.0. Essays, above) derived from Proto-Portfolio 2-02 (2008).
  4. The essay selection and explanation item (§1.2, above) differs from that in the July 7, 2009, Portfolio for Writing III. Please read the new item carefully before making a selection.
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License:
This portfolio template is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
Please attribute to "the Writing Studio Blog, 2010.01.05" (with link, but without quotation marks).

Creative Commons License


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