Not sure I was totally clear in class, so here it is:
-- Read the sample trend story packet and be ready to talk about them in class Monday.
-- Read a story from your outside reading feature writer; write a one-page journal response, and post a link on the blog (there's a thread below).
-- Decide on a trend for your trend story and post what your trend is in the appropriate thread here.
I uploaded a copy of the outside reading list, along with your names next to the writer you chose if you forgot. It's on the main page of the web site.
Post a link here (or just a sentence or two description if it's from a book). This is just to give everyone a chance to see what other folks are reading.
So just to get this out of the way: Some people are put off by the tone of the comments, and find his... self-confidence? somewhat off-putting. That is what it is, I suppose. What I want you to learn from the annotation are some of the choices writers make (although I do think that a lot of them are instinctual, rather than strictly conscious). What techniques did Franklin point out in the annotations that you hadn't noticed when you read it?
Also, if you didn't post on the original piece last night, make sure you do it. I won't mark you late because my original post cam
We talked about this in class today, but maybe the right forum for a discussion of online social norms is online. As I remember what we said today, the standards we mentioned were:
-- No correcting people's grammar (unless you're commenting on someone's piece and the assignment is to look for grammar mistakes).
-- Don't say anything online that you wouldn't say face to face.
-- I'll make an effort to bring the online discussion into the real flesh and blood world.
It's important to me that the class, all parts of it, are a safe, welcoming environment for all of you to grow as writers, so I want to figure out how to get this right. Let me know if you have any suggestions.
Ack. Meant to get this up earlier, and it keeps deleting what I type. But here goes: What specific rhetorical techniques do you see Franklin using in this piece to build suspense?