Choose any quote that inspires or intrigues you from the appropriate chapter in the textbook. Display it at the top of your post = 4 points
“A spontaneous show of anger from the survivors of the Friday school shooting has suddenly morphed into a national movement of young Americans calling for gun control.” —Australian, 2/23/18 is the quote
Write at least two substantive paragraphs of personal reflection about (or inspired by) that quote. = 10 points
Important! DO NOT tell us what the quote means. (We already know what they mean!!)
Do tell us why you chose it.
Avoid writing about “people” or “the media” or “culture” or “society,” in general. Be specific with your examples and make them about you or someone specific you know. (And no – writing the words, “I believe…” or “In my opinion…” in front of a general fact that we all already know, is not a way of making your blog personal to you. Don’t do that.)
Do give us some specific examples of how you personally have experienced something relevant to this quote in your life.
Do Not tell us that you chose your quote “because it’s so true.” Do be more thoughtful and creative than that.
Do tell us why it called to you, and how it relates to your own experience.
Do Not write one or two sentences and call it a paragraph.
Do Imagine what your English teacher would call a “substantive paragraph,” with a topic sentence and multiple supporting sentences. Do that.
DO format your entry properly, with full paragraphs and visible paragraph breaks between them at appropriate and logical places within the context of your blog.
3. Comment substantively (at least four sentences), in a way that adds something & moves the discussion forward, on at least two of your fellow classmates’ blog posts. = 6 points
You have three options for commenting.
1. You can write a “Yes and…” comment
2. You can write a “Respectful disagreement…” comment
3. You can write an “I’m not really sure…” comment
Each of your comments must fall into one of the following three categories:
1. Write a “Yes and…” comment – where you agree with your classmate and add something new to the conversation. (See example below)
2. Write a “Respectful disagreement…” comment – where you politely disagree with your classmate and respectfully explain why you see the subject differently than they do. (This is not a debate or an argument, and no hostility or belittling allowed. Simply share your point of view while honoring another person’s. Try it. It’s a good thing to practice!) (See example below.)
3. Write an “I’m not really sure…” comment – where you admit that your classmate’s point of view has validity, but you’re not confident about drawing the same conclusion around the subject – and say why. (See example below.)
Begin each comment by using a greeting with your classmate’s name, such as: “Hi ___ “, so I can tell who you are writing to, from looking at the gradebook.
Your first post must be to a classmate who has not yet received any other comments (if one exists when you are posting). Your second post may be for any classmates’ blog on which you wish to engage.
Well Done Sample Blog Post (Full Credit Awarded):
“Many experts have predicted the demise of printed newspapers.” (Ch. 9)
I chose this quote because it reminded me of when I was a kid. Every morning when I came down to breakfast, my father would be sitting there reading the newspaper. It was something I saw every single day. I would sit at the table with a bowl of cereal and he would give me the comic section. He called that section “the funnies.” On Sunday mornings, the comics were in color instead of black and white. The comics were the only part I liked to read, but it was special because my father and I shared that time together every morning.
Even though electronic news is faster and better for the environment than print newspapers, it makes me sad to think that my (future) kids and I won’t ever have that kind of shared experience that I had with my father. In fact, nowadays, everyone in my family eats breakfast at different times, and we’re all on our phones. I think the way things are going, we are all growing further and further apart instead of closer together. I kind of miss that togetherness part of the old days – which weren’t that long ago really.
Well Done Sample Comments (Full Credit Awarded)
Excellent Sample “Yes and…” Comment:
Hi MH! I enjoyed reading your post. I agree with what you said about the older generation fearing change, but sometimes I think it’s also because maybe they come from a different culture. Because of all the immigrants who have settled here, the culture here in the United States changes much more rapidly than cultures tend to do back in the “old country” (as my parents call it). They’re just not used to so much change so fast. But we are. Things have been changing pretty rapidly since we were born and they’ll probably keep doing so. Anyway, great blog!
Excellent Sample “Respectful Disagreement” Comment:
Hey, MH! I read your post and I know the kind of comments you’re referring to, but I have to respectfully disagree that older people are just fearful of change. In my experience, they are just used to controlling everything about the world and they want to keep doing that. When we were young kids, they could tell us what to do and where to go and we had to do it. They don’t like the idea of us growing up and getting a mind of our own and doing the things WE want to do, in the way we want to do them. You’re right about them not having an open mind though. They’re often just too stubborn to see that we’re not little kids anymore.
Excellent Sample “I’m not really sure…” Comment:
Personally, I am 50/50 about how mass media has changed society. I am at the age where I was a teenager when cellphones became popular and the start of Myspace, so I was able to experience life before mass media as well as being a part of it now. Sometimes I miss life before Facebook and most other times I love being able to look up the latest funny cat video when someone mentions it or having instant access to news. It’s kind of a bittersweet thing for me now where I miss some things (like privacy!) and appreciate others.
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