Portfolio Three: I'll be in a book club one day and I'll thank you for my literary discussion skills

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Carissa Liberty Altizer

Dr. Jerz

Writing About Literature, EL 237

November 13, 2009

 

Portfolio 3:

Now that the semester is almost over, I feel comfortable with the nature of blogging and I have been using the program with confidence.  I still have a few questions; for example, how did Karyssa put the actual John Henry Youtube video on her blog instead of just adding a link?  Also, I want to know why half of my links are blue and half are purple.  I hope they can both be accessed the same way?  On my last blog I mastered URLs, now I want pretty pictures and colors too! 

I think blogging was more important at the beginning of the semester than it is now because originally, I felt too shy to speak up about what I read in front of the class without the security of a prewritten response.  Now that I feel comfortable with my classmates, I am able to easily ask questions, make connections, and respond to what others say during class discussions.  Because of our blogging assignments, I began using an index card to mark interesting quotes, ask questions, and to mark a reminder on passages that I found interesting and wanted to discuss more.  I eventually stopped printing out my blogged responses, and now I feel like I have opportunities to join in on discussions that I did not write about.  If I don't know what to say, I refer to my index card. 

Blogging in advance still helps me to work out an educated response during class (a few less ums and uhs) but the activity has less impact on my discussions in class than it did previously.  Because I didn't feel like blogging was helping me out as much as it did earlier in the semester, I slacked off a bit in getting all of my entries in on time which hurt my ability to get feedback and responses from other classmates.  However, I did make more of an effort to write meaningful comments and responses to others, and I have more timely responses than I did in Portfolio One or Two.        

            

Coverage: I wrote a response for every article, poem, and work of literature that we have read thus far.

J.  -What does the initial J. stand for?

How do you Sculpt a Legend? -Contemplating the difficult job the artist must have had deciding whether to portray John Henry as a man or a legend.

Yep. I get it. -A brief blog on setting.

Great Job, Aja! - Edgar Allen Poe presentation, "The Mask of the Red Death"

Columbus and John Henry were Both Sweet Guys -- Please Don't Ruin My Childhood - What will Guy's scholarly research prove about the life of John Henry, and how much do people really want to know?

Dr. Seuss' Stories Were Political? - The Holocaust presentation

I Have a Theory and I Want to Know Yours! - Comparing Benny's character from John Henry Days to Ray in The Quick and the Dead.

I Gave Up on CNN - A look at irony

Bravery - My first reaction to "Theme for English B"

Read it out loud - Read Keats poetry out loud for it's full effect

I Sigh My Lack of Brain... - Relating to Shakespeare's poetry

Lost in a Library and Looking for a Topic -Helpful hints in Writing About Literature for my research paper

Extra Almonds and a Big Hug - Defending Miss Brill

The Value of a Dollar - Just how stingy is Vladek?

Artistic Differences Between Maus and Prisoner on the Hell Planet - Maus is obviously Spiegelman's more mature artwork

Roberts Ch 8: The Siamese Tail - a poem that demonstrates the five senses 

 

2. Depth: These are what I believe to be my best blogging samples. 

The Value of a Dollar

Artistic Differences Between Maus and Prisoner on the Hell Planet

Columbus and John Henry were Both Sweet Guys -- Please Don't Ruin My Childhood

I Have a Theory and I Want to Know Yours!

Extra Almonds and a Big Hug

How do you Sculpt a Legend?

 

3. Discussion: These articles have sparked comments or discussions from my peers.  

I Have a Theory and I Want to Know Yours!

I Sigh My Lack of Brain...

Lost in a Library and Looking for a Topic

Bravery

Read it out loud

The Value of a Dollar

Artistic Differences Between Maus and Prisoner on the Hell Planet

 

4. Interaction: These articles are examples of blogs where I either disagreed with the opinions of my fellow classmates or added a meaningful comment to their blog discussion.

Authenticity of Mice - Melissa

Cracking Facade - Melissa

Very Fictional Fiction - Josie

Denial Isn't Just a River, It's a State of Mind - Kayla

My Thoughts Are Haunting Me - Brooke

Absence Makes the Heart...Sad - Karyssa

What is True? - Jessie

Whitehead's Writing is a River - Karyssa

Just for Fun - Karyssa

 

5. Xenoblogging:

 

Comment Informative:

 

Absence Makes the Heart...Sad

 

Comment Primo:

 

Authenticity of Mice

Very Fictional Fiction

 

Comment Gracious:

 

Extra Almonds and a Big Hug

I Sigh My Lack of Brain...

 

6. Wildcard:

Dr. Seuss' Stories Were Political?

 

7. Timely

Submitted at least a day before class:

Roberts Ch 8: The Siamese Tail

Artistic Differences Between Maus and Prisoner on the Hell Planet

Dr. Seuss' Stories Were Political?

The Value of a Dollar

 

Submitted before class:

I Have a Theory and I Want to Know Yours!

I Gave Up on CNN

Bravery

Read it out loud

Extra Almonds and a Big Hug

The Value of a Dollar

How do you Sculpt a Legend?


Class Comments

2 Comments

Carissa Altizer said:

Huh, I guess the blue and the purple look different once it's posted?

By default, a blue link means it's one you haven't yet visited (or haven't visited recently). The link will change from blue to purple when you visit it. But it's possible to change all those colors. (I'll be teaching a "Writing for the Internet" class in the Fall of 2010, and we'll go into some basic web-coding techniques.)

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