Portfolio 1!!!

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Coverage: Here are all of the entries that I've posted this semester thus far:

Close Reading or Close-Mindedness:
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JessicaOrlowski/2009/08/close_reading_or_close-mindedn.html - Here, I examined if close readings only cause students to close their minds.

If You're a Bird, I'm a Bird:
--No, this is not a reference to "The Notebook." In this entry, I noted that Mrs. Wright in Trifles by Susan Glaspell can be likened to a caged bird. This blog prompted my first close-reading essay.

Well-Behaved Women Rarely Avoid Murder:
-- In this entry, I questioned the power women have over domestic life.

I Will Write My Own Eulogy:
-- In response to Roberts' Chapter on Point of View, I decided to examine common settings for various points of view, including in Eulogies. Then, I went on to explain why it would be more informative if I were to write my own Eulogy.

On Turning Twenty:
-- I wrote this entry in response to Billy Collins' poem "On Turning Ten." I spoke of how the themes of the poem have personally affected me.

Where the Wild Things Are:
-- One of my favorite entries. I analyzed the imagery used by Ambrose Bierce in "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" to indicate the "wildness of war." I then compared this literary work to another we read in class, "The Man He Killed" by Thomas Hardy.

Fiction Does NOT Always Make Sense, Roberts!:
- In response to Roberts' claim that fiction "always makes sense," I counterclaimed, by citing something we will have to read in class in the future, that this is simply not true.

Everlasting Love:
- In attempt to analyze the symbolism in Shakespeare's "Sonnet 73: That Time of Year Thou Mayest in Me Behold," I wrote this blog. I examined the themes of death and rebirth, and how this contributed to the creation of an effective (and non-cheesy) love poem.

Fire and Rebirth:
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JessicaOrlowski/2009/09/ladies_and_gentlemen_sylvia_pl.html - In "Fire and Rebirth," I conducted a deep analysis of Sylvia Plath's poem "Lady Lazarus," and posed many questions to prompt discussion among my classmates. This blog entry inspired my second close-reading essay.

Forced Martyrdom:
- I posted this in response to Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace." In this blog, I discussed the difference between the forced martyrdom of Mathilde and the voluntary martyrdom of her husband, Loisel.

A Lesson On Annotation:
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JessicaOrlowski/2009/09/a_lesson_on_annotation-_robert.html - In this blog, I reflected upon the benefits of completing thought through annotation, and noted my own experiences with this writing method.

A Question of Greatness:
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JessicaOrlowski/2009/09/a_question_of_greatness-_twain.html - This is a blog entry concerning Mark Twain's "Luck." I tried to examine whether or not the Reverend was helping Scoresby out of duty to his country, or if he was doing so to gain glory for himself.

Timeliness: The entries that I posted in a timely manner










Depth: The longer entries in which I went into great detail and thorough analysis.








Interaction: Where I commented on others' blog entries and fostered some kind of discussion.

Karyssa Blair's "Am I Missing Something"
            - I offered an opposing viewpoint and even fostered a (civil) argument about the use of point of view in Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge."

Josie Rush's "Daddy Issues"
            - I fostered a discussion about Sylvia Plath's "Daddy" and the use of "black" in the poem.

Josie Rush's "Forget the Bird, What's the Cage Singing About?" http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JosieRush/2009/09/forget_the_bird_whats_the_cage.html
            --I was the first person to comment on this blog entry.

Cody Naylor's "Trifles by Susan Glaspell: Early Feminism at Work" http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CodyNaylor/2009/09/trifles_by_susan_glaspell_earl.html
-- In this entry, I posed a question

Brooke Kuehn's "Those Sticky Pearls Just Won't Come Off!"
-- I offered an alternate viewpoint to the ideas in Brooke's blog.

Josie Rush's "Strangling Verse" http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JosieRush/2009/09/strangling_verse.html
-- I offered the first of 9 comments on Josie's blog.

Josie Rush's "What She Said"
-- I was the first person to comment on this blog, and was able to foster a discussion.

Discussion: Strong discussion ensued about these entries.





Xenoblogging: When I contributed to the blogging community.

Jessica Orlowski- "On Turning Twenty"

-- I was the last to comment on this entry which received 11 comments.

Jessica Orlowski- "I Will Write My Own Eulogy" as inspiration for  Carissa Altizer's "Ch. 4 Point of View: What Would a First-Person Eulogy Sound Like?" http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JessicaOrlowski/2009/09/i_will_write_my_own_eulogy.html
-- In this blog, I spoke of writing my own Eulogy, and was able to inspire this
entry of Carissa Altizer's: http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CarissaAltizer/2009/09/ch_4_point_of_view_what_would.html.

Jessica Orlowski- "Fire and Rebirth"
-- This entry is one of my favorites because the discussion is STILL going on. In addition to fostering discussion, I provided links to an additional documentary on Plath's life.

Cody Naylor- "For Shame"
-- In Cody's "For Shame," Josie mentioned my blog, "Fire and Rebirth" in her comment.

Melissa Schwenk's "You Mean So Much.. Kinda"
-- In Melissa's blog, I was able to provide an alternate viewpoint which fostered discussion.

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JosieRush/2009/09/what_she_said.html- I was the first to comment on Josie's Blog "What She Said."

Wildcard: My favorite blog which I believe demonstrates the zenith of my blogging career thus far.



Very informative and detailed portfolio, Jessica. It might be a bit more legible if, instead of posting the URLs, you posted the titles of the pages on the other side of the link, or made some of the words in your summaries link to the page. But that's persnickety -- your portfolio shows you're putting a lot of effort into your informal reactions, and that no doubt contributes to your many in-class contributions. Good work! (And don't let the haters get you down.)

JessicaOrlowski Author Profile Page said:

Thank you, Dr. Jerz. I just have to figure out how to create links out of words.

Here's to ways to do it Jess:

1) When you go to create a blog entry, if you look on the right under the Title box, you should see a drop-down list with the word "Format" before it. It looks like This.

If you're in rich text format, it's less complicated to make an embedded link. Just type words, highlight them, and click the little button that looks like a linked chain here.

This box will pop up. Just paste the link, hit OK, and your text should now look like this You now have an embedded link!

2) Now, when you're commenting on the course website to link our classmates to your blog, you don't have the shmancy option of rich text format. You just have to use plain old HTML code. It actually takes less explaining, but it takes longer to remember how to do it I guess.

*a href="www.yourlink.com">Words they see instead of the link*/a>

Where I put an asterisk, put the "less-than" symbol instead (which is shift+comma) For some reason, I can't type that symbol on your blog, so I hope you know what I'm talking about! I had to use asterisks or else I would have made an embedded link. Sorry if it's confusing!

Here's an example with one of your blogs:
*a href="http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JessicaOrlowski/2009/10/the_art_of_drowning.html">The Art of Drowning*/a>

Once you replace the * with the less-than sign, you get this: The Art of Drowning

If that makes no sense to you at all, you could always just go to the create entry page, make an embedded link like the first way I showed you, and then change the format from "rich text format" to "none." It will change this to this for you. Then you can just copy and paste that on the course website :)

I hope that helps!

Wow, Karyssa, thanks for giving such a detailed explanation!

JessicaOrlowski Author Profile Page said:

THANK YOU SO MUCH. That was incredible, and really helped!

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