May 27, 2005

Weblog Portfolio: Part 2

This is my second blogging portfolio… which simply means you will find a convenient list of links to my best blogged work in the Spring 2005 semester of American Literature 1915-Present course with Dr. Jerz. Although I fell behind during the second semester, I have met my blogging requirements for the course.
Despite other students in the course, I feel that blogging exercises truly are a good thing -- if done properly. It allows students to discuss the readings openly, outside of the classroom, therefore promoting good classroom discussions. Although I blogged on my page much after the readings were discussed, I kept up on reading my coursemate's blogs. It helped to read their reactions and responses to the stories. It is important to keep an open mind, and understand that there is not necessarily one "correct" interpretation to a work of literature.
I am proud of my accomplishments in the class, and my ability to critically analyze American Literature. However, the point of blogging is to stay up-to-date so you can give and receive comments and allow for discussion. Regardless... you are gaining access to my best work in the second half of the course... ;)

A Streetcar Named Desire : This was one of three novels assigned for second semester. It produced mixed feelings in me.

You’re Ugly Too : A look at and analysis of the main character, Zoe.

Greenleaf : My anger spelled out onto a blog... a look at my frustrations with Mrs. May within this story.

Here We Are : My response to a story of a newlywed couple in the 1930s. Very interesting stuff!

The Best Girlfriend You Never Had : My response to the friendship between Lucy and Leo. Also included are my responses to some of my coursemate's blogged agenda items.

Blood-Burning Moon : Within this entry I responded to Mary's question she posted in her blog.

The Half-Skinned Steer : Check out my attempt to make sense of this crazy story. Also, read the positive comments I received on this agenda item.

I Want to Live! : A more in-depth look at this story and the message it gives.

The Farmer’s Children : A response to this story and note about the farmer's wife and her role in the death of the two boys.

The Secret Life of Bees
: A look at how Lily was able to grow from an abused, deprived young girl without her mother, to a strong, more independent young woman coming to terms with the past.

Posted by KaylaTurano at May 27, 2005 7:33 PM | TrackBack

You've pointed to some excellent reflection and a good discussion of some important issues on your blog. I look forward to receiving the rest of your assignments soon (but I won't be in the office on Monday, so don't rush.)

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at May 28, 2005 5:31 PM
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