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Instructions and Rubric

Reading/Viewing Response Blog

The Blog

Throughout the semester, you will be asked to provide responses to the reading, film, and podcast assignments for the day. You’ll find these on your Course Schedule under the headings Watch, Listen, and Read. Each group will be responsible for posting and commenting.

If you are a poster, post a 2-4 paragraph entry that either 1) responds directly to the textual readings due for that day, or 2) ties the readings to something that has happened in the world.

If you are a commenter, you must respond to three posts. Try to post on posts without comments first. Your response may be as short as 2-3 sentences, or may be as long as you wish.

Your blog entries are due most weeks of the semester (there are a total of 12). Responses are due 24 hours before class (so at the start of class, but on Monday/Wednesday). Comments are due by class time (24 hours later).

Event Response Posts

In addition to reading responses, you will need to attend three culture- or resistance-oriented events (film screenings, protests, dramatic/music/dance productions, lectures, Forum events, etc.) and write up brief descriptions/responses to those events. There are many events on campus and off that fulfill these criteria. If you are concerned about whether an event qualifies, simply email Dr. Bezio to ask.

How to Post

To post, log in to WordPress, and you will be taken to the Dashboard. On the left, click on “Posts” and “Add New.” Type your entry. When you are done, press “Publish.” Do not worry if your post doesn’t appear immediately; often, new posts (from new posters) have to be “approved” by me before they will appear. If it hasn’t appeared by the following day, send me an email. I recommend composing your post in another document first, then copying it over in the event that WordPress or the UR blog server have an error. That way you have your post and can email it to me if posting fails or you cannot log in.

You are being graded on the thoughtfulness of your entries and comments, and should be respectful of others (even if you disagree with them – which is okay!). You are not being graded on your grammar or style, but you should be aware that this is a public board and avoid inappropriate statements or content.