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Project 6

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Project Six: New Media, New Publics, New Subjects





You will present THE 2 PARTS OF project 6 on a web presence of your own making (such as a wiki, blog, or website).  Much of the blog creation will be a collaborative and creative project we do over the next three classes and much of the writing should be treated as response-work in between.

This project has 2 parts, each with several essential objectives:

PART ONE: Individual or Group Collaboration on the design of a blog/web page.


You will be graded individually or AS A GROUP for your creation of a web presence that meets the following objectives

i) Each member of the blog must post an 'about the author page' (see step 2)


ii) and publish at least one previous written project relevant to your new "composition" or virtual written project (preferably more than one).  While this is a new blog, it must be themed according to the previous course work you publish there...


iii) The blog persuasively uses visual/digital rhetoric.  -- The "home page" or "front page" should demonstrate a central theme of the blog (if you work in groups you must find a theme that discusses the relationship between each of these projects) and provide easy access to some of your writing from this course, and to your about the author page 


iv) The blog needs to attempt to broaden your "network" by including a blogroll (or something like it) that links to at least five to ten other online projects/webpages/activist groups/blogs/sites.  Each must be related to your new web page.  This page must attract readersnetwork to other sites, and do so in a way that productively relates your work to your audience and to larger social questions/issues (we will be working on this in class).


This is worth 5% of your final grade, and it is a group grade if you work on a group blog


Past Examples: (a range of quality)


PART TWO: About The Author: A Literacy Autobiography, Writing About Writing, and Reflecting on Rhetoric 

This part requires that you contribute to the blog or web page by creating a personal page of

3-4 pages 

that describes or delineates your current online identity as an author/blogger



Essentially, this can be a short evaluation of three things:

  1. Your self: You need to write an entry introducing yourself and building your ethos as a writer 

  2. Your writing:  referencing some your own writing using specific examples from your work and discuss any progress or future goals you have for writing (in school or otherwise)

  3. Your context (the rhetorical situation for your self/and your writing) This could relate to some of your thoughts about rhetoric, academic writing, personal writing, new media, or your thoughts about reading/writing and how this relates to politics, society or a (new) public sphere. 



You may wish to begin by revisiting your Response 8 about the author page or your first diagnostic.  Then you will need to answer the following questions to have successful final about the author page:


Introduce us to the Conversation:

  • Ask yourself: Why Study Writing? 


How Have You Become the Reader and Writer You Are Today? 

  • As a reader and Writer, give me a brief "Literacy Autobiography" of your life as a reader and writer... 
    • note: your previous experiences
    • your previous practice (as well as specific writing practices/procedures)
    • your previous feelings about writing
    • any previous concepts that helped you think about writing/literacy 


Writing Processes and Writing Concepts: How Do You Write now?

  • Tell us how you approach writing now...
  • Most importantly, give us examples of where you made changes from a draft to a final draft.  Pull out citations from your previous work and comment on what procedural knowledge (writing processes)  helped or what conceptual knowledge (rhetorical tools) helped.  Give us two to three examples of important changes you made and tell us why these matter for a developing writer. 


Authority: How Do You Make Yourself Heard as a College Writer Now? 

Who do you want to write to?  How will you approach writing in the future -- in school and/or in public spheres? 

--Our Final Response 15 will help us generate material for this section.


Keep in mind that this personal writing counts toward your final grade. (In other words, don’t blow it off!!) However, there is nothing to prevent you from having a little fun with it.J

(This 10% is individually graded)





  • YOU MUST INCLUDE your Works Cited pages on your sites or as entries in your site



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