Thursday, January 31, 2013

Public Speaking

Posts for those taking Public Speaking can be found at

Friday, January 18, 2013

Workshop Day

-Address Midterm Questions
-Final Missing Work Check-Ins
-Workshop time to finish the blog

-Blogs due on Wednesday (Midterm Day)
-Extra Credit Writing Due Wednesday
-Study for your midterms

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Blog Peer Reviews


-Discussion of what to expect from the next couple of days
-Peer Review w/ rubric
-Workshop remaining blog posts/using peer feedback
-Grade conferences

-Blog projects will be due the day of the midterm
-Extra Credit will be due the day of the midterm as well

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hypertext Workshop

[This is being posted a day late!  This is for Monday's class].

-Review & Hand in Missing Work
-Review of Components of Hypertext Fiction
-Discussion of the Shakespeare Folio & Adventure IF Game
-Workshop: Your Own Hypertext Fiction Post

-Finish your Hypertext Finish Post
-If you are caught up on your blog, if you complete one post per night, you should be finished by the end of the week.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Quiz Review & Hypertext Con't

-Review Quiz
-Finish Hypertext Fiction Power Point
-Library--Look at Examples/Renew Books

-Quiz Corrections
-Work on your Blog!   Make sure to pace yourself.  You should have two more posts completed for Monday (a total of 3 posts)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Hypertext Fiction

-HF Powerpoint
-Review & Answer Questions about HF
-Technical Difficulties: Some Workshop Time During This

-Come in tomorrow prepared to review the quiz and to finish this presentation
-For tomorrow you should have finished:
  • About me for your character
  • Theme/Blog Design
  • 1 Post (Adapted from your I-Remember Exercise)

Interactive Fiction and the Origin of Hypertext

Good Morning Everyone!

In preparation for starting our blogs, we are going to be exploring hypertext fiction today. I will be presenting you with some background as well as giving you some time to navigate these modern works of literature yourselves.

When looking at these works please consider the following questions:
1. What choices did the author have to make in order to create this piece?
2. What choices are available to the reader? What limitations are there?
3. What modes (textual, aural, visual, etc.) does the author employ?
4. How might you adapt all of this when you begin to set up your blog?

Please, post a comment in which you answer these questions for two of the works that you look at during the presentation.

You will need the following links during the course of the presentation:

Digital Novels before the Internet:

Hyptertext Fiction after the WWW:  or

Hypertext Fiction Today

Interactive Fiction

Blogging Workshop

-Overview of the next two weeks
-Progress Reports Printed
-Food for Thought

  • Literary term review
  • Corrections of our writings
-How to Write a Blog Post Review
-Workshop Blogs

-If you did not finish the following in class please complete for Friday:
  • Choose a theme for your blog
  • Write the "About Me" Section based on your character sketch
    • To get to the "about me"
      • View your blog
      • Click on your user name in the top-right corner of the tool bar
      • This should open a new window
      • In this new window, look at the menu on the left-hand side
      • You should click on the profile option in this menu
      • This will open a new window in which you can update your profile with information about your character
  • Convert one of your "I Remembers" into a Blog Post based on the tips that we reviewed in class today

Monday, January 7, 2013

Designing a Blog Site

-You will need your books for the rest of this week!
-Handouts: Directions on how to Design a Blog reflective of your character's personality
                  Directions on how to create a wordpress account/blog page
-Creating your Blog

-Bring your blog's URL address in for Wednesday

Friday, January 4, 2013

Adverb Clause Quiz

-Adverb Clause Quiz
-Workshop Time: Missing Work

-No new homework: This is a great opportunity to get caught up if you need to!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Writing a Good Blog Workshop

*Review Game (adverb clauses)
*Homework Discussion & Review of Blogging Tips
*Workshop: Writing Personal Blogs of our Own

*Study for tomorrow's quiz
*Finish your personal blog (if you have not already)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

How to Write a Blog

-5 minute review of adverb clauses/question time
-5 minutes to write three example sentences including an adverb clause
-"How to Write a Blog" Reading
-Sample Blogs

  • Create a T chart 
  • One half should show examples of good/bad blog writing (be sure it is clear which blog you are referencing)
  • The other half should explain why the writing is good or bad

-Finish your T Charts
-Find a blog to read/add to your chart