The link above will take you to your first Article of the Week. Every week, on Friday or Saturday, I will post the new AoW. You have until the following Thursday evening, by 11 p.m. to write a response to the AoW on your blog. When you come in the next day, Friday, we will have a discussion on the current AoW. These are often some of our best and liveliest discussions, but that only happens when everyone has prepared by reading the article and writing a thoughtful response.
Follow the guidelines below when writing your response each week:
When you write your AoW response post, title it with AoW #__: then give your response a title that fits the controlling idea of your thoughts.
Before you publish your post, scroll down to “Categories” and
“Add New” and call it Article of the Week. In the future, you can simply put a check mark in that category when you posts.
Your reflection on the AoW should be a personal response to anything that is in the original article. Be expressive. Let’s hear your voice. Your opinion. But be sure to support and explain anything you say. Maybe you want to share some personal stories that you are reminded of when reading the article. How does your experience connect to the AoW? Guide our understanding with a solid topic sentence and clear writing. Do not summarize. I know what is in each article, I want to know what you think, how it makes you feel, what it makes you think of, etc.
As in all work that you do in this class, be sure you are putting your best foot forward. Sound and look as intelligent and articulate as you are. Proofread your writing. Your points are only strong if they are communicated clearly. Your responses should be free of all spelling and other mechanical errors, as well as being grammatically and stylistically strong.
Your response should be approximately 150 words, posted on your blog, with the appropriate title, and by 11 p.m. the Thursday after the AoW goes up. Credit will be awarded as follows:
10: Post has strong voice, thoughful reflections and NO errors.
8-9: Post is good, but there are some spelling or grammatical errors. Organization is effective.
6-7: Post has many errors in the writing and/or relies on summary instead of making a personal response.
< 7: Post was done after the due date.
Note Well: You will always have a week to do your AoW post. You are not required to wait until Thursday night to do it. It is your responsibility to do it when you have the time throughout the week. Waiting until Thursday, then forgetting that you have a game, concert, or family obligation is your problem. You may even have reading homework scheduled for Thursday night; that will never change my expectations that your AoW is done BY Thursday evening. Practice time management and personal responsibility.