Wednesday, April 28, 2010

GOOD WORK!

Thanks to all of you who are working hards during workshop. Be sure to get the drafts as clean as possible for Louis and submit them on time in Blackboard as directed. Bring your Matrix book to class next week!

Encounter 5: Workshop (25 points)

Here are the directions for today:

I'll be available in E103S and on Gmail (and google talk) at dr.c.jason.smith@gmail.com (starting at 10:45).

First, hit “Comment” below and check-in for attendance. Be sure to say, “Thank you, Ahmed, for suggesting we have online class today.”

Second, be sure your draft of the Media mid-term is posted (Blog 15). You may want to comment on your own draft asking for specific help that you know you need. For example “Can someone please help me with MLA format?”.

Third, using the questions below (you may cut and paste them across) you should respond to at least FOUR classmates drafts using the following guidelines. You should read the comments that precede yours and consider their suggestions in your reply. For example, “I think Blanca is right, that second paragraph sounds like a cut and paste job. Do you know where it came from?” You should NOT respond to anyone who already has four comments.
  1. Does the draft fit the assignment? Why or why not?
  2. Does the author have a clear claim? What is it?
  3. Does the author have reasons to support the claim? What are they?
  4. Does the author support all reasons with evidence?
  5. Is the language clear and correct? If not, give specific examples of problems.
  6. Is all information cited properly? (Avoid plagiarism and copyright infringement!) To test this, pick a few “really smart sounding” sentences and Google search them. We don’t want any “Oops” moments in there as that would be breaking federal law since it is on their blog!

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4/29 Film Mid-term Test, 9:15a E301

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5/4 (Re-)Read The Matrix and Philosophy (TMAF) 5-15. Essay 4 Rewrite during class.
5/5 Trip TBA (We will meet off-campus as directed)
5/6 Read TMAF 28-40. Be prepared for a Quiz.

READ for next week or

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Blog 15 and Schedule

Welcome to Week Eight!

4/27 Bog 15: Media Mid-Term Complete Draft Due TODAY. If you have posted your draft, give some initial feedback to classmates who have posted on their drafts. Be as specific as possible.

4/28 Online Workshop and Plagiarism Check (We will not meet in C building as a class). You must log-in to the class blog and post as directed during class time for credit and attendance. (Roll check 10:30am, workshop closes 12:30pm.)  I will be in my office during class-time for those needing additional assistance in person or via email. **Blog series 3 ends.**

4/29 Film Mid-term Test, 9:15a E301

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5/4 (Re-)Read The Matrix and Philosophy (TMAF) 5-15. Essay 4 Rewrite during class.
5/5 Trip TBA (We will meet off-campus as directed)
5/6 Read TMAF 28-40. Be prepared for a Quiz.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

WEEK SEVEN

Coming Up in Week Seven!
  • Workshop Media Mid-term
  • Advanced MLA
  • Plagiarism Check!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

We almost saw the first lady!

FYI: That group arriving with all the security at Kaufman Astoria was Michelle Obama!  http://www.examiner.com/x-19673-Michelle-Obama-Examiner~y2010m3d24-Michelle-Obama-stops-by-kaufman-astoria-studios-sesame-street-stage-with-daughters

And I finally found out what show is filming in my hood--Nurse Jackie!

Blog Entry 14: Workshop and Report Out

Today--We meet in C724 for roll and Q&A then off to B333.

1. Read three classmates' drafts and offer suggestions. Once an essay has three responses, respond to someone else!

2. Work on your own draft. By the end of the class period (12:30), post it as Blog Entry 14 and, at the top, add a description of what you think is working and what you think you need to do for homework to be sure it is completed on time.

NEXT TIME: Bring all of your drafts and etc. with you. We will cover the MLA paper layout at the beginning of class. You will be allowed to print at the end of class to turn your paper in following.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Blog Entry 13: Sunrise Draft (20 April)

For this blog entry you should post the rough draft of your Sunrise paper for film. As a reminder, the general categories are as follows:
  • Lighting
  • Special Effects
  • Camera Movement
  • Extreme Angles
  • Set Design
  • Acting Style
Sample Claims: 1) "In this paper I will demonstrate how lighting and acting style are used to build characterization". 2) "In this paper I will show how camera movement and extreme angles are used to portray emotion." 3) In this paper I will discuss the use of lighting and special effects to portray good and evil".

WEEK SIX: Sunrise and Media Mid-term

Hi all and welcome to the middle of the semester! Professor Lucca has finally joined us in the blog-o-sphere. You will find the link to his blog on the right. Take a few minutes to drop by and say "Hi" and invite him to drop by your blog to see how you are doing on the mid-term. Don't forget to give him the link to your blog!

Here is the schedule for the next two weeks.
**Blog Series 2 Closes Today!**

4/20   Blog series 2 closes today. Research and Writing Sunrise (Blog 13: Post Draft/Outline, end of class)
  • Lighting
  • Special Effects
  • Camera Movement
  • Extreme Angles
  • Set Design
  • Acting Style
  • Sample Claims: 1) "In this paper I will demonstrate how lighting and acting style are used to build characterization". 2) "In this paper I will show how camera movement and extreme angles are used to portray emotion." 3) In this paper I will discuss the use of lighting and special effects to portray good and evil". 
4/21   MLA Format: Sunrise Rewrites (Blog 14)
4/22   Sunrise and Media Mid-term: Workshop and Rewrites (blog 15: Media Mid-term Report and Plan). Sunrise DUE.

4/27 Revised Media draft due (Blog 16), Workshop, Plagiarism Check.
4/28 Final Comments and Rewrites, Submit Final Draft of Media Mid-term and Post.
**Blog series 3 Evaluation.**
4/29 Film Mid-term 9:15-11:30 (Absolute last date to submit Media Paper)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Fox News is Evil

Really. Fox News is evil. Professor Lucca is not making that up. They are a prime example of how propaganda pretends to be news. In the following video, Jon Stewart takes on Fox insanity on the Daily Show. CLICK ME! then scroll down a bit to the video screen.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

BLOG Entry 12: Research Report

For the last 15 minutes of class or so, I would like you to report out from your research today. What did you do? What problems are you having? What do you need to do between today and the next class (i.e. homework)?

WEEK FIVE: Encounter 4

Encounter 4 (25 points): One of the professors in our learning networks has some questions about how blogs (and etc.) can help students feel a sense of community both in and out of the classroom. I want us to be good community members and help Dr. Vasileiou out. Take a few moments and think: How has our use of Blogger helped us so far to connect as a class? What do you like about the blogs (the class blog and your own)? What have you found the most useful so far? When you are ready, CLICK HERE read Dr Vasileiou's post, Dr. Gallardo's response, and then type up your own response as a comment to Dr. Vasileiou. What do you think HE can do to help his students connect more? Be sure to introduce yourself and remember that you are writing to a professor.

Afterwards: Research Writing

Blog Entry12: TBA

Topic Suggestion: If you do not know what position to take, try proving that there is NOT more violence now than before! 

Update: Due Date Extended to 4/29.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

WEEK FIVE: Encounter 4, Blog Entry 11


**How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.**

Welcome to week 5! Now it is time to start kicking ass and taking names on the Media Mid-term. We need to be helping one another out as much as possible. If anyone fails, we all have failed, so lets get to it! 

C724 10:30-11:00
  • Schedule Review
  • Review: Claim, Reasons, Evidence
  • Staging the Mid-term
  • Group: Setting Goals for the Day
  • Goals Approval

B333 11:00-12:30 (and 1:00-2:00)
  • Encounter 4 (25 points): One of the professors in our learning networks has some questions about how blogs (and etc.) can help students feel a sense of community both in and out of the classroom. I want us to be good community members and help Dr. Vasileiou out. Take a few moments and think: How has our use of Blogger helped us so far to connect as a class? What do you like about the blogs (the class blog and your own)? What have you found the most useful so far? When you are ready, CLICK HERE, read Dr Vasileiou's post, Dr. Gallardo's response, and then type up your own response as a comment to Dr. Vasileiou. What do you think HE can do to help his students connect more? Be sure to introduce yourself and remember that you are writing to a professor
  • Complete Media Mid-term Goals as Described.
  • Between 12:30 and 2:00 Goals report-out to your blog (Blog Entry 11). What did you say you were going to do? What did you actually do? What do you need to do for the next class?
For next time: Keep writing. Be ready to research and write and ask questions!

Update to Grade Book

UPDATE: In order to avoid further confusion, I will be removing the “Essay” category from the gradebook. From now on we will consider the blog series as a whole unit. If you receive a 65/100 or higher on the blog series, then you have passed the “essay” which is always the longest entry for the series. I, along with your classmates, will be offering revision suggestions for the blog series as the cycle moves forward. Once the cycle closes, only students receiving an evaluation labeled "Not Yet Passing" must rewrite that particular blog series after a conference with me. Students who pass the blog series may also revise for a potentially higher final evaluation at the end of the semester.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Blog 10: Reflecting on Peer Critique (Due: Interaction 04/08, Blog 04/11)

Encounter 3 (25 points) and Blog Entry 10

**Students who missed class are not eligible for the 25 points but still must complete the exercise and blog 10 fir the blog entry credit. Please choose two students from the list at random to reply to.**

For this assignment, you will be responding to one student in Dr. Ximena Gallardo’s ENG099 class. The students have just completed their first draft of a paper where they describe and analyze a print ad of their choice from the website GenderAds.com.
  1. Women Trouble on the Ning: Click me and "Sign Up"
  2. Deciding who to respond to (as a class). We will each respond to two students.
  3. Go to http://womantrouble.ning.com/ Once on the main page, scroll down a bit so that you see the FORUM area. There, locate the discussion PAPER #2: PRINT ADS. Click on the link and locate your student’s draft. There will also be a copy of or link to the ad they are trying to describe and interpret.
  4. Read the entire draft/post. Also, take a look at the ad.
  5. Look for the ONE thing you like best about the draft, or (if nothing is great) whatever area you think has great potential. Then decide on the ONE concern you would like to see the writer work on. You might also think about whether there is an area of the draft you'd like to hear more about. Find it and ask the writer some leading questions to generate more writing. This could be an especially useful strategy if the draft is perfect and there are no concerns (an unlikely scenario since this is a first draft, but one can dream...).
  6. After you've finally decided how to focus your answer, write your response by clicking REPLY TO THIS. Start with what you like best, then follow with an explanation of the ONE concern you would like to see the student work on. Just post as yourself, a fellow student, in a friendly manner, NOT as an authority figure or someone who is ABOVE them.
  7. Repeate 4-7 as indicated for your second student.
  8. Go back to your own blog and write Blog Entry 10 entry (DUE 04/11) entitled, “Why I said what I said to (insert names of students here).” In this post, reflect on what you said to the writer and describe the process of how you arrived at your choice of the CONCERN on which to focus. Do you think that the fact that you were a stranger to the paper’s topic affected the way you responded to the draft? Why? How? Why not? (Repeat for your second student draft.) Overall, what did you learn about critiquing other people’s writing by doing this exercise?
List of Dr. Gallardo's students:
1. Howard
2. Nida
3. Johanes
4. Joshua
5. Parris
6. Johny
7. Reynaldo
8. Giselle
9. Eduardo
10. Dafney
11. Ariel
12. Hanifah
13. Kelly
14. Geaovanny
15. Cynthia
16. Barry
17. Jaquonne
18. Jessica
19. Luis
20. Yasumasa
21. Dionny

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Day 10: Plan

Updates
  • Essay 3 (Matrix Review) grades are being posted this week. Encounter 2: Museum Visit Grades Posted this week.

 Today
  • Blog 9 (See Below)
  • Signing up for The Ning: On Thursday you will be responding to at least one student in Dr. Ximena Gallardo’s ENG099 Basic Writing class. The students have just completed their first draft of a paper where they describe and analyze a print ad of their choice from the website GenderAds.com. To sign up for the class, go to http://womantrouble.ning.com/and click on SIGN UP on the top right. Fill out the form to join the Ning. Your membership will have to be approved before you have the right to add comments. (Prof. Gallardo will approve everyone overnight).
  • Homework: Read The Matrix and Philosophy 28-40.
Wednesday
  • Read The Matrix and Philosophy 28-40. We will have a timed in-class essay (Essay 4) following discussion.
 Thursday
  • Library Introduction: We will meet in the library classroom at 9:15 (E101).
  • Online Interaction with Dr. Gallardo's ENG099
Next Week
  • Dr. Rheuban trades for Tuesday class.
  • Film Event
  • Reading: TMAF 41-52.

Blog 9: Media Mid-term Research (Due 4/6 During Class)

For your Media Mid-term assessment, you have been asked to write a thesis-driven researched argumentative essay (with a claim, reasons, and evidence) in MLA format and citation style. For this blog entry, I would like for you to do the following:

1. Conduct internet research on the following terms, then define them in your own words through your own understanding. Be sure to include relevant examples. Cite the sources you used in the proper MLA format for websites (you may want to check out library's website for this).

  • Thesis / Thesis Statement
  • Research
  • Argument
  • Claim
  • Reasons
  • Evidence
  • MLA Citation Style
2. Reread the media mid-term assignment. Bringing to bear what you learned above, what are you being asked to do? What is your initial position on the issue? Why? What evidence do you think you need to find to support your position? Where might you look?