Wednesday, Jan. 30, In-Class
Friday, Feb. 1 by 11:59 PM in Moodle
Friday, Feb. 8 by 11:59 PM in Moodle
How To Guide for Essay 1
Assignment Sheet: Life as a Superhero
Your first assignment calls upon you keep a daily blog of your life, your real life, but with a twist.
I want you to incorporate what it would be like to live your life with the added challenge of trying to do that while being a superhero ALL at the same time.
Ex.: What would it be like for you to take your normal everyday life with going to school, work, etc. while also trying to save your town or city or the world?
- 7 posts (1 for each day you chronicle),
Each post aiming to be 2-3 paragraphs in length discussing how you go about your normal everyday life, in detail, while juggling duties as a superhero as well.
I will provide you with a model to help demonstrate the process, as well as the set up for the WordPress.com Blog.
FINAL PORFOLIO VERSION: Template will be provided.
You will be using readings from Norton’s Field Guide to Writing 2nd Ed. as a touchstone along the way during this process.
Outlining and Layering
Real Life and Superhero Life:
1st Post – This should be an introduction to your story
2nd – 6th Posts – Tell us a story about your life, normal and the superhero in vivid detail.
7th Post – Conclusion and Significance Post
Key Elements: Well-Told Story, Descriptive Detail, and Significance.
Well-Told Story: The book points out that part of a well-told story is the need to “set up some sort of situation that needs to be resolved. That need for resolution [is what] makes readers what to keep reading” (28). You want to hook us to have us read on to find out what happens. Want to have a beginning, middle, and ending.
Descriptive Details: Vivid details are another crucial element, because they help bring the story to life for the audience. You want to help provide us with the feeling that we are there, with you, in the story. Aim to create “mental sensations of the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and texture of the world in which your story takes place” (28).
Significance: Tell us the significance of the event to you and its impact on you. What is the point of knowing about this. You could make a point of using this entire writing experience as a metaphor for how, as a young adult, you have a rather busy life and its complicated, it might as well be that it is because you are a superhero, its that complicated.
Writing Your Posts
- We will begin by typing up our posts, individually and double-spaced, in MS Word Document. I will provide you with a working template to help you out.
- ALL revisions and proofing will be applied to the MS Word version of your Blog Posts.
- Posts will be uploaded to a Blog Site at the end of the semester for your Final Portfolio
Proofing and Editing
As we move along we will work on checking and addressing our proper MLA formatting and correctness.
We will layer this process. It will begin with you and move through Peer Reviews and Rough Drafts to the Final Draft.
Once we have put our drafts together, you will start and make sure these are finished by the time we reach our In-Class Drafting day.
Following our In-Class Drafting Day we will have a Peer Review. You will exchange TWO printed copies with other classmates. You will read each other’s papers providing each other with constructive feedback aimed at improving your paper. When this is done you will use this feedback to revise your paper before submitting it in Rough Draft Form to your instructor.
Like with Proofing and Editing, we will continue to refine and ex-examine our assignment, making sure we address and are taking care of our requirements of the assignment as well as any key features we have for each genre.