Assignment Details

September 10th, 2013

ENGL 400  – The Blog (20%)

The purpose of this assignment is for you to enter into a discourse with documents of your own choosing (outside of our scheduled reading) and respond to them within the context of your chosen community. Try to present supplemental materials that may be of interest to the rest of the class and help inspire discussion, research, or understanding of a different perspective.

Supplemental materials can include:

Internet resources (reliable), articles from the textbook, documentaries, movie clips, television clips, music, magazine articles, news articles, pictures, scholarly journals, and good old-fashioned books.

Before you start…

To effectively create this blog, students must identify a community to which they belong (a community of which there is strong interest or involvement). It is important to give careful consideration to the selected community as this community will be the basis for the letter of inquiry and formal proposal assignments over the course of the semester.

Blog entry requirements

In your blog entries, you must write a brief summary of the argument from your selected supplemental materials. Next, you should include a discussion/ breakdown of the evidence presented. After completing the summary and discussion, you must provide your own personal response to the information presented (agree, disagree, combination, and explanation) and show a connection with your chosen community.

Remember that a blog is not a journal. Though more personal than a traditional academic essay, a blog is still public, meaning that you do have an audience. Not only will I be reading your blogs, but so will your classmates, and members of the general public who happen to stumble upon it. Remember to phrase your ideas and arguments with care, and think before posting anything controversial. Remember that anything that goes on the internet, stays on the internet.


  • 6 blog entries for a total of 20% of your final grade.
  • Each entry must refer to one outside source
  • Each entry must be 400 words minimum (excluding quotations).

Grading Criteria:

You will receive your final grade for the blog at the end of the semester. With this in mind, you are encouraged (and should) revisit and revise previous entries based on your developing thoughts, ideas, and strategies learned throughout the course of the semester.

For a comprehensive blogging rubric, head to ‘Files’ on Canvas.

How frequently you comment on other blogs (from the class) will be taken into serious consideration when calculating your participation grade.


Post Due Dates:

1st Post: September 15th, 11:59pm

2nd Post: September 19th, 11:59pm

3rd Post: September 26th, 11:59pm

4th Post: October 4th, 11:59pm

5th Post: October 10th, 11:59pm

6th Post: October 24th, 11:59pm