Sarah J. Student|| Introductory Class for New Writers
|| Jane T. Teacher
DOWNLOAD THE TEACHER'S ASSIGNMENTS AND CHATS
Each week, the teacher will post a new assignment. Each weekly assignment
will be listed with the date of the corresponding chat. For example, under
January 11, 2005, which is listed using the European format 2005-01-11, you
will find the first assignment-Bausch Assignment. To download the assignment
text and instructions, if you are on a pc, right click on "Bausch Assignment"
or double click if you're on a Mac.
After the chat has taken place, you can also find the corresponding chat
document (.html) listed with the assignment. Follow the same instructions for
downloading the chats as for downloading any other document.
UPLOAD YOUR OWN WORK
Once you have completed your two-page writing assignment for the week, you
can upload it on this page. Click on "Submit Assignment." A window will open,
called "Upload File for Sample Assignment." Select "Browse." You will then be able
to browse your documents and select the exercise you want to upload. Once
you have found your exercise, click on it and select "open." The document
name should now appear next to "Upload File." In the text box below "Upload
File," you should see "Name." Enter the name that you'd like to list your
exercise as. For example, "Charlie's Exercise" works well, as it clearly
indicates the student submitting the exercise. There is no need to specify
the assignment by specifying "Charlie's Bausch Assignment," as the exercise
for a particular assignment will all appear together. Student exercises will
appear in a list with the assignment and chat.
For this course, the two best options are Word Document (*.doc) or Rich
Text Format (*.rtf). If you use a *.doc format, make sure that you virus check
your document before you upload it. If you don't have a virus check, or you
want the safety of knowing that your document is impervious to viruses, then
choose Rich Text Format: it gives the same formatting possibilities as Microsoft
Word, but without a lot of unnecessary features, like document macros where
viruses can live and breed.
On occasion when you have problems uploading, you may need to clear your
cache. If you have a pc with Explorer 5.0 or higher, you can do the following:
1. From the Tools menu, click on Internet Options.
2. On the General tab, click Clear History.
3. Then click yes and Ok.
If you have a MAC with OS X or higher, you can:
1. From the Explorer Menu (just before File), choose Preferences.
2. Under Web Browser select Advanced.
3. Then click Empty Now under Cache to the right of the same dialogue box.
4. Click ok.
Once your cache is cleared, you should be able to upload. If you continue
to have problems uploading, please contact your teacher.
DOWNLOAD YOUR CLASSMATES' DOCUMENTS
Click on "View submissions." You will be taken to a page that says "Assignment
Submission List." This page will note which students have submitted exercises
for the week. If a student has not submitted an exercise for the week, you
will see "This student has not submitted this assignment yet," listed under
the student's name. If a student has submitted work that is ready to be critiqued
you will see the following options under their name: "view submission," "view
critiques" and "submit critiques." To download your colleagues' work, click
on "view submission" under his or her name.
POST YOUR CRITIQUES
Click on "View submissions" to access critiques for that assignment. You will
be taken to a page that says "Assignment Submission List." This page will note
which students have submitted exercises for the week. If a student has not
submitted an exercise for the week, you will see "This student has not submitted
this assignment yet," listed under the student's name. If a student has submitted
work that is ready to be critiqued you will see the following options under
their name: "view submission," "view critiques" and "submit critiques.") Select
"view critiques" under a given colleagues' name to view critiques posted by
other students. To post your own critique, select "submit critique" under a
student's name from the "Assignment Submission List." Type your comments in
the text box and hit "submit" just below the text box.
The guidelines for critiques are as follows:
- Please don't respond when someone else critiques your exercise. Just
listen. You want to get people's response to your writing. If you feel you
need to explain your work or your intentions, just listen and consider what
was not clearly conveyed in the writing.
- When you're critiquing someone else's exercise, please be specific and respectful.
While we could all wax poetic about our particular tastes, your comments should
focus on what is or is not working. If you like something or find something
is not effective, specifically note what is or isn't working. If you can specify
what element of craft (tone, mood, narrative distance) is or isn't working,
do so. The more specific you are in your comments, the more helpful they will
be to your colleagues.
- I may, on occasion, ask you to restate a critique.
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