For Tuesday (4/13) and Thursday (4/15)

For this week, let’s do the following: read Jeff VanderMeer’s The Strange Bird (at least up to the section titled “The Observatory” – – around page 73 in the paper version).  We’ll talk about VanderMeer’s strange but beautiful novella on our Thursday zoom session. finish up your peer reviews in our Wikipedia project (before class on Thursday).  If your article has been peer-reviewed twice, revise your draft in light of this feedback.  Once you’ve finished this…

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For Tuesday (4/6) and Thursday (4/8)

For Tuesday and Thursday this week, read Sam Sisavath’s The Purge of Babylon. This book was published originally as an ebook only, part of a wave of self-published fiction on the Amazon platform.  It belongs to a wild and crazy world of Post-Apocalyptic pulp – – almost all self-published and promoted through blogs, discussion boards, book club sites, etc., by non-professional writers. It’s well worth dipping into this pulp world to get a sense of the…

For Thursday (4/1)

Welcome back!  On Thursday, we’ll talk about Ling Ma’s novel, Severance.  To prime the pump, I’ve set up a writing event – – see below. (Password is: Severance) By Thursday, you must have a draft of your Wikipedia article in your sandbox.  If you already have a draft, check your Wikiedu dashboard.  I’ve assigned you a peer review of two other articles.  Not sure how to peer review?  Review this module on the dashboard. I’ve graded your…

For Tuesday (3/30)

First, enjoy your spring recess!  I hope you get a chance to rest, relax, reset, and refresh. By your “return” to class on Tuesday, March 30, you’ll want to have completed the following: read all of Ling Ma’s weird and brilliant novel, Severance have a good first draft of your Wikipedia article – – see week 7 on our Wikiedu dashboard (You want to have a good draft in your sandbox when we return so…

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For Thursday (3/18)

For Thursday, let’s do the following: Finish talking about Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Water Knife. Make sure you’re up to speed with the Wikipedia project.  By now, you should have: finalized your article topic (and assigned yourself the article on our dashboard); found (and practiced citing) five good sources for your article; found a good model article (on a topic similar to yours, i.e. another novel, short story, movie, etc., and rated A class or “Good” or…

For Thursday (3/11)

On Thursday, we’ll talk about The Water Knife.  You should have read up to or beyond Chapter 36. We’ll also do a Wikipedia check-in.  Here’s where you should be in our project: you’ve evaluated a Wikipedia article;  you’ve proposed three candidate articles or topics for your own work; you’ve practiced editing and citation.  If you haven’t evaluated an article or proposed candidate articles/topics – – I haven’t given you any feedback. For Thursday, here’s what you’ll…

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For Tuesday (3/9)

For Tuesday, try to read up to Chapter 36 in The Water Knife.  By midnight Tuesday, be sure to finish the writing event below. (Password: Water) Make sure you’re on task with our Wikipedia project.  Check your user pages (sandbox, article evaluation, etc.) for my comments on your work and your article candidates.  When we leave class on Thursday, you’ll want to have your article candidate nailed down so that you begin our next phase.  

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For Thursday (3/4)

Start in on Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Water Knife.  It would be great to get to Chapter 15 of the novel – – but getting through the first four or five chapters will be adequate for our purposes. Wikipedia!  I’ve updated our schedule so that dates now correspond to weeks.  We are on “Week 6.”  For Thursday, you should complete the “trainings” on “Evaluating Articles and Sources” and “How to edit.”  Complete the exercise on evaluating a…

For Tuesday (2/2)

A couple of things for Tuesday: Your “Omega Men” essay is due!  Details here. (I’ve offered up my four rules of comma use to guide you through this not-so-tricky-really punctuation mark.) For Tuesday, we’ve also got a short writing event to close out our discussion of Ben Winters’ The Last Policeman. (See below.  The password is: “Winters” – – no quotes, capital “W”.) Looking ahead – – for Thursday: Start in on Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Water Knife. …

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For Thursday (2/25)

Let’s finish reading Ben Winter’s The Last Policeman.  We’ll spend Thursday doing three things (or at least trying to do three things): Discussing the “Omega Men” essay. Making sure you’ve signed up for our Wikipedia project.  Bring a list of three potential topics – – related to post-apocalyptic books, stories, movies, comics, etc. – – for your Wikipedia article work. Talking about Ben Winter’s The Last Policeman.