Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Pioneer Never Quits

What pioneers do you know?

Do you know a George Washington? A Bill Gates?

Over the next month, we will study a thematic unit entitled "A Pioneer Never Quits," and one of your assignments will be to research two pioneers and submit two articles on your chosen ones. From all that are submitted, we, as a class, will choose two with which to conclude our thematic unit.

So be pondering on this...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Your Digital Identity

The decision is yours: you determine who you are, who you will become. What is your digital identity?

As you hand in your metaphorical project, let's begin to ponder whether you will use this metaphor as a theme for your blog or whether you want choose another extended metaphor that will digitally represent you.

Remember your blog title and user name are a part of your URL, your title; it's your digital "fingerprint." Therefore, choose carefully, thoughtfully.

Other cautions:
  1. Protect your identity. Do not use your name as your blog title/URL. Be cautious about what personal information you reveal throughout our blog. Will a reader be able to connect information and discern your first and last name or where you live or go to school?
  2. Is your blog visually appealing? Use colors and fonts to enhance...not to distract your readers. Remember these choices, too, are a reflection of who you are. Your public is judging you based on such decisions.

So let me ask again...digitally, who will you become?

Whoever that might be, remember this: you are unique. Please let your blog represent that quality.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Your Writing Style

You know how you are...right? Or should I say..."write"?

Think about how you feel when you are assigned a paper to write. Now what steps do you take to complete that assignment? Is this a simple process? A trying process? A rewarding process?

Now consider the level of stress a writing assignment places upon you. A lot? Some? None? Why not?

Does writing bring you enjoyment? Pride? Joy? Anxiety?

Now you are beginning to understand your writing style.

May we think metaphorically?

Having considered the process you experience to publish a paper, now think about something to which you might compare this process.

I like to compare my writing style to the story of The Ugly's just not a pretty sight as I draft and scribble and brainstorm my ideas on a piece of notebook paper, but by the time I am ready to submit...well, just maybe, some of my swan-like characteristics are beginning to "feather" to speak.

To what might you compare your writing style?

Just a reminder...please choose a metaphor that you know something about! Had I never heard the story of The Ugly Duckling, this metaphor would not have worked for me!

So creative...begin that metaphorical process!

Good luck. I know you can write right!

(This post also published at Writing Right.)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Welcome to English 11!

Today we begin writing Pioneer Style!

On your mark...get we go!