Your blog assignments ask you to bring the tools and concepts from our readings and discussions into productive conversation with news or other media.

They will either be SHORT (400-500 words) or LONG (750-1250 words).

You blog posts should always connect course content to contemporary issues, but weighted heavily towards discussion of course content.

Please conclude your posts with a sentence or two stating what you'd like to discuss in class, and paste that sentence under the URL on the day's wiki page.

SHORT and LONG rubrics are posted below.

Refer back to this page as needed.

Blog Post Grading Rubric:


Short Blog Posts (300-500 words; 10 points)
Form and Content
1 points for a clear well-structured idea related to course content
--Make a clear claim and support it systematically with evidence from readings, research, and non-text media
1 points for strength of the contribution
--How clear is your central claim? How important is it? How well have you convinced the reader? How strong is your argument? How strong is your evidence?
1 points for taking into account possible objections
--What are the debates? What do they say? Why? What do you say? Why?

Media Usage (Use the resources here)
2 point for discussing a non-text media source (images/video/audio, please post any additional content)

Research
1 point for direct reference to a course reading/videos
--Direct quote and analysis
1 point for direct reference to outside material
--Direct quote and analysis
1 point for proper citation and a well-vetted source
--Cite all materials using full and proper academic citational practices

Conventions
1 point for following They Say / I Say conventions
--Engage the substance of the course content, your research, and the non-text media
1 point for demonstrating your understanding of the Media Literacy guides
--Critically examine the non-text media for its relevance to your argument


Long Blog Posts (750-1250 Words; 30 points)
Rubric details from above also apply for these posts

Form and Content
4 points for a clear well-structured idea about course content
4 points for strength of the contribution
3 points for taking into account possible objections

Media Usage (Find Guides on the Class Blog)
1 point for correctly posting a non-text media source (images/video/audio)
3 points for the creative discussion of media in your response

Research
4 points for direct reference to and discussion of at least two prior course readings/videos
3 points for direct reference to and discussion of assigned readings
2 points for proper citations

Conventions
3 points for following They Say / I Say conventions
3 points for demonstrating your understanding of the Media Literacy guides