Monthly Archives: January 2012

Evaluative Summary and Reading Assignment

This week’s assignment builds on the skills we developed in last week’s assignment. I ask that you read Sandy Hingston’s polarizing article “Is It Just Us, or Are Kids Getting Really Stupid?” from Philadelphia Magazine. After reading and discussing this essay in class, I ask that you write an Evaluative Summary that conforms to the standards we discuss in class as well as the standards that appear in the assignment prompt attached to this post.


“Is It Just Us, Or Are Kids Getting Really Stupid?” by: Sandy Hingston

Evaluative Summary Prompt

evaluativesummary pdf




Getting Started…

Welcome to your first ENGL 104 Lab Day!

Today you will be required to create a account, and set up the personal blog you will be using for the remainder of the semester.

During this lab period please take your time to choose an appropriate username, blog topic and blog title. Once you have completed those steps, you have the rest of the class to explore. Get used to the functions and commands of the website, personalize the look and feel of your blog (the visual appearance should reflect the personality you want to represent you and your topic), subscribe to “Compose Yourself…” ( and leave a comment on this post  so that you can begin subscribing to your classmates’ blogs as well.

If you finish all of this before class lets you should explore some of the other blogs in the WordPress community.

Reminder: These blogs are public, keep this in mind whenever you post—always be aware that you have an audience.


Blog Post #1


Now that you have set up and personalized your own blog, your first assignment is to introduce yourself and your topic to the world wide web as well as your classmates your classmates.

In this post you have the freedom to create the online/classroom persona you want your classmates (as well as the WordPress community) to know. Are you funny? driven? athletic? artistic? What do you care about? Why is your topic important to you, and why should others care about it Use the words in your arsenal (the WHOLE English language) to create a dynamic and engaging online personality for your blog.


-Include your basic information (Name, program of study, Institution, etc.)

-Use casual, everyday language—any style that best represents you as a personality

-It should be at least 250 words in length.

-You may include videos or images (but aren’t required to share personal photos) that help enhance your introduction.

DUE DATE: Wednesday, February 1st by 11:59PM.

Objective Summary Reading and Assignment

Your reading assignment this week is a fairly simple one. I’m asking that you read the 1948, J.D. Salinger short story “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” and then write a summary that conforms to the standards of the prompt that is provided for you here.

The Reading:

The Assignment:

Objective Summary Prompt pdf

Objective Summary doc


Welcome to ENGL 104!

As one of this course’s main goals is to prepare you to be comfortable and confident presenting yourself and your beliefs in various writing situations, it is important to offer you the opportunity to begin establishing an “Online Presence,” and give you a structured environment to practice maintaining a public persona. You will be creating your own WordPress Blog in our first lab class, and will continue to use it throughout the semester as a primary online environment. This Blog will serve as the class’ online presence. Here you will be able to find:



-Assignment Prompts

-Weekly Blog Prompts

-Extra Credit Opportunities

-Class and Writing Resources

-FAQs Answered

and more.

I ask that you bookmark/subscribe to “Compose Yourself 104.” I will be updating it frequently and it will provide you with information vital to success in the classroom. It is in your best interested to check this site two to three times a week.

In this post I have included an electronic copy of the syllabus you received in class, this way you will always have access to our classroom policies and practices.