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I was just going to write about this very same topic and point you to the very same website. Prokott beat me to it, so I’m stealing this from her. What’s super duper awesome is that she said it almost exactly the same way I would. Check it out. Now. Go. Click on it!

“When Are We Gonna Get Our Essays Back?”: “I hate you Ms. Prokott, I can’t write a short nar…: For those of you who are struggling with keeping your narrative short, specific, and lyrical, I turn you to one of the greatest creative non…

No. 3

I love blogs.

This little blog is in it’s third year of existence. Before it came two other… “training blogs” we’ll call them. What you’ll find here are assignments, links to helpful sites and sources, ramblings, and other entertaining-to-quite-entertaining things. I will post and I will expect you to read. Sometimes those posts will be assignments, but not always. I frequently post links and videos to things I think are interesting (and think you should read or view). I will be clear about what is and is not an assignment but you need to be aware of what is here regularly and what is new and also (wait for it) what I said in class.

Take a tour around. Notice there is a glossary page, links to grammar stuff, news feeds, and a place where your blogs will all be linked. You will create your own blog using blogger, tublr, wordpress, or whatever you prefer and you will e-mail me your blog’s URL so I can link to it.

If you browse the archives you’ll see all sorts of things that may or may not be relevant to us this semester. Assignments and courses evolve, so some of the things that past AP Compers have done may or may not show up during your stay here.

I would recommend that you subscribe to my blog so that you automatically get updates when I post, but at the very least link back to my blog from yours and/or bookmark my blog so you can easily find it.

Happy blogging!

Top Documentary Films

Check out this site if you still need to select a documentary to watch for your BLA assignment. It is not an exhaustive list of every documentary ever made but it’s a good, solid list.

Answer key to AP practice exam

  1. E
  2. D
  3. C
  4. C
  5. A
  6. E
  7. C
  8. A
  9. A
  10. B
  11. A
  12. E
  13. E
  14. C
  15. D
  16. A
  17. B
  18. B
  19. D
  20. D
  21. B
  22. C
  23. C
  24. B
  25. A
  26. B
  27. C
  28. B
  29. D
  30. C
  31. A
  32. B
  33. D
  34. C
  35. C
  36. A
  37. D
  38. B
  39. A
  40. B
  41. C
  42. D
  43. E
  44. D
  45. A
  46. C
  47. C
  48. D
  49. B
  50. A
  51. E
  52. E
  53. E
  54. C
  55. B

How do I post a video to my blog from YouTube?

How do I post a video to my blog from YouTube?

Blog Design

As you’re learning the ropes of Blogger, please consider the contrast between your background and your text. Some designs might seem like a good idea until you have a whole page of it…then you find yourself suffering from eye strain. If you have a super awesome background and you’ve made the background of the posting box transparent, either make sure your text is fully visible and easy to read or consider making the background of the post only semi-transparent. Also, if you’re using bright colors for the text color…reconsider. darker text on a lighter background is easier to read. I realize that mine has a dark background and white text, but I’m also not posting essay-length pieces to be read. Few of you will even read what I post anyway. One more thing, when you bold your text and it’s small, it all just runs together.

To summarize, read and look at other blogs so you can best design yours to be eye-ball friendly.

Check Please!

I’ve linked your blogs (the ones I have anyway) down there on the right. Check to make sure your blog appears in the appropriate box (block 2 or block 3) and that the link works. I’ve not checked all of them yet. If your blog does not appear that is because (A) I do not have your URL yet or (B) your URL was incorrect or broken. I’ve seen some fun titles so far, I like it.

On Blogging

For class, you will each create and maintain your own blog.  I will at times specify a topic for the week or I may leave it open. Open topic does not mean you get to simply ramble about hacking the vids, it needs to have some intellectual merit. Some. Opt to reflect on something related to class, something related to writing, language, rhetoric, media, fishing, facebook taking over the world, whatever. Just make it thoughtful. In the world of blogging, certain formalities are often overlooked, so don’t get too hung up on punctuation and grammar, but do not simply throw it out either.

Please note: I have set up a video bar from youtube that features various ever-changing videos with the keywords: writing, grammar, literature for you to peruse. Go take a look, but realize that I cannot guarantee the quality or content of these videos is above reproach. Some are fantastic, others are not.

You will also find links; click ’em.  They’re there for you to check out. Your blog should also have links to things you find interesting, relevant to class, school, etc.

I suggest using your isd284 email to set up your blog, so you get in the habit of using it. It also makes it easy for me to identify you. However, if you’re still a holdout, use whichever email you’re used to using and will remember. I use my personal email and password because it’s connected to my other blogs, documents, email, and home page, so it simplifies the process for me. You’re welcome to do the same.

Assignment part 1: Create your own blog using Blogger http://www.blogger.com and your school isd284 email (or other). You may have a blog already, that’s awesome, keep up with that one, even add a link between that one and this new one. I expect that you will use good judgement when it comes to what you post. Play with colors, templates, fonts, gadgets, and give it a snazzy title -really make it your own. Feel free to personalize it, add gadgets and tools, but do keep in mind that what you publish online must be appropriate as it isn’t confidential.

*make sure your blog is fully set up, recognized, and functioning before you send me your link. 

Assignment part 2: E-mail me ashley.cardona@isd284.com from your isd284 email account (or the one you used for your blog) so you can snag a space on the much coveted contact list. Put your first and last name in the subject line and put a link (I want the full URL) to your blog in the body of the e-mail.

My URL is this: 
http://mrscardona-whs.blogspot.com  
Yours will be similar.

Assignment part 3: Post to your blog! Introduce yourself. Write a fair amount, not just: “Hey, this is my blog, woot woot!”go ahead and write about anything else that might be swimming in your brain too. It’s the inaugural post. Go for it. Post by Friday 3pm.

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