Learning about America From Americans Living Abroad

this is a course website for students in English 367.01C at ohio state university, autumn 2004. the creator of the site is the teacher--bob eckhart. this is how i am communicating with my class and how they can communciate with each other.

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I am a teacher at OSU and most of my blogs are intended for my students...for me to post information to them and for them to share information with their classmates.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

start of the second half (week 6)

okay, today is probably the day we should start to get serious. the quarter is half over and for the last 5 weeks we have all been trying to figure out how this course works. you folks have done a relatively good job with your blog analysis papers, but keeping in mind that this is a *writing* class, i want you to start getting more focused and do a better job on them. instead of slipping into a routine where you churn out another 2-page paper every week in a methodical manner, i want you to start being more reflective about what you're doing. i want you to take some time to seriously think about what you're writing through all 4 stages--(1) pre-writing, (2) writing, (3) revising, and (4) editing--of the writing process.

with this in mind, when you are writing the first section [description of the blog], please do a thorough job of describing the layout, color-scheme, links, and functionality of it. as for the second section [description of the blogger], please do more than give me more than the race/class/gender of the author. after reading many of the posts, you should be able to form a composite of who this author is. in the next section [analysis of the blog], do some serious analyzing. evaluate whether the blog is effective and support your conclusion with evidence--quotations from the source text. finally, in the fourth section [what i learned about america], compare your perceptions of america to the perceptions of this blogger from abroad. don't lose sight of the fact that this is a class called "The American Experience"...so you should be starting to formulate some sense for what the american experience is and how the american experience is different for everyone, especially americans living abroad.


ps. i will give you a hint about the final exam: it will probably ask you to write a cohesive 3-5 page paper about "the american experience" based on what you have learned about america throughout the quarter.......your evidence and support will be examples from the blogs you've read, etc.


Blogger Jamie P said...

I found a good website with a lot of blogs from people in the peace corps. Here's the web address:

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