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.

Monday, September 27, 2004

how to write your 500-word analysis papers

here is an outline to follow for your weekly papers....there are 4 parts and they will each count for one point except for the analysis part which will count for two.

1) Description of the blog

this will have the title, when it was created, how many posts there are, how long they are, how well it is laid out, what features other than text [hyperlinks to other sites, photos, etc] there are, and those sorts of "physical" characteristics of the blog

2) Description of the blogger

who is writing the blog and where did s/he come from? what is the age, race, gender, orientation, religous affiliation, and ethnicity of the blogger. social class might also come into play here...obviously many of the americans living abroad however are middle/upper class.......all of these factors influence how the blogger views his or her own country as well as the "host" country

3) Analysis of the blog

is it effective? does it accomplish the goals of the blogger? to answer these questions, you will need proof...this will come in the form of quotations from early posts--where bloggers typically lay-out their goals...and quotes from other posts throughout the duration of the blog which support your conclusion that the blogger succeeds or fails. also, you might actually attempt to contact the blogger to ask him/her what goals s/he has, and then you could compare what you decided the goals were on your own...this could be very instructive feedback for the blogger.

4) What did you learn about America from this blog?

this seems self-explanatory...remember, the point of this course is for you to learn about America...so, what has the blogger share with the reader about America? what have you learned as you internalized what the blogger wrote and thought about your own life experiences in this context?

good luck and remember to post your 500-word analysis paper to your own blog, and also to submit a copy to me by the end of class thursday. i recommend that you compose these papers on microsoft word and then publish them to your blog by cutting/pasting.


guidelines to choose a good blog

hey folks....i just have a few ideas about what to look for in a "good" blog.....

1) a lot of content....many posts, frequent updates, etc

2) a serious blogger...an author who is thinking critically about his/her situation and reflecting on life in america

3) a blog that is at least a few months old...the longer an american lives abroad, the better chance s/he has to process the similarities/differences between their home culture and the international one

also, a *short* assignment for tuesday, before you leave class:

please leave a "comment" to this post with the name and URL of the blog you will be analyzing this week..also, describe how exactly you found this blog [search engine, search terms, etc] .this way i can make sure you are on the right track, and hopefully your classmates can get some good ideas for blogs they might want to read next or how to find blogs in general..........thanks, bob