Monthly Archives: July 2013

Some Notes

Hi class,

Just a few notes to guide you through the end of week 3:

1. Please, please, please read directions carefully. Keep them out next to you every time you do an assignment. It’s good practice for this class and any other you will take. If you write something great that hasn’t addressed the criteria, then you’re wasting your energy.

2. The interview is one of those things that has specific instructions. You should be interviewing someone who can best help you answer the questions you’ve set out to explore.

3. The rubric for the final iSearch project will be posted by the end of this week. I will be posting it in a GoogleDoc. You can feel free to use the comment function to leave points of concern if you wish. The document won’t be 100% final until the end of week 4. Until then, I will be open to your suggestions.

4. Please feel free to email me with questions and to talk to each other via comment function. It’s ok to be curious, and it’s ok to double-check your understanding of something.

5. I will be reaching out to everyone over the end of week 3/beginning of week 4 to give you a progress update and see if there is any specific writing issues you still want to tackle. Feel free to reach out to me first if you’re extremely impatient.

Keep up the good work!



Progress Posts

As we near the end of Week 2, please don’t forget to post your progress reports. While you’re writing your posts, I recommend you keep the directions near by. Several of you have written posts that do not fulfill the criteria.

You’re supposed to be informing your readers about your search process, your learning process, and your sources. This means you need to give more than some links to some sources that you might review. You need to think about who’s writing those pieces, how they are written, what they are telling you, and what they make you (re)consider or how they shape your hypotheses.

Here is an example of my own writing about a source I found on Twitter when examining what it takes to be an effective Writing Program Administrator (WPA). Though it’s not exactly a progress report (it was just a post about a source), it gives you an idea of how I’m thinking about the research process: In order for this post to work for an iSearch project, I would have had to address what I found about what it takes to be a WPA and what I would have needed to explore next as a result of learning that information or how that information shaped my thoughts about the issue.

Any questions? Feel free to leave comments.



Great Work!

Just wanted to say that I am extremely pleased with the progress of this class. For the most part, everyone turned in their work on time this week, and your ideas have been insightful and interesting. I’m enjoying reading everything that you have written (and even if I haven’t commented, I have read everything that everyone posted). 

Please don’t forget to moderate the comments on your pages as they come in. If you haven’t done that, you may be missing valuable feedback from your classmates and myself. And of course, feel free to ask questions and respond to others who have commented already.

Also, I noticed that some of you were worried about your ability to be grammatically correct. As you continue to write, I will send you feedback to help you work through patterns of error. In the meantime ChompChomp has great resources and exercises for those of who are feeling a little less than confident with your grammar knowledge. 

Let’s keep up the great work in week 2!

1st Assignment Due Today (11:59pm) — Some Notes

Hello ENG1000C students,

Just wanted to say that I see lots of great posts already taking shape. They show in-depth thinking and analysis. That’s what you’re aiming for in this course all of the time! I also see some great responses that really consider the writer’s ideas. Nice job!

Here are a few notes to help you keep up the good work:


The great thing about blogs is that people can read your work and leave comments, whether you share with classmates, invite friends and family, or share with the general public. On WordPress, comments will not automatically show up until a user’s comments have been approved. In order to do that, you will have to go to the dashboard, select Comments from the menu on the left, and approve whatever comments are available (you can, of course, delete/report spam).


The comments that are already on classmates’ posts are great examples for how to write a thoughtful response. They go beyond “that was great” or “I disagree.” They interact with the writer’s ideas, consider them, and respond. You can feel free to ask questions too. Is there something you want to know more about? Was there something you didn’t understand? As a reader, you can provide insight into what was effective or ineffective. You can also help the writer to see their own ideas in new ways.

Looking forward to reading more as the day goes on!

Welcome to ENG1000c: Composition online!

Hello ENG1000c students,

Welcome to your online Composition course. In 5 weeks, we have a lot to accomplish. This site will be the central location for course updates, class readings, class assignments, and discussion. You should also look here for assignment clarification and general announcements. Check in every day!

You will each create your own WordPress blog, as well, where you can post each of the writing assignments for this course, get feedback from peers (and outsiders if you’d like), and comments on others’ writing.

Please go through the contents of this site carefully, especially the Syllabus. Some items will be posted later, but all of Week 1’s materials will be available immediately, under the Agenda section of the syllabus. Feel free to leave comments with your questions or concerns.



PS- My St. John’s email account is on the fritz. I am not ignoring your emails. I simply cannot access them. Please feel free to email me at in the meantime.