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Podcast on Writing About Literature

by   |  02.01.10  |  Interpretation and Purpose, Other Resources, Polls, Rhetoric & Persuasion (Argument)

Optional: I wanted to provide another resource that should be helpful when preparing to write Major Essay #1 (and future essays). Consider listening to Lecture 16 by Daniel Coffeen from a course on rhetoric at another university.

Caution: The speaker in this podcast sometimes uses language that we do not affirm (profanity), which may be offensive. As such, listening to this podcast is not required.  However, the content in the podcast may be quite helpful to most undergraduate writers. This podcast provides practical advice on the goals of writing about texts and the posture of a writer when writing about texts. If you choose to listen to the podcast in your free time or while exercising, you can download it to your iTunes library.

Note: This speaker discusses texts other than the ones we have read, but the advice in the podcast could be applied to an essay about any text. It’s just an optional resource that is available on the web from iTunes.

Uploading Documents to Files

0 Commentsby   |  01.22.10  |  Announcements, Other Resources, Rhetorical Analyses

To upload an RA or essay to Files, click on the Files icon for ENGL 112.08 shown in the Courses section of your MyACUpage.  The Files icon has an image of an open folder with a checkmark on the outside cover page:


In Files, you should see a folder called “Dropbox.”  Double-click on the Dropbox folder.  Then, you should see an icon on the right side of the screen called “Upload.”  Click on the Upload icon and upload the file from your computer that contains your rhetorical analysis.

Please save your work in Microsoft Word format before submitting your file.  The electronic version of your work should have the same formatting as you would use when turning in a hard copy.

Let me know if you have any trouble using Files, and I would be glad to help.

Post to the Blog by Email (Postie)

0 Commentsby   |  01.22.10  |  Announcements, Other Resources, Rhetorical Analyses

To post an entry to the Class Blog, I believe the only option is to use the Postie feature. All you do is place your writing content in an email and send it to:

Some guidelines for blog posts:

  • Please write an original title for your post in the subject line of your email.
  • Please write about only the texts assigned as course readings. Consider posting RAs to the blog to get feedback on your writing or start a conversation about a text.
  • This is a way to publish your writing to the class. Please edit your language using the same care you would use in writing any essay for a grade.
  • If you use quotes or refer to details from a text, please cite the page numbers (for stories) or line numbers (for poetry) just like you would in an essay.
  • Use paragraphs (and topic sentences for paragraphs) in the same way you would for an RA or essay.
  • You may include images in your post, but they must be appropriate and applicable to the literary text you are writing about.
  • Feel free to include a copy of an RA or an essay as an attachment to the email.

See also ACU’s Guidelines and Best Practices on blog posts.