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Week ahead: 5

5 2/10

Inductive & Deductive Writing

We’ll revise a 5 paragraph deductive essay into an inductive essay with an ABT thesis statement

You don’t need to do much of anything in advance to prep for class this week. If you can, just before class glance over the essay below.

[Edited to add:

A number of years ago, I assigned students in a class three hard-boiled detective short stories and assigned them to write a comparative essay in response. I no longer remember the exact prompt I gave those students, but they needed to compare the stories. The three stories are all set in Los Angeles: The Big Sleep is one of the originators of the genre, with a white male hardboiled detective in the 1930s; in “Murder is My Business” the protagonist is a lesbian detective in LA of the 1980s; and in Devil in a Blue Dress the protagonist detective is a black man in LA of the 1950s.

Below is a real essay a student wrote in response, which has some good observation in it but the five paragraph structure of the essay seriously undermines the author’s ability to make any kind of argument.]


In class, we’re going to revise this essay from a standard 5 paragraph essay into an inductive essay with an ABT thesis. Since we only have 50 minutes, it would be helpful if you have at least skimmed over the essay in advance.

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Weeks ahead: 4


3 1/27 No class: Return to campus.
4 2/3

Goal setting & Rhetorical situation

We won’t meet during week 3 because, at least according to current projections, you’ll all be moving back to campus and getting resettled for the start of face-to-face classes again. So I will see y’all in person on 2/3 in Callaway S104.

In the meantime, publish your “What’s in your bag?” photos to your sites — again, feel free to create a fictional self with this photo or to decide how you want to represent yourself and run with it. You can present yourself very professionally or you can show what’s in the bag for your Dungeons and Dragons character if that seems more interesting.

When we meet again, I’d like to discuss Randy Olson’s ABT structure with you. The Lunsford reading might be a review of concepts you’ve covered in other writing classes, but it’s short and it’s useful to review a bit. We will spend a few minutes on it, but mostly we’ll just be applying those terms this semester so I want to make sure we’re all on the same page with what they mean.

We’ll spend the bulk of our class session discussing your goals for this class, so please think about what those are and come prepared to discuss them.

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Welcome to ENGRD219 Gateway: Portfolio

I look forward to working with you this semester.

Your homework to complete before Thursday, January 20:

  • Read over this website very carefully as it constitutes the syllabus for this course. Note that the Syllabus page includes a number of subpages, covering such topics as: the materials you’ll need; attendance, participation, and other policies; and how you will be graded. There is also a calendar of readings and assignments; and posts describing the sketch assignments this semester.
  • Add this site to your bookmarks. Make certain that you can find your way back here, because you’ll be spending a lot of time visiting these pages over the course of this semester.
  • Join the class Slack Workspace. Slack is a collaboration and communication tool that our class uses to work together to share ideas, discuss readings, collaborate on projects, and engage with learning.
  • Register your domain and install WordPress. This post has more instructions on how to complete this step.
  • Leave a comment on this post. Put the URL for the WordPress site you created in the “website” line on the comment form. If you want to receive an email every time a new post goes up on this site, check the “Subscribe to site” box before you submit your comment. The first time you comment, it will not show up publicly until I’ve approved it.
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Registering a Domain and Installing WordPress

If you don’t already have server space and a domain name for yourself, then go to Reclaim Hosting, select “sign up” on the front page, and then sign up for a personal account. You’ll need to provide a domain name that’s not already owned (it can be .com, .net, .org, or one of the other top-level domains available now) — see below for more on choosing a name. Once you’ve got a name, provide the necessary information and the coupon code (which I’m posting to Slack)

Naming your domain

Please do note that your domain name should not be tied to this particular class. (In other words, don’t register a name like “janestudent-eng219.com.”) You are not purchasing a web site! You are registering a domain name and server space, upon which you can build many web sites, and host other sorts of applications or files if you’d like to do so.

You can choose a URL based on some version of your name if you’d like (i.e., janestudent.wordpress.com or johndoe.wordpress.com). Using a version of your name has the advantage that you will be building a digital identity on the web based on your name, which can be really helpful. On the other hand, it also means that this site that you’re building will likely come up near the top of web searches for your name, so consider whether that is something you would like.

If you don’t want to publish your coursework on a site with a version of your name, you can also use some sort of pseudonym for your domain name.

It is also perfectly acceptable for your domain name to be a short word or phrase that is easy to remember and spell, and which speaks to some interest of yours or an aspect of your character (for example: my friend Audrey Watters, a noted educational technology scholar and researcher publishes a site called hackeducation.com or one of my favorite art and design blogs is called thisiscolossal.com). If you’re going to choose a title or phrase as your domain name, make sure you think about it very carefully so you don’t show up on one of those lists of the most unfortunate domain names ever, like the design firm called Speed of Art that ended up with a domain name that sounds like it’s about flatulence in a swimsuit. Note that in the case of your site, you’ll be publishing a page that’s a subdomain of WordPress.com, so if Audrey Watters were in this class her site might be called hackeducation.wordpress.com.

Installing WordPress

Once you’ve purchased your domain, you’ll be redirected either to the Client Area or to the cPanel (which is a shortened name for “control panel”). If you are at the Client Area, go to the cPanel.

The cPanel has all the various tools you can use to control your domain. For a start, you’ll install WordPress, which is a free, open-source software for building websites. Find the “Applications” section (which should be at the top of the page) and click on the WordPress icon to install the software.

The Installer page shows information about the WordPress software. Click on “Install this Application”:

The next page provides the opportunity to select a number of options for the installation. You can choose to change any of these if you want, but most of the you should leave at their default setting, except for the section labeled “Settings.” In that section, you need to create a username (I suggest something like your first initial and last name or your Emory NetID. The only thing you should definitely not use for this purpose is “admin.”) Provide a strong, unique password. And give your site a title and subtitle (these can be changed later but it helps to start with something here).

Then choose the “Install” button at the bottom of the page. It will take a few minutes for the software to fully install — you’ll be taken to a page where you will see a progress bar (it seems to always go from 0-99% in a second or two, but then take a minute to finish that last 1%). Once it’s installed, you’ll see a screenshot of the front page of your site along with 3 links: one to the public site itself, another to the dashboard where you’ll control your site, and a link to WordPress support pages.

If you click on the dashboard link from the cPanel here, you won’t need to enter your username and password (since you’ve already had to log into your cPanel to get here) but will take you straight to the WordPress dashboard. If you just type the address there into a browser tab (it’ll be “yourdomainname/wp-admin”) then you’ll need to enter your username and password to login.

Once you’ve completed the steps above, you’ve got server space and a domain and you’ve created a website at that address. Congratulations!

I’ll put instructions for configuring your new site in a separate post.



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