Author Archives: Jill Belli

Class Discussion #6: “People’s Choice Posts” for ‘Station Eleven,’ Parts 4-6

Here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for …

Read through all reading response blogs for Station Eleven, Parts 4-6, choose a favorite post, and explain your rationale for choosing it. Then share the post/excerpt/rationale by “commenting” here on this post. Don’t forget to link to the post you are citing (you can now hyperlink comments rather than just copying/pasting the URL: give it a shot!).

Comments should be made no later than Wednesday, 10/18, and the one with the most votes will earn the coveted “People’s Choice” honor! As always, I’m looking forward to seeing what you choose, and why. Happy reading 🙂

Happy National Day on Writing!

Friday, October 20th is National Day on Writing! You can more about this on NCTE’s (National Council of Teachers of English) website for the day. A primary way this day is being celebrated / organized is through the use of a hashtag: #WhyIWrite. As the website states,

“You see, people tend to think of writing in terms of pencil-and-paper assignments, but no matter who you are, writing is part of your life. It’s part of how you work, how you learn, how you remember, and how you communicate. It gives voice to who you are and enables you to give voice to the things that matter to you.

For the past 9 years, we’ve seen thousands of people share their responses and engage in activities around the theme of #WhyIWrite. Their collective voices are raising the volume on this issue.”

You can follow this live conversation unfolding on Twitter, and participate there if you want.

This is an opportunity to consider why you write, the role it has in your life, and perhaps even how your writing is expanding in new media composing environments (digital writing, blogging, videos, etc.) or in relation to fiction/this course. Anyone who wants to do so may post for extra credit (post by Su 10/22 at 11:59pm). This is an optional post, and can be approached any way you feel would be most appropriate (you can browse the national conversation happening online to get inspiration) … feel to be as creative as you’d like! And feel free to include images, videos, links, etc. [anything that will help us to understand why you write and what writing means to you]

*As you know, extra credit blogs will replace missing blogs (or count as additional credit if you’ve done all of them already). There are only two grades for these extra credit blogs (100 and 0). If you write a thoughtful #WhyIWrite post, you will receive 100% (an “A”) for the assignment. If you choose note to post (or if it is too short/not fulfilling the purposes of this task), you will receive a “0.”

Categorize as “#WhyIWrite.”

Class Discussion #5: “People’s Choice Posts” for ‘Station Eleven,’ Parts 2-3

EXTENSION TO F 10/13: IF YOU HAVEN’T VOTED YET, PLEASE DO 🙂

It’s that time again! Read through all reading response blogs for Station Eleven, Part 2-3, choose a favorite post, and explain the rationale for choosing it. Then share the post/excerpt/rationale by “commenting” here on this post. Don’t forget to link to the post you are citing (you can now hyperlink comments rather than just copying/pasting the URL: give it a shot!).

Comments should be made no later than Wednesday, 10/11, and the one with the most votes will earn the coveted “People’s Choice” honor! As always, I’m looking forward to seeing what you choose, and why

Class Discussion #4: “People’s Choice Post” for ‘Station Eleven,’ Part 1

You know the drill: read through all reading response blogs for Station Eleven, Part 1, choose a favorite post, and explain the rationale for choosing it. Then share the post/excerpt/rationale by “commenting” here on this post. Don’t forget to link to the post you are citing (you can now hyperlink comments rather than just copying/pasting the URL: give it a shot!).

Comments should be made no later than Sunday, 10/8, and the one with the most votes will earn the coveted “People’s Choice” honor! As always, I’m looking forward to seeing what you choose, and why 🙂

Class Discussion #3: “People’s Choice” Posts for “There Will Come Soft Rains”

Just like we did for the previous two short stories, I would like everyone to read through all reading response blogs on “There Will Come Soft Rains,” choose a favorite post, and explain the rationale for choosing it.

Just like we did last time, share the post/excerpt/rationale by “commenting” here on this post. Don’t forget to link to the post you are citing (please provide the link in the same comment: don’t make a separate one with just the link).

Comments should be made no later than Sunday, 10/1, and the one with the most votes will earn the coveted “People’s Choice” honor! I’m looking forward to seeing what you choose, and why.

Class Discussion #2: Favorite Excerpts from Student Blog Posts on “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”

Just like we did for “The Yellow Wallpaper” posts, I would like everyone to read through all reading response blogs on “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” choose a favorite post, and explain the rationale for choosing it.

Just like we did last time, share the post/excerpt/rationale by “commenting” here on this post. Don’t forget to link to the post you are citing (please provide the link in the same comment: don’t make a separate one with just the link).

Comments should be made no later than Friday night (9/22). I’m looking forward to seeing what you choose, and why 🙂

Class Discussion #1: Favorite Excerpts from Student Blog Posts on “The Yellow Wallpaper”

For class today, I asked each of you to read through your classmates’ Reading Response Blogs on “The Yellow Wallpaper,” to choose your favorite post and to bring in an excerpt from that post along with a rationale for choosing it (why did you find it interesting, compelling, likeable, provocative, etc.?). That rationale could refer to content or style.

We didn’t get to discuss those excerpts in class today, so instead, please share them here, by copying in the excerpt and then typing your rationale.

We also discussed the importance of citing today, and giving credit to other sources and putting yourself in dialogue with them: so make sure to cite your source (in this case, your classmates’ post), mentioning them by name and also linking to their post in your response.

Comments should be made no later than Friday night (9/15). I’m looking forward to seeing what you chose!

Extra Credit Opportunity: Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, 9/17

The Brooklyn Book Festival is almost here, and on Sunday, 9/17, there is an amazing line-up of talks. The event is local, free, & no tickets are required. Visit the links above for full details.

This is a totally optional event, but I encourage you to attend if you can and to share what you’ve learned with the class. If you attend one more more talks & blog in response by start of class on Tu 9/19, you will get extra credit (yay!).

This extra credit will replace a missing blog if you missed some blogs, or it will count as extra credit if already you did all of your blogs (bonus points). Please note that there are only two grades for this extra credit blog: 100 and 0. If you attend the event and blog your responses/reflections thoughtfully and comprehensively, you will receive 100% (otherwise,  you will receive no credit). Don’t forget to take notes at the event, so you can include concrete details in your blog.

Please categorize your blog as “Brooklyn Book Festival.”

IMPORTANT: Classroom Moved to Namm 705

Hi everyone:

I just found out that our classroom has been moved to Namm 705. We will be meeting in Namm 705 today, and for the rest of the semester (this is a permanent change).

There will be a sign on our old classroom (Midway 305), but hopefully we’ll be able to spread the word to most of you before class begins. Please email/txt any classmates whose contact info. you have, to let them know. The info. on our OpenLab course site is also updated, as is the classroom info. in CUNYfirst.

Please confirm that you got notice of this classroom change by replying to this post (you can just write something like, “yup,” or “got it”). Thanks so much, and glad we’ll be able to write on the board going forward 🙂

Cheers,
Professor Belli

HW for Thursday (8/31)

Hi everyone:

Lovely to meet you all today, and to start to get to know you! And thanks for bearing with things as we improvised, since the whiteboard was destroyed & the computer didn’t work and we couldn’t project the OpenLab as planned.

As I mentioned in class, everything you need to know for the course, and everything you need to do for HW is here on this site (remember, the course site URL is at the top of the Syllabus). Your first stop here should always be the Schedule, which has up-to-date info. on readings, assignments, and deadlines.

If you’re new to the OpenLab and need help getting started, check out these posts (the “OpenLab Help” category) I made that explain how to get an account, join the course, make a post, categorize, comment, add images, etc..  Remember to always read from the bottom up (the newest posts are on top!)

As discussed, the HW is on the Schedule. Remember that HW is due on the date listed, so to see what is due for today, check today’s date (Tu 8/29). You should

  • Register for OpenLab account, join our course site, and familiarize yourself with its content and navigation (look at OpenLab Help to get started blogging)
  • Review Syllabus & Blogging Guidelines

To see what is due for our next class (Th 8/31), check that date. Before Thursday’s class, you also need to do the following:

  • Watch this very brief slideshow on The Elements of Fiction (remember to take notes!), and read/annotate “The Story of an Hour” and “For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Checkhov” (both handed out in class today).
  • Finally, don’t forget to make your Introductions post (by W 8/30), and to read through/comment on your classmates’ posts before class.

Things are pretty self-explanatory on our course site (if you take some time to read through everything), but as always, feel free to email me with any questions or just leave a comment (“reply”) here on this post. And don’t worry: once you get the hang of the OpenLab, it’s actually quite fun! Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday 🙂

Cheers,
Professor Belli

*P.S. Thanks Nick for taking Class Notes today! If you’re feeling ambitious, please type them up and post them to the site (categorizing as “Class Notes”). Class Notes should be posted no later than the night of class, going forward.