Instructions for contributing to our anthology

To finalize our work on the anthology we started making in March, please share your great work via our site. To do so, please write a post, following these instructions:

  • Include the title of your story as the title of your post
  • To include your writing and preserve your word-processing formatting, please click on the button that looks like a clipboard with a W on it. Use ctrl-V (or command-V on a Mac) to paste your work there
  • Your post should include the title of your story, then your name (OpenLab display name or your real name—it’s your decision), then the story, then three blank lines, then your essay
  • Please run spell-check in your word-processing program before adding your materials
  • Choose the category Anthology, and then also the category that corresponds to the title of the story you’re writing about (without that second category, I won’t be able to organize your work according to the story you’re working with!)
  • Add any tags you find appropriate—you can create your own, or use ones already created on our site
  • Don’t be alarmed if I need to make some minor changes to your work if I’ve forgotten something—I might ask you to make the change or I might just make it myself
  • Don’t be alarmed when you see the full-text stories being added to our site—it’s the only way for me to get that text into our anthology
  • If you’re interested to know more about how we’re making this anthology, look at information about Anthologize, a free, open-source, WordPress-based platform for publishing, at

I’m excited to be able to produce this anthology to share our work in a new way, and to give you each the opportunity to share your work with your friends and families.

Glossary Assignment

Glossary Assignment: Assigned 1/28; Due: weekly throughout the semester

Throughout the semester, we will place a great deal of importance on defining words, both terminology that will help us describe, analyze, and discuss our readings and vocabulary that will help us better understand the material we encounter. Each week, you will choose a word and write a blog post (need help?) in which you do the following:

  • include the word as the title of the post
  • provide the word’s part of speech (noun, verb, adjective, etc)
  • define it–make sure you’re using the most appropriate definition, which might not be the first one
  • cite the source of your definition–I recommend Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, although you might need to consult a different kind of dictionary
  • identify where you encountered the word (specify the specific page of a particular reading, date of the class discussion, title of the handout, etc)
  • explain what you understand about the passage now that you understand the word
  • if you are defining a term, provide an example based on our readings.
  • (optional) include links and images that help your classmates understand the word or the context
  • choose the category Glossary in the right sidebar when you write a new post
  • add tags to your post that reflect the topic you wrote about
  • add the word to the alphabetized list in the Glossary Index document
These posts will contribute to a shared glossary for our course, available from the blog menu. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, or to ask me in class.