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Movie Project Groups

Sorry I’m a day late on this– I got a little distracted by some other work/life things.  Here are the two groups for making movies:

Group 1 is:

Megan A.Ryan F.Diamond J.Alyse L.Maxine W.Ana W.

Group 2 is:

Megan F.Leeann J.Lisa M.Amanda W.Tony W.

A few important things to think about/remind you all about with this:

  • There are lots of ways to collaborate, which means that I am not expecting/assuming that everyone will do everything, and everyone might not all be able to meet at the same time and place.  In the past, I’ve had very successful collaborations where students were able to work together even when they were in different states.  So believe me, it is possible!
  • I’ve set up a space on emuonline for each group to collaborate.  It’s under “Groups & Peer Review for Movie Project.”  That might be a good common place for people to get started.  However, there are lots of other ways to collaborate effectively without ever having to meet together.  Here are some examples of tools you might find useful:
    • Doodle Calendar. This is a great tool for trying to find a common time where you might be able to meet either in person or electronically.  I use this to schedule meetings and the like all the time.
    • Google + “Hangouts.”  Google Plus is sort of their version of Facebook.  It has its pros and cons, but one of the features I definitely like is called “hangouts.”  Basically, hangouts allow for up to 10 people to be logged in and chatting with web cams at the same time and place, which is pretty close to actually meeting in the same place. It’s super-easy to use.  First, sign up for a Google Plus account– and that’s no big deal since everyone already has a Google account.  Second, monkey around with your account a little bit and you’ll see that you can create a hangout.  So once your group finds a time that will work for everyone (that’s what Doodle might be for), then appoint someone to create a hangout that everyone can then join at that time.
    • Google docs.  You’ve all been using this to collaborate in a sense all semester long as it is.  You can also use it to work on writing the same document– a script, for example.

That should get you all started.  Let me know what questions you might have, and if you need my help with cameras or any of the other issues, just let me know.

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The Collaborative Video/Individual Essay Project: Short Movies on Video Making and Collaborating

As you’re working on Style part 2, I know you’re also wondering about some of the logistics of this collaborative movie project.  After the “continued” part, I have two videos I put together previously on this project, one on some tips on making videos and one on some tips for collaborating.
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Some news and a brief pep-talk

Be sure to watch my short movie here (it’s just shy of five minutes):

Here are some more details on what I mention here:

  • I emailed everyone information on how to post both part 1 and part 2 of the style project to emuonline.  I think it’s pretty clear as to how to do that, but if you didn’t get that email or if you have any questions about it all, just let me know.
  • We’re getting started with the collaborative video/individual essay project, the last one of the term.
  • Don’t forget: your active and engaged participation is critical to the success of the course and for the success of your grade in the course.  Stay involved!  Don’t give up on participation!

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Browsing and discussing EM Journal’s first edition and style

This is where we’ll talk about EM Journal’s first issue, which focuses on style manual remakes very much along the lines of what I’m asking you to do for the second part of the style assignment.  These are the products of my colleague Derek Mueller’s students.  Derek also teaches English 328 and I borrowed/imitated his version of this assignment.  So I think it’s fair to say these are pretty good examples.

I think they’re pretty straight-forward and fun to browse through.  All I’ll say is that a couple of these use “naughty” and/or “potty-mouthed” language and exmaples– probably nothing you haven’t heard before, but still, just to let you know.

Posted in Class Readings.


Discussing selections from Gordon’s “The Transitive Vampire”

While I was not familiar with the Marquis de Sade parody of The Elements of Style until it was recently introduced to me by one of my new colleagues, I had heard before of and even owned a copy of Karen Elizabeth Gordon’s The Transitive Vampire:  A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed. This is also on eReserves.

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Discussing E.B. Whipe/Marquis de Sade “The Elements of Style”

This is where we’ll discuss E.B. Whipe/Marquis de Sade The Elements of Style. This is available on eReserves, btw.

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Discussing “‘Style’ Gets New Elements” and “‘Elements of Style’ Goes Beyone Words”

I finished up commenting on everyone’s Ancient Style and YouTube projects Friday night, which was a little later than I had planned but that should still give you plenty of time to complete the “part 1″ of the assignment, revising one of the first two essays.  What you’ll do for that is revise the Google Doc version of either of your first two projects, being sure to make changes right in that document.  This is important because viewing the document history will help me see what you decided to do in your revision.  Along with your revisions, you need to write a 750-1000 word essay where you explain those revisions as they relate to the style guides.  Take another look at “part 1″ of the assignment for a refresher.

Remember:  your “part 1″ revision is due at the end of the day on October 31!

But this is where we’ll start shifting into part 2 of the using style guides, and we’ll start by discussing  “‘Style’ Gets New Elements,” Jeremy Eichler in the New York Times, and listen to this NPR story, “‘Elements of Style’ Goes Beyond Words.”

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Williams’ “Style: Toward Clarity and Grace,” Chapters 6-10

Here’s where we’ll talk about the last part of the Williams book.

But let me say first that I realize that there’s a lot of stuff going on right now with getting the ancient style and YouTube projects finished (remember– those are due on Monday by midnight!) so if this conversation doesn’t get going until Tuesday, I’m okay with that.

I’m glad that folks seem to like Williams for the most part, though I have to say that I am not as crazy about the last part, as you’ll see with some of my notes after the “continued” part.

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A few somewhat late announcements heading into the weekend

First off, my apologies for being a little more absent than I would prefer the last couple days.  I’m one of the organizers of a conference that’s happening today (Saturday) in Pray-Harrold Hall called the WIDE-EMU.  It’s all about teaching writing in the digital age and in electronic spaces, so if you’re interested in that kind of thing, maybe you should stop by!

Second, as you continue discussing Williams, blogging about the books, etc., I am working now on calculating your participation and electronic attendance grades for the first part of the semester.  I should be updating these on emuonline between now and Monday, and I’ll let you know when I’m done so you can go check the gradebook.

And third, don’t forget the peer reviewed versions of the Ancient Style and YouTube essays are due by midnight!  With the somewhat confusing schedule, it seems like these were things we worked on weeks ago.  But no, you still need to hand those in.  You should do this the same way you did before, with a link to the dropbox space on emuonline.

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Discussing Williams, chapters 3, 4, and 5

Here’s a place to discuss chapters 3, 4, and 5 of Joseph Williams’ Style:  Toward Clarity and Grace. By the way, let me remind everyone that in order to get the best grade for participation, you need to post at the beginning of the conversation, meaning that you should have posted about Williams first on Monday and now on this next section today.  This is on my mind in part because I’ll soon be calculating participation grades for the first half of the term.

My notes/thoughts after the “continued” part.

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