Archives for October 2015

Project 3 and 4 Overviews

This is the post for the Monday, October 5, 2015 class meeting.

Important Dates

  • Cat, reading To Kill a Mockingbird says, WTF...this book has absolutely no information on killing birdsOctober 16: Fall Break (no class meeting)
  • October 21: Project 3 Peer Review
  • October 26: Project 3: Interrogate a Story Source due by 11:59 PM

Analysis Feedback

I’m still working through your quizzes from Friday. You will use the same form as you work on Project 3, so I need to look through them carefully.

Project Assignments

Today we will go over:


For Wednesday’s session (10/7), do the following before class:

  • Review all the options for Project 3 and 4, and begin thinking about the story that you want to explore for these assignments. I will ask you to tell me the story you have chosen on Friday.
  • Be ready to analyze some example story sources in class.
  • If you are considering a project that you need feedback on, ask me on Wednesday (or email me before then).


Rhetorical Analysis and Design Choices

This is the post for the Friday, October 2, 2015 class meeting.

Today will be an online class session.

Two cats under an umbrella with the caption, I Hate RainWe will not meet in Shanks. See the Announcement and your email for details.

Important Dates

  • October 2: Last day to drop classes
  • October 2: Portfolio Deadline (end of grace period, no work accepted after 11:59 PM)
  • October 16: Fall Break (no class meeting)
  • October 21: Project 3 Peer Review (tentative)
  • October 26: Project 3: Interrogate a Story Source due by 11:59 PM

Analysis of a Virginia Tech Webpage

You all have experience examining and using webpages. For today’s class, you will choose one Virginia Tech webpage and gather notes on how the page functions as a multimodal text. This is the same process you will follow to gather information for Project 3, so it’s great practice.

Choosing a Page: Choose the page of a Virginia Tech program, center, club, organization or department. Nearly any page with a VT.EDU link is fine, but please avoid personal pages. If you want you may choose the page for your chapter of a sorority or fraternity (or other organization) even if it doesn’t have a VT.EDU link. Look for a webpage, not a PDF.

Analyzing the Webpage:

  1. Download the Writer/Designer Analysis Questions form.
  2. Fill out the form for the VT webpage that you have chosen.
    • You do not have to use full sentences.
    • Skip a question for one of the rows if it doesn’t apply to your page.
    • You don’t have to be perfect, but have enough information that I can tell put in the effort.
  3. Use the textbook and the slideshow if you need help as you work.

Submitting Your Quiz:

  1. Go to Quizzes in Canvas.
  2. Choose the "Analysis of a Virginia Tech Webpage" quiz.
  3. Upload your completed analysis form (as a *.doc, *.docx, or *.pdf file).
  4. Submit your quiz, and have a great weekend.


For today, please do the following:

  • If you didn’t complete your "Analysis of a Virginia Tech Webpage" quiz in Canvas today, please use the grace period to finish by 5 PM Sunday (10/4).
  • If you are an English major and are interested, explore the info on English Career Connections 2015 and register by filling out the registration form. There are only 50 slots available.

For Monday’s session (10/5), do the following before class:

  • Take a look at the examples for Project 4 from the post for the first day of class and begin thinking about options for your own projects. We’ll go over the assignments for Projects 3 and 4 in class.