Web Essay Revision

This is the post for the Friday, October 23, 2015 class meeting.

Kitten sleeping on keyboard with the title, This is revision, right?Important Dates

  • Mon, Oct 26: Project 3: Interrogate a Story Source due by 11:59 PM
  • Mon, Nov 2: Project 3 grace period ends at 11:59 PM


Revising Your Project

Spend class time today working on Project 3, by completing these activities:

  1. Review the feedback from your peer reader(s) (Canvas Documentation), and note the things you still need to work on.
  2. Begin by working through the Project 3 Web Essay Checklist. Use the checklist to determine what you have done and what you still need to do.
  3. If you need a second opinion, ask the classmate who is sitting beside you.
  4. Work on whatever you still need to do based on peer review, the checklist, and (if relevant) what the person sitting beside you suggests.
  5. Complete the "What I Need" quiz in Canvas to help me be sure I cover whatever you need next week.


For today, please do the following:

  • If you didn’t complete your "What I Need" quiz in Canvas, please use the grace period to finish by 5:30 PM Sunday (10/25).

For Monday’s session (10/26), do the following before class:

  • Be ready to turn in your project in class (unless you are taking advantage of the grace period).
  • Monday will be the last day we will discuss the web essay in class.


Project 3 Web Essay Checklist

As you finalize your project, make sure that you have taken care of these requirements for the project:

  1. Use a clear and unique title that fits your web essay and only your web essay. If that title can go on the essay of anyone in the class, it’s not specific enough.

  2. Cover all of the following areas of analysis (see the textbook for help on these concepts) in your web essay:

    • Rhetorical situation: Audience, Purpose, Context, Author, and Genre.
    • Design choices: Emphasis, Contrast, Organization, Alignment, and Proximity.
    • Modes of communication: Linguistic, Visual, Spatial, Aural, and Gestural.
    • Affordances and constraints
  3. Include well-integrated evidence (e.g., quotations, images, screenshots, audio clips, video clips) that enhances and reinforces your analysis. Be sure that you refer to the evidence in the linguistic text of your essay and that the images are placed near those references.   

  4. Set up clear navigation between/among the pages of your web essay.

  5. Check your links to make sure everything works. Even though it seems dull and boring and you are certain everything works, check them. Go to each page of your web essay, click on the links on that page, and make sure that they go to where they are supposed to.

  6. Proofread all your page carefully. Use the "Proofread Writing" tool in WordPress (shown below).
    Proofread tool in WordPress
    For an extra check, you can copy the contents out, page-by-page, to your word processor and use the tool’s spelling and grammar checker.