Good morning, evening, or afternoon, and welcome to the last English class you'll ever take as a high school student!
Some key notes if you're new:
+ With very few exceptions, all work in this class will be submitted to Turnitin.com - even work that you've already posted publicly here. Myth/Sci-Fi: Your Turnitin.com class ID is 11650122, and your enrollment password is D101D101. SFHP: Your Turnitin.com class ID is 11650199, and your enrollment password is also D101D101.
+ If you're unfamiliar with posting - either technique-wise or etiquette-wise - check this thread for some fantastic examples.
+ If you don't know how to leave a post on these blogs (how to log in, etc.), click "Continue Reading..." at the bottom of this thread.
+ Once we begin submitting assignments to Turnitin.com, please remember to upload your documents in a Turnitin-approved format (.doc, .docx, .rtf). Turnitin will not accept OpenOffice documents, although I can open them on the school's computer if you need to submit via e-mail. Please avoid submitting work to Turnitin via copy-and-paste; doing so strips your assignment of MLA formatting, paragraph breaks, and so on.
Formatting and editing will be weighted more heavily in your grade this semester than usual. While your content matters most to me, you must show you're capable of producing college-level work before you graduate. Moreover, polishing whatever you're submitting demonstrates respect for your readers (hi!), and indicates you're taking your own work seriously.
+ When submitting work in this class via Turnitin (no headers necessary on blog posts), your MLA-formatted header will always appear in the upper left corner of your page. Myth/Sci-Fi's header looks exactly like this:
First Name Last Name
Myth/Sci-Fi - Period #
25 January 2016
Search for Human Potential's header looks exactly like this:
First Name Last Name
SFHP - Period #
25 January 2016
Notice that you do not use an honorific (Mr.) with my name; that there's a space before and after the dash in the third line; that you'll fill in your period number yourself; and that the due date (which you now use in your headers) is written in a Day Month Year format. (I do not care whether the header is single- or double-spaced, but proper placement is important.)
Homework Assignment #1: For those new to D101, it'll be Great Expectations; for returners, it'll be Renewed Expectations. The typewritten document is due to Turnitin.com only (no hard copy necessary) by 11:59pm on Thursday, January 28th.
Choose a creative format that works for you - write it like a letter, or a speech, or a lesson - and show me your absolute best effort. Knock my socks off on the first go-round.
Start tonight; finish later.
Continue reading if you're new to the class. Otherwise, write well, and good luck!
In order to post in a given thread, you'll follow a couple of basic steps.
First, head to portal.ausd.net and log in via your usual student ID and password. (See me if you have no idea what your password is.)
Then, instead of clicking on the "Blogs" icon, simply type this page's URL into your address bar.
Once you've done that, read the entire post. If it's all on the blog's front page (unlike this entry), read what's there, then just click "Comments (#)" at the bottom of the thread. That will shoot you over to the proper page.
If you have to click "Continue Reading '____________'" (a la today's post), click away, then scroll to the bottom of the page after you've finished reading the entry. You'll see the comment field there. Write what you want, click "Submit," and you're good to go!
If you're making multiple comments, you'll need to return to the blog's homepage before you make another one. Just go to the top of the page, click "Last Minutes and Lost Evenings 2016," then head back into the thread each time you want to post. (I don't know why the software only lets you post once per thread visit, but it's been over eight years and I haven't figured out how to fix it.)
One other odd thing to notice: In a normal thread (comments aren't allowed in this thread, but they are in the examples I link to at the bottom of this post), you'll have the option to choose between displaying comments in either "Linear" or "Threaded" Mode. You can select this just above where the first comment replying to my original post begins.
It's critical that you select "Threaded Mode" before making comments. When you're replying to someone else, only Threaded Mode allows you to attach your reply to the original work. Otherwise, we just end up with a jumbled thread of confusingly mismatched entries.
It sounds like a lot of work, but trust me...it'll be old hat to you before you know it.
Also, for whatever reason, the commenting field doesn't include editing tools - spell-checkers, etc. Protect yourself by writing in Microsoft Word (or some comparable word processor) if you want to avoid mistakes you already know how to avoid, such as mispellings, punctuation errors, homonym switches, and the like. Make sure you re-read your comment before posting, because the blog doesn't have an editing feature once you click "Submit."