Firstly, good news: there’s a soundtrack to this week’s blog entry. (A tip of my cap to you if you can figure out why I used each song/sequenced them as I did.)
This is one of those posts where you’ll probably get even more out of it if you were around for the first semester; as long as you’ve learned the Star concepts and kept thinking about your Foundation Questions, you should be fine no matter what. (If you were a first-semester student, however, I’ll be curious to see whether you can tie this back to what you’ve already learned.)
I wrote the first version of this post about three years ago, back before the NFL Draft in question. I tried to keep the vast majority of my initial perspective unchanged; I want you to approach the topics at hand from that perspective, a position where you don’t know how this all turns out yet. (This is why I reference 2010 as the “present.”)
Obviously, many of the questions the post raises – and that I ask near the end – have been answered since then. I’ll provide an update after the prompts/requirements sections at the bottom that advances the narrative all the way up to the present day, but if you don’t already know what happens, I strongly encourage you to avoid reading my update at the very bottom – or anyone else’s responses – until you’ve written your first draft.
That said, I do want you to read the update before you submit your post; the “truth,” as it were, may change your original response (just as Senior Project research may crush a couple of your preconceptions about your career).
If you end up changing your mind after reading the update, don’t delete what you wrote. I love looking behind the scenes at how creative works are made – I’m one of those people who actually watches the Extras on his DVDs – and I’d like to see what you originally composed. Past students who needed to write additional post-update material divided their entries into boldly-titled sections: Original Work and Now That I Know.
Finally, please make sure you’ve read – and really considered – all of the prompts before composing your response. I knew that the first thread would be pretty home-obsessed, and while I really liked it, I felt like the second thread also trod the same ground. This isn’t uncommon; the first thread always tends to fixate on the main body’s main topic, or at least what seemed to be its main topic. But I come up with a bunch of prompts because I (somewhat selfishly) prefer as much variety within these threads as possible; please try to use material that’s distinctly your own!
NOTE: This isn't yet finished, but I'll open it now and keep updating until it's done.
For writers, this was where some sort of dusty magic lived, and people came looking for it as if visiting a religious shrine, leaving an offering and hoping something intangible would be given in return. Wright Thompson
After reading the syllabus, please submit your signature, as well as contact/other relevant information, via the following Google document.
Homework Assignment #1: Fill out the Google document and sign up for the Turnitin.com section by the beginning of class on Wednesday, January 30th. You must do both in order to be in the class, but you can only get the points for signing up if you beat that due date.
Some other key notes:
+ With very few exceptions, all work in this class will be submitted to Turnitin.com - even work that you've already posted publicly here. Your Turnitin.com class ID is 6045960, and your enrollment password is B2B2.
+ During the first semester, I used a single blog for my Search for Human Potential and Myth to Science Fiction courses. During the second semester, your blog will be kept separate from the World Literature blog. While both Myth/Sci-Fi and World Lit will, at times, work on similar or identical assignments (the Senior Project chief among them), the scope of each course is different enough to warrant different pages.
+ If you're unfamiliar with posting - either technique-wise or etiquette-wise - check this thread for some fantastic examples. (If you want to see how this year's kids took on the same sort of thread, click here for Myth/Sci-Fi's and here for SFHP's versions, respectively.)
+ 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.
Also, 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. It looks exactly like this:
First Name Last Name
Myth/Sci-Fi - Period #
31 January 2013
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.)