Blog Assignment and Prompt No. 1, Due Fri., Sept. 5

As discussed in class today, the first blog posts are due a week from today, Friday, September 5, at midnight. Those who volunteered to take the plunge and blog first (Group A) will post by Friday. Those who volunteered to comment first (GROUP B) will comment by Monday, September 8, at midnight.

The Assignment Sheet and Evaluation Rubric for the Blog are attached here and posted on T-square under the Assignments menu in the left nav:

1101 Blog Assignment
Blog Forum Rubric Fall 2014

You can link to your section’s satellite blog by clicking on your section number in the menu above or on one of the following links:

The following prompt will also be posted on the home page of each satellite site:

Post a 300-word written or 2.5-minute audio response to one of the following prompts related to the podcasts we discussed in class on Friday, August 29. Audio prompts should be accompanied by a brief caption that introduces and situates the recording:

Option A:
Radiolab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich banter a lot on their show, often taking different positions on the topic of the episode or segment. You should select one of these “arguments” between Jad and Robert and pick a side. You should state your position clearly, supplying sound-based evidence to support your position and then adding something to the complexity of the side you chose.

Option B:
Choose a musical tag that brands something you hear regularly (a consumer product, a television show, a movie, etc.). Describe how that tag “touches” you (“Sound is touch at a distance”), how it shapes your experience of the thing it brands, and finally how well your experience of the sound corresponds to the experience of the product, show, etc.

Comments should be approximately 100 words and respond to three of your classmates’ responses, two of which must be posts (i.e., not comments), one of which must be a comment. I will write a comment, so the first commentor has a comment to respond to. You should carefully read your classmates’ work first. Your comment should then respond to your classmate’s point, evidence, or reasoning and advance the thread of the conversation. You may respectfully disagree, suggest further reading or another line of thinking, or raise a question for further discussion.

In both posts and comments, I encourage you to incorporate or embed links, videos, recordings, or images to substantiate your position and illustrate your presentation.

Welcome to ENGL 1101!

Welcome to ENGL 1101 (J5, G1, P2): “Hear! Hear! Composition by Ear.” As you might guess, this course highlights the role of sound and listening in Georgia Tech’s multimodal approach to teaching composition and communication. We will be listening to podcasts and blogs and films and one another. We will be listening to music videos — on mute. We will read about one scholar’s quest to recover a famous voice that reportedly moved audiences to tears in the age just before sound recording, pause to take stock of the soundscapes around us, and consider how our inner ear hears what we read and write — and then assigns social value to it.

The syllabus for the course is organized into four sections, outlined in the menu just above:

We will read the syllabus together in the second week of class, but you should read each section again carefully on your own, following the link to the Writing and Communication Program’s common policies, and bring any questions you have to class on Wednesday, August 27. When you feel confident that you understand the course policies and expectations, print and sign this acknowledgment that you have read and understood your responsibilities for the fall 2014 semester, as well as the accompanying statement, allowing or forbidding my use of your work from this class for future presentation or publication. You should return your signed acknowledgment and permission statement to me no later than Wednesday, August 27.

I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you and your voices in the coming months. In the meantime, think about how these three presentations of the same event in the history of sound differ:

Question No. 1 might be, in the immortal words of the Beastie Boys, “Where you get your information from, huh?

And on that note, see you in class!