About Michaella T.

Assistant Director for Instructional Design at the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning @ Saint Louis University

Chris Dixon’s Introduction

My family vacation to Jamaica was one of my family most memorable experiences. We left for our trip on February 26, 2009 on a cool Thursday morning at 10:00am. We shuffled into the St. Louis Airport with our luggage waiting for our flight to departure. While waiting the children took potty breaks and I grabbed me a hot cup of wake up that was strong and bitter which was not a taste of delight. Our flight took off at 12:45pm and lasted for eternity. I kept looking out the window for the next eight hours thinking are we there yet. My legs turned lifeless and weak upon me standing at the end of the flight. We picked up our luggage at Jamaica International Airport and hitched a ride with the first white minivan cabbie we could to our hotel.

How to Post to the Class Blog: Directions

Writing a Blog Posting for English 150: The Process of Composition

Professor Jenny Agnew and Instructional Designer Michaella (Hammond) Thornton

Video Instructions: 2012-09-11_Blog_Directions_Take2

  • From WordPress.org: “Blog posts are the entries that display in reverse chronological order on your home page. In contrast to pages, posts usually have comments fields beneath them and are included in your site’s RSS feed” (n.d.).
  • If you are unfamiliar with what a blog is, you will find the following web article exceptionally helpful: http://codex.wordpress.org/Introduction_to_Blogging

To write a post:

  1. First accept the WordPress invitation emailed to your SLU email address on Mon., 9/10. Follow the directions in the email to contribute to the Food150 blog: https://food150.wordpress.com/
  2. After you have initiated your login information for this blog you may need to log in to WordPress (if you’re not already at this step): http://wordpress.com/ (Dashboard).
  3. Click the Posts tab.
  4. Click the Add New Sub Tab
  5. Start filling in the blanks. Make sure to include the following:
    1. The title of your post
    2. Your writing, links, links to images, and any information you want to share with your professor and classmates
    3. You can always select the Preview button before publishing your post to see what your post will look like prior to publication.
    4. Make sure to Publish your post when you are finished so others may read or view your work.
  6. As needed, select a category, add tags, and make other selections from the sections below the post. Each of these sections is explained here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Writing_Posts
  7. When you are ready, click Publish. Voila! You should have successfully published your post. If you have questions or need support, please contact your professor or the instructional designer for this course.

For more information on how to post your blog entries in WordPress, please visit: http://codex.wordpress.org/Writing_Posts

To write a comment:

Blog comments give you and your peers and professor a chance to interact throughout the writing and reading process. This interactive feature allows you, the writer, to receive meaningful feedback on a consistent basis.

To learn how to give comments on this blog, please read the following short web article: http://en.support.wordpress.com/comments/

English 150-G1: The Process of Composition

Welcome to “English 150-G1: The Process of Composition.”

The learning objectives of this course asks you, the student, to be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Your knowledge of writing, especially as it relates to focusing on a specific purpose and situation, responding to different audience needs, and using appropriate format and structure.
  • Your ability to integrate critical thinking, reading, and writing, especially as related to inquiry, thinking, communicating, and seeing the relationships among language, knowledge, and power.
  • Your competency in the writing process, including awareness of the need for multiple drafts; flexible strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proofreading your work; and the willingness to consider writing to be a process that is always open to revision.
  • Your knowledge of writing conventions, emphasizing common formats, genre conventions, APA style documentation and citation.
  • Your competence and correctness in syntax, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage.
  • Your ability to use electronic environments for drafting, reviewing, editing, and sharing texts.

This blog, as a result, serves as a virtual notebook to help you gain proficiency and build capacity and confidence in the writing process. We will explore more about how this blog will function in our course during Week 2 (Monday, September 10, 2012).

In the meantime, if you’d like to gain more insight into how blogging can help students improve and practice one’s writing, please check out the following short articles: