This blog is an ongoing discussion among members of two sections of Brookdale Community College's English 122 class, taking place in Spring 2010. This class teaches critical thinking and research writing skills, using the news stories of the day as a starting point for investigations. This blog seeks to encourage conversation about important cultural events and developments among community college students.
What each member contributes
Each class member is required to create a new post every week. This post will contain: a link to the new article (or several links, if the student is interested in seeing how the story has been handled by different news outlets), a 3-5 sentence summary of the story, and a paragraph response to the story. This paragraph should identify a controversy raised by the story. If there is no controversy, choose a different article. After identifying the controversy, one might imagine the repercussions of supporting one side over the other, connect the article's contents with other unfolding new stories, or express a viewpoint or opinion about it. These paragraphs should always use a quotation from the argument to help create a strong dialog between the author of the article and the author of the blog posting.
Each class member is also required to comment on another student's post once a week.
All posts are "labeled" with the writer's name so that each student's work can be followed in the label index.