Stockton Writing Class #4: September 19th, 2018

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they rush by. – Doug Adams



  1. Class will meet in computer lab D19.
  2. Have hard copy of FE #1.2. You can print this in the computer lab.



  1. Video “Good Writing?”
  2. Build Blogger/Google peer to peer help out
  3. We Fall…/Narrative Edit




  1. We will begin building our class blogs on Blogger. Use the very explicit directions provided here.    Name the blog “”



  1. Narrative final REVISION in by class on Monday. 

2. Read “How to Mark a Book” from The Saturday Review by Mortimer Adler.

3. Blog Post #1: Read this article from the Atlantic Monthly that asks the question: “Have Cellphones Destroyed a Generation?” 

In a post of your own, discuss your own battles with “connection distress.” Using the Atlantic Monthly article to back your point. Remember that you can make any point about your generation and cell phones. You can use anecdotal evidence. Just be sure your post speaks to at least one the broader issues explored in the article. Create a citation for the article in your response. Due Monday. approx. 300 words. 

Twenge, J. (2017, September) Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? Atlantic          Monthly. Retrieved from:

4. Blog Post #2: (due rolling)

Read & annotate “You Can Find Love Now” by Ramona Ausubel. Respond to the short story in writing as Blog Post #2. 

YOU NEED NOT HAVE THE BLOG POSTED BY MONDAY, but be sure that you have had the story read. 

Focus on one or more of the following questions. Do not attempt to answer them all. Include direct reference to the story. An APA citation is included below the questions.


1. What was your “horizon of expectation?” How did it affect your enjoyment, understanding?

2. What is the story’s exemplary moment? Why? How did you know? How did it drive the story’s overall purpose?

3. What rhetorical devices does the author use? How do they accentuate the story. If you read The Odyssey in high school, how did this story accentuate or otherwise widen your view of the original piece?

4. Did the format of the piece (the back and forth between the voice of the Cyclops and the voice of the computer program) accentuate how you related to the theme? If so, how specifically?

5. Do you think that the Cyclops will be successful in luring love back to his cave? Why or why not?

6. Is this good writing? How do you know?

7. Was this a hopeful story or a sad story? Discuss why you feel that way?

Here is the citation to use for your paper

Ausubel, R. (2014, June 9). You Can Find Love Now. The New Yorker. Retrieved September 28, 2016, from

Blog post should be approx 300 words.


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