This year we will use this blog as the central node of the class. Together we will all make this space a valuable resource where we will post assignments, resources, and provide you with exemplary work from the past. One of your first assignments is to create your blog and craft your first few posts. You will find directions about how to create your blog written by Mr. Minster here.
Some general guidelines for your blog include:
- A catchy title and a tagline that is not “Just another Stab Blog”
- A design that makes the blog easy to navigate for your reader and is visually pleasing. All templates can be customized
- Use of tags and categories for all posts.
Nice but not necessary:
- Widgets like a blogroll or links to useful websites or embedded twitter feeds
Your first assignment is to go out and get some American Culture. Simply put, this assignment asks you to go and have an experience that you think is particularly American and write about it. It will be a test of your writing skills, and it will be up to you to make the argument about why this experience is particularly American. It can be something iconic (baseball, apple pie, Barbie and GI Joe) or something odd and particular to you (a love of boiled peanuts, alone time with avant-garde hip-hop, or a past with American Girl Dolls).
Basic requirements for all blog posts include:
- A catchy title
- A layout that is visually pleasing and useful to your reader.
- Embedded and active links i.e. American Studies Blog not AMST.BLOG.STAB.ORG
- Images that are either centered at the top or the text wraps around them.
- All images are credited unless they are your own
- All sources are cited
- Posts are tagged and categorized
While we know that you all are digital natives, it is important to note that this might be a new experience for you. This is a wordpress blog that you are creating so you can find an abundance of resources about how to tag posts, categorize, and craft excellent blogs through a google search including this one from WordPress. Use each other as resources and feel free to email your teachers if you have questions. Have fun!