ENG 3U: A New Style in an Old Medium

Today, you will write a new blog entry. Or, more accurately, you will write a pen and paper response in the form of a blog entry. While we made some progress yesterday in the mechanics of blogging, I don’t want to dedicate two days in a row to figuring this form out. Thus, let’s practice the blogging form in a medium you know well: paper.

Here are your potential topics; if you would like to do something else connected to The Five People You Meet in Heaven, let me know.

  • “No story sits by itself. Sometimes stories meet at corners and sometimes they cover one another completely, like stones beneath a river.” Explain how the lives of Eddie and either Ruby, Eddie’s father, or Marguerite intersect, and how they shape each other.
  • Examine one of the lessons Eddie learns. Explain the importance/relevance of the lesson to Eddie’s life, but also make connections to your world (meaning personally or globally).
  • Using Eddie as an example, explain why and how a seemingly unremarkable existence is meaningful.

The Structure of Blogs

  • A blog is NOT an essay. You don’t need a lengthy introduction or a thesis statement. Still, topic sentences are always useful, so use ’em.
  • The tone tends to be conversational, not formal. Remember that you want people to respond to your work.
  • Engage the audience.You need to keep the reader’s interest. Be funny. Be bold. Be direct. (10 points to the Hogwarts house of your choice if you name the rhetorical device I just used).
  • Make the first sentence count. Have you ever visited a website, only to leave after a few seconds because it didn’t grab your interest? Blogs need to capture the reader’s interest immediately, or the visitor might find another site. (Remind me to tell you about Ke$ha). This is easier if you start with your opinion, a reaction, or a personal connection.
  • Stake out new ground. Don’t retell a story that I can find elsewhere. Give me a fresh perspective.
  • Mix opinion with analysis. Because this is a blog, you MUST tell me what you think. Just remember to analyze your own ideas and conclusions.
  • This is a mixed medium. If you a writing a CD review, link to a site that allows me to listen to a few seconds of the recording. If you are stating your opinion about the latest hockey controversy, link to a reputable site that is covering the story. Today, because you are using paper, a reference to a film, television show, or a song will suffice.
  • It is okay to be uncertain, or to ask for feedback. Blogging is a great way to explore an issue/problem that has you befuddled. You can use the blog to analyze all sides of the problem.
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