Find an online publication context and examine the citation approach. How is the author attributing and referencing resources in this online format? Share your ideas below.
The choices writers make when summarizing events and people’s lives have ethical and moral implications. Based on these summaries, what impressions do you have of the kind of person Hingston was, or the kind of work he did, or the circumstances surrounding the avalanche? Identify aspects of the summaries of Hingston’s life and the Mount Everest avalanche that might shape readers’ perceptions. What other kinds of details might have been included that could have impacted or changed your impressions of Hingston and his work? Choose either an event or a person from your life, one that is likely relatively unknown to others, and write a brief (100-150 words) summary of that event or person’s experience. Imagine you are writing for general readers such as those who visit Wikipedia.
Choose a long text you have read, or written, and summarize it into a 140-character tweet. Post your tweet below, and see what others have written.
Add to this list of criteria for effective questions by reading several texts of your choosing, perhaps from different disciplines, and identifying the components of questions that make them more or less effective. Why are certain questions more engaging? What, if anything, makes certain questions less effective?
Think back to moments in the past when you have provided or received feedback on a piece of writing. The feedback could be from a peer, friend, colleague, or teacher. What makes feedback more or less effective? Do you remember any particular feedback you received? What makes this feedback stand out? What’s hard about providing feedback to others? Share your thoughts below.
What are your writing habits or rituals? Do you engage in any activities that help transition you into writing? Where do you prefer to write? When? Write for five minutes on your writing rituals and habits. Share a portion of your ideas here, and see what others have written.
Think about a writing project you will be completing this term. Write for five minutes about your aims and purpose: What do you home to accomplish with this piece of writing? Who do you hope reads it? Why? Where are you planning on sending/publishing the final version? How will your awareness of purpose and aims help shape your pre-writing plans for the writing project?