Why is there no such thing as an empty bottle of Scotch?
- To earn a Participation grade for today’s class, you’ll need to take notes in the form of a Reply to this page.
- Notes will be graded 1, 2, or 3 and points earned for them will accumulate to the end of the semester, then curved to produce a Participation grade amounting to 5% of your total grade.
- BAD NOTE: “We talked about Letters to the Editor.”
- GOOD NOTE: “We discussed that letters to the editor have similarities to other essays.”
- VERY GOOD NOTE: “Like all essays, Letters to the Editor express a point of view and use evidence and rhetoric to prove a thesis.”
- Show the Users list and outstanding Invitations
- Review the use of categories for posts
- Reminder about Agendas and the Menu structure
Day One leftovers
- Conversational give-and-take with 800am class
- Name Card photos with 930am class
- Link to Letter to the Editor
- Review the assignment and its relevance to the Portfolio
- Demonstrate hyperlink technique for posts
Subject Matter Activity
- Examine sample Letters to the Editor from the New York Times.
- Work with partners to find 10 Essential Components
Begin to write draft, examine samples from New York Times, draft by Midnight Monday.
On Word Press – 123 Box unchecked then begin to write title the first draft is done quickly (not graded), second draft (LTE Revised) will be posted and will incorporate feedback from original draft. After that we will continue to get feedback and will finalize the paper and post for the final grade.
Get into print – don’t be bland “love the article”… more general or more narrow “Divorced Women”… To find the perfect article to write on, go to NY Times > Opinions > Letters > Search Letters
When writing the essay know how to add a hyperlink > take link then right click > copy > highlight the text then add hyperlink with tools > click box that opens the link in a new tab
Good letters find a way to appeal to all readers (even to the smallest amount) Finding a balance inside the article.
Letter to the Editor Draft
First Draft was written quickly and had feedback but with no grade.
Second Draft posted after you’ve had time to consider and intake the feedback
Third Draft will incorporate the lessons and skills you learned throughout the semester.
First draft will be due 11:59 MON SEP 9
Subject matter– choose whatever moves you (will be any New York Times article) THIS IS A LETTER TO THE EDITOR writing assignment
Get into print is the goal– have a point of disagreement
Essential Components— make sure to include all 10 essential components. Brevity of letters makes their spots easier to see.
Submit– publish the first draft of L.T.E on the blog. Portfolio LTE and username
Attaching a Hyperlink- type out “link to the article”. Highlight the word “LINK” then click link button at the top, copy and paste article URL into URL tab. Select open link in new tab box.
To view other letter to the editors go to the NY Times home page and click on opinion tab and select the “Letters” icon. This is for reference if you need it.
Today in class, we went over the importance of good note taking and the use of detail in our notes, to not only receive a better grade but to provide ourselves with better notes to look over later on.
We also asked Professor Hodges a question or provided him with a fun fact, in order to get to know him better and become more comfortable in the classroom. We then went over our next LTE homework assignment and learned how to hyperlink in our posts. We concluded class by reading an article on the New York Times about Walmart and guns.
Note taking criteria
discussed making notes insightful and easy to understand
also make notes detailed so you’re able to retain all info given in class
Homework (11:59 MONDAY)
letter to the editor first draft
accomplished quickly, receives feedback, no grade
responds to any article of interest found in New York times
Subject and strategy
choose a moving piece
goal is to get published
general argument or more narrow
get be partially disagreeing or completely disagree
attack original’s authors logic/credentials
DO NOT reiterate their argument
essential components are made clear throughout
Hyperlinks can be added by double clicking onto the word you wish to add a link to
link should be copied into clipboard
Today, we began class with a riddle to show how different phrasing and specific words can change the meaning of a sentence. It was further explained by placing the word only into a given sentence and seeing how many meanings can come out of doing this.
There was a review of the new assignment to understand how to create a Letter to the Editor responding to an existing NY Times article. This should be something we’re passionate about. The components were emphasized again such as adding credentials and effectively responding to the chosen article.
The Letter to the Editor, “Kudos to Walmart” was given to the class to search for each of the 10 components. As we went through the letter, it was discovered that there was no objection to the original article and just agreed with the same points. The author put the credentials under her name and not inside the letter. This could be a possibility that it was written in and that it was edited out and put at the end. A good letter to the appeases both sides of the argument and this letter does this because the article identifies her own opinion, but in respect to her customers, she expresses that side as well. She is very vague, yet it keeps the conversation going with both ends of the argument. Some letters have very obvious techniques and others are more hidden.
An ideal letter to the editor will embody the author’s own objections to the original article and to create a division in the audience. Furthermore we discussed how the main goal of a proper Letter to the Editor is to get published.
The letter should appeal to the emotions of the readers and the best way to do this is through the use of the 10 components. We briefly discussed the importance of including a citation, so that the reader can form their opinion about the text and compare it with your letter.
The author of “Kudos to Walmart” strategically empathizes with the audience by explicitly stating she is against hunting and finds it cruel, however still backs Walmart in her argument, this carefully worded premise allows the readers to identify with the the author however still splits the audience in two.
The key is to balance oneself with audience while still getting own opinion across to the audience. Personal experiences not only allow your reader to relate to you but upholds your credibility and clarification, without it, you give your letter no basis and your reader no reason to care what you are saying.
In today’s class, we discussed ‘good note’ taking versus ‘bad note’ taking, and why going into detail with notes and taking adequate notes is so vitally important. We were also told about the WordPress page and how to not only access it, but how to take notes or make posts. When making a post, we must select the ‘123uncheckthisbox’ field so that we can post into the appropriate category.
We continued class by asking questions or providing fun facts about ourselves, which was interesting and made us feel more comfortable around Professor Hodges.
We then looked at our homework assignments and the instructions for this homework, when it is due, and where we should submit it. Hyperlinking in our posts and how to do so was also discussed. By copying and pasting a link, it will become accessible to readers in our own posts, for citation or reference purposes.
When writing a letter to the editor, your number one concern is to get into print. Make the letter interesting, you don’t want to make it bland or boring. You want to keep the readers interested.
When you object you can do so by- making it more narrow, attack the authors original thoughts
You can always drop in notes on the blog, when you post early, you are given the opportunity to get early feedback which can help you with you rough draft
Make sure you hyperlink so when you post your letter the readers can link the letter to the original article that your article is talking about.
You can give your blog posts their own personal title within the text by giving it a header. This will make it easier to identify what your post is all about and is a workaround the predetermined assignment title that takes the space of the true title area.
Today we were assigned our first draft of multiple drafts on our very own letter to the editor. We can respond to any article we find interesting from the New York Times. Picking something we are interested in will allow us to have more stake in our argument and should prove to create more engaging letters. However, we must remember our number one job is to try to get into print. Hitting on all our 10 essential components should be able to produce such a product. A link to the assignment can be located above, under the “New Assigment” header. Our first draft is due on Monday, September 09 at midnight.
Today’s subject matter activity proved both difficult but informational. We examined a letter to the editor from the New York Times. The letter is titled “Kudos to Walmart on Guns” (Sept. 04). We got paired into groups of two and each group was asked to find one of the 10 components assigned to them. My group got off a little easy being tasked with finding the citation, which is Re “Walmart Enters Gun Debate, Curtailing Ammunition Sales” (front page, Sept. 4). (Side note: we can hyperlink publications in our citations on WordPress and we are encouraged to do so). Despite my group’s task in finding the citation being an easy one, other groups had less luck. The letter we looked at was a perfect example of how the 10 components can be included with minimal text. This made it slightly more difficult for the other groups, including myself, to pinpoint exactly where each component was located in the text. The text itself was not vague either, it produced explicit nuances which allowed for this roughly 150-word publication to be comprised of all 10 components.
09/05/19 Letter to the Editor Notes
While going over last nights homework, it was pointed out that we need to include a title at the top of the document. As the activity scheduled for today, we need to pick a Letter to the Editor in which with a partner, we need to find the 10 Essential Components discussed during yesterdays lecture. I was chosen to find component 9 in the letter, “Kudos to Walmart.” The information I was looking for in the letter was not included, Hoeller was missing the 9th component which is rhetorical flourish. However, all of the other components were talked about in depth from Susan L. Hoeller’s letter to the editor. During our discussion in class, we learned how to hyperlink our articles or letters into our documents. In addition, another skill we learned while hyperlinking was how to direct our readers to a separate tab instead of ripping them away from our own page. The next letter we stumbled upon in class was “No Quick Fix for Childhood Grief.” The author of the letter explained how he wasn’t comforted correctly by therapists or even his family after he lost his father to suicide at just fourteen years old. He wanted to prove his point of checking in on the child weeks, months, and even years later to see how they are holding up.
Before Monday night at midnight, we will be finding an article that we find appealing from the New York Times. We will be completing a first draft of our own Letters to the Editor. It is critical that we try our hardest to get our letters into print by amplifying the points the author touched on in their article. Also, it is key that we are able to critique the article to give the author feed back. The 10 Essential Components will assist us in constructing our own letters correctly to get us closer to getting into print.
An empty bottle of scotch does not exist because “empty” and “bottle of scotch” contradict each other. If the bottle is empty, then it is just an empty bottle, not an empty bottle of scotch. There’s no scotch in it! A grammatically correct way of saying this is “an empty scotch bottle”, because saying “scotch bottle” refers to the bottle’s initial purpose, not to what’s currently inside.
There are about eight different ways of saying “she told him that she loved him” if you put the word “only” between any of the words. “Only she told him that she loved him” means that she is the only person who told him that she loved him; “she only told him that she loved him” means her expression of love to him is the only action she took; “she told only him” means he is the only person for which she expressed her love; “she told him that only she loved him” means she expressed that she is the only person that loves him; “she told him that she only loved him” means love is her only feeling for him; and “she told him that she loved (only him/him only)” means he is the only person she loves. This tells us that, depending on the placement, a single word can give a sentence many meanings.
To write a proper letter to the editor, one must object properly. Perhaps the editor’s view is too narrow and one must make it broader.
We were given the job to find a specific component of a successful LTE in the letter, “Kudos to Walmart on Guns”, by Susan L. Hoeller. It was found with my partner that the LTE did not contain any objection, a vital aspect of a successful letter. to the target editorial. In fact, the editorial is less of an opinion and more of a news story.
When you are posting to the wordpress blog we were instructed to take the numbers off of the end of our usernames and make sure that we choose the correct tag before we publish it. You can add a title to your article that you are writing at the top.
Choose a topic for our letter to the editor that we are interested in and we will not get bored of writing about. The first draft is used to get feedback and start to understand and write our letter. The first time we write it it will not be graded. After that the next version will be used to refer back to to show growth.
Newspapers want friction and that is how people get published. You do not get published by just agreeing with the editor. When you object you can challenge its relevancy or whether the claim they are making is far too narrow or on the other hand wide.
Covering the checklist will help to get the highest grade and make the best letter to the editor. When linking to an article you can abbreviate the name if you make it a hyperlink. The letters to the editor do not have to be long a wordy to get a point across. The letter that we read appeals to both sides of the argument which makes it so good. In just one sentence she is balancing on both sides oif the fence. A resonated appeal to our emotions helps to get published.
– Before posting to the blog make sure 123 uncheck me box is unchecked and that you have the right post title.
– Begin looking for a article on the NYT to write a letter to the editor first draft that includes the 10 Essential Components. Due Monday Night. The first draft will receive no letter grade but, subsequent drafts will receive more judgement. In your LTE express a clear point of view and make sure to use The 10 Essential Components in order to be persuasive.
– To make a hyperlink copy the link to the website you want to link to. Write the title to the article you want to link and highlight it. Then press the link button and add the articles URL in the box that pops off. It is a good idea to click the check box to open the link in a new tab.
– An ideal letter to the editor will play both sides of the argument. A good letter also is not too explicit and has the right amount of nuance.
09/05/19 COMP 9:30 am
– First draft: receive feedback from your professor but no letter grade
– Second draft(LTE revised): consider and incorporate the feedback
– Third draft (LTE final): incorporate all the writing lessons and skills
* Should write through 10 Essential Components
* Do Hyperlink
– Go to nytimes.com
– Click opinion
We read “Kudos to Walmart on Guns” in NY times and we tried to find 10 Essential Components.
That article is only two paragraph… So it didn’t included 10 Essential Components.
– Citation: “Walmart Enters Gun Debate, Curtailing Ammunition Sales”
We learned to navigate through the class website to help ourselves if we ever want to get a head start or fall behind during class. We learned the importance of taking good notes for when we look back in the future and remember and understand what went on in class that day. The importance of our last assignment was shown for creating our first draft of our own Letter to the Editor assignment. We worked as a class to identify all 10 components in an article from The New York Times to build our skills to begin to find the components on our own.
Notes are worth three or more points when thoughtfully written, holding several claims that will allow the writer to recall in detail the topics discussed in class.
Agenda holds the discussion topics for class as well as assignments given on the day.
Categories allow assignments to be easily found through grouping specific assignments by all students in the same location.
Assignments should be titled with the assignment name followed by the students username however, students are able to title their writings inside of the assignment itself.
First find subject matter of interest from the New York Times to respond to with a letter to the editor. The subject matter should be something of interest because this subject will be reflected upon throughout the semester to show an understanding of how to successfully complete a letter to the editor through several drafts.
In order to accomplish publish through a letter to the editor, one must not be bland and must create an argument that is thought provoking to other readers. It is not beneficial to simply praise the essay one responds to if wanting to have the letter printed.
Those who cover the entirety of the essential components of a letter to the editor hold a higher probability to have their essay published.
Posting a draft early on before the due date holds the benefit of receiving early feedback.
Citations are necessary to allow the reader to find the original source material that led to the essay being written as well as understand the purpose of the essay.
A letter to the editor should split the readers on the subjects written. The author should identify their opinion while still offering controversy to appease and displease both sides of the argument.
In a letter to the editor there must be something added to the original source material whether it be amplification or an additional argument.
– To start the class, Mr. Hodges gave examples of what a good notetaker would write verse what a bad notetaker would write (Point system based of 1,2,3, 1 being bad notes and 3 being great notes)
– Talked about our future portfolio and all the content that will be being placed into it at the end of semester portfolio
– Stated we will be learning to write our rough draft come soon and that it will be paired with our final draft towards the end of semester
– Searched through a LTE based on a Walmart selling guns and learned how to find the components throughout and if they apply to this letter
– Learned how to hyperlink in order to help you with adding links to your writing and making it possible for your reader to open the text and apply the linked website to what you talking about
– Professor went more into detail with the LTE by the former lawyer at Walmart, and how it does not apply some of the components and where it goes wrong and why exactly these components don’t apply
– Letter to the editor rough draft will be due by next Monday which gives five days to find a good article on NYTimes that I can supply a good argument with
– We need to apply a hyperlink into our rough draft in order for Mr. Hodges to be able to see which letter we are giving an accurate arguement
Post homework under “LTE Homework” category before publishing.
New assignment, look at Letter to the Editor and link it to this assignment.
Subject matter activity: pick a letter to the editor that you find interesting and draft a LTE, due Monday night at midnight. Be sure to link the article. Just a quick first draft to begin and receive feedback.
In order to get into print you must disagree with the author, and cause some sort of friction as you dispute someone else’s claim.
Object on a specific and narrow topic, on basis of insufficiency and irrelevancy.
Hyperlinks in articles, link the URL.
The article “Kudos to Walmart on Guns” was short and still had some components of a successful LTE, however I struggled to recognize some of them until further reading.
Recognize the established opinion of the letter before looking for components.
there’s no such thing as a bottle of scotch because a bottle of scotch must have scotch in it, or else its just a bottle.
If I want a good grade for participation, then my notes need to be detailed enough for me to read through them and understand what we learned about in class. Notes shouldn’t be like an objective of the course. They should be with a subject, a description and the major details.
I already published my homework to newspaperlessness with the correct category: LTE Homework
Over the weekend, Prof. David will update the categories so that we can publish with 2 categories: our username and another category.
Check the Agenda tab on newspaperlessness for what we did in class. Check Portfolio tab for work due.
Prof. went around the class and told us to ask or tell him something about us or him to get more comfortable with us. It was cool to learn about everyone.
First draft due Tuesday 9/10 (really 11:59 pm on Monday) on any article we find interesting from our “textbook”
For our letter to the editor, either completely disagree with the writer or “he is right but his logic isn’t.” Attack logic, credentials or relevancy.
How to make hyperlink: highlight url, copy it, Edit- link to the article: highlight the word link, touch link button at top, paste the url, Link text: Link and check the box under the link text
How to find Letter to the Editors on NYT: opinion tab then letters
– We discussed the grading system for notes written each class period (1, 2, or 3 point system)
– We were shown the difference between bad notetaking and good notetaking.
We discussed the importance of marking the categories to our homework assignments.
Assignments can be found on the non portfolio section if date it was assigned was forgotten. (Also found in Agendas marked by date).
*First draft (Letter to the Editor) due Mon. 09/09
-include the 10 essential components needed for an article to get published
–Category: Portfolio LTE
-begin second draft after feedback is given
We discussed how to hyperlink an article to our drafts to take a look as to what article we reference.
Like all techniques, which are designed for learning new material, note-taking is an essential skill for recalling information later. The best notes are those that can trigger recall of details of a class even and especially after an extended period of time.
Assignments that already published can be revised and updated; current and previous versions can be compared.
In order to properly categorize assignments, it’s important to pay attention to the categories, e.g. uncheck the “123 Uncheck Box”.
According to Professor Hodges, it is EXTREMELY unwise to send all rewrites at the end of semester.
It is possible to edit drafts of the LTE up until the point that it’s included in the portfolio. Earlier versions/drafts and the final version of the LTE will be compared during the course.
In the LTE, we do not have to be in complete disagreement with the author of the original article: something specific can be targeted, e.g. wrong logic, but right argument.
Hyperlinks are created via the classic editor ( link button -> url pasted + link text ( chosen highlighted word)).
In our LTE’s, a link to the original article will be necessary.
http://www.nytimes.com/section/opinion/letters – collection of letters
In a letter to the Editor, there has to be some sort of friction: does not particularly matter what the writer objects to in the original article.
There is no word count in an LTE; it has to cover as many essential components as possible
Wordiness is unnecessary in general: maximum words in minimum amount of words.
In the very beginning of Comp. 1, Thursday September 5, Professor H. elaborated on how to operate the blog mechanics efficiently and also how to take good notes during the class.
The class had and ongoing conversation with the Professor about something we would like to tell him about ourselves or something we would Ike to know about him.
Discussion pertaining the First Draft for the “Letter to the Editor”. Choose any recent article in The NY Times selection to write about. You must be opposed to the author showing that there can be an argumentative claim. Lastly, include essential components in letter by having a point of view,citations, credentials,support,etc.
Students must publish assignment into two categories Portfolio LTE and username. Read through the assignment specifics that are expected on the agenda (Newspaperlessness)
MUST PUBLISH LETTER BY MIDNIGHT OF MON SEP 09
When reached website select opinion tab to find articles that shows ones opinions towards current events. Class dissected the article “Walmart Guns” to see how it reflects onto the expectations for a “great” letter.
Why is there no such thing as an empty bottle of Scotch?
There is no such thing as an empty bottle of Scotch because if a bottle is truly empty, then there is no Scotch in the bottle.
A letter to the Editor must disagree with the author partially or completely in order to get published and include the 10 essential components. Letters should be short and clear to convey a strong point and develop a strong argument. One can attack the author’s logic, credentials, or insufficient information. The best articles offer a solution that appeal to our moral and ethical responsibilities.
During class, we discussed the mechanics of posting our Letter to the Editor which should include the original article we’re examining. We also learned Mr. Hodges enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, and writing. His favorite food is plain grilled shrimp and he has no kids.
The empty bottle of scotch riddle demonstrated how confusing language can be.
We discussed blog mechanics: ways to publish our writing, what categories we should be using, etc.
“Tell me something or ask me something” discussion; got to know Professor Hodges more!
Explained our next LTE assignment.
Reviewed a letter to the editor on NY Times.
Find a point of disagreement when writing the LTE so it isn’t boring. Make more general or more broad arguments. Publish the first draft to portfolio LTE and then the username. Link the NY Times article into the draft. Opinion articles from NY Times are the best type of articles to be using. It is important to state whether you are responding to an editorial, news report or a LTE.
Today in class we discussed the important components of constructing a letter to the editor. The first part is to pick a news article that particularly moves you or peaks your interest. Next in order to write a complete letter to the editor is to get into print. In order to accomplish this you must disagree with the author or object in some way with what is written.
Once an objection is made you have to follow the outline given on Tuesday and include all of the essential components including credentials, a citation, proposal, etc.
Make sure to link to the article at the end of the letter to the editor.
Guns in Walmart letter to the editor:
The author leaves a citation, there is no objection so the letter should not have been published. The writer only praises the original article.
The class discussed, as we walked in, how there is no such thing as an empty bottle of scotch. We all came to the conclusion that just by the wording there is no such thing because if it is an empty bottle it is simply an empty bottle. Therefore there was no remnants of scotch. There is a way for it to be an empty scotch bottle, however an empty bottle of scotch is impossible. The next subject matter is how to accept your invitation to wordpress. Emails were sent out to each individual and only after that can you take notes and such in class and respond to homework prompts. Notes were the next topic of discussion. The lengthier the sentence is, the better grades will be earned. Notes must be taken constantly to pay attention and to know that you will be getting a participation grade. Homework and essays can be edited after the fact that it was posted and will be graded on how well it was edited rather than if simply four minute changes were made. Agendas hold the information for the class of the day you click on. Under this section is where you take notes and look at what needs to be done. Time was taken between serious class talk and discussions were made by getting to know each person. Questions can also be asked to Professor Hodges to get to know him as well. A new homework assignment is posted in which you need to write you own letter to the editor based on some article that means something to you. Examples to disagree with an author of an article may include having a better example or being more specific or insufficiency/irrelevancy. The essential components of a letter to the editor were reviewed and discussed in class so each person has a better understanding of them. Nearing the end of class, we all looked at a proper letter to the editor about his/her view on guns and ammunition being sold at Walmart.
Discussing the homework assignment regarding the first, second, and final drafts of the LTE, we discussed how to strengthen a letter utilizing the ten techniques introduced earlier.
Before beginning the Letter to the Editor (LTE) draft, it’s important to understand the proper ways of persuasion. By using different angles, making the most of your credentials, having proper support or evidence, and having a strong, moving proposal, one can object and make an excellent essay getting their point across.
Trying to get approved by editorial
a point of disagreement do not just agree
Publish first draft to LTE
Feedback on first draft posted
Becomes part of portfolio
First draft, quick study, but eventually it will become part of portfolio
Will compare side by side of drafts to see progress or not
Drafts linked in
Doesn’t matter what his objection is as long as he can add to the conversation
-We discussed the importance of taking through notes during class as well as examples of bad, good, and very good notes.
-We went over the percentages that goes into our grade and how the grading system for note taking works.
-We logged into wordpress and were shown which students did confirm their account and which ones did not, as well as how to invite people to the class list.
-Using the website we learned how to post and what steps we have to take to be able to complete it on our own.
-Before we hit publish we click the categories field and have to remember to uncheck the box labeled 123 unclick this box. Then filter the results to LTE homework.
-Up until the portfolio you can review all of your finished projects, which goes into 75 percent of your grade and then modified by the non portfolio tasks that we were assigned.
-We went around the room and either told the professor about us or asked a question and learned a lot about our teacher and other students.
-We went over the new assignment about the letter to the editor draft and discussed the criteria that goes into the draft and the final draft.
-Being uncomfortable with something before it is the final draft is important to get the best results out of the class and knowing when to keep trying and critiquing.
-We learned how to attach a hyperlink into a writing piece to allow the reader to see the materials elsewhere and so they can see the articles that the writer encorperated into the writing piece.
-At the end of class we read over an article on the New York Times about Guns at Walmart to see how the times website works and where to find the area that has the opinionated writing pieces.
Today as a class, we went over how to use the tabs and also discuss the grading system.
Remind us on how to use the agendas and when we post an assignment we should select the correct categories before we publish the post. Discuss the assignment for September 5, 2019, on our own letter to the Editor. Strategy to write a letter to the editor. Post our assignment on two categories: Portfolio LTE and our username. Highlight link to ass an hyperlink of the article.