Week Three Goals
For the second week of class we’ll be diving right into creating. This week will be a combination of reading and writing, they are basically two sides of the same coin.
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Assignment: Daily Creates
Reading the Apocalpyse
Whenever you’re reading a story (no matter what the genre) try and reflect not just upon how much you like the story but how the story is being told. When it comes time to tell your own stories, remember that you get to make choices about how to tell them the same way all these others writers do.
Assignment: Novel Choice
Obviously, online bookstores like Barnes & Noble or Amazon are good choices; in addition, the downtown library in Fredericksburg may have copies. In addition, if you belong to a public library check out their eBook selections!
Share your choice in the #welcome channel on Slack and on Twitter using #bookchoice #thend106 #ds106.
You should complete your novel by March 26th.
Assignment: Short Story Readings
This week, explore the Short Stories section and choose at least two stories to read.
Write a reflection post about the stories. Did you enjoy them? Why or why not? What worked well in the stories and what didn’t? How did the author try to draw you in? create a sense of place? develop charaters?
NOTE: When I provide these questions don’t feel like you need to answer them all, and in that order. They’re meant to get you thinking. You can answer all, none, or some. Mostly, I’m interested in your thoughts about how the story worked.
Writing the Apocalpyse
Assignment: Writing from The Assignment Bank
Complete the Products of the Apocalypse assignment.
Complete at least six additional stars of writing assignments. Make at least three of those be on an assignment(s) that you’ve tied somehow to the apoc/post-apoc genre.
Make sure you are referring to the Guide for Writing Blog Posts to make sure you are writing up media assignments correctly!
Hack Your Assignments
You may want to take a week or two to see how the Assignment Bank works, what kinds of assignments are most popular and interesting, and how assignments are written up before you submit your own. But you don’t have to. Have a great idea for an assignment? Do it and share it! (and be honest about the star rating!!)
Site Work & Participation
WordPress Level Up
Assignment: Site Work
Work on creating a custom menu for your site that allows people to find the stuff you’re doing easily.
Don’t like the organizational scheme I’ve suggested? That’s fine! Come up with your own, just make sure that you’ve spent time thinking about organization and navigation.
Assignment: Participation Points
IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure you are approving any comments that are being held “in moderation” on your site. You should get an email when there is a new comment with a link to moderate. Once someone has commeted and been approved, their future comments should be published without your intervention.