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Now that you’ve researched the science related to a large issue, you’re primed to share your insight. How can you share it? By posting onto a public website—to be exact, an open blog: Reading Science, Writing to Society. In a literal sense, a blog is a website that allows an author to publish their writings instantly.  For your blogpost, you need to persuade readers that your view is valid—so you’ll need to thoughtfully interpret others’ ideas, and convince readers that your view builds upon how to persuade readers that an idea or position is valid.
For details on how this assignment will be evaluated, see the grading rubric. Examples of past students’ Blogposts can easily be found on the blog’s website.
Preliminaries
Soon, you will receive an invitation (in your email address listed in D2L) to be a “Contributor” to the blog. Don’t make the mistake of going to the blog’s website and becoming a “Follower.” After you receive an invitation, you must set up an account with Blogger. When setting up your account, be sure you setup a profile allowing me to identify you. For example, on Blogger, I’m “Dr. C.”
When your account is setup, you’ll need to go to your Dashboard and add our class blog to your list. Once the blog is added to your list, you should see an orange pencil icon on the Dashboard. Click on it, and you’ll see the Post Editor appear; that is how you can upload (and edit) your post. You’ll have to use the Post Editor’s menu bar to insert/embed graphics and hyperlinks. For more information, check out the link of “Multi-media blogging” in Blogger’s Help Center. You can save your page as a draft. When you’ve finished revising/editing, hit the Publish button and your page will go live.
For helpful advice on writing a wikipage, read Lecture 5Lecture 6Lecture 7Lecture 8Lecture 12 and Lecture 13.
Requirements
Your blogpost can be framed into an essay whose message is deliberative rhetoric. That sort of essay is a paper in which to describe, evaluate, and respond to different information and/or views of a topic, with the intent of adding a new, useful message to the conversation.
When you deliberate you investigate and evaluate sources of information (like those you locate via searching through libraries’ databases), to offer your interpretations of the information you find (and not to regurgitate articles’ content). The goal is not to inform readers what others have written, nor what you think about the texts; rather, it’s to draw on what others have to said in order to thoughtfully offer your own perspective. That’s why a lot of writing teachers call it “they say – I say.” Look on your assignment as an exercise in exploration and evaluation. Writing the post requires you to critically assess what you’ve learned through your own research, in order to clearly (and logically) conclude with your addition to the conversation. Use the research you’ve been conducting as an extension of your Research Project Pitch to guide you; you should use that topic as your blogpost’s focus.
Remember: your audience is likely to have an interest in science, and likely some background knowledge on your topic. Why else would they visit a blog like ours? That said, make sure you’re not getting too heavily technical in jargon, or (worse) fall into the trap of pompously instilling “awe and wonder” into the text.
Your final post must include >1250 words of text (not including the bibliography).
The references must note at least 8 sources, of which at least 6 must be peer-reviewed, primary sources. All citations and references should be in either Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Style or Council of Science Editors’ Documentation Style.
At least one visual element (an image, a picture, a graphic, a video, etc.) must be embedded onto your page, and appropriately harmonized with your text. Just tossing on a picture that has no communicative element is not enough (that’s known as “eye candy”). 
>6 hyperlinks must be embedded into the text. Having a URL within a sentence is inappropriate.
Format your post in “Normal” size Arial, in single-spaced lines, with one open line between paragraphs. All headings must be in bold. No text can be centered/indented, unless it is a long list or a long quote. For more information, see the Blogpost Setup video.
The organization in a blogpost is variable, but yours is required to follow this pattern:

  • Title: Words that indicate the issue, and give readers a sense of the essay’s topic. Phrase your post’s title as a question, to draw readers’ attention; despite it being a complete sentence, capitalize all words as in a title (i.e., “Is There a Key Factor in the Disappearance of Honeybee Colonies?”).
  • Introduction: A few paragraphs that define the issue and explain how/why it has become of some interest, followed by a paragraph telling how/why the issue remains unresolved despite the interest and/or past attention paid to it. Often, the introduction ends with a few sentences outlining your thesis or position, although not worded such that your conclusion is given away. After the first few sentences, you must insert a “Jump Break” by clicking on its icon in the HTML toolbar.
  • Body: Typically, a few sections begun with headings, each of which tells a major claim in support of your thesis—and shows the verifiable evidence drawn from your readings in order to yield that support.  Don’t make a common mistake of using someone else’s opinion as supportive evidence. For example, if I quote someone as saying “Muhammad Ali was the greatest boxer of all time,” I can’t say I’ve proven that—I’d still need to show my readers evidence that’s led me to conclude Ali was that great. In each section, you should make a point of addressing the questions and/or counterclaims that disagree with your view. A skilled writer can indicate their awareness of ongoing conversations on the issue, and can demonstrate a thoughtful understanding of the counterpoints. Discuss the validity of counterpoints; then explain how your view draws upon them. If you present the problem and solution as “simple,” you might make it seem you’ve not seriously explored the issue (or worse, you might insult readers whose views aren’t addressed). Silver-bullet solutions rarely exist, and the more complex the issue, the more complex your view should be.
  • Conclusion: A few paragraphs that, when taken together, explain how the sections’ points all lead somewhere. In a way, the conclusion gives your answer to “the so what question”: after the body sections have all shown the evidence/logically proven there are reasons to see your view is valid, so what? What’s the next step?
  • Bibliography: formatted in one of the correct styles. Make sure you give this section the correct heading! IEEE uses “References” and centers the heading; CSE uses “References” or “Cited References,” and left-justifies the heading.
Post a draft of your blogpost (text only; no visuals/hyperlinks required) onto Discussion 2.3 and submit it into the Dropbox before 11:30 PM on its due date. In the message your draft is attached to, ask questions, in order to help your classmates and I look for/think about what concerns you. We’re here to help, not to judge! After your draft has been reviewed, I’ll send you an email inviting you to contribute to the blog. Look over your CU email inbox, but also its “spam” folder. Accept the invitation, set up your Blogger account, and begin constructing your page.
 
You must complete all revisions to the page before 11:30 PM on its due date (shown in the Calendar).

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