How to use the readings:
Think about the categories/descriptors/metaphors they use.
Think about the style and arrangement.
Use these examples (or metaphors of your own) to think reflexively about your object and about the process of documenting this object.
Deploy this kind of reflexivity in your blog posts, your proposal and at the end of the semester in your portfolios.
Pick one of the following prompts and write a blog post about it. Make it clear with which prompt you’re engaging. Link the post to twitter with #harmon460.
1.Why, in 2013, would you still be asked to read Aristotle? Which of his three categories/classes of rhetoric do you think will be most useful for describing an object you know in a documentary-style film?
2.In the introduction to Aircraft Stories, Law gives six ‘things’ his book is ‘about’. Describe the most interesting to you and explain why. Be specific.
3.As he describes what his book is ‘about’ in the introduction, Law uses a variety of verbs. List five of them, then pick the most revealing verb and explain why he chose it. (Avoid the verb ‘to be’).
Think through the ideas of ethos, pathos, logos, and kairos in the genre of email messages to professors.
Use a greeting. (Dear, Good morning, Hello, etc, and the name of the recipient).
Use complete sentences and correct grammar, capitalization, and punctuation.
Include a pertinent SUBJECT LINE (not just ‘Re…’).
Include your whole name with a clear closing.
Don’t send emails at 3am.
For Next Time
•Pick another of the 3 prompts above and write a blog about it that encapsulates some of today’s discussion.
•Check #harmon460 and visit some of the other blogs among your classmates. Think about the style, both visual and textual. Leave a comment if one occurs to you. PS…leaving comments and tweets = easy good participation grade.
•If you haven’t, finish reading BOTH chapters of Aircraft Stories. We’ll discuss ‘OBJECTS’ next time.