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Posted by Jesse Rice-Evans (she/they) on

Hey all-

Everyone should have feedback on their Project #2s shared as a Google Doc. If you have not received feedback, email me ASAP so we can figure out where our wires got crossed.

Hoping to see some of you tomorrow for our final meeting of the semester, which, you’ll recall, is optional.

If you want any final notes on your portfolio projects, remediations, or revisions, please come to class so that we can chat.

If, however, you are panicking over finals for other classes or you’re just too exhausted to commute one last time, it’s OK to stay home tomorrow.

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Please fill out your course evaluation, available on the Baruch evals site. This helps me learn what to do differently next time I teach a course like this, and I like to learn 🙂

Thank you all for your hard work and insight this term, and I look forward to seeing all of your portfolios by 12/17 at 11:59pm


Project #3 Assignment

Posted by Jesse Rice-Evans (she/they) on

For Project #3, I am asking you to *re-mediate* your Project #2. This means that you will take the research and argumentation that you did for Project #2 and choose a different medium to discuss your topic, e.g. a podcast, fake commercial, infomercial, music video, infographic, etc.

Your Project #3 does not have to make the same argument that you made in Project #2, although it certainly may. Project #3 may embrace humor, #FakeNews, or absurdist strategies; it does not have to.

There are no requirements for the re-mediated piece, but you will compose a ~500-word reflection to accompany the artifact. This reflection should consider the following:

  • why did you make the choice you made w/r/t medium?
  • why [medium you chose] and not [medium you did not choose]?
  • in what contexts have you seen media that resemble your product?
  • how did cultural/social/political contexts affect your rhetorical process?
  • what organizational strategies did you use to develop your artifact?
  • which rhetorical strategies did you pay close attention to (e.g. kairos, logos, etc.)?





Posted by Jesse Rice-Evans (she/they) on

Hey all!-

I’m trying to take a look at your Project #2s, but the forums don’t appear to be able to handle the nuances of formatting that citations need, so I’m writing to ask everyone to send me copies of Project #2 AS ONE CONTINUOUS .DOC/DOCX FILE to MY GMAIL ( so that I can actually read the dang things.

If you have a chance to do this TODAY I appreciate it 🙂 but if not, sooner is better than later.

Tomorrow we’ll start talking about our plans for the rest of the term AND I WILL YELL ABOUT YOU ALL EMAILING ME YOUR PROJECTS IF YOU HAVEN’T YET.

Thank you all for your hard work!

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Posted by Jesse Rice-Evans (she/they) on

Hey all-

Thanks for your patience and flexibility this week. I’ve been trying to get better at practicing self-care for emotional and mental health, and sometimes that means making last-minute schedule changes that affect others. For the disruption, I apologize (although if I remember my own undergraduate career, I never minded too much if professors had to cancel class! :P).

I will be making some changes to the calendar for this and the next few weeks to accommodate our schedule shifting a bit. Please be sure to check the course site!

On Monday, we’ll work on a brief reflection for Project #2 and introduce Project #3 and Project #4.

Looking forward to seeing your multimodal response for this week’s blog assignment!

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Posted by Jesse Rice-Evans (she/they) on

Hey all–

I’m struggling with mental health stuff today and hoping you can forgive me canceling class this evening to catch up on some rest. Looking forward to taking a look at your Project #2s this week and getting you feedback soon.

Please take time to take care of yourselves this week!

My best,




Posted by Jesse Rice-Evans (she/they) on

Hey all!–

Writing to remind you to play the assigned games on the Calendar and write a brief reflection for your weekly blog post. These are supposed to be weird! Lean into it.

For folks working on revisions of Project #1, consider this advice:

A rhetorical analysis focuses not on the *subject* of the artifact, but rather on the writer/author/rhetor and how they have done what they have done in this artifact.

For Monday, we’ll continue to work on Project #2 with our writing groups. Please bring whatever you need to bring to get some work done, and I’ll be available to answer questions or make suggestions as needed.

If we didn’t get to 1-on-1 last week, we’ll do this on Monday!

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Posted by Jesse Rice-Evans (she/they) on

Hey all–

Writing to check in about your progress collecting articles for your annotated bib!

I know it’s midterm season and you have a lot on your plate, but in order to stay on track, you really need to stay on top of Project #2 and keep track of your work in your Labor Logs. For Monday, it’s crucial that you bring in your work thus far, as this will be your biggest opportunity to get feedback from your writing groups about your chosen articles.

The articles you bring in do not have to be your final choices, but they should reflect your chosen topic and give some insight into what questions you plan to investigate in your upcoming argument essay.

I’ve also received a few queries about choosing a topic. You are the scholars here. Choose a topic that is interesting to you and that you can investigate further. My only advice is to pick something related to technology and digital culture so that I can provide suggestions for your research, as this is my area of scholarly interest.

Your final annotated bibliographies will be due with your argument essay. In class on Monday, we’ll talk about your expectations of your own argument essay: what rhetorical strategies will you use?; is your evidence compelling and analyzed appropriately?; do you have a clear point of inquiry/thesis?; have you organized your essay clearly?; etc. We will also plan a due date for Project #2.

One final note: we’ll have a visitor in class on Monday from the English Department. I’m being observed! This has nothing to do with y’all; just giving you a heads up 🙂

Looking forward to your Labor Logs and class on Monday!

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Grades are up!

Posted by Jesse Rice-Evans (she/they) on

Hey scholars–

Your feedback for Project #1 is now available on Blackboard.

If you don’t see any feedback from me, it’s because I don’t have a submission from you. If this applies to you, I recommend that you reach out to me ASAP so we can set a deadline for you to turn this in. 

Coming up, you’ll have the chance to reflect back to Project #1 and, using your Labor Logs as resources, assign yourself a numerical grade. If I have recommended a revision, the final will by due by the end of the termIt is your responsibility to stay on top of your assignments. I will not be able to check in on your progress as I will not have the time. 

This week, you should be reaching out to your writing group for feedback on your annotated bibliographies for Project #2. On our next class date, you will have time to meet face-to-face with your writing group to get feedback moving forward. You should be developing research questions and an outline/some prewriting for the argument essay component of Project #2.

Looking forward to seeing your latest Labor Logs and responses 🙂

Keep at it!

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