Students will post blogs to our course hawksite on the following dates: 9/9; 9/23; 10/10; 10/25; 11/15.
Each blog post is worth 5 points and should be approximately 300-500 words. Blog entries should refer directly to the readings/viewings whenever possible/relevant, with a minimum of 2 readings directly referenced (this doesn’t necessarily mean quoted). Students should aim for critical analysis, pertinent questions, deep explorations, and scholarly engagement.
Don’t be afraid to use memes/gifs/video links–in other words, the blog format allows you to make your post much more dynamic than a hard copy essay, so why not have fun with it? That said, you will not be penalized for a text-only blog post. You should not summarize the readings and you should not simply offer your opinion. There is certainly room for your own opinions and observations but there should always be specific relevance to the materials. Specific examples (quoted and paraphrased) from the readings and other class materials should be used sparingly and analyzed. Titles are important in order to give other students an idea of what you are writing about.
9/9: Blog #1 is due at the conclusion of our “Hip Hop History” section. Reflect on what you learned: did anything challenge your preconceptions? What else would you like to learn about?
9/23: Blog #2 is due at the conclusion of our “De/Constructing Gender and Sexuality” section. Reflect on what you learned: did anything challenge your preconceptions? What else would you like to learn about?
10/10: Blog #3 is due at the conclusion of our “Hip Hop Feminism” section. Reflect on what you learned being sure to address how are feminism and Hip Hop linked—how do they challenge one another as mvoements?
10/25: Blog #4 is a reflection on episodes 4 and 5 of The Get Down in relation to reading.
11/15: Blog #5 is a reflection on episodes 8 and 9 of The Get Down in relation to reading.
Instructions for posting a blog to our hawksite:
1. Login to the Hawksite (you must be a registered user)
2. Click “new post”
3. Title your entry appropriately
4. Write your blog entry (use links! and gifs! and videos! get creative and have fun!)
5. To the right of the entry, you’ll see options for Categories”. Mark it with the category “student blogs” on the right
6. Include a “featured image”-this is a picture that will show up next to your post.
7. Hit Publish.
**Because citation matters: I am grateful to Sarah Hentges for making their syllabus “Hip Hop Syllabus: AME/MUS 303 Hip Hop: Art, Culture, and Politics” open source, providing some of the wording for the blog assignment.**