Webbed Writing: Helping Students Find a Voice Online
In a Changing World
Marcia Peoples Halio
English Department
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Abstract: Writing on the Internet, students can use e-mail, listservs, Usenet groups, and the WWW to find real audiences and purposes. In Cyberspace, students can also find new communities to help them cope with a changing world.
Notes to Yourself: online journals, etc.
Introduction to Class
Debate Topics, Readings
Post Thesis -- Play Devil's Advocate
New Relationships: family, friends, teachers
Quiet Students (minorities and women)
Local and National Communities
International Readers
Rhetoric of the Screen
Sharing Resources
Helping Other Writers
Joining a Specialized Listserv
Analyzing the List
Critiquing Individual Messages: style, audience, and purpose
Introducing Yourself
Adopting a Persona
Participating in Discussions
Gathering Research Materials
Following the Threads of Discussion
Critical Reading
Usenet News Groups
Values and Standards
Who's Who
Who's Online
Who Isn't

Finding Your Place
Playing with Audience: Clarity and Support
World-wide Readers: Other Languages
"Chat" Groups
"Serious" Conversations
Filtered and Unfiltered Information
Critical Thinking
Critiquing a Thread: Multiple Points of View
Source Evaluation
Finding Sources Online
Browsing: Surfing the Web
Evaluating Sources
Documenting Online Sources
Using a Gopher
Library Sources Online
Using a Search Engine
Focusing Your Topic
Keyword Searches
Boolean Operators

Joining the WWW
Developing a Web Site
Defining Audience, Subject, Purpose, and Style
Making Links
Writing with Sound
Composing with Graphics
Writers and Readers Redefined
Comment Forms
Style on the Web
Intellectual Property Issues
PresentationL College Conference on Composition and Communication, March 1997

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