Students have the option to write comments on 12 blog posts of their choice on any given week (excluding their own) to raise their grade on the close reading assignment by half a letter grade.  Students would choose their preferred weeks or posts.  Blog comments should be submitted in the comment box to each of the 12 blog posts by no later than Friday 12/7. The comments must be 3-4 sentences and answer the following question:

What is the most original idea presented in this post and how could the student’s interpretation be improved? Comments that provide only opinions—positive or negative—will not earn extra-credit points. Likewise, comments that are hostile, rude, or disrespectful in diction and tone WILL NOT be accepted. Only substantial comments that address the above question for each student blog post–in a constructive and courteous manner–will be accepted. Students must contact me via email upon submitting blog comments in order for me to make the grade change.  Please email me know if you have any questions.