I assigned this short story by Todd Hasak-Lowy for the first “high stakes” project, summarizing an argument. Within a few weeks, the students’ final versions will appear in the CourseWiki.

I selected this story because it is dense with semiotic understanding: there is so much material to work with! I am hopeful that the complexity of the story, all its layers, will interact with the students-as-readers in a variety of ways. I am eager to read what they generate. 🙂

A review by reader of depressing books gives guidance for grading. Tao Lin critiques a critique, exposing where the writer of the critique oversteps the original author by inferring too much.  There is such a tight balancing act between the cowardice of saying too little and the arrogance of saying too much.