For this lesson (which is essentially just a period of "guided practice" as students write), I ask students to review their impressions and understandings (if any) regarding their, now newly finished, "expertise book." I'm curious to know if the text they picked worked out, if they had a "good read," if the book is worthy of other students' pursuit. Not only is this a decent bit of "formative" writing it is also helpful as I continue to work on honing the book list -- trying to make it more instructive and less cluttered, etc.
I ask students to revisit the book reviews they have saved from the very first blog post. After a bit of re-skimming, I ask them to respond to a prompt (see the following section) ...
Here's the "prompt" for the first "expertise book redux" blog entry:
Reread your first blog post regarding your “expertise book.” Did your predictions about your expertise book bear out? Why or why not? Did you learn something productive from your expertise book? Why or why not? Did you enjoy the book? Comment on its style and presentation. Would you recommend this book to other Adv. Comp. students?
As students work on this "prompt" -- posting to their blogs -- I walk around the lab and offer whatever help I can.