About This Blog

This is a collective blog for students in a Writing I class at Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Founded in 1971 as an alternative upper-division college for adult learners to complete their junior and senior years, Metrostate now offers full four-year degree programs, more than 50 majors, and 8 graduate programs while still retaining its commitment to community-based instruction for a diverse, urban student body. Most students attend part-time while maintaining full-time jobs.

Why “Beyond the Orange Wall”?

This writing class has been taught using the method of writing instruction known as “ecocomposition,” which stresses both the purpose and the process of writing, attending closely to the spatial and social relationships within which writers strive to use words to communicate information, ideas, thoughts, feelings, and opinions to others. Ecocomposition pays attention to place. The place in which all of the writing on this blog was inspired is a basement classroom with one incongruously orange wall.

Our "Thesaurus"

One class assignment requires that students write a text to be read by at least one person other than their teacher and fellow students. The aim is to use writing to say something real, rather than churn out words that go nowhere. Some students will use this blog for that purpose. (Others will be writing letters to newspapers or public officials, articles for newsletters, or other purposeful texts.)

Some students also will be using this blog to post texts they have written for other assignments for this class, which have included descriptive, narrative-illustrative, and persuasive essays on topics that are meaningful to them. Having worked hard to say what they really mean about something important to them, they want to share their words with the world beyond the classroom door.

This blog will also serve as a forum for in-class writing done by groups of students working as teams.

Readers of this blog are encouraged to use comments to provide constructive feedback. All comments will be moderated by the instructor, in order to avoid spam and flaming, but no constructive comments will be censored.

2 Responses to “About This Blog”

  1. Kristin Says:

    There’s a picture of Thesaurus! I love it! ūüėÄ

  2. Olga Frederick Says:

    I know! Even he made it here ūüôā

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