You Ought to Know Web Page

This project provides you with an opportunity to write for a different medium and to write for multiple audiences, both students and faculty. As a consequence of these challenges, you will want to choose an academic content area that you are knowledgeable about and comfortable enough to write about. This project will be graded by the professor and is worth 15% of your final grade.


  • Your work must be presented on a web based page, such as Populr (This is what I use for my syllabus. It’s free to signup and use.) Other blog-like pages, such as WordPress may be used, instead. 
  • You must post the link to your project on the CIDocs document “Web Page Links” found in the You Ought to Know folder.
  • You must create the page for a specific lower division class (100 or 200 level) that you have completed already. Identify the specific lower division course when you create the page. Your audience will be the students and the professor in the course.
  • The web page must include a minimum of 3 outside sources cited in the text in MLA format and a works cited section at the bottom of the page, which is also in MLA format.
Peer Review Draft due Week 6
Due Week 8

Additional Information

  • Choose a lower division course you have already taken. If you want to choose an upper division course, contact the instructor.
  • Choose a topic you feel you have mastery of.
  • Topic selection should be something that students may have struggled with understanding in the course. Your page will offer supplemental information that reinforces what the professor presented in class. 
  • Scenario: Imagine that a student is struggling to understand the course material and when the student goes to the professor for assistance, the professor recommends your web page. 
  • Content is your decision, but some areas of discussion that I will be looking for on the page include: Background or history of the issue/topic, discussion of how the professor presented the issue in class, differing viewpoints on the issue or theory, real life examples to help explain the issue or theory, supporting reasons for your position, links to additional information.
  • The web page should be graphically interesting for your audience. If copyrighted images are used, create an images cited section in addition to a works cited. Canva can be useful for generating interesting graphics to insert into the web page.
  • New to Populr? You might find this video helpful.
  • Strong examples: Example 1, Example 2, Example 3


Nielson, Jakob and John Morkes. “Applying Writing Guidelines to Web Pages.” 6 Jan. 1998. Web. This source discusses how we read web documents. It may be useful as you think about how to organize your page.

Kleiver, Janie. “12 Crucial Things Designers Consider to Create Beautiful Visual Content.” 15 May 2015. Web. Suggestions as to how to make the page more readable and appealing when dealing with content.