Norton has great tech support, as I have learned this week, because I am setting up my Composition 2 class on Blackboard. Many high schools and colleges use They Say I, I Say, so I am sure I am not alone in setting it up on Blackboard.
All of the resources I am discussing are in the instructor section of W.W. Norton, which can take a few days to access because they have to confirm that you are actually an instructor. Since I am an adjunct, I emailed them from my school account(which is why adjuncts need access to the official email address, even if we always use a standard email) and answered some questions.
When I first downloaded the Norton Coursepack, it put all of the coursework into my gradebook - over 9000 points. After a day or two of emailing, I realized that my version of Blackboard updated over the summer, so even though the Coursepack for Blackboard 8 seemed to work on Blackboard 9, they actually weren't the right ones.
Once I got the resources downloaded and installed (and only install what you want, or you will get an overwhelming amount of content), I couldn't figure out how everything connected.
The exams and quizzes are more enhancements than actual chapter by chapter connections, and they are mostly connected to conventions. So far, I have not seen any related to the readings.
There is a They Say I Say PDF instructor guide that doesn't download as part of the course pack, but is helpful in connecting the textbook with the downloads.
This semester, I am using They Say I, I Say by Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, Russel Durst. It is the Third Edition, Paperback, 2015, even though the ebook is available (and I would prefer it, but what about the circling and stars ?). As I write about my lessons using the book, I will be using the paper Kindle edition until the ebook world catches up to my teaching style.
Ally Sharp is a teacher, writer and editor, and technology trainer.