Monday, March 27, 2017

References! References! References!

You have completed your bibliography and are writing your paper and need to refer to a source.  Should you refer to the author, the page title, the URL or something else?  The Purdue OWL provides a clear answer:
  • Any source information that you provide in-text must correspond to the source information on the Works Cited page. More specifically, whatever signal word or phrase you provide to your readers in the text, must be the first thing that appears in the corresponding entry in the Works Cited List.

For example if your bibliography entry looks like this:  

Lundman, Susan. "How to Make Vegetarian Chili." eHow, www.ehow.com/how_10727_make-vegetarian-chili.html.*

You are required to state the last name of the author, "Lundman," in your reference, since the name of the author is what comes first in your bib. entry.  The last name of the author is then your "signal word."

If there is no author last name in your bibliography, then you will refer to the first thing provided in your correctly formatted MLA bib. entry.  In order of preference, these would typically be:

  1. Author.
  2. If no author:  use the title of the source. (Title of article or web page or abbreviated title)
  3. If no title of source:  use the title of the "container" (Title of web site or abbreviated title.  Note this is NOT a URL)
Which brings us to another rule:

In-text citations for sources with no known author

When a source has no known author, use a shortened title of the work instead of an author name. Place the title in quotation marks if it's a short work (such as an article) or italicize it if it's a longer work (e.g. plays, books, television shows, entire Web sites).
We see so many global warming hotspots in North America likely because this region has "more readily accessible climatic data and more comprehensive programs to monitor and study environmental change" ("Impact of Global Warming").
In this example, since the reader does not know the author of the article, an abbreviated title of the article appears in the parenthetical citation which corresponds to the full name of the article which appears first at the left-hand margin of its respective entry in the Works Cited. Thus, the writer includes the title in quotation marks as the signal phrase in the parenthetical citation in order to lead the reader directly to the source on the Works Cited page. The Works Cited entry appears as follows:

"The Impact of Global Warming in North America." Global Warming: Early Signs. 1999. Web. 23 Mar. 2009.



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Plan for Wednesday, Jan. 11 -- English 101

During Class:
  • Discuss logical fallacies; construct 2-4 logical fallacies related to your own topic
  • Color code your own draft on Google Classroom
  • Work on paper in class. 
Assignment for Friday, Jan. 13:
--Finish a rough draft of your final essay. We will work with guided revision.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Plan for Monday, Jan. 9 -- English 101




Workshop / Assignment for Wednesday, Jan. 11
  • Create cover page; revise outline as needed; continue work on rough draft 
  • Upload your rough draft to the recently created document on Google Classroom.
  • Continue to develop your rough draft to a length of 4 or more pages.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Plan for Wednesday, January 4 -- English 101

  • Assignment check-in:  Draft thesis and 1.5 pages of essay body;  up-to-date outline or graphic organizer
  • After reading the sample essay together (see Google Classroom for Sample Essay 1, Portfolio #3 ), annotate the essay based on the instructions provided.
  • Revise your Audience and Publication Analysis as needed
  • Continue to work on developing the body paragraphs of your essay
Assignment for Monday, January 9:
  • Complete a draft of 3 or more pages.  This should include your thesis and several body paragraphs.  It need not include your introduction or closing, which you may want to write last.
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Upcoming:

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Plan for Wednesday, Dec. 21 -- English 101

During Class:

--Practice with thesis statements & arguments.

Revise your an outline or graphic organizer to include the following features:
--thesis
--three or more arguments that support your thesis
--two or more examples of evidence to support each argument
--one or two opposition arguments
--a rebuttal (response) to each opposition argument
--restatement of the thesis

Assignment for Wednesday, Jan, 4:

Write your thesis statement and 1.5 pages of the body of your essay. 

  • Be ready to show/submit your revised outline/graphic organizer

Friday, December 16, 2016

Plan for Monday, Dec. 19 -- English 101

  • Link for Publication Comparisons is here.
  • Review Chapter 6 “Thinking Critically” in the handbook, pp. 82-93, especially the section “Recognizing Logical Fallacies”  (More on logical fallacies here.
  • Check outline / graphic organizer
  • Portfolio #2 reflection
  • Wordiness 2 exercise


Assignment:
  • Complete additional research that supports your side of the issue, begin to take notes, and organize information.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Plan for Monday, Dec. 12 -- English 101

During Class:  
Assignment for Monday, Dec. 19: 
  • Read Chapter 6 “Thinking Critically” in the handbook, pp. 82-93. Pay close attention to the section “Recognizing Logical Fallacies”  (More on logical fallacies here.
  • Complete an outline or graphic organizer, listing your main reasons and sub reasons. 

upcoming:
  • Complete additional research that supports your side of the issue, begin to take notes, and organize information.
  • Portfolio #2 reflection
  • Wordiness 2 exercise

Friday, December 09, 2016

Plan for Friday, Dec. 9 -- English 101

You are already started work on Portfolio #3 by completing a Pre-Writing sheet and a Developing Your Argument sheet (both on Google Classroom).

Today, you should complete the "Publication & Audience Analysis" also on Google Classroom.  Then you should also complete the following:

--Read Chapter 7, pp. 94-106


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Upcoming:  
Assignment for Thursday, Dec. 17: 
  • Read Chapter 6 “Thinking Critically” in the handbook, pp. 82-93. Pay close attention to the section “Recognizing Logical Fallacies”  (More on logical fallacies here.
  • Complete an outline or graphic organizer, listing your main reasons and sub reasons. 
  • Continue to collect additional research for your argument, take notes, and organize information.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Plan for Monday, Nov. 28 and Wednesday, Nov. 30 -- English 101

Monday:
Wednesday:
  • Paper 3 pre-writing: 1. Write down your stance on your research question. Brainstorm 3-4 reasons why you believe your view is correct. 2. Brainstorm 2-3 publications where you could envision sending your argumentative paper (i.e. journal, newspaper, magazine, professional website, newsletter, etc.). Underline the one that you think most fits the audience you would like to reach.
Assignment for Monday, Dec. 5:
--Make revisions to your rough draft based on in-class work
--Final draft of Issue Analysis Essay (Portfolio #2) due Wednesday, Dec. 7. 
--I am available for conferences and/or to comment on your drafts during the week of Nov. 28 - Dec. 5.




Friday, November 18, 2016

Plan for Friday, Nov. 18 -- English 101

During Class:
  • Topic sentences activity
  • Review Grading Criteria Sheet for Portfolio #2
  • Discuss common red flags in outlines and annotated bibs
  • in-class guided revision of Rough Drafts / Teacher conferences
  • Print & submit rough drafts
  • Poetry Out Loud
  • College Essays
Assignment for Wednesday, Nov. 30:
--Make revisions to your rough draft based on in-class work
--Final draft of issue analysis essay and Portfolio #2 due Wednesday, Dec. 7.
--I am available for conferences and/or to comment on your drafts during the week of Nov. 28 - Dec. 5

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Plan for Monday, Nov. 14

During Class:
  • Discuss a sample essay  (Sample Essay #2 Unmarked version \ Marked version)
  • Work on writing a section, with an emphasis on integrating sources
  • Conferences
Assignment for Wednesday, Nov. 16:
--Work on additional sections of your paper (aim to have 2 - 3 pages written by the start of class) 
--Make sure to bring draft essay to class
--3 - 4 page rough draft of issue analysis essay due at the end of class

Assignment for Friday, Nov. 20:
--Rough draft of issue analysis essay due (complete on Google Classroom).




Wednesday, November 09, 2016

In-text citations -- Fine Print

The Purdue Owl (Online Writing Lab) is a useful resource and reference tool for questions about formatting and grammar.  MLA guidelines are here.  APA format guidelines are here.

For sources with multiple authors:
For a source with two authors, list the authors’ last names in the text or in the parenthetical citation:
Best and Marcus argue that one should read a text for what it says on its surface, rather than looking for some hidden meaning (9).
The authors claim that surface reading looks at what is “evident, perceptible, apprehensible in texts” (Best and Marcus 9).
For a source with three or more authors, list only the first author’s last name, and replace the additional names with et al.
According to Franck, et al, “Current agricultural policies in the U.S. are contributing to the poor health of Americans” (327).
The authors claim that one cause of obesity in the United States is government-funded farm subsidies (Franck, et al. 327).

For sources with no author available:
When a source has no known author, use a shortened title of the work instead of an author name. Place the title in quotation marks if it's a short work (such as an article) or italicize it if it's a longer work (e.g. plays, books, television shows, entire Web sites) and provide a page number.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Plan for Wednesday, Nov. 11

During Class: Integrating sources including quote sandwich, paraphrasing work, in-text citations.

Assignment for Monday, Nov. 16: 
--Revise introduction as necessary based on integrating sources discussion

Assignment for Wednesday, Nov. 18:
Work on additional sections of your paper (aim to have 2 - 3 pages written by the start of class)
Make sure to bring draft essay to class

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Plan for Monday, Nov. 7 -- English 101

During class:

  • Due today:  Stakeholder Analysis, outline, 5 note cards -- check & discuss these
  • Reminder about plagiarism and how to avoid it
  • Begin working on assignment for Wednesday (see below).
Assignment for Wednesday, Nov. 9:
  • Read “Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting Sources” pp. 399-403. Read “Integrating Source Material into your Writing” pp. 404-408 Read “Synthesizing Sources” pp. 408-413 
  • Begin writing your essay. Have at least the introduction (define the issue, include necessary background information, indicate why it’s important to the audience, include your research question.) Bring this to class. 

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Plan for Wednesday, Nov. 2 -- English 101

During Class:
  • Bibliography final edits:  capitalization and italics.
  • Portfolio 2 assignment sheet (handout).  Portfolio 2 is due Dec. 7
  • Plagiarism and how to avoid it.
  • Brainstorm ideas for note making
  • Review of text, pp. 353 - 359 (thesis, focused research, note-taking)
  • Discuss organizing the structure of the essay
  • Work on completing Stakeholder Analysis 
Assignment for Monday, Nov. 7
  • Complete Stakeholder Analysis chart (on Classroom)
  • Create an informal outline of your essay (on Classroom)  [Sample Outline
  • Begin note-taking phase of research.  Complete your first 5 note cards or record your first 5 "chunks" of information.  This, ideally, should be a mix of paraphrased information and quotes.
Assignment for Wednesday, Nov. 9:
  • Read “Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting Sources” pp. 399-403. Read “Integrating Source Material into your Writing” pp. 404-408 Read “Synthesizing Sources” pp. 408-413 
  • Begin writing your essay. Have at least the introduction (define the issue, include necessary background information, indicate why it’s important to the audience, include your research question.) Bring this to class. 
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