January 17, 2008



November 26, 2007


How is the research process for this paper similar to other research that you have done? How does it differ? Please give specific examples, and write your answer as a paragraph. Write for about 10 minutes.

Optional: What BIG questions do you still have about completing paper #4?

November 16, 2007

Friday, November 16th

Scholarly vs. Popular

Both can be useful in your research process, but it is important to know the difference!

Scholarly sources: (ie: JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association)
Published by professional organizations, associations, universities and colleges.
Found in books or in journals that are published infrequently (monthly, quarterly).
Articles may be long.
The articles are likely written by a scholar or researcher from the field s/he is writing about, and always cites sources with footnotes or a bibliography.

Popular sources: (ie: Time Magazine, Wikipedia)
Published in a variety of mass media: magazines, newspapers, websites.
These sources are often published frequently (daily, weekly).
Articles may be short.
The articles are likely written by a writer from outside the field s/he is writing about, and may not cite sources with a bibliography.

Using the Library website to find resources:
-Select an index by a subject
-Use academic research bases, like LexisNexis Academic or JSTOR
-Try using the "I Need to Find" box on the Library Welcome Page - look for statistics, facts, encyclopedias, etc.

1. Bring 1 printed source
2. Bring a typed summary of that source (about 1/2 page)

November 8, 2007

Research Timeline

In order to do successful research, it helps to have a plan. Download the file below-- a timeline! Then, fill in the dates when you would like to have things finished. Here are possible items to fill in:

1. collect all sources
2. read all sources
3. write summaries for sources (annotations)
4. create an outline for the essay
5. finish first draft of section 1
6. finish section 2
7. finish section 3
8. finish final draft of paper 4

You might not use all these, or you might use other things. The important thing is to have a sense of time. The end of the semester will be here before you realize it!

Download file

November 7, 2007


For this extended quickwriting activity, take about 10 minutes to address the following:

1. Briefly explain your research topic for JT's speech class. What are you learning about?
2. What is one possible connection between that topic and the topics of this course?
3. What topics are you most interested in right now-- what would you like to learn more about?

November 5, 2007

Monday, November 5

Start thinking about Paper # 4, the Research Paper

- look at topics/themes/ideas from your previous paper for brainstorming ideas!!
- come to the writing center or go see Adam for help with ideas!!

November 2, 2007

Friday, November 2

Discussion of Paper 3 / Class blog on research.

For Monday: Read Rothenberg, "How the Web Destroys the Quality of Student's Research Papers" (before class)

Reminder: Paper 3 Final Draft is due Wednesday, November 7th!

October 31, 2007

Wednesday, October 31

Thesis Statements:

(M) My goal is to inform that I support what she says and have my own experience and ideas connect to what she is reaching for.

(S) Humiliating and criticizing students specifically and hurting their feelings, embarrassing them in front of everyone is the focus in the article.

(AT) Students don't learn when they're humiliated, but focus better when they're treated with respect.

Quickwrite: Research

Please take a few minutes to answer the following question:

What is your previous experience with research papers? What challenges have you encountered when conducting research? Describe a project that you have done which required research. What are some questions and concerns you have about writing a research paper?

October 29, 2007

Monday, October 29

Questions for Model Essay (and for peer reviews/ editing your own work)
1. How well does the essay carry out the assignment?
2. What is the main idea, or thesis? Where is it best expressed?
3. How well do the quotes from the article connect to the writer's points?
4. What specific, content-related advice do you give this writer?
5. What is working well in this draft?

Thesis Statements:
-Your argument on the topic, question, theme AND a "preview" of the rest of the paper. Your argument should relate to how you talk about every example and topic in the rest of your paper.

Paper 3 Draft #2 is due on Wednesday, WITH revision memo!!!!

October 26, 2007

Friday, October 26th

Paper 3 Strengths and Challenges:


1. Specific Examples
2. Passion!
3. Clear connections

1. Not enough examples/ too general
2. Summary!! (should be the second paragraph!!)
3. Use quotes - and use correct citation! See blog about plagiarism for examples of quoting if you're confused.
4. Thesis! Make sure your main points are found inside your thesis, as well as in the body of your paper.

This Weekend:
Work on Draft 2, due Wednesday, October 31st!
Bring your draft on Monday to work on theses.

October 24, 2007

Wednesday, October 24th

What is Plagiarism?
is the practice of claiming, or implying, original authorship of (or incorporating material from) someone else's written or creative work, in whole or in part, into one's own without adequate acknowledgment.
-copying and pasting text from the internet
-improperly citing sources, page numbers
-misquoting the author
-paraphrasing without citations

Ways to Avoid Plagiarism
-Quote exactly from the source - use only the author's words, directly from the page,"within the quotation marks."

Direct quote: Adam said, "Who has experiences in other environments?" (in class Wednesday).
Quote mixed with YOUR words: Adam said, "Who has experiences," meaning stories or memories that impacted your feelings, "in other environments?" (in class Wednesday).

-Paraphrase the ideas of the author in your own words - and you must cite the passage that you are paraphrasing!
Adam asked the class if the time they spent in other places and schools were different (in class Wednesday).

Reader response sheets (as you peer review drafts of Paper #3 )are due!!

October 22, 2007

Monday, October 22nd - Writing Introductions

Tip for linking an abstract idea to a concrete example:
Try to eplxain ABSTRACT IDEAS (justice, love, power) with CONCRETE EXAMPLES (quotes, anecdotes, definitions, etc).

Goals of the Introduction:
1. Introduce the general theme or story that your paper will revolve around.
2. Name the article, and its author, and connect it to the theme or story - it can be a small part or idea of the article, but doesn't have to include every page and idea!
3. State your thesis as it relates to the theme and/or article (it should be BOTH theme AND article in this paper!!)

For Wednesday:
1. Paper #3, First Draft (Bring 3 Copies!)
2. Choose an article from "Re-thinking our Classrooms" that we haven't read that you think is interesting/worth discussing.

October 19, 2007

Friday's Class, October 19th

Tips for writing outlines:
-Put away the reading, and then try to summarize it without looking!
-Brainstorm ideas in a Word document, and then you can go through and add transitions, quotes, explain ideas, etc.

Sample Outline
I. Introduction
A. Summarize the article (Title, Author, main point - not very detailed!)
B. Thesis (try writing out the whole sentence)
II. Main Point #1
A. Support
2. Experience/explanation
III. Main Point #2
A. Support
2. Experience/explanation
IV. Main Point #3
A. Support
(Other Main Points, if you have more than 3)
V. Conclusion
A. Re-State Thesis - sell it!!
B. Summarize main points - BUT NO NEW INFO!!!!!!

Reminder: Draft 1 of Paper 3 Due Wednesday, at the start of class. Bring 3 copies - one for Adam, and two for your peer review!

October 17, 2007

Wednesday / Paper 3 Ideas

Reflection quotes: How do these relate to your experience in school? Why or why not?

1). "Multi-cultural education often has come to mean something that is quite superficial: the dances, the dresses, the dialect, the dinners" (Lee 15).

2.) "Too often students feel alienated in schools. Knowledge is foreign" (Christensen 155).

Good Class
-Fun activities, (ie:gym)
-Teachers who are willing to answer questions
-Interesting assignments and readings
-Connections to real-world importance - why it matters

Bad Class:
-Incomplete explanations from teachers
-Teacher not letting students put their thoughts about human evolution
-Vague explanation
-Criticizing students who ask questions
-Dictating the class
-Ignoring student's questions, concerns

Paper 3 planning sheet - agree OR disagree (side 1 OR side 2).

Paper 3 Outline due at the end of class, Friday, October 19th!