English 105 Week 4

In Class

1.   Review readings:
 Divide and Conquer: Rethinking Your Approach to Research
  • Why is there no “perfect source”?
  • What does it mean to put texts “into conversation” with one another? How will doing so impact your writing?
 Help! I’ve Been Asked to Synthesize
  • What is synthesis?
  • What is the key to any researched essay? What does it have to do with synthesis?
  • What do you think are the most important points to keep in mind when writing requires synthesis?
2.   Incorporating Sources: Annoying Ways People Use Sources
3.   Creating the Works Cited: Purdue OWL


1.   Log #7: Research and your writing

Write a two-page (minimum), double-spaced personal essay where you discuss your experience in conducting research and using outside sources in your writing. Some ideas to explore in this essay:

  • What has been your experience reading outside source materials?
  • How was researching/writing for one class different from another?
  • What has been the role of form and formatting when you have had to use outside sources in your writing? When has form and formatting played a role in your grade for a project?
  • What do you know and what have instructors told you about style guides, such as MLA, APA, etc.?
  • What sort of instructions and advice have you received from faculty about researching and writing with sources?
  • How has your thinking about research and writing evolved over your education?

Please put a page break (see Google Doc Insert drop down menu) between log entries. 

2.   Log #8: Peer Review Practice
  • Read this essay:
  • Think about purpose, audience, persona, and argument and how each are presented in the essay. Write a paragraph or two describing what you see.
  • Look at how the writer uses sources and attempts to synthesize them. Write a paragraph or two describing what you see.
  • Consider how you might score this essay using the Writing Criteria. Write a paragraph about the score and why you gave it.
3.   Begin work on your midterm essay due next week

Where to post your essay: 

  • Log on to MyCI and go to CIDocs
  • Click on the Shared with Me folder on the left side of the screen.
  • Find the English 105 folder I shared with you and open it.
  • Find the folder labeled Midterm Essay and open it.
  • Click on the new button then scroll down and click on Google Docs to create a new doc.
  • Click on “Create and Share” when the pop up “Create in a Shared Folder?” comes up. Everyone in the class has access to everyone’s documents. Often, classmates will read and comment on other classmates’ draft entries.
  • Name the doc using your first name (e.g. Clifton’s Midterm).
All work must be completed and submitted by Friday @ 9 AM.