Week 3

1.   Read your peers’ Log #3 (Audience and Writing) in CIDocs and leave comments for each of the peers in your peer group:
  • Go to the log folder and click on your peer’s log. Everyone in the class has access to everyone’s documents.
  • Leave comments by using what is called the 2 stars and one wish approach. Stars are positive – leave 2 positive comments; a wish is an improvement you would like to see – leave 1 improvement comment.
2.   Read your peers’ Log #4 in CIDocs and leave comments for each of the peers in your group:
  • Does your peer’s response indicate a basic understanding of how purpose, audience, persona, and argument play a role in the project?
  • Is there anything that your peer has missed or left out when discussing outside sources for the project?
  • What do you think about the lessons your peer has put forth to discuss? Do they seem to fit the assignment? Are some more effective than others? Which one(s) appeal to you most?
3.   Log #5: Research and your writing

Write a two-page (minimum), double-spaced personal essay where you discuss your experience in your higher education career 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 higher education career?

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

4.   Log #6: Finalize your research idea for Making a Difference and begin research for the project.
  • Watch Choosing a Research Topic.
  • Identify the research idea you have selected explaining why you settled on this one over the others (a paragraph).
  • Start the library database research by going to Databases by Subject and selecting the major that fits best with your research idea.
  • Select Journal Articles from the menu. Begin searching in the journal databases listed under Journal Articles.
  • Search by using key words or phrases related to your research idea.
  • Find 5 sources from the databases that relate in someway to your research idea: select only full text articles that you can download.
  • Create an annotated bibliography with the 5 sources by doing  the following:

Bibliographic reference: Part 1  of the annotation – list the writer(s), the title, what journal published the article, date published,  and the database you found the article in.

Descriptive paragraph: Part 2 of the annotation – address the following in your paragraph:

  1. What is the text’s big issue?
  2. What claim does the text make that is relevant to your research proposal?
  3. What are examples/quotes from the text that are relevant to your research proposal?
  4. How does this text connect to other texts?

Note: Working with databases can be a challenge. If you need assistance, seek it out now rather than later.

All work is due Friday at 9 AM Pacific Daylight Time.