• Week of 3/23


    1. Today's the day! The sun is shining! The tank is clean! And we are starting our researching! Please start by reviewing the sources required for the assignment in the doc below.

    Research requirements

    2. You will share your research with me through an annotated bibliography. I asked you to write an annotated bibliography for one source last semester when we wrote the position paper. This time, you will include all 5 required sources. Read through the information and check out my example below.

    Annotated Bibliography

    3. Next, review strategies for selecting credible sources. Watch the video below to review the CRAP test!

     CRAP test for credible sources

    4. Continue working on your outline.

    5. Begin researching!


    1. Please watch the videos and view the slideshow to review plagiarism and ways to avoid it. Remember, plagiarism is taking someone else's words OR ideas and passing them off on your own. This paper will be research heavy, so it is important to use your research responsibly! If you read something in your broad reading and remember it, you cannot consider this common knowledge. You will have to go back to that source so you can cite it, or find another source with the same information that you can cite.

    10 Types of Plagiarism

    Summary, paraphrase, and quotation

    Strategies for avoiding plagiarism

    2. Work on your outline.

    3. Research and work on your annotated bibliography.


     1. Today we will review the 3 persuasive appeals that writers use. Please remember that logic is the basis for all arguments, but that ethos and pathos are necessary complements to make a balance appeal. Read the PDF from the University of Florida's University Writing Center to review the appeals and how to use them effectively in argument. Then check out my slideshow about using the appeals to research effectively.

    3 Persuasive Appeals in Argument

    Persuasive Appeals in Research

    2. Work on your outline.

    3. Research and work on your annotated bibliography.


     1. Research is hard work. It can be frustrating, and it's always time consuming. We have strategies for helping us be more efficient in our research! Think back to Janell's presentation about researching. She reminded us of the importance of varying our search terms and defining our terms as specifically as we can. She also reminded us of the tools we can use to focus our searches on the COTC databases: choosing a time frame for results, filtering out sources without the articles attached, and filtering out sources that are not peer reviewed journals.

    We have other ways to be more focused in research, too. One way is to plan the main points we want to make. The more clearly I can say WHAT I want to prove, the more clearly I can search for sources that help me do so. This is why we are working on outlines and research questions. Also, use the opposition to generate content and research. What will I have to show the nay-sayers to convince them my proposal must be acted upon? Check out the essays on Moodle to see how these writers use research to back up their claims. The research should not speak FOR you; rather, it is the support that backs up your ideas and claims. Please note: the essay on participation trophies does not meet the research requirements for the paper.

    2. Share your topic and main points with a peer. You can do so by emailing or sharing a doc. Respond in 2 ways to your partner's rough outline. First, give your partner suggests for topics/information you would need to see to buy into the main points. Second, respond to your partner's main points by playing the Devil's advocate. What would the opposition say in response to these points?

    3. Work on your outline.

    4. Research and work on your annotated bibliography.


    1. Work on your outline. Please share your outline with me today if you have not already.

    2. Research and work on your annotated bibliography. This assignment is due on Wednesday, April 1 (next week).