• Week of 3/30


    1. APA day! Let's start by reviewing the general document set up in APA. Check out this checklist from Towson University. It follow the updated 7th edition of APA. There is a simplified student version of APA now. Please use this! It drops some of the more irritating elements of APA style! The 2nd link takes you to a sample paper for a different way to view the formatting requirements of APA 7th ed.

    APA Checklist

    Purdue's Sample Student Paper

    2. You may be using many numbers and stats in this paper. I'm pretty sure I never addressed this topic with the Local Proposal, but I should have! Check out this information about formatting numbers in APA 7th ed. The link takes you to a treasure trove of information about APA expectations in style and grammar. If you scroll down the page, you will see two sections called "Numbers Expressed in Words" and "Numbers Expressed in Numerals." Read those for sure, but remember this glorious page with all the answers to all the questions!

    APA Style & Grammar Guidelines

    3. One requirement for the National/Global proposal is to incorporate a table or a figure into your paper. In APA, you can also place tables and figures at the end of the paper, after the references page. We are embedding ours. Today, read through the information on how to embed a table and a figure into the text of your paper. Take a look at the samples as well. (Please note: this table or figure will probably take up 1/2 page!!!!! Only 7.5 pages left to write!) We will come back to tables and figures the week after spring break, too, as you finish drafting and begin revising.

    Tables & Figures in APA

    4. Work on research and your annotated bibliography.


     1. Below are links to a couple sources about avoiding bias while persuading. This information is a review, so a quick read should provide an adequate refresher for when you begin to draft. Remember, you want to persuade your reader logically and fairly, not through manipulative word choice or fallacies that don't stand up to scrutiny. In the end, biased language and logical fallacies communicate more about your character and your academic writing skills than they do persuade someone to see your point.

    Tips for Writing Persuasion

    Avoiding Biased Word Choice

    2. Work on research and your annotated bibliography, which is due tomorrow!


    1. Turn in your annotated bibliography! You can share the document with me. Don't worry about the whole APA set up. Use an MLA information section, or just start with your title on the first line. I'll know it is your paper because you shared it with me.

    2. Let's review summary and paraphrase. The first link takes you to a practice activity in which you will determine if a rewrite is plagiarized or appropriately paraphrased/summarized. The second link is the answer key.

    Paraphrase examples

    Paraphrase examples KEY!

    3. Review the steps and tools to effectively incorporate quotations and paraphrased material into your writing. The doc below is a quick review, but there are myriad resources online that can help you deal with situations I did not cover directly. The second link is a key to the editing activity at the end of the review.

    Quick review of integrating quoted and paraphrased material

    Key for review activity


     1. Today is the day to being drafting! I'd like to tell you to set aside your paper and take a break over spring break, but I think this is a bad idea. It takes a long time to write 8-10 pages. It is likely that you will need to find more research to support weak sections of your paper. This process takes time, and your rough draft is due on Friday, April 17. If you take spring break off, that means you have only 5 school days to write your paper. If you work slow and steady over the break (maybe an hours each day? 2 hours every other day?) you have 15 days! We can do it!

    2. Having trouble getting started? Read through this review of writing an effective introduction. If you are still having trouble after reviewing hooks and thesis statements, try jumping into the body of the paper. Sometimes that first paragraph is the hardest to write! Since your background section is primarily factual, it might feel easier to start with this type of writing.

    Effective introductions


    1. Review the expectations for the body of your paper.

    Drafting the body

    2. Review APA in-text citation format.

    APA Guide to In-text Citations

    3. Keep on drafting!

    4. Have an amazing spring break! Feel free to email over the break. I may not check email as frequently as I am now, but I will be working on grading and plans for after the break, so I'll checking close to daily.