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English 1101 Annotated Bibliography Assignment

Assignment

Write a prospectus paragraph and a 10 source annotated bibliography on your research topic.

Audiences: Anyone looking for background information on your author or work.


Purpose

  • To develop your skills in using research tools.
  • To expand critical thinking skills by teaching how to decide upon a topic, narrow the topic into a research question, write a prospectus, and prepare research notes.
  • To provide practice in scholarly writing.

Directions

The prospectus and annotated bibliography are commonly used to propose a project and to keep the project notes organized while writing the paper.  It is important that you master the
annotated bibliography in order to plan, propose, organize, and research projects in college and beyond.

1.  Decide upon a research question

  1. Think of some aspect of the author or work you introduced to the class that interests you.  For example, if we had read Moby Dick, you might do a blog about whaling which might include information about different types of harpoons, the ships that were involved in whaling, and some of the environmental damage of whaling.
  2. Do some preliminary research by find out how much information is available on the topic you are considering. Sources you might use for this purpose include books, web sites, journals, audio and video files, and online encyclopedias.
  3. After you have some idea of the quality and quantity of research materials available, and the significant issues within that topic area, create a research question that will guide your search for information.  Think of a question that is narrow enough to answer in a simple blog.

2.   Write a prospectus paragraph (typically about a 1/2 page):  

The prospectus is the plan for your research project that you submit before actually completing the research or working on your project. It should contain the following elements:

  1. State the research topic and your research question: “In my research I want to examine the Whaling. Why was the whaling industry so important, and how did it effect the lives of people involved in it?”
  2. Delineate the main areas of your proposed research: “In order to answer this question, I will look at historical documents, websites, and read some historical journals to pinpoint specific aspects of what it was like to be a whaler.”

3.   Write the annotated bibliography:

  1. List the source in correct MLA format for sources.  Sources should be double-spaced with a hanging indent.  Sources should be organized in alphabetical order. I highly recommend using Zotero to complete this part of the assignment!
  2. Immediately following the source information, include two short paragraphs:
    • Paragraph 1:  1-2 sentences that summarize the information available in the source material.
    • Paragraph 2:  1-2 sentence explanation about how you will use that information to answer your research question.

Specific Requirements for This Assignment

This annotated bibliography assignment requires a total of ten sources in the following categories that will support your research.

Special Considerations

  1. The annotated bibliography is the first step completing a research project.  Think of this as the information gathering stage.
  2. The purpose of the preliminary research is to get an overview of the topic. The sources you consult during this step are not necessarily the ones you will use in the research for your paper; however, if you find more sources, you might want to include them in this annotated bibliography in order to keep track of them.
  3. Your research question should be narrow enough to answer in 5-7 pages but broad enough to support ten scholarly sources.
  4. In writing your annotations, do not repeat the source title in the description of the source or use the title as the explanation for how the source will help you answer the research question.


Resources to Help You with This Assignment

Interactive exercise on the Web: “How Do I Create an Annotated Bibliography?”(http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/bedfordresearcher/tutorials/Chapter04/index.html).

 

Objectives of This Assignment

  1. Use the writing process to best advantage.
  2. Use technology for writing and research.
    • Select and use appropriate writing processes and strategies to produce academic writing that satisfies the needs of or can be adapted to writing in core curriculum courses.
    • Apply conventions of writing effectively in any given rhetorical context with particular regard for audience and purpose.
    • Display higher-level critical thinking skills (as defined in Bloom’s Taxonomy) in academic work.
    • Use assigned software and technological platforms.

Grading Rubric

Pts Rhetorical Situation Annotations Formatting Use of Language
100to90 Research question is appropriate for assignment; document satisfies audience expectations. Required information is provided and thorough for each source. All citations and all aspects of paper meet formatting specifications. Style, tone, and expression appropriate for academic writing; diction well chosen; syntax and mechanics virtually error-free.
89to80 Research question is sufficiently narrow but the document only partially responds to it. At least ¾ of the sources provide complete and thorough information. Occasional errors in citations and/or oversights in page formatting. Style and tone suitable for academic writing; syntax and mechanics have minor errors;  diction appropriate in most instances.
79to70 Research question lacks specificity or is too narrow or broad for audience and purpose. Half or fewer sources provide complete and thorough information. Frequent deviations from citation and/or page requirements. Style and tone fall short of academic standards; distracting usage, diction, and mechanical errors.
69to60 Research question does not address assignment or meet audience needs. Each source lacks part of required information. Formatting is of mixed styles or inconsistently used. Little resemblance to academic writing in most respects.
59to0 Research question missing or inadequate. Annotation missing or uninformative. Formatting is care­less or lacking. Frequent errors inhibit clarity and meaning.

Mesopotamia: Lost Civilizations

In order to prepare us for our first discussion of World Literature, I would like you to have some context of not only the history of the literature, but the way in which that information was collected.

You will find that context in this Time-Life Video: Mesopotamia: Lost Civilizations.

It is approximately 50 minutes long, and will represent your first homework assignment of the semester:

A New Era: Atlanta Metropolitan State College

imgresDr. K just accepted a position at Atlanta Metropolitan State College as Assistant Professor of English!

If you are one of Dr. K’s former students–don’t worry!  I am still here for you!!  Just make sure you email me at my gmail account.

If you are one of Dr. K’s new students, welcome! We have a lot of learning ahead of us!!

 

CAU Academic Calendar 2013-14

I made a new academic calendar for CAU for 2013-14.

Feel free to use it, but remember this is not an OFFICIAL Calendar.  I have done my best to render it correctly, but if you use it, you use it at your own risk!

To use it with your own Google or iCal Calendar, click on the little plus sign on the bottom of the calendar I have posted here.

Dr. K

HURRY! Get Your Work In!!!

Hurry 03My Dear 311 Students,

As we move closer to the end of the semester, I would like to encourage you to get your work in as soon as possible. I am working hard to make sure I keep up with your grading.I have enclosed a list of the assignments with links to where you can find their descriptions and where they needed to be turned in.Everyone should check your grades in Engrade and inform me if there is an assignment you know you posted that I have not given you credit for so that we can reconcile your grades before the end of the semester.If you need to work on your blog, please remember that the lab assistants in WISE are very knowledgeable. They can help you if I am not around.

Also, please call me if you need assistance. I want all of you to do well in my class this semester!!

Sincerely,

Dr. K Continue reading →

Reader Response Group Checklist

How Reader Response Groups Work

Preliminary Reading:  Main Respondent

Each person in the group serves as a “main respondent” for one other member of the group (i.e. the person on your left is probably your main respondent).  The main respondent carefully reads a paper and makes comments in writing.  Approximate time:  15 min. total (for all papers in the group)

 

  • Main Respondent makes specific remarks about particular aspects of the paper in the margin as they read.
  • Main Respondent makes general, overall, remarks about the paper in a commentary at the end of the pape

Writer Makes a Statement. Quickly let your response group know what your intentions were in writing the paper, some of the things you like about it, and some of the things you feel uncomfortable about.  Approximate Time: 1 min.

Main Respondent Gives Commentary. The main respondent reads their comments aloud to the group. Approximate Time:  3 min.

Writer invites Response.  Ask for response from each group member.  Take notes.  WRITER MUST NOT COMMENT UPON THEIR SUGGESTIONS. When the respondent is finished, say “thank you,” and move on to the next person.  Writer may only talk during this phase if a respondent asks a question.  Approximate time: 1 min.

Group Responds to Paper.  Make both specific and general comments.  Do not be afraid to agree or disagree with what the main respondent said.  Be prepared to suggest solutions to the problems encountered in the paper.  Approximate time: 5 min.

Thank your Respondents, Make a Final Comment. If the group as not responded thoroughly, this is the time to ask them specific questions.

Deadlines as the Semester End Approaches

The-End-Is-Near

These are the things you need to know before we get to the end of the semester.  Please remember to work on your blog!!!

  • Research Paper Rough Draft:  Monday, April 15 to Response Group (bring to class).
  • Final Draft, Entire Paper:  Sat., April 19 by midnight to Engrade Turn-In
  • Final Draft of All Essays:  Sat., April 27 by midnight.
  • Final Draft of Blog:  Sat., May 4 by midnight.
  • Everything In and Done by:  May 8

English 311 Annotated Bibliography

Assignment: Write a prospectus paragraph and a 10 source annotated bibliography on some aspect of your author or work for your final blog project.

Audiences: Anyone looking for background information on your author or work.


Purpose

  • To develop your skills in using the Woodruff Library’s research tools.
  • To expand critical thinking skills by teaching how to decide upon a topic, narrow the topic into a research question, write a prospectus, and prepare research notes.
  • To provide practice in scholarly writing.

Directions

The prospectus and annotated bibliography are commonly used to propose a project and to keep the project notes organized while writing the paper.  It is important that you master the Continue reading →

Deadlines and Research Paper Assignment for English 311

deadline2This information should assist you when putting together your research paper.  Remember the deadlines which are approaching!

  • Annotated Bibliography Due Friday, April 5 to Engrade Turn-ins.
  • Research Paper Rough Draft:  Friday, April 12 to Response Group (bring to class).
  • Final Draft, Entire Paper:  Sat., April 19 by midnight to Engrade Turn-In
  • Final Draft of All Essays:  Sat., April 27 by midnight.
  • Final Draft of Blog:  Sat., May 4 by midnight.
  • Everything In and Done by:  May 8

The I-Search Paper

The I-Search assignment requires that you devote time and energy into formally investigating the answer to a question which is particularly interesting to you. This paper is written in the first person (i.e. you use “I”), and it is written in three sections. Each section should be 2-3 pages Continue reading →

WordPress Portfolio for 311

What should be in your Blog?

We will be creating a blog using WordPress. The Blog should serve as a place to collect and display your work from this class and others (i.e. it is a portfolio!)  If you don’t know how to get started, please see Dr. K’s “How to Get your Own Blog.”

You can add whatever you want to this blog, but I have underlined some items that MUST BE included so that I know that you know how to do them.  Underlined items are required.  Everything else is just icing on the cake!

Home Page:

Please feel to post any blog entries that you wish, but make sure you include a “sticky post” at the top of your blog that that briefly welcomes a newcomer to your website and explains its purpose.  (Dr. K will teach you how to do a sticky post!  J)

For regular blog entries, please remember that you can post more than text here—try posting video, pictures, Continue reading →

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