Please note that the daily assignments are separated into a Research section and a Vocabulary section. I also add additional notes to the end of the day’s assignments. Be sure to read and complete all sections! All assignments are due by 11:59 PM to Turnitin.com. If you are having difficulty meeting this deadline, you need to discuss your situation with me individually and I will help you come up with a solution.
Here’s what you need to do to complete the Day 8 Research assignment:
Today and tomorrow, you are going to show me in an Annotated Bibliography that you meet the definition of literate according to Zurkowski in that you know how to locate, evaluate, and cite scholarly sources. Today will focus on creating the citation for the source.
- Find your handout titled “Annotated Bibliography Rubric” or go to the Google drive Writing folder and download “Annotated Bib Extended Assessment Model and Rubric.”
- Read page 20 of the Essay Guide. It tells you all about the Annotated Bibliography, and page 21 illustrates the sections of the Annotated Bibliography (and tells you the difference between an Annotated Bibliography, a Working Bibliography, and a Works Cited page). You need to know that an Annotated Bibliography is NOT part of your research paper – it is a standalone document that demonstrates your ability to locate, evaluate, and cite a scholarly source. In college, many professors will require you to create an Annotated Bibliography for a whole series of sources. The Annotated Bibliography entry is different from the Works Cited entry because it includes a citation, a summary, AND an evaluation of the scholarly nature of the source. A Works Cited entry includes ONLY the citation.
- Go to Google Drive à Writing à Videos and watch “0 Annotated Bib Overview.”
- From the Google drive, writing folder, download the “MLA Format Template Annotated Bib” file. This is DIFFERENT from the MLA Format Essay file. It is already set up to have the hanging indent that is required for an annotated bibliography entry.
- Open the Annotated Bibliography Template file and save it to your computer with your last name as the first part of the name, followed by the words Annotated Bibliography, so you don’t confuse it later for the research paper (which is a different file). If for some reason you are unable to use the template, you will need to format a document in perfect MLA format, complete with running header, 4-line heading, and title (see the example for the title format). For the first line of the paper, you will need to put the body of the paper in a hanging indent (for directions on how to create a hanging indent, see page 25 of the Essay Guide).
- Pick ONE of your sources/articles for this activity. It would probably be best to pick an online source for this activity, if possible.
- Pages 27 thru 38 walk you step-by-step through creating the citation for your source. I would strong suggest that you watch the video for each section while you create the citation for your source. Creating this first citation in perfect MLA format is probably going to take you a while. That’s why this assignment is designed for two days. Don’t worry – it will get easier after the first one. The series of videos is designed to walk you through creating the citation. They are numbered, just like the pieces of the citation in the Essay Guide:
- 1 Bib Citation Author
- 2 Bib Citation Title of Source
- 3 Bib Citation Title of Container
- 4 5 6 Bib Citation Contributors Version Number
- 7 Bib Citation Publisher
- 8 Bib Citation Publication Date
- 9 Bib Citation Location
- 10 Bib Citation Optional Elements
- Once you get the citation created in perfect MLA format, pat yourself on the back and go rest. You will finish the Annotated Bibliography entry tomorrow. Remember to save your file!!!
- Please do NOT use an online citation generator to create your citation. I know they appear to be easier, but they often result in a lower grade because you don’t really know what to put in all those boxes they tell you to fill in. All they do is take whatever you put in the boxes and reformat it. If you put the wrong stuff in the boxes (and some of them shouldn’t have ANYTHING in them!), you will get an incorrect citation. Just follow the directions in the Essay Guide and the videos and your grade will be MUCH higher!
- I have put the answers to the rubric questions here, with a day delay between the questions and the answers to give everyone a chance to post their answers on the discussion board. You are getting credit for trying to answer the questions on your own BEFORE the answers are posted, but it is important that you check your answers to make sure you really understand the requirements.
- Check your answers here:
- What do your topic sentences and concluding sentences need to do in order to receive a grade in the Exemplary category? Your topic sentences, first, need to be “clear and evident.” That means they should be the first sentence of your body paragraph. Then, they need to “support your thesis and guide your paragraph development.” That means that each topic sentence should have a clear link to your claim AND identify the individual topic of the paragraph it introduces. For more information, see pages 54 and 124 of the Essay Guide.
- What ONE WORD describes the difference between lead-ins that receive an Exemplary rating and lead-ins that receive a Proficient rating? The word that describes the difference is “developed.” That means your lead-ins should be substantive. Students often have the most difficulty creating Somebody Said lead-ins that are substantive. For more information, see pages 87-88 of the Essay Guide.
Check your answers to Vocab 10 CTS and complete Vocab 11 CTRW.
Contact: My normal online “office hours” will be from 10:30 until noon, Monday thru Friday. If you have a question or concern, you may either email me or tune into the live office hours on ZOOM. I posted information Monday on how to access the live session. Scroll down to read that information. I also posted the ZOOM access ID code to the “On the Web” page of our class web site so you don’t have to scroll down every day to get the access code. If you email me outside of office hours, I WILL respond, but there might be a delay in the response since I do occasionally have to get out of this desk chair! 😊
Email: I have been corresponding with many of you via email, and I would like to make a request. When you email me, please sign your email (or at least make sure your first AND last name are both in your email address). I have received several unsigned emails that I wasn’t really sure who the sender was (Email doesn’t work like a text message – you need to tell me who you are rather than assuming I will know.). Who knows? I might have been answering questions for students who aren’t even mine! (I hope their teacher doesn’t mind! :-D).
Assignments: I will post the day’s assignments by 9:30 every morning.
Have a great day! Stay safe and healthy!