Our final demonstration of reading comprehension and analysis will come through our study of a novel, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (order your copy from Amazon now! https://smile.amazon.com/Brave-New-World-Aldous-Huxley/dp/0060850523/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3RQU2OLU2FIRF&dchild=1&keywords=brave+new+world+by+aldous+huxley&qid=1605817821&sprefix=brave+new+world%2Caps%2C158&sr=8-2 ISBN: 978-0-06-085052-4).
I will provide access to an electronic version of the text, but it might be easier for you if you have an actual copy of the book.
Today and tomorrow, you will be annotating your sources. Please note that annotating sources does NOT mean just highlighting or underlining. If you just underline or highlight a sentence, every time you go back and look at it you will have to re-read it and figure out why you highlighted it in the first place. EVERY TIME YOU LOOK AT IT!!! That is a LOT of wasted time. Be kind to yourself and leave bread crumbs or key words (as an added bonus, it will help you write your paper!). Here’s how to do it:
- As you read an article, highlight information that you think is particularly important.
- In the margin, leave yourself a note that tells what that piece of information pertains to (the topic, such as Dangers, Consequences, Benefits, and so forth).
- For more information, read pages 40-42 in the Essay Guide.
Go to the U4L4A3 Background discussion board. Write ONE paragraph that provides background on your topic and justifies why it is an appropriate topic to write about. Do NOT use first person. Do NOT talk about your paper. Talk ONLY about the subject you are writing about.
You need to provide enough information that other people will understand why your topic is important.
Once you have written your paragraph. Read at least TWO other people’s paragraphs and write a (kind, polite) response. If you have questions about their topic, feel free to express them (it might help them make sure they’ve covered all the important stuff in their paper!).
Once you have completed the discussion board, you will finish annotating your sources. Please remember that annotating sources does NOT mean just highlighting or underlining. Review the directions on pages 40-42 of the Essay Guide if you need a refresher on what to do.
You will need to bring a list of keywords to class on Friday. You should post your initial background paragraph to the discussion board by 11:59 PM tonight and your responses to others by 11:59 PM on March 25.