Homework for Tuesday, January 31st

**NOTE: The heading for this post (HW for Tues Jan 31st), is not the due date. There is a separate due date for each part of the assignment. Those dates are located in the text below**

Today we entered the exclusive world of Academic Research Writing. By looking at Gilligan et al.’s work via rhetorical analysis (RA), we see authors writing in this genre often seek credibility from their discipline, write for an audience of peers or above, attempt to prove their hypothesis, or to disprove another’s theory. They seek to inform others about their ideas, and prove that their ideas are needed.

These authors are not above our analysis. Sounding smart and educated does not mean we abandon credibility assessment. No one, no matter the degree, gets a pass. To move into source assessment, we’ll reference Steven Krause’s online text, Research Writing. Here’s your homework:

Read: excerpt from Research Writing, “Evaluating Quality and Credibility” by Steven Krause

Blog: Credibility assesses a source’s ethos. For this assignment, you and your partner will evaluate a source’s credibility using Krause’s questions. The questions are printed in italics directly below each chapter’s subsection heading. The source you evaluate will be chosen by your partner, so before you email them a source to evaluate, make sure your chosen source is credible– I will check to assess if your chosen source meets the assignment’s purpose.

        • There is a catch: a few students will receive an email from me instructing you to send your partner a fake article (this is meant to be kept SECRET) so don’t go ruining it. The email will contain links to help you do that.
          • Email: You must email your classmate with your article by Saturday at 10:00PM. If you don’t get an email from your classmate by this time, I expect you to email them, and CC me in the email so I see what’s going on. Meaning, do not just email me saying, “____ didn’t send me an article, so what do I do?” I won’t answer.
          • On your blog: Writa e post analyzing the article your partner emailed you by no later than Sunday at 8:00PM.
            • In your blog post, state who your partner is and the title and author of the article
            • Your blog post should look at all the points Krause mentions.This means look at the questions he asks in italics under the subsections listed below:
              • Who wrote or said it?
              • What was their motivation?
              • Where was it published?
              • When was it written?
            • Include if the article is a primary or secondary source, and if it is a scholarly or popular text–FYP 12- we did not get to this yet, so look up the definitions for these on your own, and I will elaborate on Tuesday – be sure to explain why it is popular or scholarly
            • Your blog post should be between 350-500 words and include a visual accompaniment (we’re still going to be working with images, so don’t lose these skills!)

Bring: “Homogeneous Configurations” back to class because we will need it for the next lesson.

You may be wondering why an academic like myself is telling you all the secrets of the academy. Because I like to GO AGAINST THE MAN! Not entirely kidding, but I was in your shoes once, admiring all the smart people, thinking I was not one of them. It wasn’t until I wrote like this that I came to these conclusions. There were people actually writing coherently with purpose, passion, and drive, and then there were these people…


For some, this might be the year of like, realizing stuff. 


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