Homework for Friday, February 3rd

Credibility assessment is an integral part of Academic Research Writing, and as we learned today, there is a lot we cannot uncover without investigating the authors, publication, and article details at length. We also learned that many of you think I have the time to write a fake article using the most technical words known to man. On the one hand, thanks! I am flattered you think I’m smart enough to know FUAGE, on the other, *hair flip and walks away*.

As for the homework, we capped off credibility and are entering brainstorming. We had our first full-class brainstorm session today, so I hope some of you found that helpful. Here are the results: (waiting on FYP17)

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Project 1 is all about identifying, outlining, and entering the conversation for your chosen topic. For homework, you’ll continue with brainstorming on your blog, and follow with an assignment introducing you to scholarly research in your topic area.

Read: Krause’s methods on Brainstorming posted under Course Documents. Stop at “Brainstorming with Computers” since those ideas are dated.

Blog: Out of the following ideas mentioned in the reading: (Freewriting, Looping/Targeted Free Writing, Group Idea Bouncing, Clustering, Journalistic Questions),choose one to use as a brainstorming exercise blog post. Note that each has specific requirements

  • For you to receive credit for any of these assignments, you must fulfill the requirements of your chosen method by Thursday at 8:00PM

Krause’s Methods:

  1. Freewriting: Write 350-500 words following Krause’s directions. Post this to your blog (Do not go back and edit after. Write and post. Spelling mistakes and all) Just be sure to alert your audience that this is a freewrite, and will contain errors.
    • The free-write has no specific topic in mind. It’s a brain-dump and can combine as many ideas as you want.
  2. Looping: Same requirements as the freewrite, though you must begin with a clearly stated main idea prior to your freewrite. (Do not go back and edit after. Write and post. Spelling mistakes and all) Tell your audience the topic your freewrite will connect back to. Also alert your audience that this is a freewrite assignment and will contain errors
    • Think of this as a targeted free-write. A brain-dump about a main idea/topic
  3. Group Idea Bouncing: First, decide who in your group is the leader; that person will post first, and all comments will be on their blog.
    • The GL will email me by Wednesday at 8:00PM to let me know who is in the group and that they are the leader.
    • The GL will post a free-write or targeted freewrite (Looping), on their page, and group members will comment on it by asking questions, offering suggestions for problems they may look at, or giving additional information about the topic from outside sources, or prior knowledge.
    • Group members will also post a free-write or targeted freewrite for comments.
    • To receive individual credit, you must post your free-write/targeted free-write, and comment on all group member’s posts by the blog due date.
  4. Clustering: Draw a cluster out on paper, and then take a picture of it, and upload it to your blog. Your cluster must contain a main idea at center with at least 15 connecting bubbles (these are supporting ideas, questions, or problems to look into)
  5. Journalism Questions: Answer all of the questions that Krause asks about your given topic in a focused post of 350-500 words. You can go over the limit if needed or necessary. Feel free to conduct outside research to find more specific information- citing of outside research is not required.

On Friday, we will start learning how to read a scholarly article. To get you stared on academic conversations about your topic, you’ll complete the following for Friday as well

Find: Using the topic you chose for your brainstorm, or another topic if you feel your interest has shifted, find an academic research article about your topic

  • If you’re struggling with finding article, revisit the resources the Librarian provided us with last semester, or the research help that is under Fall 2016 Course Materials on our course blog

Email: This article to yourself and make sure you can access it on your computer through a program that allows you to write comments on it. Possible programs are:

  • Word, Pages, Adobe Acrobat are a few I know
  • Make sure your doc. has this capability BEFORE you come into class

Bring: Laptops to class– if you don’t have a laptop, let me know via email. 

A while back I showed you one of my fave comedians, Iliza Shlesinger. If you don’t know her, you should get to because she is funny AF (do we still say that?). She has a dog named Blanche and takes her to this dog groomer who takes videos of the dogs being blow-dried and sets it to elegant music.

See you tomorrow! @womensmarchla

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