Week 7 (Oct 4-10)

Mon Oct 4

Revision and the Reverse Outline.

Introduction to Unit 2 – TEDTalks are also about doing the research to make them interesting and useful. What are you curious about? What bothers you? What do you want to learn more about? And are you still curious at all?!


READ & Annotate on Perusall: The assignment labeled “Curiosity & Research.” There are two pieces here, so be sure to read/annotate both.

  • Wierszewski, “Research Starts with a Thesis Statement”
  • “Schools and Killing Curiosity” from The Guardian”

WRITE a blog post for OpenLab: Address these prompts in a post of at least 300 words:

  • What is something you were interested in when you were a kid? Are you still interested in that topic? How did asking questions help you learn more about that topic? 
  • If so, how has your curiosity changed and grown over the years? And what role did the educational system play in your curiosity (good or bad)? 
  • If you are not interested in this topic anymore, what do you think happened to that interest? Do you remember the specific time you LOST interest?  What did you become interested in instead (and why?) 
  • CATEGORY: Curiosity

Wed Oct 6

Research. Using a KWL+ tool.


READ AND ANNOTATE on Perusall: “A Talk to Teachers” by James Baldwin. There’s an Assignment Alert attached to the end of this talk for you to respond to.

WRITE a post on OpenLab: Go back to the ideas you jotted down on the Padlet and pick one to work on OR if you’ve thought of something new after reading the Baldwin speech (or having just had a couple of days to think about it), use that one instead. Pick one and ask a series of Journalist’s Questions about it: who, what, when, where, why, how. Generate as many questions as you can think of. Then do the same thing with a second idea. Once you get those two sets of questions done, create a Post and tell us:

  • Your first idea. List all those questions.
  • Your second idea. List all those questions.
  • Two or three sentences about which one you’re leaning toward getting more curious about and doing some research on and why you’re most interested in that one. OR if you don’t like either of those first to, do a third idea-question set!
  • The point is to let your brain go crazy!
  • CATEGORY: Questions

Week 8 (Oct 11-17)

Mon Oct 11: no class

Wed Oct 13

Rhetorical analysis to understand what other people are saying and trying to get us to know and/or understand and/or be convinced of. How to do a rhetorical analysis on written and visual texts. How to do it for a TEDTalk!


WATCH & annotate on Perusall: Pick one of the TEDTalks in Perusall, a topic that interests you. Respond to the prompt by saying what you liked most, disliked most, how well you thought it conformed to the template, whether you got any ideas about presentation that you might be able to use yourself. You cannot use this as a source for your own TEDTalk!!!

Week 9 (Oct 18-24)

Mon Oct 18

Share TEDTalk analyses/creating a TEDTalk template. Finding YOUR topic. Looking at the ideas on the Padlet.


WRITE a post for OpenLab: Write a blog post (at least 400 words) in which you introduce your topic. You must cover all of the questions in bold:

  • Why are you interested in this question?  (Feel free to talk about your own personal experience with the topic, or to tell an anecdote about your experience with this subject matter.) 
  • What do you expect to find in your research? (Why do you expect to find this?)
  • What did the KWL+ activity do in terms of helping your prepare your talk? (What surprising information did you find? What supporting information did you find? What quotes or images did you find that you might be able to use?”)
  • What will you do if you find information that goes completely against what you had expected to find? (Will you throw it out? Will you write about it anyway? Will you challenge your own assumptions?)
  • CATEGORY: Questions

Wed Oct 20

Doing the Reflective Annotated Bibliography. What a Source Analysis looks like. Visual rhetoric.


READ AND ANNOTATE on Perusall: The assignment labeled “Incorporating Quotes.”

WRITE and upload to Google Drive folder marked Reflective Annotated Bibliography. Create a new Google Doc in that folder and then add your First Source analysis. You’ll keep adding to this Doc over the next week.

Week 10 (Oct 25-31)

Mon Oct 25

Revision. Source Analyses and Rhetorical Analysis. Incorporating quotes.


WRITE and add to the Google Drive folder doc you started last week: Add your Second Source Analysis.

Wed Oct 27

Visual analysis to set up Third Source Analysis and Image Bank.


WRITE and add to the Google Drive folder doc you started last week: Third Source Analysis/Visual.

Create your image bank.

Week 11 (Nov 1-7)

Mon Nov 1

Content Check on Source Analyses.


Finish your two Source Analyses. Start adding images and links to the end of the document so you can start building your Image bank.

Wed Nov 3

The TEDTalk template. Writing the introduction.

Homework for Monday

WRITE and upload to the Google Drive folder labeled TEDTalks: Create a new Google Doc in that folder with your intro slide and Introduction to your TEDTalk.

Week 12 (Nov 8-14)

Mon Nov 8

Writing the Body.

Homework for Wednesday

WRITE and upload to your Doc in the Google Drive folder labeled TEDTalks: Add your Body to the doc you already created.

Wed Nov 10

Writing the Conclusion.

Homework for Monday

WRITE and upload to your Doc in the Google Drive folder labeled TEDTalks: Add your Conclusion to your TEDTalk.

Week 13 (Nov 15-21)

Mon Nov 15

How to leave comments (revisited). Comment on TEDTalks.

Homework for Wednesday

IN THE GOOGLE DRIVE: Review and leave comments for two (2) TED Talks.

Wed Nov 17

Introduction to Unit 3.

Note: your TEDTalk is due to Professor Standing on November 22

Extended example of a Reflective Annotated Bibliography

This is more than you’ll need, but it will show you how to do your Source Analyses.

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