Resource 28: Ta-Nehisi Coates Interview (2014) with Chris Hayes

In this interview, which was conducted after Ta-Nehisi’s groundbreaking essay, “The Case for Reparations” includes Coates discussion of this topic and relates it to his childhood in Baltimore. We are watching this powerful discussion and thinking of these issues in context of Ā his later essay, “Letter to My Son.”

Resource 27: “Growing Up in Baltimore”-Ta-Nehisi Coates on The Big Think

In “Growing Up in Baltimore,”, published before “Letter to My Son,” Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses the environment that shapedĀ his early years. This includes the effects of the optimism created by the Civil Rights Movement, the fear created by crack epidemic, and his romantic memories of the music, sports and comic book heroes of the 80s. The video ends with a tribute to his later home, New York City.

Writing for Success: Chapter on Revision

Writing For Success: Chapter 12.2: Developing a Final Draft of Your Research Paper

12.2 Developing a Final Draft of a Research Paper

This chapter is one we looked at thoroughly in class. There is advice for word choice and checklists that discuss how to approach revision. The material echoes techniques we’ve done throughout the semester. Keep working!

Here are transition sheets you’ve received. I’m including them again for easy access:
Transitions for Integrating Sourcesā€¦egrating-sources/


Transitions for Beginnings, Middles, and Ends

Essay 1: Transition Words for Beginnings, Middles, and Ends



“Six Myths about Choosing a College Major” – The New York Times

This article came out this week in the New York Times and may be of interest to you as you finish your first semester and think about college classes and registration for next semester. There is a chart that shows the lifetime earnings of various majors; however, the main gist is to pursue a major that you personally find value in pursuing.

No! This is not a “required” reading. It should be, however, of great interest to you.

Resource 25: “Creating an MLA Works Cited Page”-Writers Handbook (University of Wisconsin)

We have already looked at Purdue OWL’s resources on this matter. To review your updated Works Cited pages, we will use: ā€œCreating an MLA Works Cited Pageā€ The Writerā€™s Handbook MLA Documentation Guide-University of Wisconsin’s Writing Center.


Resource 24: “MLA Documentation Guide”-The Writers Handbook, U. of Wisconsin Writing Center

We will look at two resources from the well regarded Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin.

First, their introduction page with helpful advice for incorporating sources:

Second, “general information” about parenthetical citations. We’ll also look at other pages as necessary: