ENG1101, Section D334, Comp 1, S 2017

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Three Important Reminders for Next Week

Hi Class,


Three things:


First, I’ve uploaded a student example for Essay 3 in the Readings menu tab–at the very top.


Second, remember that we will have a brief quiz on Tuesday. In this quiz you will be asked to write a correct works cited entry (MLA style) for a newspaper article, a peer-reviewed journal article, and a book. Review Purdue Owl.


Third, I’ve included information below pertaining to recording your own interview.

Obtaining information by direct questions is a form of primary source material, so you may want to conduct a short interview with a person connected to your topic/site. You may conduct the interview in person, by email, or by phone.

Conducting an Interview:

1. Determine your purpose, and be sure it relates to your research question and perhaps even your hypothesis.

2. Set up the interview well in advance. Introduce yourself cordially and professionally. State who you are and why you want to conduct an interview.  Specify how long it will take, and if you wish to record the session–always ask permission to record or photograph.

3. Prepare a written list of factual and open-ended questions. Brainstorming or freewriting can help you come up with questions. Leave plenty of space for notes after each question. If the interview proceeds in a new or different direction, don’t panic, let the person speak. Do not feel that you have to be prepared for every question or response.

4. Record the subject, date, time, and place of the interview.

5. Thank the person that you interview (in person or by email). Be professional in all interactions.

6. Very important: right after the interview, sit down and rewrite your notes and reflect on the interview. If you do not do this now, you will forget vital information. Do this while it is fresh.



Extra Credit Opportunity


Tonight is the annual Literary Arts Festival, from 5:30 – 7:30 in Voorhees Theater. If you attend, I will grant the opportunity to get some extra credit (10 points, the same as one journal). To get these points, you need to attend the Literary Arts Festival and then write a 250 word summary of what you think were the highlights. I will be there for the entire event — as I will be helping with awards.

The theater is small and it fills up quickly. So, I recommend that you get there early if you want a seat. Also, please do not use flash photography or call or text during the performances, it ruins the experience of those around you. Take photos though! We can post some of them on our site. If you do so, please turn down the volume so that the “shutter” is silent.


Prof. Scanlan

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