To-Do List, Session 17: Tuesday, Oct. 27

For today’s Session 17, you will start working on the Introductory and Concluding sections of the Unit 2 Annotated Bibliography AND finish  the peer review of the Unit 2 Source Entries on the OpenLab

For today’s session:

  1. Read: Unit 2 Annotated Bibliography: Introductory Section and Unit 2 Annotated Bibliography: Concluding Section
  2. Write: Start working on the Introductory and Concluding Sections of Unit 2
  3. Finish: the Peer Review! Due to low participation, I’m going to extend the dates for the Peer Review for the source entries. Using the Peer Review Instructions: Unit 2, Source Entries, find your peer review group in Peer Review Group Assignments: Unit 2, Source Entries. If you didn’t do so  last week, watch the Video Presentation: Peer Review Instructions. See also the note under the Participation Activity below.
  4. Reminder 1: this Peer Review session  will be configured into the grade for your Unit 2 Assignment. Participation includes uploading your own work AND commenting on members in the peer group you are assigned. Post something that can be reviewed by your peers (and then by me). If your three entries are not complete, post what you have so far.
  5. Reminder 2: I will post mid-term grades on Thursday after our 10 am deadline on Thursday. Participation in class activities (such as this one) form part of that assessment. A breakdown of what midterm grades are is here.

 

Participation Activity

(Due before 10 am on Thursday, Oct. 29)

Use the instructions above to comment on your peers’ work in your assigned group. This is the same activity you had last Thursday. Remember to check back to see if a member in your group has added their work late. How will I assess your participation? At 10 am this morning (Tuesday), I will assess who has participated since Thursday, either in a comment or by posting work. At 10 am on Thursday, I will look again and tally both posts and comments for a full peer review. Those who have already participated by posting or commenting, have already done part of the Participation Activity for Thursday. Remember to check back to see if other group members have posted before Thursday.

This assignment is important! I want to see what you are doing so far. This is why I am giving you extra time.

Questions about something on our TO-DO List? Email me anytime at: jsears@citytech.cuny.edu 

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Unit 2 Annotated Bibliography: Introductory Section

As discussed in  previous posts,  your Unit 2 Annotated Bibliography  will have an introductory section that comes before the Source Entries you are reviewing this week. Here is the description from Annotated Bibliography assignment page:

Introductory Section

At least 300 words that:

  1. Introduce your research question
  2. Explain how you got interested in your question and/or why you are interested
    • Perhaps you’ll give a short narrative or talk about your relationship with the overall subject
  3. Explain what you expect to find in your research  (a hypothesis)
    • Remember, you will write the research paper/project in the next Unit 3. Right now you are only introducing the bibliography. You are not writing an essay!
  4. Explain what you will do if you find something that doesn’t fit your hypothesis as you continue your research in the upcoming Unit 3.
  5. Write this introductory in paragraph format (1-3 paragraphs)

Pro Tip: Starting the Concluding Section

One way I recommend approaching the Introductory Section, is going back to the brainstorming you did on the Know-Want-Learn Exercise a couple of weeks ago.You could even go back to the link and see the questions again.  If you’ve changed your mind on your topic, you could brainstorm the questions again with your new ideas.

If you need a refesher, here is a video presentation on the full assignment: Video Presentation: Overview of Unit 2 Assignment

Unit 2 Annotated Bibliography: Concluding Section

As discussed in  previous posts,  your Unit 2 Annotated Bibliography  will have a concluding section that comes after the Source Entries you are reviewing this week.

Here is the description of the Concluding Section from  from Annotated Bibliography assignment page:

Concluding Section

Your concluding section will be at least 400 words. In this section:

  1. You will summarize what you learned about your research topic or question after doing this research
  2. You will tell readers what surprised you during the research process or how your understanding of your question deepened or changed.
    • Did you change your mind about this topic? Why?
    • Did you learn something new you will be able to describe or explore in the project you will write for Unit 3?
  3. You will explain why what you learned is important
    • It is important. You wouldn’t have researched the topic if it isn’t. Buy tell the reader what makes this discovery important for you.
  4. You will explain who you think needs to know about it and why
    • Be specific!  The answer can’t  be “everyone.”  If answering this question seems difficult,  narrow your audience down to who needs or might want to hear the information first.

Pro Tip: Starting the Concluding Section

How is this section different from the Introductory Section?

One way I recommend approaching the Concluding Section is to consider  how it is different from the introductory section.  The intro is your “before.” The concluding section is your “after.” In the introductory section, you considered how you got interested in the subject before your research. In the concluding section, you consider where your interest might go next in your upcoming Unit 3 research paper or project.

If you need a refesher, here is a video presentation on the full assignment: Video Presentation: Overview of Unit 2 Assignment

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