Library On Wednesday

We will be meeting in the Library computer room (fish bowl) on Wednesday at 3:00 pm. Please bring in your topic to research. The librarian will be showing us how to research the databases.

I am making a small change this week. Let’s talk about the Straub Responding article next week.

Quick Write

Thompson starts paragraph 20 (347) by saying:

“Our tools are everywhere, linked with our minds, working in tandem.”

What do you think? Does this statement reflect your own experience with technology?


Thompson “Smarter Than You Think”

A revelatory and timely look at how technology boosts our cognitive abilities—making us smarter, more productive, and more creative than ever

It’s undeniable—technology is changing the way we think. But is it for the better? Amid a chorus of doomsayers, Clive Thompson delivers a resounding “yes.” In Smarter Than You Think, Thompson shows that every technological innovation—from the written word to the printing press to the telegraph—has provoked the very same anxieties that plague us today. We panic that life will never be the same, that our attentions are eroding, that culture is being trivialized. But, as in the past, we adapt—learning to use the new and retaining what is good of the old. Smarter Than You Think embraces and extols this transformation, presenting an exciting vision of the present and the future. Source

Take a couple minutes and write down one or two points to share with the class.

Chp 5, “And Yet”

Distinguishing What You Say from What They Say

Chapter 5 (p. 68) introduces you to the term voice markers in order to help you distinguish the “I say” from the “They say.” This is a very important move since we are now including the “They say” in your writing. If you do not do this clearly, the reader will be confused as to your position and you may seem to contradict yourself.

The templates help you with specific ways of signaling who is saying what, and to embed the voice markers. Being able to distinguish your own view from the common view is a “sophisticated rhetorical move.”

Using “I” or “We”

The chapter also covers using the first person in academic writing, “I” or “we.” You have likely been told to not or never use the I in college writing. The book argues that well-supported arguments are grounded in persuasive reasons and evidence, not in the use of nonuse of pronouns.

Journal Notes

I want you to start practicing the skills and techniques we have been learning. The best way to do this is to practice them in your weekly journals. Use templates to help say what you want to say. Also, make sure to quote and agree or disagree with the article.

Free Write

Take the topic you are thinking about researching for your report and write it at the top of a page. For the next five minutes I want you two write down everything you know about it. Do not edit as you write. Just keep writing and see where it takes you.

Just keep writing. If you thought runs out, skip a line and start a new thought. Keep writing. Figure out what you know and what you need to research.