MLA Works Cited
Dean, Cornelia. “Executive on a Mission: Saving the Planet.” The New York Times, 22 May 2007, http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/22/science/earth/22ander.html?_r=0. Accessed 12 May 2016.
Ebert, Roger. Review of An Inconvenient Truth, directed by Davis Guggenheim. rogerebert.com, 1 June 2006, http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/an-inconvenient-truth-2006. Accessed 15 June 2016.
Gowdy, John. “Avoiding Self-organized Extinction: Toward a Co-evolutionary Economics of Sustainability.” International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, vol. 14, no. 1, 2007, pp. 27-36.
Paraphrase v Summary v Quoting
Students are normally accused of plagiarism when the are trying to paraphrase. It is usually by mistake. In order to avoid plagiarism, here are some tips:
- Take notes
- Annotate Sources
- Make sure you cite
- Save multiple drafts
How would you like someone to work with you on your paper?
Peer edit the same way you revise your own work. Work on the global, higher order concerns, first.
Be specific in identifying problems or opportunities. Point to places in the text where you notice something. Don’t say organization is confusing, show them where it is confusing.
Use clear sentences and thoughts when commenting. Don’t just say awkward, explain what it is you find awkward.
Offer suggestions for improvement. Don’t just criticize, offer suggestions for revision.
Praise what is good in the paper. What is working well? What did you like?
Keep comments tactful. Treat another’s work the way you would like yours to be treated.
For the last assignment we were creative with our titles. A report title needs to be more specific. Look up some examples and see if you notice any patterns.
Marathons for Women by Susan Wilcox
From Scroll to Screen by Lev Grossman
Wind Technologies Market Report 2012 by U.S. Department of Energy
Here is an example from our class:
21st Century Causes of Deforestation
Find more examples. Come up with your own.
Grading Criteria Report
- Use of Sources and Research
- Organization and structure
- Diversity topic and depth
- Clearly defined and explored topic
- MLA and Sources
- Title and Images
- Word Count, Word Choice, Grammar
What is Academic Writing?
The article “What is Academic Writing?” is a brief introduction to the writing you will be expected to do in college. The article begins by addressing common myths about what academic writing is. Which ones have you heard before? Think of one or two more myths, or ideas of writing, that you have heard before.
- Myth #1: The “Paint by Numbers” myth
- Myth #2: Writers only start writing when they have everything figured out
- Myth #3: Perfect first drafts
- Myth #4: Some got it; I don’t—the genius fallacy
- Myth #5: Good grammar is good writing
- Myth #6: The Five Paragraph Essay
- Myth #7: Never use “I”
Irvin quotes a study by Lee Ann Carroll about the writing students do in college:
What are usually called ‘writing assignments’ in college might more accurately be called ‘literacy tasks’ (7).
What do you think she means here? In a short paragraph, write what you think the author is saying.