Quick Write

Who are the people that care about your topic? Who is affected by it? Who would benefit from reading it? Who has a stake in the matter?

Brainstorm for three minutes all the groups who have a stake in the argument.

Free Write

Free write for five minutes on why these groups care or why the topic matters.

Template To Use:

I’m _______________, and this matters to me because_________________ . . .

Quick Write

Draft a paragraph, introduction or conclusion, incorporating the so what? and who cares? factors.

This is important because ___________ . . .

This essay will benefit _______________, because _____________________. . .

MLA Works Cited

Sample Works Cited page

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.


Peer Workshop

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.

Questions to Answer

  1. Does the report come across as biased? If so, where?
  2. Does it sound like research or opinion?
  3. Is it well organized? What could be better?


Effective Images

The Beauty and The Gill Man

Mass Incarceration in the USA

Report Title

For the last assignment we were creative with our titles. A report title needs to be more specific.

Marathons for Women by Susan Wilcox

From Scroll to Screen by Lev Grossman

Wind Technologies Market Report 2012 by U.S. Department of Energy

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