If you’ve done a good job on the matrix, you’re ready to look for consistencices, inconsistencies, and patterns in your articles. First, though, you’ve got to think about the type of article – is the article sharing findings or advice? Make sure you’re looking through the right lens. If several of your articles seem to say the same thing, look closer! What are the details/intricacies? Remember, you are becoming an expert on this topic.
4534 Seminar: Writing the Paper
READ 4534SeminarAnalyzing the MatrixandDrafting the Paper
MAIN IDEA• Become an expert on your topic and shareyour knowledge in a formal written paper andengaging digital resource.• G-r-o-w as a reading teacher AND a writer.
Analyze the Matrix• Consistencies, inconsistencies, and patterns• What should your reader know about yourtopic? Tell your reader what your articles say.Be an expert!• Navigation article sample coded matrix
Thesis/PurposeDevelop a working thesis statement: a rough idea of your topic and theimportant point you want to make about that topic. Write it at the top of arough draft or outline and look at it often to keep you focused throughoutthe essay. NOTE: the thesis statement that you begin with is not set in stone.If you find that your essay shifts topic slightly, you can change your thesis inlater drafts so that it matches your new focus.In your paper, include a statement or two in thefirst paragraph that make it obvious what thepaper is about.
Introduction• Get your reader on the “right planet.” Whatare you talking about?• Usually one or two pragraphs.• Include a thesis/purpose statement in theintroduction.• Tell your reader what is coming next.
First or Third Person?• SYNTHESIS: THIRD person– Report what is “out there” on your topic – you’renot part of this portion of your paper.– Objective– They, educators, teachers, them, he, she, etc.• REFLECTION: FIRST person.– This is about YOU!– Subjective– I, we, me, us, etc.
Synthesis: Headings• Use headings to help your reader understandthe organization of the paper and follow yourwriting.• http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/
Synthesis: Use the right verbs• Butcher (2006) stated…– The author said something• Smith and Jones (2009) posit…– The authors said something or theorize something• Keeting (2008) found…– Results from the author’s study are…• Billings (1999) and Yinley (2001) recommend…– These authors recommend something based on thefindings of their study.• Miles, Yinley, and Zhang (1999) suggest…
Synthesis: Change it Up• Many researchers posit … (Geurney, 2009; Smith andRoberston, 2006; Yang & Zhang, 1999).– These researchers claim that …• Research has demonstrated … (Kuhn & Stahl, 2003;Rasinski & Hoffman, 2003)– Results from several studies show …• Some researchers recommend … (Billings,1999; Yinley,2001).– These authors recommend something based on thefindings of their study.• Research suggests … (Rasinski, 2006; Samuels, 2007).– These research studies suggest these implications …
Direct Quotes• Minimum direct quotes; better to paraphraseSwaggerty (2013) explains that “snow skiing is super-dee-duper fun” (p. X).Snow skiing is “super-dee-duper fun” (Swaggerty, 2013,p. X).• If your quote is more than 40 words, there arespecial rules to follow:http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/02/
References• Ref list starts on a separate page.• All references in your ref list should be citedwithin your paper, and vice-versa.• Make sure ref list is in ABC order. Don’tchange order of authors for an article, though.• USE THESE LINKS (notice the links on the leftrelated to references):http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/• http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/
PEER REVIEW• Due dates are a tad bit flexible as long as all aredone before the final draft is done and you havetime to consider all feedback prior to submittingmanuscript and you don’t mess with someoneelse’s schedule (e.g., submit your paper late tosomeone and mess up their planning).• Communication is KEY.• MOVE YOUR PARTNER’S PAPER FORWARD!!!!!!!
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