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  • Summarize: What are the main arguments? What is the point of the book or article?Assess: Is it useful? Is the info reliable? Reflect: Was this source helpful to you? How does it help shape your argument?
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  • 1. Rebecca Frost EDT 110 Thursday, October 3, 2013
  • 2. Topics   Common writing assignments  Basic writing conventions  Library resources
  • 3. Common Writing Assignments   Argumentative research  Analytical research  Annotated bibliography  Exam essays
  • 4. Argumentative   Clearly defined topic  Clearly defined thesis statement (your position on the topic)  Goal: To persuade the audience  Must support thesis with proof (data) and sound reasoning
  • 5. Analytical   Clearly defined topic  Research question drives thesis statement  Goal: To explore and evaluate topic  Must conduct thorough research and explore various sources to answer question
  • 6. Choosing a Topic   Assignment requirements  Project timeline  Preliminary research  Interest
  • 7. Beginning Research   Where do I find information?  Secondary sources  Primary sources  Library!
  • 8. Paper Organization   Tell them what you’re going to tell them  Tell them  Tell them what you’ve told them  Introduction  Set the context  Why is the topic important  Thesis
  • 9. Paper Organization   Body paragraphs     Build argument with examples and research Commentary/explanation Counterarguments Research  Conclusion  Reemphasize main idea  Restate thesis
  • 10. Annotated Bibliography   A summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources gathered for a particular research project  Helps to learn about the topic  Helps to give an idea about the research out there  Summarize  Assess  Reflect
  • 11. Exam Essays  question is:  A well written answer to an essay     Focused Organized Supported Polished  Components to writing an effective essay 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Read the question Budget time Key task Prewriting, outlining, brainstorming Thesis Support thesis Proofread
  • 12. Writing Conventions   Adhere to applicable style requirement (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)  Clear, concise, and consistent writing  Evidence and purpose  Sound spelling and grammar
  • 13. lib.miamioh.edu 
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  • 18. References  Brizee, A. & Harland, A. (2009). Analytical research projects: Basic elements of analtyical research and writing [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/750/1 Kunka, J.L. (2007). Organizing your argument [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/693/1 Kunka, J.L. (2007). The writing process [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/701/1/ Sproat, E. (2009). Talking about writing: Need-to-know terms [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/755/1