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  1. 1. WRA 110.742<br />Week 5 9 February 2011<br />
  2. 2. General questions about Project #2<br />“I <3 Novels”: Understanding arrangement<br />This is your brain on inquiry-based research essays<br />The Interview<br />Wrap-up<br />Today’s Agenda<br />
  3. 3. What questions do you have right now?<br />Project#2<br />
  4. 4. I’d like you to work in pairs and do an outline of this essay. Use any outlining strategy that is useful to you.<br />Type up the outline in a Word document and save it on the desktop.<br />We will then transform the outline into something else. <br />“I <3 novels”: anatomy of a research essay<br />
  5. 5. Can be gathered F2F, telephone, or online (email, Skype, IM, text, etc.).<br />Info must be verified for accuracy with your source (research ethics!)<br />After info is gathered (and transcribed if necessary) it should be treated as any other source material.<br />The interview: Some requirements<br />
  6. 6. If you plan to interview a professor/instructor, CONTACT THEM TODAY, ASAP.<br />Make sure your first contact with your interviewee is polite, respectful, and gives the appropriate amount of information (including your name and contact info!)<br />Make every effort to interview your subject at a time and place of their choosing. If it’s convenient for them, you’ll make a good impression.<br />Explain the nature of your assignment to your interviewee and tell them why their viewpoint is important—not just so you can get a good grade, but so you can learn something. Show that you have a good attitude about your project.<br />Be respectful of your subject’s time, patience, and intelligence!<br />Interview hacks<br />
  7. 7. Turn to Ballenger p. 99.<br />Identify whom you will interview. <br />Make a list of potential questions, such as the open-ended questions on Ballenger p. 103.<br />Think about how you will initiate, conduct, and record the interview.<br />DO HAVE A PLAN.<br />DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.<br />Composing the interview<br />
  8. 8. not as funny as it seemed at 7:45am<br />This is your brain on inquiry-based research essays<br />inquiry-based research essays<br />
  9. 9. Make thought processes visible. Expose the epistemic process of writing.<br />Are question-driven as opposed to answer-driven.<br />Doesn’t mean they don’t have a thesis or a point. Means that the thesis/point is more complex and/or multifaceted.<br />Inquiry-based research essays…<br />
  10. 10. A Metaphor for Inquiry<br />“big ideas,” “the point,” <br />“mountain” of reflection<br />inquiry requires movement between mountain and sea.<br />you, the researcher and writer<br />“sea” of experience<br />experience, facts gathered through research<br />
  11. 11. Sea & Mountain<br />The Sea is…<br />Collecting<br />Freewriting<br />Showing<br />Specifics<br />Observations of<br />Exploring<br />Seeing<br />Generating<br />The Mountain is…<br />Arranging<br />Composing<br />Telling<br />Generalities<br />Ideas about<br />Reflecting<br />Interpreting<br />Criticizing<br />
  12. 12. Don’t forget: your required F2F meeting with me needs to happen before March 2.<br />Papers and blogs and stuff are in the process of being graded. By the end of the week I will email you a link to the website Engrade.com with a code where you can check your grades in this course.<br />Yay<br />Wrap-up<br />