Monthly Archives: March 2014
After a quick email poll, it seems that several of you are interested in attending the oral history event on April 22. Instead of our scheduled lesson, that day, we will hear Ester Grun, a Holocaust survivor who spent time in Aucshwitz, speak about her survival and hope for peace in the world.
This means, I will have to do some rearranging of the schedule. I will be updating the syllabus, but I wanted to make clear that in order to make room for the event, I will be replacing the mandatory conference day on April 10 with a formal class meeting.
The schedule for the rest of the semester will look something like this:
4.1 – Logical Fallacies & Research Paper Workshop
4.3 – Professional Writing
4.8 – APA Style & Research Paper Workshop
4.10 – Introduction to ePortfolio & Clarity of Prose
4.15 – NO CLASS – Passover
4.17 – Introduction to Presentation of Research Papers & Research Paper Workshop
4.22 – Event: Holocaust Survivor Ester Grun
4.24 – Abstract Writing
4.29 – Presentations
5.1 – Presentations
5.6 – Last Class: ePortfolio Workshop
Important Due Dates:
Note that there are other things due, these are just the major due dates and ones that might be hard to keep track of.
April 8 – 2nd draft of research paper due (1400+ words); 3rd round of blog post comments on peers’ blog posts
April 17 – 3rd draft of research paper due (give me a complete draft, even if it’s not perfect– this will be the last drat you get feedback on before the final)
April 29 & May 1 – Research Paper Presentations
April 29 – 4th blog post
May 6 – 4th round of blog post comments on peers’ blog posts
May 13 – ePortfolios due by 8 p.m. NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED!
1. Partner up with a classmate whose research project you are unfamiliar with.
2. You will have 8 minutes to learn as much as you can about their research project. Jot down notes as you go along.
3. Then, we will switch, and your partner will interview you.
4. At the end, you will have 10 minutes to write a summary of the interview and reflect briefly on what you heard, how it felt to conduct an interview, and what challenges you now think you might face in your research paper interview.
Katie Couric on How to Conduct a Good Interview – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eOynrI2eTM
8 Tips for Conducting Great Interviews – Forbes Magazine: http://www.forbes.com/sites/shelisrael/2012/04/14/8-tips-on-conducting-great-interviews/
Interviews are a great way to get first-hand accounts and information straight from the source. For this interview, you should select someone to whom you have access who can help you explore possible answers to your research questions.
- You should write a brief introduction to your interview. Tell us a bit about the person that you interviewed. What is her/his name, title, job description, relationship to the community, etc.? Then tell us why you thought that person was the best person to interview to learn about your field.
- Describe the interview settings. Where did the interview take place? How long did it last? Was the location a good one? Do you think it impacted the interview in any way?
- Your interview should include at least 15 questions. Prepare beforehand by having a list of questions ready and having a focus. Do allow yourself to improvise. Don’t ignore something interesting that you think might help your project just because it doesn’t “fit” with your draft of questions.
- You can post the interview as a video or audio clip or offer a written transcript. Make sure to receive permission from your interview subject first. They may not want their name or face used publicly.
- Reflect on the interview. Did it go well? How did the interviewee respond to you? Is there anything you wish you asked more about?
The final complete interview (transcribed or shared as a media file), along with these 5 other criteria above, will be due Thursday, April 10. Post to blog. The post may be password-protected.
Some tips for success:
- You may want to record it with a cell phone, video camera, or webcam. It is easier to transcribe after the interview than attempt to write a person’s responses word-for-word as he/she speaks.
- Make sure that you explain to the interviewee before you begin the interview that it is for school, that you will be posting the interview to your blog, and that it may end up, in whole or in part, in your final project. They may want to remain anonymous, or they may choose not to participate. That is their right.
- Ask open ended questions. Yes/no questions will get you short answers that won’t reveal much.
- If a person seems uncomfortable with a question, do not push the question on them.
- You are welcome to use quotes from your interview in your research paper. It would count towards your 8 sources.
Research is a critical part of academic writing, but it is also just a great way to learn more and be able to think about things from new perspectives. Research review posts are a way to capture and reflect on what you learn during the research process. Each research review post is a single 250+ word blog post that addresses the following criteria:
- Choose an outside source that may help you to consider your research topic, and read/watch it. This might be a newspaper article, a scholarly journal (check the Pace library databases), a credible website, a documentary, or any number of primary and secondary sources. If you aren’t sure if it is appropriate, ask.
- Briefly summarize the main points of a single piece of research you may include in your project.
- Why is this piece credible? Consider the CRAAP test. Think about why and how it is credible. Perhaps, parts are credible, and other parts are not. Perhaps, there is an explicit bias, but if used the right way, the information is still useful.
- Critique the piece: How well was it written? Is the argument convincing? Is anything missing?
- Is the piece useful to your research? How and why? Or why not? If the piece is not useful for your purposes, what are the purposes for which it would be useful?
- Use MLA or APA style citations! At the very least, I expect a works cited/reference page entry for each source.
Remember, the complete post should be 250+ words, posted to your blog before class. Full credit requires that you meet all the criteria and post on time.
Just a friendly reminder that conferences will be held today on the 3rd floor of the library, just before the tutoring center. Please remember your conference assignment, as the answers to the questions will guide our conversation. Also, be on time. Appointments are 10 minutes with no wiggleroom, so I cannot go over scheduled time. If you are late, you will miss your opportunity.
Conferences are short, so to help us get quickly to the important stuff, I’d like you to answer these questions as completely as possible. If you think you will lose the document, feel free to hand it to me or email to me before you leave class today.
- How do you feel about the writing that you have produced in this class thus far?
- How do you feel about your ability to hand in work that meets the given criteria on time?
- Do you have any questions about the feedback you’ve received on your writing this semester?
- Are there any obstacles keeping you from achieving your writing goals?
- What is one question you have for me about writing?
Answer those questions, and bring the answers with you to the conference.