Due Today

Today the final draft of the Literacy Narrative is due.


The first DLA is due before Thursday Feb. 15th. Attend a workshop, or complete a DLA.

Literacy Reflection

Now that we are all done with the first assignment, literacy narrative, let us reflect on the assignment and what we can learn from it. 

Why did we start with a Literacy Narrative?

What did you learn about literacy?

What did you learn about writing?

Intro to Report

Reports are as diverse as all the classes you will take. You can write a report on a lab experiment, conduct interviews and assemble into a report, and even research a topic and publish it for the benefit of everyone. 

Reports are a genre that you may be familiar with but not know it. Reports are what we have done since elementary school. Reports are produced by government organizations, websites, companies, universities, and even individual students like yourselves. A report can answer a question, explore a topic, review what is already known about a subject, or report new knowledge, to name a few. 

There are a few qualities that a report usually has. 

  • Presents information
  • Uses reliable sources
  • Aims for objectivity
  • Presents information clearly and well structured

For this assignment, I want you to choose a topic that interests you and you want to learn more about. It can be related to your major, future or current career, something you are familiar with, or something you want to know more about. 

“The Conversation” Review

We spent the first couple of weeks talking about the conversation. What was the conversation? How is it connected to a report?

Intro to Research

Scholarly research is research that is published by people with specialized knowledge on what they are researching. It is peer reviewed, reviewed by other researchers and specialist in the field, and is generally trustworthy. Blogs, Newspapers, Magazines are not Scholarly but are popular sources.


ProCon.org No subscription needed. Good place to look at the main issues around a topic.

Occupational Outlook Handbook The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

Google Scholar Google academic database search. Great place to start.


We read chapter 19, Brainstorming for today. We first need to choose a topic to write about. 

  • Build from lists
  • Mapping ideas
  • Freewriting
  • Memory Prompts
  • Search online for ideas

Come up with at least two ideas that you want to write about. They can be general now, they will become more focused as you begin the research. 

Quick Write

What two topics are you considering for your report? List the topics you came up with in class.


  • Read Chapter 2, Reports