Due Today

Today the final draft of the Literacy Narrative is due.

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 do well in your narrative?

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.

Topics

Focus on an issue or problem in society, local or national.

Focus on an issue or problem in your field or career.

Answer a question in a topic of your choice, special interest, hobby, or passion.

What It Takes to Be a Teacher Essay

Be Kind to Every Kind PowerPoint

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Quick Write

What do you think is the difference between writing in high school and writing in college?

The Conversation

We have already learned two important concepts:

  • Literacy
  • Writing Process

The third concept is the metaphor of the conversation. What we are studying now, has a long history. People have been writing and researching everything you can think of.

For example, the conversation on how to speak well goes back a couple thousand years to Aristotle, Plato, and others that came before.

Everything you will write about from now on, needs to be based in a conversation. A scholarly one, a scientific one, a popular one. To know what has been said before, you need to read and research.

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Entering the Conversation

We will talk a lot about approaches to writing and how to think about writing to help us practice the principles of writing.

It is true, of course, that critical thinking and writing go deeper than any set of linguistic formulas, requiring that you question assumptions, develop strong claims, offer supporting reasons and evidence, consider opposing arguments, and so on. But these deeper habits of thought cannot be put into practice unless you have a language for expressing them in clear, organized ways. (TSIS)

State your own ideas as a response to others that have come before. You are just entering a conversation that has been going on for thousands of years. You are not expected to know everything, but you are expected to begin to understand what others have said before and how to find it.

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To argue means more than just stating your own position. To argue you need to enter into a conversation with others views. Then you can try to convince others of your position or just to see your position as valid.

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Burke’s “Unending Conversation” Metaphor

Kenneth Burke writes:

Imagine that you enter a parlor. You come late. When you arrive, others have long preceded you, and they are engaged in a heated discussion, a discussion too heated for them to pause and tell you exactly what it is about. In fact, the discussion had already begun long before any of them got there, so that no one present is qualified to retrace for you all the steps that had gone before. You listen for a while, until you decide that you have caught the tenor of the argument; then you put in your oar. Someone answers; you answer him; another comes to your defense; another aligns himself against you, to either the embarrassment or gratification of your opponent, depending upon the quality of your ally’s assistance. However, the discussion is interminable. The hour grows late, you must depart. And you do depart, with the discussion still vigorously in progress.

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.

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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.

Brainstorming

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.

Homework