ENGLISH 24 ASSIGNMENTS

COMPUTER LAB ASSIGNMENTS
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March 3 and March 10  March 17 and March 24  March 24
  March 31  April 7  April 14 April 28
May 5  May 12   May 19   June 2
Weeks of March 3 and 10, 2003

YOU WILL DO PART ONE OF THIS EXERCISE DURING THE WEEK OF MARCH 3
AND PART TWO DURING THE WEEK OF MARCH 10

PART ONE: Week of March 3, 2003

WOMEN'S HISTORY

PART TWO: Week of March 10, 2003

EVALUATING WEB SITES

It is important to be critical of information resources, especially those you find on the Internet. Knowing how to tell the difference between a web site that presents reliable information and one that presents someone's opinion can save you time and energy in the research process.

Today you will practice evaluating web sites.

You will access and evaluate 3 different web sites on the same subject. Please note that each web site will open in a new window, so that you can compare/contrast the content of each.

  • Read the Evaluation Criteria chart online at http://lfkkb.tripod.com/eng24/search.html#eval

  • NEXT practice evaluating the some web sites on women's rights:

    • Go to RefDesk: Women's Issues on the Internet

    • Choose ONE website from EACH of the three categories listed on the lefthand frame

    • Evaluate EACH of the 3 web sites according to the EACH OF THE 5 criteria listed in the chart.

    YOU MUST HAND IN YOUR ANSWERS TO ME ON THURSDAY, MARCH 13, OR YOU MAY EMAIL YOUR ANSWERS TO ME AT mail your answers to me at eng24kcc@yahoo.com BEFORE THURSDAY.

  • Weeks of March 17-March 24 2003

    THE RESEARCH PROCESS

    NOTE: You will complete the exercises for Steps 1 AND 2 this week. Your answers to Steps 1 and 2 of this exercise are due on THURSDAY, MARCH 20. You may email the answers to me or hand them in on Thursday. PLEASE NOTE: If you email your answers, they MUST be in my email box NO LATER than Thursday morning.

    Step 3 will be due next week on THURSDAY, MARCH 27.

    Steps 4, 5, and 6 will be ongoing over the next several weeks of the semester.

    YOU SHOULD PRINT OUT THIS ASSIGNMENT AND KEEP IT IN YOUR NOTEBOOK FOR FUTURE REFERENCE

    • Begin with Steps in the Research Process Web Site.

    • Work your way Step-By-Step through each of the 6 pages that comprise this web site. Open Microsoft Word and do the exercises I've listed at each step. Type your answers into a file called myresearchstep#.doc, where # is replaced with the appropriate step. So if you are doing Step 1, you will name the file myresearchstep1.doc

      1. Step One: Preparation

        • What do you already know about the topic you've chosen?
        • What resources have you already found? List book/magazine titles and the URLs of web pages.

      2. Step Two: Discovering and Choosing a Topic

        • Why do you want to do research on this topic? What elements of this topic most interest you? BE SPECIFIC.
        • What questions will you answer through your research?
        • What print, film and Internet resources are available on this topic?

      3. Step Three: Looking for and Forming a Focus

        • Take notes on what you read. Use individual note cards to categorize the various aspects of your research.
        • Identify the specific aspects of the topic that you will discuss in your research paper.

      4. Step Four: Gathering Information

        • Make a list of the resources that you find in the library or on the Internet. Remember that books, magazine/journal articles, Internet texts, and films, both popular and documentary, are all valid and useful resources for your research.
        • Be sure to document all sources. Write down all relevant information on EACH source you gather. REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE TO CITE ALL OF YOUR SOURCES IN A WORKS CITED SECTION AT THE END OF THE PAPER.

      5. Step Five: Preparing to Write

        • Analyze and organize your information.
        • Put your sources and notes into categories. These will form the various subsections of your research paper.
        • Construct your thesis statement. What is the main idea/thesis that will drive your research report?

      6. Step Six: Writing the Paper

        1. Prepare an outline of the various sections of your research paper

          Here is a model for a possible outline:

          • Introduction
          • Statement of the Problem
          • Thesis Sentence
          • Body: Paragraphs 1 and 2
            • History of the Problem (Include, perhaps, past attempts at solutions. Work in sources.)
          • Body: Paragraphs 3 and 4
            • Extent of the Problem (Who is affected? How bad is it? Work in sources.)
          • Body: Paragraphs 5 and 6
            • Repercussions of the Problem (Work in sources.)
          • Body: Paragraphs 7 and 8
            • Future solutions (not necessarily your own. More sources.)
          • Conclusion
          • Summarize your findings
        2. Write a rough draft of your research paper.

          1. Draft the Introduction. DUE ON TUESDAY, APRIL 8
          2. Draft the Body Paragraphs. DUE ON TUESDAY, MAY 6
          3. Draft the Conclusion AND the Works Cited list. DUE ON TUESDAY, MAY 13
        3. Get Peer AND Instructor feedback on your rough draft.
        4. Revise for your FINAL DRAFT.
        5. Proofread your work.
        6. COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECT IS DUE ON THURSDAY, MAY 29

    Week of March 24, 2003

  • Step 3: Looking for and Forming a Focus

    • Take notes on what you read. Use individual note cards to categorize the various aspects of your research.
    • Identify the specific aspects of the topic that you will discuss in your research paper.

    Continuing with Step 3: Looking for and Forming a Focus, access the following web pages:

  • Thesis Statement
  • Introductions and Thesis Statements
    1. Read the text of both sites, paying especially careful attention to the examples of thesis statements provided.
    2. Using the examples as a guide, begin to formulate YOUR thesis statement. To do this you must think carefully about how you will FOCUS your research.

      • FOLLOW THESE STEPS AND HAND IN/EMAIL YOUR ANSWERS TO ME BY THURSDAY. BE SURE TO LABEL AND IDENTIFY EACH STEP CLEARLY

        1. Write down your topic in a general/broad way. For example: "Women's Rights in the 19th Century"
        2. Now step-by-step begin to narrow the focus of your topic by adding phrases that specify which aspects of the topic you will research. You should write several sentences as you progressively narrow the focus of your topic.
        3. Finally, write TWO statements:
          • The first states the focus of your research; in other words, what your actual topic will be.
          • The second states your thesis. Follow the examples given in the web sites listed above as a model.
  • Week of March 31, 2002

    Writing an Introduction

    To prepare you to write the Introduction to your research paper, please read the following articles:

    1. The First Draft: Writing an introduction-from the Purdue OWL
    2. Introductions and Conclusions--from The Writing Center
    3. The Structure Of An Introduction from The UVic Writer's Guide
    4. Sample Introductions from The Writing Center

    THIS PART IS TO BE DONE IN COMPUTER LAB ON MONDAY, MARCH 31
    Now go to the exercise, which you will complete and submit ONLINE. To access the exercise, click on this link:

    http://lfkkb.tripod.com/eng24/introductionexercises03.html
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    Week of April 7, 2003

    Citation Format Question of Midterm Exam
    Please complete the question, located at http://lfkkb.tripod.com/eng24/midtermcitationsp03.html

    Remember that this citation question is worth 25 points of your Midterm Exam. You may use your notes and the handout I gave you.
    REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR NAME IN THE SPACE PROVIDED. DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR ANSWERS UNTIL YOU HAVE PUT YOUR NAME ON THE FORM

    Week of April 14, 2003

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ASSIGNMENT HAS TWO PARTS AND TWO ASSIGNMENTS. YOU NEED TO COMPLETE BOTH PARTS AND BOTH ASSIGNMENTS BY THE DUE DATES LISTED

    PART ONE: Step 4: Gathering Information

    In Part One of the assignment, you will practice using different types of search engines, so that you will be able to gather information for your research project easily.

    1. You should begin on the Search Engines section of our web site.
    2. Read Four Nets for Better Searching
    3. Read Seven Steps of the Research Process
    4. Now practice using EACH of the search engines contained on our web site. Type in the same keyword(s) in each--Write down the total number of hits you get. Determine how many, if any, of those hits are useful for your research.
      • When you find a useful, or potentially useful web site, DON'T FORGET TO WRITE DOWN THE COMPLETE URL AND THE FULL TITLE, AUTHOR, ETC. You will need this information for your Works Cited list.
    5. ASSIGNMENT DUE TO ME BY TUESDAY, APRIL 15: YOU WILL HAND IN / EMAIL (1) THE RESULTS OF YOUR SEARCH, WITH NUMBER OF HITS AND NUMBER OF USEFUL HITS, AND (2) A LIST OF THE RESOURCES THAT YOU FIND TODAY. BE SURE TO PRESENT THE INFORMATION IN PROPER MLA FORMAT. See A Guide for Writing Research Papers based on Modern Language Association (MLA) Documentation to find the proper format for each citation. .

    6. Complete Step 4: Gathering Information
      • Make a list of the resources that you find in the library or on the Internet. Remember that books, magazine/journal articles, Internet texts, and films, both popular and documentary, are all valid and useful resources for your research.
      • Be sure to document all sources. Write down all relevant information on EACH source you gather. REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE TO CITE ALL OF YOUR SOURCES IN A WORKS CITED SECTION AT THE END OF THE PAPER.

    PART TWO: Beginning the Process of Writing Your Research Paper:
    BODY PARAGRAPHS

    Begin by reading the following texts. They are subdivided into sections:

    1. Outline
    2. The Structure of the Outline
    3. The Body of the Essay
    4. Body Paragraphs
    5. Methods Of Organizing Your Essay
    6. Evidence
    7. Logic and Argument--Explore the links that are relevant to your research project
    8. Audience and Tone
    9. Paragraph Unity
    10. Everything you ever wanted to know about Paragraphs--Explore the links that are relevant to your research project

    ASSIGNMENT DUE ON MONDAY, APRIL 28: Now open Microsoft Word and begin typing. Prepare an outline of the body paragraphs of your paper. You will hand in this TYPED outline in class on Monday, April 28 (please note that this is the day you come back from Spring break). Be sure to refer to the texts listed above as appropriate.

    Week of April 28, 2003
    "The Dilemma of Obedience" by Stanley Milgram

    1. In preparation for our discussion of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood you will read Stanley Milgram's article, "The Dilemma of Obedience".
    2. You will then write answers to the seven questions that follow the article.
    3. You should type up your answers to all seven questions; however, please type your answer to QUESTION 7 ON A SEPARATE PAPER. This question will be graded as a quiz.
    4. This assignment is due TOMORROW, TUESDAY, APRIL 29.

    Week of May 5, 2003

    MLA Citation Format
    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WEEK'S LAB HAS THREE ASSIGNMENTS
    YOU WILL COMPLETE TWO OF THEM ONLINE TODAY AND THE THIRD IS TO BE TYPED AND HANDED IN ON THURSDAY.

    Also look at each of the sections in the following: How to Cite Sources (includes Citation Maker)--Note: When you type the required information into Citation Maker, it automatically produces the correct format for the Works Cited section.

    NOW COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING ONLINE EXERCISE

  • English 24 Parenthetical Documentation Exercise
  • PART TWO:

    1. Preparing a Works Cited Section
      This section teaches you how to gather the information you will need to document your sources so that you can cite them appropriately in the Works Cited page

    2. A Sample Works Cited Page
      This section provides you with a section of an actual typed Works Cited page, and it also provides you with examples of actual citations. You can use this examples as models and plug in the appropriate information for your own resources

    3. Types of Resources
      Go to the link "Citing Sources." Mouseover to the right for an extensive list of many different types of resources, including books, articles in a book, periodicals, films, and many more. If you click on the name of the resource, it takes you to a page with explanation and examples.

      NOW COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING ONLINE EXERCISE:
      English 24 Citation Exercise

  • PART THREE:
    ASSIGNMENT: Type up and hand in to me by THURSDAY, MAY 8 the correct citation for the following six types of resources (I suggest that you use the resources you have found for your research paper for as many of these as possible):
    1. A book
    2. A periodical (i.e., a magazine or newspaper article)
    3. An online resource
    4. An electronic media resource (i.e., a film, a CD-ROM, a CD recording)
    5. A radio or TV broadcast
    6. An interview
  • Week of May 12, 2003

    WRITING A CONCLUSION AND PREPARING THE WORKS CITED LIST

    Read the following texts:

    1. Strategies for Writing a Conclusion
    2. Conclusions
    3. Ending the Essay: Conclusions
    4. Writing a Conclusion
    5. NOW PREPARE YOUR OWN WORKS CITED LIST FOR THE RESOURCES YOU USED TO WRITE YOUR RESEARCH PROJECT. THE CONCLUSION AND WORKS CITED LIST ARE DUE TOMORROW
    Week of May 19, 2003

    Putting It All Together:
    Revising, Editing and Presenting the Final Draft

    1. Strategies for Writing a Conclusion-Review this page
    2. Ending the Essay: Conclusions--Review this page
    3. Presentation
    4. General Proofreading Strategies
    5. General Strategies for Editing and Proofreading
    6. Five Editing Principles
    7. Editing and Proofreading Strategies for Revision
    8. Revision: From First to Final Draft
    9. ASSIGNMENT:
    Week of June 2, 2003

    FINAL EXAM

    You may access the final exam question at http://lfkkb.tripod.com/eng24/spring03finalexam.html

    REMEMBER THAT THIS QUESTION IS WORTH 10 POINTS ON YOUR FINAL EXAM
    GOOD LUCK!

    THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED ON October 14, 2003