Something Around 300 Words Using Sources Assignme

Something Around 300 Words Using Sources Assignme

Something Around 300 Words Using Sources Assignme

Please read the following instructions carefully :

This week, you should be turning in a rough draft of Essay One and “delivering” Speech One. While Essay Two is much more focused on research and source material, Essay One and Speech One still require a careful and effective use of secondary sources to support primary source claims. For this reason, before turning in either assignment on Sunday, this week’s Skills Review will ask you to reflect on your use of sources in both and make some revisions to improve their effectiveness.

First, read the two chapters from The Process of Research Writing below, as well as the handout on Quotation Dropping and “The Quotation Sandwich.” The first link (Chapter One) will give you a good overview/reminder about the function of sources in an essay, broad categories of sources, and what you might want to look for in your own research process (for now this should function as a review for the sources you’ve already found for Essay One–make sure you know how they’re functioning in your essay and what they add. We’ll expand on these ideas next week when you begin a new, more intense research process for Essay Two). The second link (Chapter Three) speaks from a perspective of already having completed research (which you have) to provide guidance for actually using the sources in writing (what should be most helpful to you this week). The third link (Quotation Dropping) is a bit basic, but effective– it discusses one of the most common mistakes in using sources and presents a strategy for avoiding it.

Quote Sandwich.pdf

After reading these texts, apply these ideas to your draft of essay one. Look back at your sources and analyze their effectiveness in your essay. Are your sources scholarly and reliable, and do they add to the credibility of your argument? If not, how might you go about correcting this? How are you incorporating your sources? Are they being used to support and bolster your own original ideas, or are you relying on your sources to guide your claims? If your sources are more prominent than your ideas, how might you go about changing this? Are you diversifying the way you include your sources? Do you directly quote, paraphrase, or summarize more often? Where might you improve the diversity of how you include quotations? Are you always leading in and out of each quotation appropriately–fully explaining the credibility and relevance– or are you quotation dropping? Do your techniques of incorporating quotations hinder the flow of your essay, and how might you improve on it?

You may complete this by either writing a reflection that answers these questions with specific examples in a paragraph format (something around 300 words), or by submitting a draft of your essay highlighting your use of sources and answering these questions in marginal comments (although you should still end up with around 300 words).

(Now is also a good time to make sure you’re familiar with and comfortable using sources in a speech. Sources in a speech work in much the same way as sources in an essay, but citations are done differently. You are still required to verbally cite any source when quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing from it, but a verbal citation is different than an in-text written citation. However, verbal citations are very easy to do correctly. This website is a good resource for how to create and deliver a verbal citation: