Module 13: The Self-Edit Checklist

March 30, 2015

You received Module 13 in class on the peer review day. This is the last thing you should do before finalizing your essay: this module is about polish and finesse, and reviewing your assignment expectations to make sure you haven’t missed anything. If you’re handing your essay in in Week 14, you need to do […]


Module 12: Revising Your Own Work

March 23, 2015

Module 12 was distributed in class on the Peer Review day — it’s the blue handout your received in class. This module asks you to review your essay and the feedback you have received so far and to synthesize it — in short, to decide what you’re going to do with it. Before you get […]


Module 11: Research Essay Outlines

March 17, 2015

This week’s module is incredibly straightforward: I just want you to finish the exercise we started in class this week. If you missed class, come by office hours to pick up a copy of the handout and discuss what you missed. Over the next couple of days, finish outlining your essay, and then get ready […]


Week 11: Pre-Class Readings

March 11, 2015

I’d like you to go back and review some readings this week. You’ll notice I’m asking you to look back and reflect on issues of structure this week. First, if you didn’t get through last week’s pre-class readings, start there. Go back and think about Week 7′s readings on making claims. And finally, review your […]


Module 10: How to Follow a Style Guide

March 10, 2015

For today’s Module, you’re going to get familiar with using a style guide — in this case, MLA. It’s important to note, though, that this isn’t about memorizing a style guide. This is information you can always look up and never need to waste brain cells memorizing. But understanding what kinds of things a style […]


Module 9: Prepping the Annotated Bibliography

March 5, 2015

First, watch the lecture: Make sure you complete the freewriting exercise explained in the video above. This will be your submission for Module 9, so keep it somewhere safe. When you finish, invest some time in thinking about your upcoming research paper. What will your paper be — and why? What interests you about your original […]


Week 9: Pre-Class Readings

February 26, 2015

This week in class, we’re talking about structuring longer research papers and making good use of scholarship. First, I’d like you to take a minute to re-read “The Ill-Effects of the Five Paragraph Theme,” which you printed out some weeks back and also have a copy of attached to Quiz #2. In addition, read these […]


Module 8: Library Worksheet

February 26, 2015

This week, your Module 8 assignment is simply to finish up the worksheet you were assigned in your library session. It’s also a really good idea to get a headstart on finding the articles you intend to use for your annotated bibliography. This library worksheet is not to be handed in to the librarians; it’s […]


Module 7: Preparing an Essay for Submission

February 18, 2015

Complete this module after you finish writing but before you finalize Essay #2 for submission. You’ll need a printed-out copy of your paper (you will hand this in later as evidence that you’ve done this module). This Module is about preparing an essay for submission. This is a chance to take some time over the details […]


Week 7: Pre-Class Readings

February 5, 2015

Week 7 is all about making claims and supporting arguments. This is useful information to have in the lead-up to Essay #2, so be sure to read this information carefully! Please familiarize yourself with the following preparatory material before class next week: Work your way through this slide show that explains how to use reason and evidence […]