Basics, Unit 1

General guidelines for Unit 1 responses

The responses you do in preparation for the Investigative Essay are miniature versions of the Unit 1 assignment — they are shorter in length, but are made up of the same parts:

-There should be a “summary of the general discussion” around the issues discussed in the article.  You must include what the author of the article has to say.  You may also wish to bring in your previous knowledge about the topic, information from other sources, and/or your personal experience.

-Your response will focus specifically “on one or two issues that are of particular interest to you.”  What do you find to be most important about this article?  What is controversial, or inspires strong feelings?  What issues do you feel are not represented that need to be discussed?  What are the strongest points the author makes?  Where does he or she go wrong?

Always:

– Be specific and particular

– Back up claims with evidence

-Use MLA formatting and cite your sources (including the assigned article)

Please refer to the Essay1Guidelines if you get stuck!

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How to use the blog:

Hi, everyone.  It was good to meet you today!

Welcome to the class blog.  Here’s how it works. Just before we meet, I will post the homework assigned for the following class.  (For example, on Wednesday, I will post homework due Friday.)  All links to articles or videos will be posted here.  We will discuss each assignment in class.

At the top of this page, above the graphic, there is a picture of a magnifying glass, which you can use to search the blog.  Next to it is a picture of three horizontal lines.  If you click there, you will be able to access RECENT POSTS, RECENT COMMENTS, ARCHIVES and CATEGORIES. You can use these tools to navigate and locate older posts.

Any questions?  Comment here or email me at brattin@siu.edu.

For class on Wednesday, January 15, please bring your syllabus and the English 102 Reader.  If you don’t have a reader, please bring your tablet (charged!) or a laptop.

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