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Tuesday, June 9

Research 1

  • Introduction to Course
    • Planners
    • Syllabus
    • Pre-Test
    • Plagiarism Policy
    • Email list
    • If there is time: ice breaker — 2 truths and a lie (keep it clean, people!)

Research 2

  • Introduction to Course
    • Planners: Intro to course
    • Syllabus
    • Pre-Test
    • Plagiarism Policy
    • Email list
    • If there is time: ice breaker — 2 truths and a lie (keep it clean, people!)

Wednesday, June 10

Research 1 — 9:00 Class

  • Meet at the reference desk just through the main entrance for a Library tour with Librarian Bill

Research 1 11:00 Class & Research 2

  • Planners: Wiki Name Page due Monday
  • Introduction to Wikis
    • Access the email address you gave me yesterday. Then:
      1. Open the email from wikidot.com
      2. Click on the 'Accept invitation' link (large red text)
      3. Click on the 'Create a new account' link.
      4. A pop-up window will appear. Your user name and email address will already be there. Type (and retype) a password for yourself in the appropriate boxes. You need to remember this password. Choose something easy to remember!
      5. Complete the addition problem at the bottom to prove that you are human.
      6. Click on the 'Sign Up' button and you are in!
    • Click on your name in the 11:00 box and then click on create page and await further instructions.
    • Task for today: Name Page Assignment

Thursday, June 11

Research 1 — 9:00 Class

  • Planners: Wiki Name Page due Monday
  • Introduction to Wikis
    • Access the email address you gave me on Tuesday. Then:
      1. Open the email from wikidot.com
      2. Click on the 'Accept invitation' link (large red text)
      3. Click on the 'Create a new account' link.
      4. A pop-up window will appear. Your user name and email address will already be there. Type (and retype) a password for yourself in the appropriate boxes. You need to remember this password. Choose something easy to remember!
      5. Complete the addition problem at the bottom to prove that you are human.
      6. Click on the 'Sign Up' button and you are in!
    • Click on your name in the 9:00 box and then click on create page and await further instructions.
  • Task for today: Name Page Assignment

Research 1 — 11:00 Class

  • Meet at the reference desk just through the main entrance for a Library tour with Librarian Bill.

Research 2

  • Planners: Continue work on Wiki Name Page (due Monday)

Monday, June 15

Research 1

Planners: Completed Wiki Name Page


Research 2

Planners: Started Annotated Bib Project


Tuesday, June 16

Research 1

Planners: Scavenger Hunt

  • Task for Today: Explore the Library Scavenger Hunt

Research 2

Planners: Have three good questions ready to go for our speaker and interview subject tomorrow!

  • Office Hours today: I am going to start them early — I will be over during your lunch. If you would like to get this out of the way, come and talk to me when you are done with lunch! Tell me something that is going well in this class, and something that is a struggle or that you are worried about.
  • Task for Today: Create your Annotated Bib page. Go into edit mode on your name page. Have a section titled 'class work.' Under that heading, start a new page called Annotated Bibliography followed by your last name (Bolstads and Bruces will need to also have their first initial as part of the title). Code:
[[[Annotated Bibliography YourName]]]

Just remember to add your name!


Then:


Wednesday, June 17

Research 1

Planners: Inquiry sheet due tomorrow

  • Go over scavenger hunt answers from yesterday.
  • Task for today: Finish Wiki Name Page (I am grading these today) and then Work on Inquiry Handout. You should be able to complete these today, but if not, take them with you, finish them, and hand them in tomorrow.
  • Second part of class (if time): Tutorial on using the library catalog.

Research 2

Planners: Guest Interview subject today

  • Guest Interview Subject: Sara Dennison will be in to speak about issues with waste disposal and to answer your interview questions.
  • Continue work on annotating the story of stuff and our interview with Sara.

Thursday, June 18

Research 1

Planners: Using the BSU Library Catalog worksheet due at the end of class today.

  • BSU library catalog tutorial.
  • Task for Today: Choose a topic of interest from your Inquiry Handout and complete the Using the BSU Library Catalog worksheet.
  • Inquiry sheets are due today
  • Using the BSU Library Catalog sheet is due at the end of class today.

Research 2

Planners: First source due on your Annotated Bib page

  • Task for today: finish your annotations of The Story of Stuff and work on annotating Sara's talk from yesterday.

Monday, June 22

Research 1

Planners: Begin library research on your topic.

  • Task for today: If you haven't already, Go on your name page and in a 'Class Work' section, start a new page for your notes. You can copy and paste the following code, inserting your own name before the second set of brackets:
[[[Research Notes YourName]]]
  • Begin reading through the sources you have found through the library catalog and take notes.
  • Remember: For MLA citations you need to take note of author's name(s), title of book or article, the publisher, place and date of publication, and page numbers.
  • We are only using the library catalog for research! The only two sites you should be on are the wiki and the library website!
  • NOTE: You must find and take notes on three different sources of information to pass this week. You will not have time to read an entire book, so use the index and/or table of contents to find a section that interests you and then just focus on that.

Research 2

Planners: 2nd source due on your Annotated Bib page tomorrow

  • Task for today: continue to work on your annotations of The Story of Stuff and Sara's talk from last week.
  • NOTE: You must have three sources complete by the end of class Thursday to pass this week.

Tuesday, June 23

Research 1

Planners: Continue research

  • Task for today: Continue researching and taking notes on your topic.
  • Remember: For MLA citations you need to take note of author's name(s), title of book or article, the publisher, place and date of publication, and page numbers.
  • We are only using the library catalog for research! The only two sites you should be on are the wiki and the library website!
  • NOTE: You must find and take notes on three different sources of information to pass this week. You will not have time to read an entire book, so use the index and/or table of contents to find a section that interests you and then just focus on that.
  • 11:00 class: Come and see me during my office hour today. Tell me one thing that is going well in the class and one thing that continues to be a struggle.

Research 2

Planners: 2 Entries due today

  • NOTE: You must have three sources complete by the end of class Thursday to pass this week.

Thursday, June 25

Research 1

Planners: Finish research today!

  • Task for today: Finish researching and taking notes on your topic.
  • Remember: For MLA citations you need to take note of author's name(s), title of book or article, the publisher, place and date of publication, and page numbers.
  • We are only using the library catalog for research! The only two sites you should be on are the wiki and the library website!
  • NOTE: You must find and take notes on three different sources of information by the end of today to pass this week. You will not have time to read an entire book, so use the index and/or table of contents to find a section that interests you and then just focus on that.

Research 2

Planners: Finish your Annotated Bibs — they are due today!

  • NOTE: You must have three sources complete by the end of class today to pass this week.

Monday, June 29

Research 1

Planners: Thesis Statement and Outline due tomorrow.
Outline Work Page

  • Task for today:
    1. First, go into 'edit' mode on your name page and in your 'Class Work' section, create a new page titled [[[Outline]]] followed by your name.
    2. Then, develop a thesis sentence for your informative essay. An informative essay explains something specific about your topic to us, your readers. What do you want us to know about your topic? What point do you want to make about it? Check out: Tips for Writing a Thesis Statement. Write your thesis statement right at the top of your new page.
    3. Finally, copy and paste the following code onto your outline page:
+ Format for Outline
+++ ##black | I. Introduction##
++++ A. Background (give us some interesting background information about your topic)
# Interesting bit #1:
# Interesting bit #2:
# Interesting bit #3:
++++ B. Thesis Statement:

+++ ##black | II. First subtopic:##
++++ A. First Point:
# supporting evidence #1:
# supporting evidence #2:
++++ B. Second Point:
# supporting evidence #1:
# supporting evidence #2:

+++ ##black | III. Second subtopic:##
++++ A. First Point:
# supporting evidence #1:
# supporting evidence#2:

++++ B. Second Point:
# supporting evidence #1:
# supporting evidence #2:

+++ ##black | IV. Third subtopic:##
++++ A. First point:
# supporting evidence #1:
# supporting evidence #2:

++++ B. Second Point:
# supporting evidence #1:
# supporting evidence #2:

+++ ##black | V. Conclusion: A restatement of the main points of your paper:##
++++ A. 1st Point:
++++ B. 2nd Point:
++++ C. 3rd point: 
++++ D. Interesting Ending:

Hit 'save' and then hit 'edit' and start filling in the outline. These are due by the end of class tomorrow.

Research 2

Planners: Begin "It's a Dirty Job" Project
Task for Today:

  • Read through scenario sheet
  • Choose a role.
  • Begin researching for assigned role's objectives!

Tuesday, June 30

Research 1

Planners: Work on outlines — due today

9:00 class: come see me during my office hour today!

Research 2

Planners: "It's a Dirty Job" RPG

  • Task for today: work on researching and writing your position statement.
    • Support, support, support! How are you going to convince the other stakeholders and the mayor to go along with your plan? Fully support every claim that you make.
    • Really think through possible objections. Who might object to your plan? Why? How can you allay their fears?
    • Also, think about forming alliances — no more than two per alliance at this point.

Wednesday, July 1

Research 1

Planners: Writing Day today

  • Task for today: Go into 'edit' mode on your name page and start a new page titled [[[Informative Essay]]] followed by your name.
    • Give your essay a title, heading level 1 (example: + History of Grimm's Fairy Tales)
    • Then, start a section called 'Works Cited', also a heading level 1 (code: + Works Cited). In this section, list your sources in an MLA bibliographic format:
      • Book: author last name, first name. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.
      • Article: Author last name, first name. "Title of Article." Title of Periodical.Day Month Year: pages. Medium of publication.
      • For other types of sources, consult the Purdue OWL's MLA works cited page.
    • When you have all of your sources formatted, alphabetize your sources based on the first part of the entry (usually the author's last name).
    • Why do this first? It makes MLA citations easier: tip sheet
    • Finally, using your outline as a guide, begin writing your essay.
      • Remember, each paragraph is a minimum of 5-7 sentences.

Research 2

Planners: Finish position statements

  • Task for today: Finish your position statement! If you have time, start working on your presentation to the community.

Monday, July 6

Research 1

Planners: Writing Day today

  • Task for today:
    • Make sure your Works Cited section is alphabetized. Remember, if you don't know how to format an entry, check the Purdue OWL's MLA works cited page.
    • Continue to write your informative essay, based on your outline.
    • Remember to cite all information you found in your research. If you need a refresher: MLA citations tip sheet
      • When it comes to paragraphs: each paragraph is about one sub-topic and a minimum of 5-7 sentences.

Research 2

Planners: Prepare presentations

  • Task for today: Fix up what you need to in your position statements. Then, if you haven't already, start working on your presentation to the community. You can use PowerPoint, Prezi, a wiki page, create an infographic — it is up to you!
    • Also, it occurs to me that we need to discuss citing sources… MLA citations tip sheet and the Purdue OWL's MLA works cited page.
    • Argument tips:
      • Start and end with your strongest claims. Don't bury them in the middle somewhere.
      • Every time you make a claim, back it up!
      • Anticipate and refute likely objections from differing perspectives. When refuting a counter-argument, do not attack or belittle that point of view. The most persuasive argument is often the one that answers all questions and effectively addresses and calmly takes apart the claims from the opposition.

Example of how format your works cited entry for your role sheet from the game:

  • "Group 5: Citizens for Environmental Justice." It's a Dirty Job. Facing the Future. Web. 6 July 2015.

Tuesday, July 7

Research 1

Planners: Work Day today
Task for today: Finish up those informative essays!

  • MLA citations tip sheet
  • When it comes to paragraphs: each paragraph is one sub-topic and a minimum of 5-7 sentences.

Last office hour today! If you haven't come to chat with me yet, today is the day!


Research 2

Planners: Work Day
Task for today: Complete your presentations, practice them, fine-tune and edit your position statements.

  • MLA citations tip sheet
  • the Purdue OWL's MLA works cited page.
  • Argument tips:
    • Start and end with your strongest claims. Don't bury them in the middle somewhere.
    • Every time you make a claim, back it up!
    • Anticipate and refute likely objections from differing perspectives. When refuting a counter-argument, do not attack or belittle that point of view. The most persuasive argument is often the one that answers all questions and effectively addresses and calmly takes apart the claims from the opposition.

Example of how format your works cited entry for your role sheet from the game:

  • "Group 5: Citizens for Environmental Justice." It's a Dirty Job. Facing the Future. Web. 6 July 2015.

Last office hour today! If you haven't come to chat with me yet, today is the day!


Wednesday, July 8

Research 1

Planners: Peer review workshop
Task for today: Click on the Peer Review Workshop page and follow the directions. Support each other and give each other some good, constructive feedback!

Research 2

Planners: Presentations
Task for today: Convince the rest of Ashland that your plan is the best plan for the community

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