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Daniel Harvey

Jan. 18, 17 - Revised syllabus – chapter headings are revised and corrected - Better to have multiple comments than one giant comment - Specific comments are better than global comments - Focus comments less on the grammar, but rather on the bigger problems (structure, argument etc.) Module 2: - Goal for this module is to develop the skills for describing and summarizing - Little analytical work - 2A Science stream: o Find something with a scientific aspect o Take a picture of it o Describe it and find scientific resources on it o TAs want to see if you are describing the photograph well o Use CSE citation preferably, but doesn’t really matter for this course o More specific and detailed the photo the better – easier to write about o Cite image (Figure 1, Figure 2), and refer to picture via that name o Make sure to define terms o What doesn’t work? ▪ Distant/landscape/panorama photos as the primary photo, but these photos can be used to give a context ▪ Generic, abstract photos ▪ Don’t start with phenomenon; start with image ▪ Do not talk about bunnies, trees, outer space, or things invisible to the eye - 2B Social Science Stream: o Find a video and draft observations about body language o Find sources on how to interpret body language – what does each action suggest? Relate back to video o Make sure to define social science terms o APA citation preferred o Observations should be objective o Organize into sections – separate section for facial expression, arm movement, etc o Provide context for interview – topic, venue, etc. o Make sure to balance context and explanation o What doesn’t work? ▪ Too much background, not enough detail ablut body language ▪ Taking strong stance on politician’s values ▪ Making claims without citing evidence - 2C Arts and Humanities Stream: o Take pictures of UAlberta old arts building (Convocation hall) – East of Cameron library, north of Rutherford. o Talk about architectural details of the building o 3-4 sources about building o Describe type of architecture, architect, history of university, importance, etc. ▪ Many ways to approach the project o If you want to research a different building, ask TA first - Use rubrics from EClass o Grading rubric not to scale – section marks don’t mathematically add up ▪ Negative means you described what isn’t there/what it is not ▪ Follow rubric when writing Jan. 25, 17 - Can use first person, as long as it is grammatically correct and consistent - When in doubt, use eClass deadlines - Don’t need to worry too much about rubric for now. TA’s will usually catch if something is missed - Draft must be a complete draft – if not complete, one grade will be subtracted from final draft mark (A turns into A-, etc.) - In class writing assignment due end of today by midnight Feb. 1, 17 - Go to TA to get help, but make sure to ask specific questions - 2A o Stop writing discussion info fun facts style – relate to observations – research about observations - 2B o Focus on interpreting and analyzing body language, rather than being subjective and evaluating body language o Don’t say if this politician is good/bad o Make sure to make detailed research and link it to specifics of observations ▪ Say what each small detail of motion means - 2C o Don’t evaluate quality of building ▪ Don’t say if this beauty is nice or ugly o Connect descriptions of history to observations - Link observations to research – don’t do general research about the topic, do research about the observations o Refer to specific examples from observations in research o Use research to describe what happened o Read past introduction/abstract of sources - Research off the library website for reliable sources o Stay away from websites o Ask librarian for help if needed – can chat with them online as well - Library research assignment o Due end of tonight Feb. 8, 17 - Be specific when going to TA for help Annotated bibliography - Can come up with own topic if none of given topics are of interest o Must have topic approved by TA – deadline to do this is 17th - Title o Can use question as title - Intro o First part – background ▪ No need for thesis, don’t need a stand on topic ▪ Tell what the topic is and narrow down to question about specific part on the topic • When making up topic, make sure topic is arguable ▪ Don’t write this like a narrative, write like programmatic • What did you punch into databases to limit search? ▪ General to specific ▪ First person is okay when talking about what you did, but not okay when you summarize your research o Second part – discuss readings ▪ Provide synthesis of research ▪ Talk about how sources relate to each other ▪ Kind of like writing a conclusion – connect them together - 8-10 sources, at least half must be peer-reviewed - Annotate the 3-5 most interesting or credible o Summarize, describe credibility, describe relevance, describes type of article (qualitative, quantitative, case study, theoretical, methodological, etc.) Feb. 15, 17 Developing a research topic - Do background research - Choose topic you have interest in - Be specific - Strategies to narrowing topic o Choose aspect of topic – choose lens to view it from o Methodology – way you will approach topic o Place – focus on specific location o Time – focus on specific time period o Relationship – relationships on topic ▪ Cause and effect, compare contrast, current and historical, group and individual, opinion and reason, problem and solution o Population – specific group of people o Theoretical approach o Use two or more of above techniques - Ways of refining topic o Brainstorm for ideas o Perform background research o Focus on topic o Make list of search terms and key words o See how other people write on topic o Be willing to modify topic as you continue research o Work to develop clear focused topic o Continue to research o Repeat steps when working on further - Work on narrowing a topic assignment – Due tonight Mar. 1, 17 Commenting - Don’t make repeat comments - Step back and think about something that will actually help student - Don’t focus on grammar - Go to rubric and use it as backing for commenting - Comments should identify a problem and suggest a solution - Structure comments in a way that is conversable o Should provoke dialogue and should be able to be replied to - Don’t write snarky comments - Use constructive criticism – provokes conversation and is easier to accept from receiver - Asking questions about their work can help them revise o Eg. I don’t understand what MS is. Could you explain a bit further? - Commenting is helpful because you can notice problems in others and then proceed to notice the same problem in your own work - Don’t be too nice in the comments, but also don’t be too harsh - When commenting on grammar o Find one grammar error, not all of them o Only comment if absolutely necessary and everything else is commented on o Identify a pattern of grammar errors, rather than a single mistake - Style o Comment on a non-academic writing style or writing is too technical that the audience cannot understand Annotated bibliography - Type of article o “Academic article” not enough o Lab-stype format – experimental o Survey number of articles – review o Apply a theory – theoretical o Focus on specific example – case study o Focus on numerical evidence – quantitative o Primarily use surveys/interviews/etc – qualitative - Relevance o How article would be used if you wrote essay on it o Background o Evidence o Argument o Methodology o Theoretical o What’s the relevance and why you chose that type of relevance o What kinds of arguments/positions could source a
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