Class Notes 12/1/16

Good Introductions:

  1. Grab the reader’s attention: beginning with a question (no rhetorical, common questions), beginning with a quote, beginning with a fascinating statistic
  2. Gives an overview of your topic/argument: background information and history, avoid definitions, lay out issues (major points of agreement and disagreement)
  3. State your position/thesis: thesis could be 2-3 sentences, thesis must be topic and comment about that topic
  4. Set up for next paragraph: roadmap for the paper
  5. Establish your audience
  6. Answer the question “So What?”

Good Conclusions:

  1. Recap earlier points of argument: Finally…, In addition…
  2. Call to action
  3. Implications of your argument
  4. Areas for future study, what remains to be examined or done
  5. Re-evaluation in hindsight with new perspective

Class Notes (Week of: 8/29-9/2)

What makes a good annotation?

  • Thorough analysis of text
  • Researching sources
  • Deeper understanding (reading between the lines)
  • Asks a question
  • Making connections to other literature, classes, etc.
  • Analyze arguments
  • Easy to understand
  • Provides insight into true meaning of text
  • Takes other perspectives into account
  • An explanation
  • Leaves your opinion out (sometimes…)
  • Brings more to the text that is there