Evolution of American Thoughts

| April 7, 2015

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We’ll have time in class to work on this, but you can get started early if you want:

For this exercise, refer to our lecture material and your texts as needed. You may talk/share ideas, but each person should turn in his/her own assignment for this exercise and the second part.

1) First, this quotation comes from your Ballenger, The Curious Researcher textbook: “Harper’s Magazine recently reported the following:

‘Portion of men whose attractiveness is judged by U.S. women to be “worse than average”: 4/5’ ”

Take 5 minutes to quickly write about this idea. As Ballenger asks, “What do you make of this? Does it surprise you? Assuming it’s true, how would you explain it? If you doubt it’s true, why?”

2) Make an MLA-style citation for Ballenger’s book as it would appear in a Works Cited page

3) Choose one of our course readings–any of them–and make an MLA citation for that source.

4) Choose one source that you will/may use in Project 3. Make an MLA citation for that source.

5) Then, make and correctly format a Works Cited page using those citations from above. Do this in Word/in a word processing program.

As your assignment, post your freewrite, using the WC page you’ve made here as if it were a WC page for that free write.

((((((((((( Project 2)))))))))))

For this exercise, refer to our lecture material and your texts as needed. You may talk/share ideas, but each person should turn in his/her own assignment.

1) Here’s another quotation from Ballenger, The Curious Researcher: also from Harper’s, the”‘Portion of women whose attractiveness is judged by U.S. men to be “worse than average”: 2/5′ (103)’ “.

2) Ballenger asks, “What do you make of men’s more generous attitude toward women? Does this surprise you? How might you explain both ‘facts’? Together, what does this information say to you about gender and ‘attractiveness’?” Spend a few minutes freewriting on a response.

3) Do you find, as Ballenger writes, “any consistent line[s] of thought[s] developing” for you in your two responses? If someone ran up to you on the street and asked you to tell him or her about these ideas, what would you say?” Write up what you’d say to bring the ideas together with your thinking.

4) Copy and paste 3) three times. Use the Ballenger/Harper’s facts as research material for quotation. Incorporate it into your write-up in the following three ways, according to readings/lecture/discussion:

a. Direct quotation & ( ) citation

b. Paraphrase & ( ) citation

c. Blending the quotation with your own words & ( ) citation

((((((((( Project 3))))))))
Homework for this one as needed.

First, complete exercises 3.3 (on paraphrasing) and 3.4 (on summarizing) in our Ballenger, The Curious Researcher textbook.

Next, look at the attached file of examples:

Research Use

Using my PPT “Source Usage in Research”, Ballenger, and Stedman’s “The Annoying Ways People Use Sources” as guides:

Which are examples of an author using sources effectively and integrating them well with author thinking? Why are they effective?

Which examples are not as effective? Why?

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