February 6

posted Feb 3, 2012, 5:47 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Feb 6, 2012, 5:49 AM ]
Step 1: 
Last Thursday you completed a scavenger hunt with a partner, then started to write an informational paragraph about one of the people on the assignment. Today you'll finish that paragraph with your partner, then share it with some of your classmates to check it and add even more information. Here's how:

Open your paragraph from yesterday and share it with your partner. Continue where you left off, each working on the same document. When finished, your paragraph should include a brief overview of the person's life and accomplishments, and should use (and accurately cite) at least three different sources of information. Be sure to include a properly formatted list of references, too.
You'll need to finish your paragraph quickly; We'll move to the next step at __________ (TBD). 
NOTE: If you finish early, you may want to start on tonight's homework (see below)

Step 2: 
Share your finished paragraph and reference list with a different group in class (you'll be told whom to share it with). As you get someone else's, you have four tasks (all working with your partner). Make all changes in the paragraph in red.
  1. First, check what you've received from the other group for accuracy.
    1. Check citation format and locations, 
    2. Check reference formats for each item (if you need to visit the sites to double check, you may do so)
    3. Check reference lists for correct order
    4. Check the actual writing for conventions (spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, etc.) to make sure it is 100% correct. 
  2. Now, focus on the topic sentence and concluding sentence of the paragraph you've been given. 
    1. Make sure that the first sentence opens the paragraph by giving the reader a sense of where it's going. 
    2. Make sure the last paragraph closes the paragraph with a sense of completion. 
    3. Make changes to them to make sure they meet these criteria.
    4. NOTE: Neither they opening or closing sentence should have a citation. If they do, you MAY NOT simply delete the citation (that would eliminate a necessary reference and could lead to plagiarism). Instead, if the paragraph needs a new sentence, you'll need to write it.
  3. Use information from the reference list and a search enging to locate one of the sources they used. 
    1. Go to that source, 
    2. Learn a bit more about the person
    3. Add a new piece of information, properly cited of course, about the person in the paragraph. 
    4. Make sure that the piece of information you add does not go immediately before or after the original information from that source.
    5. When done with this step, you should have 4 citations from 3 different references. 
  4. Now, find a new source of information about the person. 
    1. Search for a new non-wiki / non-answer page on the web that contains information about the person.
    2. Add new information from that source to the paragraph. 
    3. Cite it accurately.
    4. Add the reference to your reference list. 
The sample paragraph below shows what your work might look like when finished. It should be 6 (or more) sentences long, with 5 citations, and 4 references.

Sample paragraph.

      Not many people know that one of the first people to die to help win the independence of the United States was a black man. Such a man was Crispus Attucksa fugitive slave in Colonial America, and he was one of five people killed when British forces fired on a crowd in 1770 in what became known as the Boston Massacre (Boston). In accounts from the day, it was said that a mob of colonists, objecting to actions by the British Parliament, refused to disperse and were then fired upon by the British soldiers (USHistory.org) Accounts claim that the crowd that Attucks was in was armed with "clubs, sticks and snowballs" as they faced the well-armed British forces (Boston). Attucks and the others killed that day were not always seen in a positive light. John Adams, the second President of the United States, is said to have described the protesters as "a motley rabble of saucy boys, negroes and molattoes, Irish teagues and outlandish jack tarrs"("Crispus"). Years later, however, in 1858, people favoring an end to slavery decided to honor him with an annual commemoration of his death, creating something known as "Crispus Attucks Day" ("Africans"). Now, at least for those who observe that day, his contributions are well known. 

"Africans in America." PBS. Web. Feb 2, 2012. 

Boston Historical Society. "Crispus Attucks." Boston Massacre Historical Society. 2008. Web. Feb 2, 2012.

"Crispus Attucks." NNDB: Tracking the Entire World. 2012. Web. Feb 3, 2012.

USHistory.org. "9e: The Boston Massacre." USHistory.org. 2012. Web. Feb 2, 2012. 

HOMEWORK: To get started on our new unit, open a Google Template called "Early Islam Fact Sheet" and complete it using your textbook. Be ready to work with it tomorrow in class.