All students have to write an annotated bibliography as a result of their research in order to support their argument.
1. Divide the written sources with a specific author's name and title from the oral sources.
2. Write the name and last name of the people you have interviewed and the topic/tile of interview.
3. Organize the various sources (author's last name first) alphabetically.
4. Use the MLA reference book to cite the source (I usually suggest them to refer to the Purdue OWL website so they can work at home too).
5. Write two pages for each source. Each written piece needs to include:
· A detailed summary of the source
· An evaluation of the source. Say why or why not this source is useful to the understanding of the unit essential questions. Consider whether the source is reliable or it is not. Is it biased? How does it compare to the other sources?
· A reflection on how it is helpful and how it helps shape your argument. Has it changed your understanding of the narrator's/character's experience? How?
Each student is free to choose the format of the final paper: a speech, an essay that can be argumentative or analytical, or an oral presentation. The length has to be four to five pages for the college students and six to eight for the AP students. The oral presentation has to cover a window of fifteen minutes. Suggested steps:
1. Reread their journals/responses/notes and highlight the details, information you want to use to support your thesis.
2. Write a possible idea/theory/argument, share, and discuss it with the peers.
3. Determine what researched sources can be used to support your thesis/argument
4. Select quotations from the chosen scholarly sources supporting your assertions.
5. Write appropriate analysis of those quotations from your sources.
6. Write a discovery draft with a thesis statement and reasons.
7. Discuss the discovery draft in your group and take notes of your peers' suggestions.
8. Write a first draft.
9. Peers' revision: each student reads the peer's draft and focuses on the strength of the argument (thesis statement, introduction, well-supported and analyzed or poorly supported and analyzed; coherent, major grammar errors).
10. Write a second draft including the suggestions from the peer's revision. Peers' editing follows.
11. Write a third draft followed by a conference with the teacher.
12. Final draft with Works Cited page.