I wanted to give you some information on CITATIONS within your paper.
Anyone who uses someone else's information should give credit to the person who came up with that information.
In high school, you can get zeros on papers if you plagiarize, but we probably won't kick you out. In college, you may lose scholarships or be expelled if you plagiarize. DON'T DO THAT TO YOURSELF.
Today in class we will practice citing. Keep it simple, so you can learn the basics.
**Determine your favorite animal.
**Find three sources about your animal. One should be an actual book. One should be from an LMC database, and one should be from a simple Google search.
**Create a works cited page for your three sources. Look on the OWL website to help yourself or use a source citation helper from the LMC website.
**Write a 5-8 sentence paragraph about your animal. (Because this is a practice, don't spend a lot of time on these sentences.) Make sure you utilize information from all three sources.
**After EVERY sentence, cite your source. If you cite two sentences in a row with the same citation, you can delete the first of those citations and only keep the second one. If you are citing three or more sentences in a row with the same citation, you should switch up your sentences a little to use more varied sources.
To check yourself, highlight the text in your paragraph. Use different colors for different sources. When you are done, there should be no huge blocks of the same color.
For a 100% homework grade, show me the completed highlighted paragraph with Works Cited and quickly explain your process and the difficulties faced.
This is the link to the research outline. Come and get it!! By the way, you might want to copy and paste this into a Google doc to make things easier.
Make sure you change the date and take out the little squares of information.
Thank you for having your list of three possible research topics in class today. By the end of tomorrow, you will give me that list with two subheadings under each topic. These sub-headings will be the possible "parts" of the research paper. From here, you will make a FINAL DECISION about your research topic. Eventually, the paper will include:
Make it good!!
I am not asking you to get an argyle sweater and a bow tie and glue yourself to a library for six weeks. Instead, I am asking you to think about the time period, the tools, the characters, the events, the pieces of this story we are reading, Lost in Shangri-La.
What do you want to know?
Which chapters fascinated you?
What did the author leave out?
What does Mitchell assume that his readers understand?
For Wednesday's class, which will be held in the LMC lab, you will bring THREE QUESTIONS to answer that relate to the text. Each of these three MAIN questions will eventually have two subcategories. During class on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, you will look into your questions more deeply and, eventually, determine the topic of your research paper.
DO NOT ASSUME THAT YOU WILL END UP WRITING ABOUT YOUR FIRST INCLINATION.
For TODAY, we are reading in class. By the Monday after break, I will expect you to have read the rest of the book.
Yesterday we only had about twenty minutes for class. We discussed the musical that so many of us attended on Wednesday, then moved on to war poetry.
**Protest Poem by Mark Twain
**Poem written by a WWII paratrooper
**Poem written by local artists about the Black Hawk statue near them and their "fight" as artists in this world
Assignment Due TODAY:
*Similarities and differences between the three poems in regard to THEME, VOICE, IDEAS, ORGANIZATION, LITERARY TERMS USED, AND WORD CHOICE.
Assignment due MONDAY @ 11:59pm:
Write a poem about the war, keeping in mind the above aspects of good writing.
1. In class today, you asked me what exactly you are supposed to be doing for your Classic Lit ORB. This is the shortened explanation:
***Look up the definition of CLASSIC LITERATURE. You may find it has something to do with longevity, emotions, artistic quality, and universal themes.
***Look up LITERARY CRITICISM about your text.
***Determine what critics say about the book that would make it a classic piece of literature.
***USING CRITICISM to support your argument, write a 1-2ish page piece PROVING that your chosen book is, indeed, a classic.
***Be sure to cite the literary criticism and any other source you use.
2. We also discussed information you may want to know from your reading so far. (This is also going to be a research project, but you will be expected to use .) You mentioned:
***Zuckoff's research for the book
***Living families/relatives of our characters
***Present-day state of "Shangri-La"
***Learning a foreign language by being immersed in it
***Current "news" of the time period (What was in the newspapers, etc, while these people were stuck in a jungle?)
***Natives acquiring new objects (How did they use them, etc?)
Expect more information on this project later this week.
Dear Mr. Zuckoff,
My students want to know why you chose to get away from the main story line of Lost in Shangri-La to talk about an American paratrooper who hangs out with Filipinos. They think that Walter Jr. must have something to do with the rescue, but they are wondering about the placement of the chapter in the text. Also, we have tried to find the exact location of "Shangri-la" on Google Maps, but have been unable to do so. Please help them.
In case you actually read this, they also want you to know that they love the storyline and are fascinated by the characters. We have been studying your word choices, your evident voice in the text, the sentence structures you used, etc. Thank you for doing the research on this most interesting topic. I think this book is a great non-fiction "replacement" for The Lord of the Flies.