This week, we’ll be learning about citing, why citation styles are the way they are, and APA formatting more specifically. Tasks are due by the end of Monday, April 20, with an optional Zoom class on Wednesday, April 15.
You will also complete another one of your Required Portfolio Assignments, the “Imaginary Interview.” The citation activities will prepare you to write the “bibliography” part of the annotated bibliography, and the imaginary interview will prepare you to write the annotations.
- Students will understand the value of not only citing, but citation styles
- Students will be able to critically evaluate the features and purposes of different styles
- Students will be able to apply APA Style to their own research sources
- Students will continue their rhetorical study by learning to identify cognitive biases in the world
Overview of Tasks
- Orient yourself with a Writing Into the Week prompt (share only if you wish)
- Play a citation explorer game to learn your Citation Style Match
- Watch a YouTube tutorial on APA style paper formatting
- Attend an optional Zoom class on Wednesday, April 15 OR watch the recording of Zoom class on your own time to learn about APA style citations
- Read about cognitive biases and share two examples + analysis
- Write an “imaginary interview” with two or more of your sources (due Monday April 20 by the end of the day)
Step 1: Writing Into the Week
Spent 5-10 minutes freewriting. Freewriting means writing about whatever you want, as meandering as you want. But make sure you keep writing the entire time– I recommend setting a timer.
Step 2: Citation Explorer “Game”
Play through this Citation Explorer “game” to discover what citation style best fits YOU and why. Make sure you read the introduction and the explanatory material at the end.
Step 3: Watch a YouTube Tutorial
On the final page of the Citation Explorer, there are links to two YouTube tutorials for APA formatting (one for Google Docs and one for MS Word). Please watch whichever one matches your software– you can also follow along by doing the steps while you watch. I recommend doing this if you can, so that you don’t have to do it again when it’s time to write your annotated bibliography. Go ahead and get this part out of the way.
If you write using another program, watch either video just to learn about the different formatting elements. Most text editing applications (like Pages, etc.) will let you do all of the same things– the menus will just arrange things differently.
If you mostly do your work on your phone/a tablet, but you do have limited access to a computer, I recommend you just do all of the writing first, like normal, and then do all of the formatting at the end on the computer.
If you don’t have computer access, I think all of the same features in Google Docs can be used in the mobile app– it just might be a bit of a pain. Just do your best.
Step 4: Attend Zoom Class or Watch the Recording
I will be hosting class on Zoom on Wednesday, April 15 at our normal class time (4:30). We will definitely end “early” (before 5:45), though. The YouTube tutorials introduced you to APA paper formatting, but the purpose of this Zoom class will be to walk you through how to do APA-style citations.
If you’re not able to attend class live, that’s fine! I will be recording the class session and uploading it to YouTube, so just watch the video when you can.
Step 5: Read About Cognitive Biases and Post Examples
Read the Overview of Cognitive Biases AND read through each of the 5 pages in the sidebar about specific biases (anchoring, sleeper effect, repetition, reactance, and declinism). Then, find 2 examples of people exhibiting these cognitive biases and post the examples + context + analysis as a comment on this post.
Step 6: Write an “Imaginary Interview”
The full instructions are here, but the general premise is this:
Pretend you are interviewing the authors of two or more of the sources you’ve found in your research so far. Ask them 3 or more questions about the topic you are researching. If they don’t directly address the question in the source, use the source to imagine what the author would/might say.
Both authors should respond to the same questions, and should also respond to each other at least once.
Do not spend more than 1 hour working on this step.
Normally I would have us do this as an in-class activity with the option to finish it at home, so we would not spend more than 1 hour on it. I would rather you complete all elements of the assignment in a fast, not-very-detailed way, than have you only get part way through because you’re trying to be very detailed and do your best work. Please don’t do your best work. Just complete it.
This is due Monday, April 20 by the end of the day, submitted on Blackboard.