Week 11: Peer Review, a Play, and Thinking about What Comes Next

As we near the end of the Research Paper assignment, you should be well on your way to having a complete draft of your paper. Next week, we will work on preparing those drafts for submission, then we’ll turn our attention to the final project in this class (something totally different, I promise!) and begin exploring the practical ramifications of the ideas we’ve been studying all semester. Oh, and along the way we’ll see a play, too! Here’s a quick overview of the week’s activities:

  • On Tuesday, we will spend the entire class period in a peer review workshop. Please bring three printed and stapled copies of your research paper to class. I recognize that these drafts may be a bit messy, but they should be complete. Remember, the further along you are on your draft, the better the feedback you’ll get from your classmates. To help you focus on the drafting process, I’ve eliminated all other homework for the weekend. Use your time well!
  • On Wednesday evening, we will attend A Lie of the Mind at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre. The play starts at 7:30 p.m., so you should arrive around 7:00. Please remember what we discussed about appropriate dress and behavior for this event.
  • On Thursday, your completed research paper is due at the beginning of class. Please bring one printed and stapled copy of your paper to class, and be sure to review the evaluation criteria on the assignment sheet before you finalize your paper. In class, we will discuss a short article in our textbook: “Studies Explore Whether the Internet Makes Students Better Writers,” by Josh Keller (WAW, pp. 595–601, so please read the article and bring your books to class.

If you have any questions as you draft your paper, please come see me during office hours (9:00–12:00) on Monday or Wednesday.

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