In just a few more weeks, you'll be finished writing the first draft of your classification essay.
In today's lesson, we learned to use use in-text citation. There are three types of in-text citation that you can use in your research paper:
We need to use in-text citation to support our own ideas. If we use the opinions of others and statistical information, this improves the credibility of your research paper. In other words, the reader will trust your opinions. Also, we need to use in-text citation to avoid plagiarism (= copy somebody’s idea and claim it as your own). If you use another person’s idea, you must tell the reader where you got that information.
We looked at different styles of using in-text citation and focused on how to cite direct and second-hand quotes. Pay careful attention to difference between direct and second-hand quotes.
1. Direct Quote
When you use a direct quote, you are quoting the information directly from your source. For example:
James (2001, p. 3) says that “Less than half of all internet users use English as their native language, and this figure continues to decrease."
This tells us that James said the quote and you can find the quote on page 3 of James’ source.
2. Second-hand Quote
When you use a second-hand quote, you are quoting a quote from your source. For example,
President of the Council of Ministers for the European Union, Anna Lindh, says that “Russian, Mandarin, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Japanese have all been guilty of extinguishing other languages” (as cited in James, 2001, p. 3).
This tells us that Lindh said the quote, but Lindh did NOT write the source. James uses this quote in his source and you can find it on page 3.
1. Body Paragraph #1
No blog comment this week!
I can't believe we're already starting our essay outlines! Time sure does fly!
We learned about the structure of the body paragraphs. Similar to the introduction, you need to use funnel introduction: organizing your ideas from general to specific.
There are four types of details you can use in your essay: (1) facts; (2) descriptions; (3) statistics; and (4) expert opinions.
Introductions: First drafts
I returned the first drafts of your introductions in class. We went through the different types of comments on your drafts: purple comments for structure/content and orange comments for grammar. You also received Correction Symbols. I will use correction symbols to give you hints about the errors you make in your writing.
Sending your Documents to my Email:
When you send a file to me, please use the following pattern in your subject line:
Please also include your name and task in the name of your MS Word file (e.g. IE3W-Outline-Hideki).
1. Outline: email by Monday, October 19 before 12 noon
For your outline, remember to download the Classification outline Template from the IE3 Writing Lesson Materials section.
Blog Question #3:
Review the comments from your introduction. What are the three most important points you need to remember before you write your body paragraphs?
Great work today! I really appreciated how well everyone fully participated in pair and group work. Although it's only the second lesson, we're getting into the nuts-and-bolts (=idiom for details) of essay writing.
We learned how to make a bibliography for a research paper. A bibliography is an alphabetical list of all the sources you use for your research paper. When you organize your source information in your bibliography, you need to arrange it using the MLA style (MLA=Modern Language Association).
APA referencing is one of the ways you can document your sources in your research paper. This style is used in the humanities, especially for writing about language and literature.
We also learned about the different parts of an introduction:
b. general statements
c. thesis statement
You can choose from four different hooks:
b. rhetorical questions
d. interesting facts
Please be aware that your writing must be submitted on time if you would like to receive my comments. If you submit your writing after a deadline, it will not be checked.
We quickly went through how to format your essay (e.g. spacing, titles, etc.). If you need additional information, please see the Introduction Guidelines.
Please submit your Introduction and Bibliography as Word documents. You will need to attach them to the emails you send to me.
Blog Question #2:
* Write 8-10 sentences.
* Use capitalization, punctuation & spelling correctly.
* Submit by Tuesday, October 13 by 6:00pm.
It was really great to meet everyone today! It's going to be a busy semester, but you'll see your writing skills improve quickly during our course.
Course Syllabus and Schedule:
At the beginning of our lesson, we went through the course guide and weekly schedule. From next week, you'll be writing parts of your essay each week. It'll be very important to manage your time so that you meet the deadlines. All of our course information can be found in the IE3 Writing Course Information section.
In our lesson, we learned the structure of an essay, which has three parts:
2. Body Paragraphs (3)
We also learned about a classification essay and read a sample in class. The key point to remember is that you need a "principle of classification" when you decide your sub-topics for your essay.
From next week, we’re going to start writing our essay. We’ll learn about the “introduction” in more detail in class, and then you’ll write it for homework.
You also had some time to brainstorm topics (and subtopics) for your classification essay. When you choose your topic, make sure that it isn’t too general and isn’t too specific.
Blog Question #1:
What is the topic of your classification essay? What are your three sub-topics?
I’m going to write about the most popular tourist destinations for overseas tourists in Tokyo: the Imperial Palace, the Asakusa Kanno Temple and the Tsukiji fish market.
*Write 2-3 sentences.
*Use capitalization, punctuation & spelling correctly.
*Submit by Tuesday, October 6 by 6:00pm.