These are more extended essays, generally focused on analysis
substantial reading/publication beyond material
assigned for the class.
'Substantial' means that the piece you're reviewing has enough 'meat'
to support a substantive analysis and discussion of 4-5 pages.
That would usually mean an extended article in a magazine or journal
(technical or not) -- or,
potentially, two or three shorter but closely linked pieces. At least one of these essays should
address something of book length or substance. Go HERE
more detailed guidelines, suggestions, etc. These analyses could
address media other than a
traditional paper or book, but
it will need to be substantive enough to support such analysis;
'TED-talks' and similar formats are not usually appropriate (too
superficial), but might give you a starting point to look for interesting
SUBMIT THESE either as editable word-processor file ('.doc' or
'.docx') as an email attachment, OR as a shared google doc.
DUE DATES: 11 March; 8 April; 10 May
bibliography/sources page: This is a bit more
experimental Part of your
job is to be reading and researching beyond
what's assigned, what goes into your critical analyses, and general
background for the class. I'll create a google doc that I'll
share with all of you, and everyone should use it to develop a
cumulative bibliography of interesting and at least somewhat relevant
(to the questions of the class) material. Source and nature of
material is quite flexible -- newspaper articles, websites,
podcasts, technical articles,
books, whatever. Entries might be things you've read researching
one of your other papers, or something encountered by accident, or
something semi-peripheral you looked up out of interest ("Where does
okra come from, anyhow? Just how has beer consumption in China
affected land-use in Canada? Where do those population
come from? Are there people who disagree with Jared Diamond about
Easter Island?"....). They might be things you find convincing,
wildly wrong, etc.
The 'annotation' part of this is what's most important. It doesn't call for a full synopsis or even a whole paragraph, but every bibliography entry should be followed with some brief commentary (one to a few sentences) as to what value you found in the reading and why someone else might (or might not) want to look at it -- a central point, an important perspective, a piece of information that helps you think about something, or whatever. (One kind of information that's frequently likely to be valuable would be a thought about source/author and their agenda.)
You should be adding to your bibliography every week or two; don't let it slide long. By the end of the term, each of you should have from 15-20 entries (at least), so the whole collective resource should become pretty substantial.
EACH ENTRY should include a full citation of the source (appropriate to medium and form), and, at the end of the annotation, YOUR NAME.
You should absolutely READ EACH OTHER's entries as well as doing your own research. If you want to comment on a source already added by a classmate, GO AHEAD AND ADD YOUR ANNOTATION to the same entry.
I will check these at mid-term and near end of term.
NOTES ON WRITING ASSIGNMENTS AND WRITING: