Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Day 15

English 102 Lesson Plan Day 15

  1. SOTU?

  2. Why are we hard on the working poor, but not so much on the Joads?

  3. Four Parts to every quote

    1. Signal phrase (As Ehrenreich notes, "alsdkfja;lsdj")

    2. The quote, set off in quotation marks.

      1. Punctuation goes outside/inside.

      2. Parenthetical citation. (Ehrenreich 53).

        1. No pg. pp. etc.

        2. Period goes at very end.

      3. Make use of the quote by explaining how it fits the topic of the paragraph, or the overall thesis. Period goes at the end of the cite.

  1. A couple of tricky bits

    1. If you are taking words out of a single sentence, use …

    2. If you are taking words out between sentences, use ….

    3. If you need to include a word not in the original quote, use brackets [ ]

    4. If you are quoting someone else, who is quoted someplace else, use "qtd. in"

    5. Do not use … a the beginning of end of quotes (considered redundant).

    6. If the work has two or three authors, they must be named in either the () or the signal phrase. More than three use et. al.

    7. When the author is unknown, use the title of the article. You may abbreviate the title.

    8. When the page numbers are unknown, use only the author's name if there is one.

  2. What to avoid:

    1. Quotes that just lay there.

    2. Dropped quotes.

    3. Not using quotation marks correctly.

    4. Not quoting accurately.

  3. Works cited, see link.
    MLA Practice exercises
    One Thesis Statements (MLA 1-1)
    Two Avoiding Plagiarism (MLA 2-1)
    Three Integrating Sources (MLA 3-1)

January 30: Draft Two Due. Bring two copies


English 102 student said...

Is anyone else a little shakey on this first paper? I am having a very difficult time with the structure. The counter arguement is kicking my backside. Any Ideas?

eesirock said...

You mostly just have to give the other side's perspective and show how your side is better. The first paper is always a little shaky, especially because you have to get used to the way he grades. But if you do better on the other papers than this one, you can always revise it at the end of the quarter to improve your grade.