5/12 Notes: Annotating Sources, Outlining, and Drafting

Annotating Sources,
Outlining, and Drafting
Goals for Today:
• Each person who submitted an annotated
bibliography will conference with me briefly, and I
will offer a progress report based on bibliography
• While other students are conferencing with me,
you have three options:
• Annotate printed sources
• Outline research paper
• Draft research paper
Annotate Printed Sources
• Highlight and comment on important or intriguing
• Facts/statistics important to your argument
• Well-stated points to which you can respond using a
quote sandwich
• Common threads across all research
• Facts/points in one source that relate to information
from another source
• Content that will help you to use a balance of
Outline Research Paper
• I have placed an outline on the course website.
• Know your thesis. What is the big claim about pop culture
you are making? Make sure this claim has a clear point of
view and a preview of how your essay will support the
• What are the major points of support for your thesis? Each
of these points will require a paragraph of explanation (or
several paragraphs, if the point is complicated).
• Each body paragraph of your paper should have quotes or
paraphrases from your sources integrated smoothly. Begin
grouping quotes/info and deciding how you will group them
into paragraphs so you can weave them together and with
your own ideas.
Draft Research Paper
• If you have a strong thesis and a clear idea of where
you are going with your paper, you may use this
time to draft your essay.
• You may also continue to find more appropriate
sources for your paper.
• Today will require you to be self directed. Use your
time wisely while I am conferencing with others,
and you will have less to do at home.

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