Reading & Comprehension

NFG: Make sure that you understand the basic stages of the writing process as described in the text: BRAINSTORM (FREEWRITE, LIST, CLUSTER), OUTLINE, DRAFTS, EDIT & REVISE, and the FINAL DRAFT. Additionally, make sure you understand PURPOSE, AUDIENCE, GENRE, STANCE and MEDIA/DESIGN. Your writing must exhibit a grasp of these criteria. If you have questions, pose them on our discussion forum.

NFG: Read Chp. 50: MLA Style, Chp. 31: Guiding Your Reader, Chp. 12: Annotated Bibliographies and Chp. 30: Beginning & Ending.

Read What Is a Scholarly Journal?

Owl @ Purdue: Read Annotated Bibliographies, Evaluating Print vs. Internet Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism. Be absolutely certain that you understand the concept of plagiarism. If you turn in a plagiarized writing assignment, you will receive a failing grade for that assignment, which almost invariably leads to a failing grade in the course.

Essay #1

Here is your assignment for the annotated bibliography: Choose a topic and compile EIGHT descriptive annotations (two books, two newspaper articles, two magazine articles, and two academic journal essays). Annotations must be properly organized and preceded by a 250 word introduction that states the scope of the bibliography. Specifically, introductions must identify the PURPOSE and the target AUDIENCE of the bibliography. Each annotation must be between 100-150 words.

Annotated bibliographies must be written on one of the following twenty topics: Animé, Beat Literature, Bilingual Education, Existentialism, Feminist Movements, Genetic Engineering, Gnosticism, Internet Addiction, Jazz, Ku Klux Klan, Kung Fu, Plagiarism, Pornography and Art, Reality Television, Science Fiction, Self-Publishing, Space Exploration, Surfing, Veganism, Zombie Movies. Whatever topic you select, you must of course sufficiently narrow your focus in the annotated bibliography's introduction.

In order to compile an annotated bibliography, you must do research on your topic of choice. Refer to the WSU Libraries. If you have difficulty negotiating this search database, see this Library Tutorial and follow this Library Research Guide.

Read these sample selections from an annotated bibliography with the topic Reading and Literature in the Composition Classroom. Each of your annotations MUST be formatted in the MLA style of these samples. Note that no introduction precedes the sample selections, but you are still of course required to write one.

For an example of an effective title and introduction to an annotated bibliography, consult pgs. 155-56 in NFG. For more information on devising titles, see pgs. 312-13 of NFG.


Discussion: In the discussion forum, post the topic of your annotated bibliography, explaining what it is and why you find it interesting and important. You must also comment on one of your peer's postings, providing him or her with constructive criticism. Each of you, then, must contribute a total of two postings. Both positive and negative feedback should be substantive; don't simply tell somebody that their topic is good or bad. If it's good, explain why. If it's bad, explain how you think it can be improved upon. You may also ask your peers for help in this forum with specific questions about a proposed topic. Each response should be no less than 250 words. DUE DATE & TIME: Friday, Aug. 29, 11 a.m.

Summaries: In your own words, summarize Chps. 1-6 in NFG. Each summary should be 150-200 words long for a total of six summaries. You may paraphrase the text, but DO NOT CITE THE TEXT WORD-FOR-WORD. Summaries not written in your own words will not receive credit. All six summaries should be submitted via Pilot on the same document. DUE DATE & TIME: Friday, Sep. 5, 11 a.m.

Annotated Bibliography: Submit via Pilot. DUE DATE & TIME: Friday, Sep. 12, 11 a.m.

NOTE: Always refer to samples during the writing process. Ideally you will pattern (not plagiarize) your own writing after other people's writing. The best way to become a better writer is to read and study other texts with an eye to syntax, structure, thematics, format, etc. With time and practice, you will establish your own unique voice and style.