Categories
English Composition 2 Research Writing Tips

Field Observations as Research

The Google Slide presentation posted below provides an introduction to using personal observations as research for student essays. To start the presentation, click on the arrow. To view it in full screen mode, click on the square icon. It will be easier to read in full screen mode because it contains a large amount of text.

If you prefer to view the original PowerPoint presentation, download it here. Teachers, feel free to edit, customize, and share the PowerPoint with your own students. Please do not use for commercial purposes without permission or post publicly without attribution.

Categories
English Composition 2 Research Writing Tips

Preparing a Final Draft of a Research Paper

The Google Slide presentation posted below provides a checklist to work through when making final edits to a research paper. Click on the arrow to start the presentation. Click on the square icon to view it in full screen mode. It will be easier to read in full screen mode because it contains a large amount of text.

If you prefer to view the original PowerPoint presentation, download it here. Teachers, feel free to edit, customize, and share the PowerPoint with your own students. Please do not use for commercial purposes without permission or post publicly without attribution.

Categories
English Composition 2 Research Writing Tips

Avoiding Plagiarism

The Google Slide presentation posted below provides tips for avoiding plagiarism, especially when writing a research paper. Click on the arrow to start the presentation. Click on the square icon to view the presentation in full screen mode. It will be easier to read in full screen mode because it contains a large amount of text.

If you prefer to view the original PowerPoint presentation, download it here. Teachers, feel free to edit, customize, and share the PowerPoint with your own students. Please do not use for commercial purposes without permission or post publicly without attribution.

Categories
Powerful Paragraphs

Powerful Paragraph #3

Imagine that the streets are dead quiet, and you lived on those dead quiet streets, and there is nothing left of anything you once owned. Those rare survivors who are still present on the scene, working in those skeletal byways, are dressed in blue disposable jumpsuits and wearing face masks to avoid being burned by the black mold that is everywhere in their homes, climbing up the walls, forming slippery abstract figures underfoot. While this is going on and you are wondering whether you will find remains of anything that you every loved, tourists are passing by in an air-conditioned bus snapping images of your personal destruction. There is something affirming, I can see, in the acknowledgement by the tourists of the horrendous destructive act, but it still might feel like invasion. And anyway, I do not believe the tour buses ever made it to the street where I grew up.

from The Yellow House by Sarah M Broom

In this paragraph, Sarah M Broom describes the cleanup process in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. This is from her memoir about her own family’s experiences in New Orleans, and it is powerful because it is raw and real and because it establishes tension between the rough reality of loss faced by the locals and the gawking curiosity of tourists. Notice the use of 2nd person in this paragraph. Writing in 2nd person (you, your, you’re) is often discouraged, especially in student writing, but Broom uses it effectively here to draw the reader into the experience. She invites the reader to image being the position so many experienced by so many in New Orleans after the devastating losses of Katrina. The you referred to then is both the reader and the lives of New Orleans residents that the reader is being asked to project into for the sake of experiencing empathy. Ending the paragraph with a 1st person reference after writing using 2nd person for several sentences is even more powerful. It reminds us that the author is someone who was there, someone who went through the loss she is describing.

Categories
English Composition 2 Research Writing Tips

Evaluating Sources

The Google Slide presentation posted here provides an introduction to evaluation sources for a research paper. To start the slide presentation, click on the arrow. To view the slide presentation in full screen mode, click on the square icon. It will be easier to read in full screen mode because it contains a large amount of text.

If you prefer to view the original PowerPoint presentation, download it here. Teachers, feel free to edit, customize, and share the PowerPoint with your own students. Please do not use for commercial purposes without permission or post publicly without attribution.

Categories
English Composition 2 Research Writing Tips

Preliminary Research

The Google Slide presentation posted here provides an introduction to conducting preliminary research for research papers. Click on the arrow to start the slide show, or click on the square icon to view it in full screen mode. It will be easier to read in full screen mode because it contains a large amount of text.

If you prefer to view the original PowerPoint presentation, download it here. Teachers, feel free to edit, customize, and share the PowerPoint with your own students. Please do not use for commercial purposes without permission or post publicly without attribution.

Categories
English Composition 2 Research Writing Tips

Writing Summaries and Paraphrases

The Google Slide presentation posted here provides an introduction to writing summaries and paraphrases. Click on the arrow to start the slide show, or click on the square icon to view it in full screen mode. It will be easier to read in full screen mode because it contains a large amount of text.

If you prefer to view the original PowerPoint presentation, download it here. Teachers, feel free to edit, customize, and share the PowerPoint with your own students. Please do not use for commercial purposes without permission or post publicly without attribution.

Categories
English Composition 2 Research Writing Tips

MLA In-Text Citations

The Google Slide presentation posted here provides an introduction to MLA style in-text citations. Click on the arrow to start the slide show, or click on the square icon to view it in full screen mode. It will be easier to read in full screen mode because it contains a large amount of text.

If you prefer to view the original PowerPoint presentation, download it here. Teachers, feel free to edit, customize, and share the PowerPoint with your own students. Please do not use for commercial purposes without permission or post publicly without attribution.

Categories
English Composition 2 Research Writing Tips

Using Sources Effectively

The Google Slide presentation posted here provides an introduction to using sources effectively. Click on the arrow to start the slide show, or click on the square icon to view it in full screen mode. It will be easier to read in full screen mode because it contains a large amount of text.

If you prefer to view the original PowerPoint presentation, download it here. Teachers, feel free to edit, customize, and share the PowerPoint with your own students. Please do not use for commercial purposes without permission or post publicly without attribution.

Categories
English Composition 1 English Composition 2 Research Writing Tips

Developing Thesis and Purpose

The Google Slide show posted here provides an introduction to writing thesis statements and developing purpose in academic essays. Click the arrow to start viewing, or click the square icon to view in full screen mode. It will be easier to read in full screen mode because it contains a large amount of text.

If you prefer to view the original PowerPoint presentation, download it here. Teachers, feel free to edit, customize, and share the PowerPoint with your own students. Please do not use for commercial purposes without permission or post publicly without attribution.