Find an online publication context and examine the citation approach. How is the author attributing and referencing resources in this online format? Share your ideas below.
Write Away: Reflect in writing for ten minutes about this experience: Why did you choose the formats you chose for this argument transfer? Why did you think they might lend themselves especially well to the particular argument with which you were working? Which, if any, elements of the argument became reshaped as you moved from one format to others? What elements did you carry over or modify from one format to the others? What did you learn about designing arguments from this experience? What did you learn about transfer from this experience?
Share your arguments in their different formats, as well as aspects of your reflection below.
The choices writers make when summarizing events and people’s lives have ethical and moral implications. Based on these summaries, what impressions do you have of the kind of person Hingston was, or the kind of work he did, or the circumstances surrounding the avalanche? Identify aspects of the summaries of Hingston’s life and the Mount Everest avalanche that might shape readers’ perceptions. What other kinds of details might have been included that could have impacted or changed your impressions of Hingston and his work? Choose either an event or a person from your life, one that is likely relatively unknown to others, and write a brief (100-150 words) summary of that event or person’s experience. Imagine you are writing for general readers such as those who visit Wikipedia.
Imagine the editor of The New York Times has asked you to write a “review summary” for another’s review. Choose a review of either a book, performance, movie, or album and, using the review summary on p. 107 as an example, write a summary of the review in 50-75 words. Post your review summaries below.
Choose a long text you have read, or written, and summarize it into a 140-character tweet. Post your tweet below, and see what others have written.
Write Away: Share elements of your interviews and reflections here.
Add to this list of criteria for effective questions by reading several texts of your choosing, perhaps from different disciplines, and identifying the components of questions that make them more or less effective. Why are certain questions more engaging? What, if anything, makes certain questions less effective?
What research questions might a biologist ask about the pyramids? An anthropologist? An economist? Brainstorm as many questions, from as many different disciplinary perspectives as you can, about the Giza Pyramids.
Think back to moments in the past when you have provided or received feedback on a piece of writing. The feedback could be from a peer, friend, colleague, or teacher. What makes feedback more or less effective? Do you remember any particular feedback you received? What makes this feedback stand out? What’s hard about providing feedback to others? Share your thoughts below.