Will You Sing Like Bieber or Argue Like Parrots?

“I’m convinced that something as seemingly mundane as notetaking can be  a key part of becoming a knower rather than a parrot” (Ballenger 126).

Write Here.

Right Here.

In the Middle.

ENGL 102 Wednesday and Thursday

Part One: Are We Good Listeners? Evaluating Paraphrases.

Part Two: Getting Into the Conversation – Practicing Dialogic Notetaking.

Part Three: Preparing for Blog 4.


Listening Up / Saying Back: The Secret Life of Research

ENGL 102 Monday and Tuesday: July 29 and 30

As researchers, we’re more than just words on a page. The articles we find through our research are more than just words on a page. We’re humans responding to the thoughts, beliefs, and interpretations of other humans. One of the greatest skills we can learn when we’re “writing in the middle” is listening. When we learn to listen closely to each other, whether the “other” is human or text, we are not only being fair and respectful, but we’re also setting ourselves up for ultimate engagement: we hear clearly and we respond with our own ideas. This is infinitely more powerful than dumping some random data into a paper where we think we already know the answers. Instead, we bring something unique to the table. And sometimes, as we’ll see with Brenee Brown, that something is more moving and more human than we ever imagined.

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A Few Thoughts on the Library Visit

Please be sure that you visit the Clark College library, as these librarians encounter hundreds of students each year working on the (dreaded) research essay.  In addition, Clark has many resources targeted specifically for academic research– public libraries have a less specialized audience, and therefore provide access to a completely different realm of sources.

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Research: A Play in Three (or Four) Acts

1:00 to 1:50: Orientation to Clark’s library site (50 minutes) and library orientation to databases/search terms/etc.

5:30 to 6:00: Inquiry Question Questions Answered!

6:00 to 6:50: Orientation to Clark’s library site (50 minutes) and library orientation to databases/search terms/etc.

10 minute break

2:00 to 2:50, 7:00 to 7:50: Your visit to the librarian (how to talk to a librarian, how not to talk to a librarian, how to write your blog post on meeting with the librarian).  This will include role play, so please consider being a volunteer. If you are thinking about volunteering, please check out this website to see what your role might entail.


3:00 to 3:50: Living Sources: A Close Read and active application (50 minutes)

8:00-8:20: Living Sources: A Brief Introduction to Finding the Ethnographer Within: http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html – What tools does Brown use for her research? What are her sources? What does she seem to do with her sources? How could you use ethnographic research for your project? What other ways of information gathering could supplement your library research? How can you use ethnographic research to “fill in the gaps”? How would becoming a researcher/storyteller enrich your essay?

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Why Research?

Opening Freewrite: What is research?  Why “the research paper” class?  Why is English 102 required (high school/running start requirement, AA requirement, transfer requirement) by the high school, Clark College, the state?  So what?  Who cares?  What role will research play in your academic life here at Clark?  Your academic life when you transfer?  Your “real” life?

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Writing Your First Blog

Everything we do in class is geared towards giving you ideas to develop in your weekly blog posts.  Every blog post is geared towards helping you write the major course assignment in each class, which is designed to assess the Student Learning Outcomes in the course.  In English 101, the final assignment to SHOW Jen your learning/understanding/comprehension is your final portfolio (particularly the capstone assignment of Essay #2).  In English 102, this assignment is your final research paper.

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