Category: draft advice

Argument Analysis Feedback

As always, I want to share some recurring concerns as I read the argument analysis drafts. “does not analyze Gladwell’s argument”–You must understand the difference between analysis and summary and response. A summary provides a condensed version of what an…

Summary/Response Draft Advice

Here is a list of my most frequent comments/concerns as noted on your Summary/Response drafts: Misreading the Text: Be sure that you fully understand Gladwell’s implied thesis. For example, he does not claim that hockey players born early in the…

Researched Argument Draft Comments

The following are some recurring comments from the Researched Arguments: Attribute Source Material:Introduce your source material to let your reader identify the original source from your ideas. (e.g. “According to Smith, . . . .,” “Smith asserts . . .…

Annotated Bibliography Comments

Attribute All Source Material—Make sure all source material is attributed to the original source. (According to Smith, Smith asserts, The author continues, etc.) Qualifications?—When you first introduce each source, establish his or her credibility/expertise immediately after the attributing statement. (According…

We are who we decide we are.

A colleague passed along a link to a short essay by John  Lane, who you may remember as the author of “The Ice Storm” and a recent campus visitor, about The South. I thought it might serve as some inspiration…

“My Kind of Town” Dominant Impression

I have commented on a number of your recent blog posts, but I want to try to clarify my comments here a bit. As has been the case with most of the drafts this semester, your goal in the “My…

Research Proposal Thoughts

I posted the following advice as a comment to Lindsay’s Blog Post #8 and, as I read everyone else’s blog posts, I decided to go ahead and post it here to make sure that everyone reads it. For your thesis,…

Researched Arguments Comments

The following are some recurring comments from the Researched Arguments: Attribute Source Material–Introduce your source material to let your reader identify the original source from your ideas. (e.g. “According to Smith, . . . .,” “Smith asserts . . .…

Retention Sources

I know a lot of folks are doing research about the relative success of various aspect of college life (participation in student organizations, commuting, living arrangements, etc.), and I have noted that one of the best ways to measure that…

Visual Argument

For your proposal, you developed a preliminary thesis and rough outline. Now, think about how that information might fit within a genre different from the “academic research paper.” Then, consider different forms of visual arguments and decide which one will…