Long Writing Project 1

Annotated Bibliography

LWP1 in pdf format (not updated)

annotated bib example

LWP1 Peer Response Sheet (use this first)

LWP1 Peer Rubric

Peer Review Letter

Peer Review Groups:

  • Peer Review Group 1: Albarracin, Canter, Cintron, Keene
  • Peer Review Group 2: Aker, Perez, Shah, Smith
  • Peer Review Group 3: Christiano, Clark, Matteo, Sonntag

Important Dates!

  • (100pts) LWP1D (draft) 9/15 @ 5pm
  • (100pts) LWP2Final submitted as part of Final Portfolio

the goals:

The point of annotated bibliography research is for the researcher (YOU!) to become familiar with a research question, without having to argue for a thesis and to create a document that helps other scholars interested in the same question. The purpose of an annotated bibliography for researchers is to find a place to begin their research in a more focused way than might be available from search engines. You should have a specific question that you have developed from your research preferably one that you are actually curious about to work on. Your work should be written in a scholarly style where claims are supported by specific observed evidence from the articles you have read. A key move is to include summary, synthesis, and analysis.

Annotated bibliographies are intensely user-friendly documents.  Readers come to them expecting to find a large, thoughtful collection of commentaries on texts that they might use for their own research.  They’ll need to know what is contained–and where it is contained–in the bibliography.  They will expect you to have made careful decisions and considered evaluations, and they will appreciate straightforward presentation of material (appeal to their readerly purposes: are they teachers? researchers? Specialists in an area? how would they use the material?).  Having a clear audience profile will help you make all sorts of decisions about what to include and how to arrange what you include.

(Norris “Rhetorical”)

how to get started:

First, develop a question about literacy based on our readings. You will be looking for research articles that could help you answer that question. Annotated bibliographies rely heavily on forms of arrangement to work so start thinking of your research in the following arrangement patterns:

an introduction:

Your introduction of approximately two pages should do following work:

  • frame your audience as to who, specifically, would find this work useful? What work would this research help people with?
  • expresses your guiding research question
  • discusses what criteria went into the selection of each article
  • discusses how you will analyze each article.

a body:

Each article should have a body of work which should include brief annotations.

Here is where you talk about the research you have discovered and how it relates to your frame (your approach to the question you are asking). Your sources in an annotated bibliography can be anything, but for this assignment I would ask that you only peer reviewed academic journals and maybe one website (website is optional).

The citation should include the following information:

  • A small paragraph of summary of the source’s main argument (NO more than three or four sentences).
  • A small paragraph of synthesis where you put how the article discuses a concept in dialogue with other academic conversations about the same topic.
  • A small paragraph of analysis where you draw on your criteria to explain how your article is useful to your paper’s specific question and audience. How well does it fit your criteria? What is its overall usefulness to your question?
  • Any other strengths and weaknesses you see in author’s argument or approach?

assessment criteria:

  • Quality of Introduction/Establishment of Criteria: How well do you talk about what criteria you used to pick these articles? How useful would this introduction be to someone who was looking for similar information?
  • Quality and Diversity of Sources: Have you done just the minimum? Do all the sources come from only one place? How reliable would these sources be for an academic audience?
  • Value of Individual Article Analysis: How coherently do you judge the worth of the articles? How consistent are you with your criteria of assessment? How well do you explain what might be useful to a fellow researcher or yourself?
  • Value of Article Summation: How well do you do you get at the heart of the article you are annotating? How well do you describe the article? How do you make the language of the article accessible to the reader? Have you spent more than three articles summarizing.
  • Craft: Thoughtfulness in writing. Grammar/Spelling/MLA Citations.

technical considerations

Draft Check List:

(-5 points per)

  • wallsphd@gmail.com given “editor” rights
  • link shared with class
  • Arial, 12 pt. font
  • double spaced
  • 1” margins
  • MLA title page information
  • MLA format work cited page
  • proper file name for paper

Length Requirement:

2250-ish words. So a draft that is 1125 words would be -50%.

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