In this assignment, you will write a draft of your introduction to your research paper.
8:15 a.m., Thursday, 4 October 2007
To Turn In:
- Bring fifteen printed copies of your introduction (double-spaced, please) to class.
If it is difficult to obtain fifteen copies of your introduction, please get me one copy of your introduction by noon on Wednesday, and I'll make the copies for you.
- Please email a copy of your introduction to Mr. Rebelsky.
- On one copy of your introduction, highlight the four ways you used sources. (See below for more information.) Turn in this copy to Mr. Rebelsky.
I intend this assignment and your work for the assignment to provide a variety
of benefits. In particular, I expect that they will
- help you organize your thoughts about your research topic;
- help you formulate a thesis for your research paper;
- prepare us for in-class discussions; and
- help you reflect on proper use of sources.
Write a draft introduction to your research paper. It is a
draft primarily in that you should expect to change it. Your introduction should be clear, exhibit correct grammar, and demonstrate your mastery of the principles of style.
Your introduction should include
- at least one block quotation;
- at least one short quotation;
- at least one paraphrase of another writing;
- at least one citation of any idea not covered by the previous three cases.
Length: 300-600 words.
You are writing for the typical Web reader. Your reader has probably used
the Web and the Internet, and may have participated in some form of online
community, but has not thought deeply about the kinds of conflicts that
happen in online communities or about mechanisms for resolving those
conflicts. Your goal is to entice
the reader to continue with the paper.
You may write this document in any software you deem appropriate. I would
recommend that you think about writing it within the course Wiki.
Citation Guidelines: Use APA style.
- I don't have a thesis yet. What do I do?
- I realize that we are fairly early in the research process. However, I also know from experience that most students more successfully study a topic if (1) they begin with some reasonable thesis and (2) they are prepared to revise that thesis if the materials guide them in a different direction. Hence, you must come up with a thesis for this introduction.
- Why do I have to use sources in four different ways?
- The College expects every Tutorial professor to give his or her tutees an assignment in which they write a paper that demonstrates the four kinds of use. I'd rather have you use materials in context than do an independent exercise.
- Why are you having us turn in fifteen copies? Do we have to do another editing exercise?
- Of course.
- I've never had to write a multi-paragraph introduction before. What do I do?
- There are many kinds of successful introductions. I'd suggest that you start by writing a prospective outline. That outline will suggest some things that you might find it helpful to include in your introduction. (No, I would prefer that you not include the wonderful
In Section 2, we will discuss ....) Your introduction lays the groundwork for the rest of your paper, so you may find it helpful to provide some background information and to raise some issues of conflict. (Hmmm ... note that quotations will help.)
- You love vague advice, don't you?
- Okay. You want more specific advice? Here's more specific advice: Read section 21 of The College Writer's Reference: Strong Openings.
- I don't own it.
- Buy it.
- I don't want to spend $40.00.
- Borrow your roommate's.
- My roommate doesn't have a copy.
- Borrow mine.
- It wasn't helpful.
- Visit the writing lab.
- Won't we want to drop the quotations, paraphrase, and such from the final version of the introduction?
- Not necessarily. A well-chosen group of quotations can set up an interesting conflict or position and thereby draw the reader in.
Wednesday, 17 September 2003 [Samuel A. Rebelsky]
Thursday, 18 September 2003 [Samuel A. Rebelsky]
- Realized that I hadn't edited the description of readers well (it was taken from a previous assignment). Fixed it. Added ending question.
Thursday, 16 August 2007 [Samuel A. Rebelsky]
- Updated for new Tutorial subject (Freedom and Authority on the Internet,
rather than Intellectual Property in the 21st Century).