03 Class THU SEP 09

03 Class THU SEP 09

Pheasant on a Foxhunt

Warm Up

Daily Notes Reminder

Class Notes are my technique for taking attendance, evaluating your level of engagement with the classroom, and encouraging you to practice Purposeful Summary of what goes on while we’re together.

Record your Notes as a Reply to the daily Agenda (that is, to this page).

  • If you think I should create a 2-minute “How To” video for Daily Notes, leave me a reminder in your Notes below this page.

The White Paper


  • The Practice Opening. A Take-Home Task. Located at the very bottom of the very long post titled “White Paper—Polio.”
    • Complete by midnight TONIGHT, THU SEP 09
  • White Paper Quiz. Follow this link to a quick quiz on White Paper technique and grading.
    • Complete by midnight TUE SEP 14

72 Responses to 03 Class THU SEP 09

  1. levixvice says:

    Student left an actual human name here.

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    • levixvice says:

      The Foxhunt analogy going along with research projects is how you be surprise on your research which can be a hit meaning that you found you’re looking for; or a miss that you must find some other topic of research instead. But finding a “pheasant” being any silver of information, is better to have rather than getting nothing at all. “My White Paper” is the best method for research hypothesis goes into the idea of sources that might will be contradictory to what you’re searching for on what you believe. All it takes is to force our own ideas into writing of the language we speak by gathering sources beforehand. As we read them more and gaining more insight, we write it down messy and organize it into a proper essay that will take a lot of time to be revised. Reacting to reading a source and argue with it helps greatly with the addition of writing it down as you think from all the sources you have gathered. Cut down any useless words for more clear and coherent sentences in the essay. Make a practice opening after your hypothesis and create a self critique to develop a strong opening. The topic is on Polio, a disease that never went away from the current year; even when the vaccine is developed, people will never take due to the side effects of paralysis or distrust among the organization that provides it.


      • davidbdale says:

        The Foxhunt analogy going along with research projects is how you be surprise on your research which can be a hit meaning that you found you’re looking for; or a miss that you must find some other topic of research instead.
        —I’m not 100% confident I understand that sentence, but I’m pretty sure I disagree. My point of view is that “finding what you’re looking for” is a waste of time whereas “going in search of whatever turns out to be true” is the nature of good research.

        But finding a “pheasant” being any silver of information, is better to have rather than getting nothing at all.
        —Again, not my message at all. “Finding a pheasant” when everyone else is on a hunt to retrieve the phony fox that was released at the start of the exercise is a BIG WIN.

        “My White Paper” is the best method for research hypothesis goes into the idea of sources that might will be contradictory to what you’re searching for on what you believe.
        —Your language is once again a challenge, but I appreciate that what you find might contradict what you believe, and that that’s a good thing to discover.

        All it takes is to force our own ideas into writing of the language we speak by gathering sources beforehand. As we read them more and gaining more insight, we write it down messy and organize it into a proper essay that will take a lot of time to be revised.
        —That’s pretty accurate.

        Reacting to reading a source and argue with it helps greatly with the addition of writing it down as you think from all the sources you have gathered. Cut down any useless words for more clear and coherent sentences in the essay. Make a practice opening after your hypothesis and create a self critique to develop a strong opening. The topic is on Polio, a disease that never went away from the current year; even when the vaccine is developed, people will never take due to the side effects of paralysis or distrust among the organization that provides it.

        Fair Notes, Levi.


  2. minutemen14 says:

    Class began with going over the grading procedure.

    Participation being highlighted at 5% which includes showing up and taking adequate notes each class to show your attention.

    We then talked about the “slug” which is what WordPress defines as a title or header for our different pieces.

    We jumped into “Finding a Pheasant on a Foxhunt” which represented for amateur writing where you set a topic that you already know what you want to prove and then prove it anyway, rather than going out on a limb and simply exploring to see what you may find.

    Just like a foxhunt in research you want to keep an open mind and find something you necessarily might not have been looking for.

    Next, we talked about the “Find the African-American” which depicted Denzel Washington (a black actor) and a white actress who actually is from out Africa. The verbiage often gets thrown off because we don’t think to actual nationality and not nationality or country of origin.

    The professor then talked about the idea of summary, which he defined as breaking down someones (needs an apostrophe) discussion and taking key details (eliminating fluff). You want to remove bias and simply present the original idea of the author.

    It is important to use only the aspect of the works that are most important to us. You want to use the truth of the original text to shape your hypothesis and use it to meet your needs for your argument. Not changing or altering, but molding it to support your argument to convey it your reader.

    Whats (needs an apostrophe) the difference between Composed and Comprised? Composed is passive and can actively be done “the class is composed of 22 students”. Rather than comprised which means the act, “The 22 students comprised the class”.

    Furthermore, what is the best way to take down sources? Do you simply just copy the link? Bookmarking is another possibility, but the best technique is the White Paper.

    Instead of writing down a link or topic, with white paper you start to create language about the source/topic. This is done while engaging with the source so it is fresh in your mind. This keeps topics more organized and also reminds you what you most liked or what stood out to you in a certain text.

    Another interesting topic from today was Professor talking about his writing about the eradication of polio. We have gotten numbers down to single or double digits, but we have never been able to fully eradicate it.

    The process of writing an essay is a process of finding out what you know.

    Don’t waste time solely thinking about it, jump into gathering sources to help narrow your hypothesis. Write about these sources, you’ll find out what you actually believe because you see what you like or dislike about how certain authors portray this topic. The best way to start is to react to sources to find your true feelings. When you find something that can help get your point of view across, this is when you use the white paper.

    Keeping track of this and writing short paragraphs add up which puts into perspective how important and helpful this can be. You could have 10 topics and write a measly 30 words each which gets you to 300 words for your 1000 word essay. Really makes it seem less daunting. This just saves so much more time and in the end will help you craft your idea more easily.

    It helps to have more content than you need so that you can cut out unnecessary details or ideas that weren’t strong as others.

    We then went through Professor Hodges’ white paper to see the train of thought of an idea and how it grows as you find other sources and continue to write about it.


  3. softball53 says:

    Purposeful summary- use the material we find to advance our writing. Material shaped to your own needs, even though your needs will change when you hypothesis evolves.

    White paper:
    1. A single place in which instead of saving a link to a place, you start to form language about the link.
    2. Best technique is to write a paragraph while you are engaging with the link.
    3. Writing from the day you are reading your first source.
    4. Share it with your own brain.

    We write to find out what we believe
    1. When forced to organize our thoughts that is when we know how much we actually know.
    -like writing an essay

    The process contains an imaginary step
    1. Think about my topic (imaginary)
    2. Brainstorm (imaginary)
    3. Collect sources
    4. Read sources
    5. Think about my topics (imaginary)
    6. Write about sources as I read with them
    7. Organize my thoughts into patterns (imaginary)
    8. Write a disorganized essay
    9. Revise for organization
    10. Endlessly revise

    Writing is thinking
    – Readers need access to whatever you think is valuable
    – uses the article to create new thoughts

    Cutting, not writing, is the last step
    1. The last step in the way this class is organized.

    – Helps guide your research

    Practice Openings
    – Practice openings is a good way to get into the habit to turn your vague notions into an argument.


    • davidbdale says:

      If you’re wondering why this didn’t show up in Comments until almost 7pm, Softball, it’s because I just found it in the WordPress spam filter. Why it ended up there, I don’t know, but now that it’s been approved, your Replies will probably post immediately.


    • davidbdale says:

      Good Notes, Softball.
      I hope you found the advice about Note-taking and interacting with sources as you read them to be useful.


  4. zzbrd2822 says:

    In class today, we discussed how research projects that follow the “foxhunt” model are not beneficial since you have a set conclusion that you already believe to be true that you are chasing throughout your paper, similar to how foxes are released and recaptured.

    t is more valuable to discover your conclusion as you write, as you might find something unexpected such as “a pheasant”.

    Also, we briefly touched on how terms need to be applied in proper context, such as the term African American. There is a difference between racial background and nationality.

    We mentioned how to write a purposeful summary for class notes by being concise and using your own words, as well as the difference between the words composed and comprised. Composed is described as “made up of” (a class is made up of 22 students), while comprised is described as “to consist of” (22 students make up a class).

    The White Paper is a work in progress that will continue to be revised.

    We have no thoughts in our head, but we have impressions and notions that we eventually organize into patterns or thoughts through language. The best way to brainstorm is to collect your sources and read them, instead of thinking of a topic first.

    Lastly, we discussed how to construct a practice opening using the example of the efforts required to eradicate polio, compared to how small pox was eradicated.


  5. cocochanel715 says:

    high school research papers are like a fox hunt, there is already a set end goal and you lead everything to that set goal

    purposeful summary- only use the information that is most important
    summary- reports to be a condensed version of someone else’s work

    White paper starts off blank and empty, then ends up messy with words all over it

    Almost got polio completely removed from the world but there is always a chance of outbreaks to occur

    We write to find out what we believe

    Collect sources before you form a hypothesis
    Those sources will make you think and question your belief on the topic
    Taking what you already know is the start of synthesizing
    Only real way to think about topic is to start looking at sources
    Scan through the sources to see it they are worth bookmarking

    Keeping a white paper you are already writing
    Already turning the material into something you own
    When you have enough sources write a very disorganized essay
    Revise for organization

    Thinking doesn’t occur during the reading process, its how we react
    Writing about your source as you read


  6. zipemup1 says:

    Today in class we went over the white paper technique. Most begin the process with extensive thinking, but this can be useless and time consuming. Instead you want to gather your resources and write as you read.

    1.Collect a Source
    2.Write about that Source
    3.Collect New Sources Suggested by a Developing Hypothesis
    4.Write about those Sources
    5.Repeat Beyond what is Needed
    6.Write a first draft that is way too long.
    7.Edit and organize into Persuasive Essay


  7. ilovedunkinoverstarbucks says:

    Pheasant on a Foxhunt:
    -Analogy to always just go out even if you find what you are not looking for you still found something that could potentially help

    -Condensed proportion of someone else’s work that does not include your own bias/opinion
    -Purposeful summary is used to upgrade your own work by using someone else’s work to shape your work
    -When using a summary in notes be sure that it helps propel your work and is not just thrown in to fill in space

    White Paper:
    -Steps when writing a paper
    -Think about a topic
    -Collect sources
    -Read sources
    -Write about the sources as you read them
    -Write disorganized essay
    -Revise for organization
    -Endlessly revise
    -There to organize and collect your sources
    -Paste the source
    -Write a small summary on why you have the source and what is the source
    -Also there to help you plan out the paper and jot down notes and just be used a centralized location
    Writing is thinking:
    -Collect a source
    -Write about the source
    -Collect new sources suggested by a developing hypothesis
    -Write about the new sources
    -Repeat beyond what is needed
    -Get sources and write about them till you have more than what you need
    -Write a first draft
    -Edit and organize into a persuasive essay

    Cutting Not writing:
    -Last step of the writing process is to get rid of the excess parts that are not needed in the paper even though it may be something that we want to keep


  8. Lunaduna says:

    We discussed a quote “Finding Pheasant on a Foxhunt,” which mentioned catching a fox that was already caught once before. (Hunters released the fox to catch it again.)
    The moral of this quote explained to me how we used to do research projects. We “walk” around our conclusion, and keep doing extra work that we do not have to do. Instead of doing the same thing, try to research different angles and help improve your writing. (Make it a surprise)

    White paper – helps you create ideas for your research. (Bookmarks a website while also starting to write ideas.) (Doing this assignment is already writing. You are already writing from the first day you get a source.)
    When you have a vague topic, you should start to research before you create a hypothesis. When we start to read things, we will start to argue.
    You take what you already know and apply it to what you are reading – which you start to brainstorm.

    “We write to find out what we believe.”

    The difference between these two words:
    – Composed: My class is composed of 22 students.
    – Comprised: These 22 students comprise my class.

    I think you should create a “How To” video for notes.


  9. lokiofasgard24 says:

    -The “Finding Pheasant on a Foxhunt” is an analogy to express how doing research projects on topics you already know about is a waste of time and that you should jump into a research project to be surprised and eager to learn something you don’t know.
    – Create a Slug(title in blog) that will explain what the post is ultimately about
    -Summary is doing the best you can to eliminate most of the writers excerpt while maintaining the integrity of the author content and intent.
    -To summarize with purpose is to use the aspects of the work important to us and explain the material shape to your own needs. You create your own argument based of the author purpose
    – Composed: my class is composed of 22 students(!!!!!)
    – Comprised: the 22 students in the class comprised(!!!!!)
    -In order to find out what you believe you must put you thoughts into words first and formulate a conclusion based off that dialogue
    -Delete the “thinking about it” and brainstorming steps due to the note above
    -Use synthesis to engage with the text your researching about
    -Use White Pare- (Title) to collect sources. While reading the source make notes and summarize in a paragraph.This is to begin writing that could be included in your drafts almost without realizing it. It will then help you create ideas and arguments from your sources. This will be the roughest version of a first draft.
    – Create a quick sloppy draft as a base line to turn your argument into language.
    -Begin to organize your thoughts into a revised draft many times.
    -Paraphrase the material in the article to form your own idea
    -create a counter argument with research and then disprove or argue it to make you point
    -Form your own questions (categorical argument) then do research on it to answer the question and possibly include it in the draft
    -Based off the sources you use, you will begin to collect new found sources that are surprising. Almost like side kick sources that you will write about and ultimately use in your essay.
    -Repeat more than needed to have plenty of content that you can cut down later on into the best possible version of your argument.
    -You should create an initial hypothesis statement. This will be subject to change based off your research.
    -Create a hypothesis that you cant yet explain the definition until research.
    -Finding out your hypothesis can make a title in a summarized version
    -Self-critique your practice opening to improve it


    • davidbdale says:

      Not quite:
      – Comprised: the 22 students in the class comprised(!!!!!)
      They don’t actually DO anything, except to BE the participants in the class.
      —”22 Students from New Jersey comprised my class.”
      Certainly thorough Notes, Loki, and highly individual, but too many of them were ambiguous or confusing for me to judge whether they deserved an extra point.


  10. kingofcamp says:

    English Comp II Lecture Notes

    Beginning (first ten)
    • discussed how to take effective notes
    o went over point system
    • discussed the course overview and the specifics
    o portfolio (75% of grade)
    o participation (5%)
    o other assignments (%-)
    • discussed blog mechanics
    • completed the riddle
    o find the “African American”
     wording always matters
    • terms need to be applied in their proper context
    Research (discussion)
    • researching something you believe to be true is not good research
    o this can
    • explore the “wild”- be creative your research, find new paths, discover new ideas/concepts
    o your research may take you all over the place or in a completely different direction
     that’s okay!
    • use academic journals
    o enhances your work
    • condensed version of someone else’s work
    • goal of summary: eliminated your own biased and restate author’s point
    • to summarizes with purpose:
    o use only the most important aspects of the author’s work
    o still sympathizing with author
    o contributing to your own personal research
     no cherry picking
    Word Choice
    • word choice is always important
    • the way we use a word is also important
    • composed vs. comprise

    “The White Paper”
    • how do we keep track of our research?
    o the white paper technique
    • “the white paper technique”
    o forming a language with your research/links
    o while engaging with the research, write your thoughts/feelings/responses on that specific source
    • we write to find out what we believe
    o it’s a slipper slope- going in all directions
    o finding out (a truth) while we write
    • already writing original language as we research
    • when we are forced to organize our thoughts we find out what we know (important)

    Doing our Research
    • collect resources
    o scanning to see if it is good or not
    o putting it in the white paper document
    • read sources
    o thinking doesn’t occur- its reaction
    o write about those raw reactions
    • write about sources as you read them
    o describe what was purposeful to you
    o already writing original language for research paper
    o don’t need to write an accurate summary
     write about what you feel is important
     readers don’t need access to the whole context of the article
    • write a disorganized essay
    • revise for organization
    • revise! revise! revise! (LOTS of it)
    • the point of research
    • is adding/contributing to the (a) conversation

    Writing is Thinking
    • collect a source
    • write about that source
    • collect new sources suggested by a developing hypothesis
    • write about those sources
    • repeat beyond what is needed
    • write a first draft that is way too long
    • edit and organizes into persuasive essay
    Cutting, not writing, is the last step
    • as stated
    Working on Hypothesis I
    • deciding on a hypothesis
    o process of elimination
     what works best for you?
    • which practice opening(s) support the “test thesis”
    Working on Hypothesis II
    • tiding up your chosen hypothesis (hypotheses)
    Practice an Opening Statement(s)
    • for chosen hypothesis (hypotheses)
    o see what works/what flows
    • self-critique
    o tear that opening statement(s) apart!
    Deeply Counterintuitive Practice Opening
    • something completely counterintuitive to your original opening statement(s)
    Purposeful Summaries
    • paraphrasing a specific source (for example an article)
    Counterintuitive Notes
    • contributes to a short arguments


  11. mossmacabre says:

    In class we learned that researching for your topic doesn’t necessarily mean starting with something you already know to be true and finding articles that support what you already know as fact. You should be open to new information, or “finding pheasant on a foxhunt.”

    We learned that a Purposeful Summary is not simply a summary, where you condense the original work and explain it, free of your own opinion. A Purposeful Summary is when you use the work of another person and your own opinions to form your argument.

    We write to find out what we believe. What we do when we are reading things is arguing with them. As we absorb information, we compare and contrast it with what we already know. Once you form language to combine these things is when you begin to add to the conversation and create something new.

    “Thinking” about your topic is not a good way to start. You start thinking when you start writing. Get it all down on paper, and then you can organize.

    Something interesting that was taught in class today was the story of the Polio Vaccine and how they caught Osama Bin Laden. They caught him by lying to the village they were in and saying they were there to distribute Polio vaccines.


  12. Jackie says:

    “Tracking a fox and coming back with a pheasant”, is like research you’ve done which you’ve already believed to be true, is just “confirmation” and a waste of time. Go out and go find the fox, do more research on a topic you are unsure of, take risks

    The riddle – The woman is African American, she was born there. Terms need to be applied in the correct context. When African Americans apply to colleges they want to know their racial backgrounds.

    “How to Video”- I think you should make a video on how to write good notes. I don’t want to overwrite nor write too little.

    Summary- Writing a summary is to advance our own argument, get rid of our own personal bias, and use credible information from the author/ creator.

    The best technique for research- white paper tech – a single place you start to create language about the source, if we aren’t forming language we don’t have ideas. This is a better option than copying links.

    1977 last time smallpox was seen in humans, possibly will reinsert it in to the population.
    Polio has been close to being completely eradicated, down to double digits and then there is an outbreak.

    Steps to start writing:
    Collect Sources
    Read Sources
    Write about sources as I read them
    Write a disorganized essay
    Revise for the organization (Repeat what is needed)
    Endlessly Revise (Write a first draft that is too long)
    Edit and organize into a persuasive essay

    Forming language is engaging with the material. Scan through the context to see if it is bookmark worthy, if so copy the link and paste it into a doc.

    Wasting time gathering thoughts (Thinking about the topic, Brainstorming, Think about sources, Organize thoughts into patterns)

    To write a summary/ paragraph on the worthy context to start interacting with the material.
    Writing the day you read the first source.
    Getting it on paper then organize.


    • davidbdale says:

      You got this backwards, Jackie.

      “Tracking a fox and coming back with a pheasant”, is like research you’ve done which you’ve already believed to be true, is just “confirmation” and a waste of time. Go out and go find the fox, do more research on a topic you are unsure of, take risks

      Coming back from a foxhunt with a fox that you released in order to hunt is a waste of time. Finding a pheasant while everybody else is pointlessly seeking the released fox is the essence of good research. Reply if you understand.

      I will record a “How to Take Good Class Notes” video.


  13. gingerbreadman27 says:

    In class we learn that research shouldn’t have a narrow focus that leads to an already known conclusion. Instead research should lead you in whatever direction it takes you, such as finding pheasant on a foxhunt. We then discussed what a purposeful summary should convey. It should cut out the extra language but also best summarize what you got out or needed from whatever you were summarizing. Next we learned that a white paper is a centralized place to build an argument and collect information on a topic. Thinking about your topic is not useful because you do not know what you know or how you feel on a topic, but once you start reading sources on the topic ideas start to form and from there you can build a hypothesis on an idea.


  14. imaspookyghost says:

    In class we began by DHodges asking his students to takes notes on this class here in the reply field. the bulk of the grade in this class is the portfolio. It consists of arguments rewrites of arguments reflective statements consisting of 100 words each, the research paper, an annotated bibliography, and a visual rhetoric based on a 30 second video clip. That will be a total of 75% of the grade. A short essay with one draft exercising will contribute to another 20% and these notes that I’m writing consist of 5%. The notes can give extra credit if they are good enough.

    Finding pheasant on a foxhunt.
    releasing a fox just to hunt it again and capture something that’s already been captured is an analogy for a high school research paper.
    instead track a story to see where it would lead and see if you find anything intriguing. You don’t have to start out on a clear hypothesis but instead you can go on a “wild goose chase” and see what you find. Make a hypothesis based on what you find.

    Words that don’t appear to need a definition may need to be defined in the context it is used in.

    Class notes are DHodges technique for taking attendance. He evaluates the students level of engagement with the classroom.

    The white paper
    this document starts out blank and its a repository for all the material that you gather and summarize and quote from that you use to begin and shape your arguments as you do your research.
    Going over different ay to organize and save your sources for a paper.
    the white paper is a place to save your sources for your professor to also look at so he/she can guide you in a certain direction.
    you don’t always care about the entire source, only an aspect of the authors ideas. Turning the original source material into new language that describes what you found and think will be useful for your paper. It begins writing a draft of language that will be helpful to you when you put your draft together. There’s no point in reading an article to not take any notes on it.
    When reading something unless you know nothing about it your shaping what your taking in. You find out what you think when you make responses to what you take it. you create an idea in your head after your asked a question or exposed to an opinion.
    as soon as you find a source that may be helpful for you put it into white paper and describe it. Helps you target the research and you being searching for things that follow the trend you find among your sources.
    The most effective technique of writing is to write as a way of having ideas and clarifying our arguments
    collect a source, write about it, collect a new source derived by a partial hypothesis. You should have way more than you need by the time your ready to begin writing the paper.
    The final step is cutting. Cut all the fluff of a 2000 word paper into 1000 good organized paper.

    David Hodges – “I’m gonna paralyze some kids” (9/9/2021)


  15. krackintheneck says:

    -Charlize Theron is born from south Africa
    -Must be clear when writing
    -When saving sources, bookmark the site you are trying to save or create a doc, copy and paste the url, and underneath write a brief description
    -When you begin writing you must find a topic and begin to collect sources
    -After you collect your sources make sure you begin to write a rough thesis
    -Once you have read over your sources try completing a practice opening


  16. strawberryfields4 says:

    Flaws with “high school” research papers:
    -Typically starts with a solid opinion and formed conclusion, followed by finding research to support your already known claim.
    -Basically, you are finding other people with the same opinion as you and using their words as “research”

    Research Paper “Do’s”:
    -Following a rabbit hole of research on a topic that interests you
    -Do not always have to start on a clear hypothesis
    -Do not know what conclusion you will stumble upon
    -Being articulate and specific with language is essential! (Ex: African American riddle)

    Note Taking “Do’s”:
    -Do not quote lecture word for word
    -Take the information learned, absorb it, and summarize it in your own words

    White Paper:
    – Place to copy and paste a link to the source
    -Includes all information needed for a bibliography
    -Description of what is in the source or more importantly what you need from it
    -Collection of sources
    -Turn author’s words into new language that will be beneficial to your writing
    -“We write to find out what we believe”
    -Your reaction to source material helps to shape your argument
    -Do not think about the topic, just READ!
    -Cutting is the last step
    -To start, craft a working hypothesis


  17. ziggy026 says:

    Always look, even if you don’t know what you’re looking for
    It doesn’t make much sense to conduct research on a topic you already know well, or similarly a question you have already found the answer to
    Doing this simply consists of finding research that supports what you already know
    You don’t have to start with a clear hypothesis, you just want to have a goal and a question to answer. The research will answer the question.
    Summarizing demonstrates what a person meant rather than quoting word for word what the person said.
    Summarize various sources that are found throughout research and what is important to the research in White Paper – link to source as well as summary and importance – some aspect of the author’s work that supports what is trying to be proven
    Shape the information received and write a summary that will directly assist using new language that describes – in turn creates a draft used to put different arguments together
    Contains raw material for arguments and papers
    “We write to find out what we believe” waste of time to read argument without writing or making notes on the subject
    We don’t have thoughts in our head until we start to create language
    When we read, we’re talking back to the text or arguing with it, unless it’s something that we don’t know about
    In that case we are learning new information rather than responding
    Rough drafts should be crafted early about what the value of the sources could be
    When a reaction is written thoughts are produced and we find out what we believe
    “If writing is thinking then the most effective technique as a way of having ideas”
    The process of communicating ideas is generating ideas
    When you write you realize what you believe to be true about it and you develop a hypothesis
    When you have way more than you need then the process of writing is editing
    Craft a working hypothesis


  18. chickendinner says:

    Writing a paper to confirm one’s preexisting biases is a lot like letting a fox loose just so you can catch it again, and neither are very impressive.
    Words and phrases often have understood meanings beyond the most literal interpretation, and sometimes whether one uses the former and latter leads to differing conclusions.
    White papers are useful, not just for collecting valuable information for your writing, but also for making your creative process visual to others, which is reliable when you want assistance, as well as so you can critique and revise your work as you read it.
    Once you collect information on the subject of your writing, you can use that to more accurately ascertain specific information for a more focused paper.
    Writing does not merely allow you to communicate ideas, it is also a process for formulating ideas.
    As you continually find information and restructure it into an informative paper, it will become necessary to trim out excessive information for concision’s sake.


  19. RowanAnnouncer says:

    Finding pheasant on a foxhunt is an analogy for the high school research paper. Coming to a conclusion before starting then letting that idea go just to write a whole paper on that conclusion.

    We also learned that professor hodges should be in charge of the voting system nation wide.

    The African-American riddle means that some words that don’t seem to require context, need some explanation before coming to a conclusion

    white paper is a place to paste a link, sources, and information you may need for a bibliography. writing a draft of language to prepare yourself for the first draft. Writing about every source instead of just mindlessly reading. Create a rough draft of how arguable the source is.
    1. collect a source
    2. write about that source
    3. collect new sources suggested by a developing hypothesis
    4. write about those sources
    5. repeat beyond what is needed
    6. write a first draft that is way too long
    7. edit and organize into persuasive essay
    8. cutting the fluff


  20. jonnyb25 says:

    In class we are learning how to take in new information and purposely summarize it.
    Daily notes is a technique for taking attendance, evaluating your awareness.
    A white paper is a place where you categorize your ideas and research, then start to formulate it into an argument. You find that the white paper is valuable because as you write down ideas, facts, etc; You’re basically formulating a rough draft as you go. If writing is thinking then it is a way of taking notes about a source, combining into one or centralized topic.


  21. frogs02 says:

    Today we learned that 75% of our grade is from the portfolio. Writing extraordinary notes can help you get extra participation points. Participation is 5% of our grade.

    Foxhunt is the analogy to a high school research paper. You should not be doing research on something that you already known to be true. You shouldn’t be proving something to be true when you already know it is true. We should be open to a surprise. “Hunters at a foxhunt first release a fox they’ve already captured, then track it down and bring it home.” This is saying we should just start off without capturing the fox, but to just go get the fox. We don’t have to start off with a hypothesis. Even words that don’t need to be defined, need to be defined in different contexts. Note taking is the technique for attendance. The objective is not to tell word for word what someone said but to explain what or how they said it.

    White Paper is a repository for all the material we gather from, quote from, argument from our research. White Paper is a place for us to copy and paste the link, the authors name, a bibliography, and sources. We should have the white paper shared with the professor for guidance. You need to write a description of what the source contains and some aspect of the author’s work. Shape the information the author gives you into new language that describes what we found that would be useful when putting arguments together. We should takes notes when reading an article instead of having to reread it trying to make an understandable language for us to understand. “When we write, or speak, we are forced to organize the chaos in our heads to communicate the patterns of our impressions in a comprehensible fashion.” Thinking only occurs during writing. The steps we should follow is to collect a source, write about that source, collect new sources suggested by the hypothesis, write about those sources, repeat beyond what is needed, write a first draft that is way too long, edit and organize into a persuasive essay. Cutting is the last step. We should eliminate non-essential information.


  22. Lily4Pres says:

    We started off class with a refresher of the daily notes system and the importance of the system.

    Finding Pheasant on a Foxhunt:
    The way foxhunts are conducted – by releasing what you already have just to capture it again – is an analogy for research projects that follow the similar model. Instead of using our energy to capture the fox to prove ability, we spend our energy trying to capture our evidence to prove our conclusion.
    With research projects you don’t have to start with a hypothesis, you can do research prior to see if the topic is sufficient for your end goal.

    The warm-up riddle is a split frame of Denzel Washington and Charlize Theron with the title, “Find the African-American”. The point of the riddle is to emphasize the importance of definition, as Charlize Theron is from South Africa, making her the African-American.

    The White Paper:
    The document starts as a blank and progresses into a citation haven. It is a document to collect sources and give brief descriptions of the sources just in case they are needed in the future. The White Paper significantly assists with organization. Instead of the description being used to portray what the original author wrote it for, adapt it and shape it for what will be useful for your paper. Once you start writing your description, thoughts become language. Putting the language on the White Paper gives you an initiative on forming an opinion and starting your argument. Something that otherwise would not have solidified if it was not for putting the thoughts on the paper. Once a few sources have their descriptions on your paper, trends can be noticed and your arguments begin to form. Once you have a plethora of sources, the connection between them creates your paper. A 300 word description on 10 sources brings your paper to 3000 words right off the rip. After that, smoothing out and cutting the extra ‘fluff’ through drafts is the process of your paper.


  23. calamariii says:

    In class, we learned about taking oral or written language and turning it into our own language by writing based on what we read and hear. Finding a pheasant on a foxhunt is how our writing should be as we should try to find things that aren’t certain just as the pheasant is. If we just go searching for what we already know then we will get a lot less from our research than we get much less out of the research. Words often need explanations within the context of a paper as often words can mean separate things that may be confusing to the reader. A white paper is a constant work in progress is a collection of links and bibliographic information, and take the information from the sources and turn it into new language by summarizing the information onto the white paper. These summaries help by getting the ideas from the paper and the information you pick up into written language as to not keep all the gathered information from a source in one’s head. As opposed to just thinking about ideas, writing down those ideas is an important way to clarifying and taking ideas and turning them into useful information.


    • davidbdale says:

      Sounds reasonable, but too many of your sentences are confusing like this one:

      If we just go searching for what we already know then we will get a lot less from our research than we get much less out of the research.



  24. nugget114 says:

    Today in class we broke down our portfolio grades along with how much they’re worth. We also were told briefly about the importance of taking notes every day. 75% of our grade is the portfolio while 5% is Participation and note-taking.

    We’re given 3 points of participation:
    1 point for showing up and saying were here
    2 points for good notes
    3 points for great notes
    even 4 points out of 3 if you have extraordinary notes.

    A high school paper is like a fox hunt.
    – you come to a conclusion before you start
    – you let it loose
    – you go using all your energy to prove that something you already know is true, is true
    All that is doing is running yourself tired to create arguments and find proof and put it all together to say, “I agree with something we already know is factual!”
    Instead of chasing the fox, get off your horse, follow your dog and wander the woods to see what you can find. Track a story and see if you can find anything to test or even prove your theory. Then maybe you find your own ideas for OTHER people to then agree or try to prove.

    Denzel Washington is not as African-American as Charlize Theron if you’re using the term literally. Charlize was born in South Africa and has been an American citizen for many years, therefore she’s an African American. While Denzel Washington and his parents were born in America and therefore American Citizenship is run through a few generations. So although to most Washington might look more African-American to the eye even though the African descent comes from at least a generation before his parents. Therefore, the reality is that Theron was born and bred in Africa in her own generation making her more African-American

    A summary is just a condensed or altered version of someone else’s theory and/or words. Summaries are meant to remove your own personal bias towards the thought you’re writing upon and restate the authors thought or point.
    If you want a purposeful summary then you should only use the most important aspects of the author’s work and while still sympathizing with them, make sure to be contributing your own research as well.

    The White Paper
    -Starts out blank and is a repository for what we learn and gather.
    -Collect sources
    -Read sources
    -Write about sources as I read them
    -Write disorganized essay
    -Revise for organization
    -Endlessly revise
    -There to organize and collect your sources
    -Paste your sources
    -Write a summary on why you have the source and what the source is
    -It is there to be used as a centralized location for collecting sources, theories and knowledgeable notes to then come together to collectively help your paper be the best it can be.

    Writing is Thinking
    1. Collect a source
    2. Write about that source
    3. Collect New sources suggested by a developing hypotheses
    4. Write about those sources
    5. Repeat beyond what is needed
    6. Write a first draft that is way too long
    7. Edit and organize into Persuasive Essay

    The more sources and information you collect that you genuinely understand, along with multiple drafts and adjustments the easier you make the writing on yourself. It will drastically increase the writing in your final draft and ensure that your argument is fully understood

    Cutting, rather than writing, is the last step.

    A working Hypothesis should be able to be broken down logically.

    When Osama Bin Laden was hiding, the CIA had a good idea that he was there but they wanted to know his exact location. The plan was to run a raid, find him, and kill him. The CIA was successful with this but the way they began the process to find his exact whereabouts hindered the Pakistani’s trust. The CIA had undercovers, posed as Polio vaccine workers and therefore once they found his location and killed him, the townspeople were taken back. So now, rightfully so, Pakistanis will be stuck with the undying terror and lack of trust in vaccine workers because they always have the suspicion that it’s the CIA undercover again.


  25. notaperson0515 says:

    In today’s class, there was a discussion on the analogy of “Finding Pheasant on a Foxhunt” which was about opening yourself to new ideas. “Hunters at a foxhound first release a fox they’ve already captured, then track it down and bring it home.” This part of the quote relates to our research in many different aspects. We should do more research on a topic that isn’t in your comfort zone to take risks instead of doing something that will just be a waste of time. Another topic during today’s class was The White Paper. Talked about techniques and steps that we should follow to successfully enhance your topic.


  26. zeek says:

    Today we talked about “foxhunting” which is releasing an idea and recapturing it with new facts and supporting details on a topic that you already know about. We also discussed the technical meaning of African American, we had to choose either Denzel Washington or charlie Easton; we determined easton was a South African with dual citizenship in America and was in fact African American while being white with European features.
    White papers were also talked about. white pages which are temporary places to store references and citations.


    This site talks about the x, y, and z axis on 3D printers


  27. tarheel1999 says:

    To begin class today, we went over how to form a purposeful summary – a process that includes listening or reading actively, taking notes, reviewing said notes, and then using the notes to draft a summary of the material and how it interacts with your hypothesis. Next, the process of research was compared to the hobbies of fox and pheasant hunting, with it being shown that research should be more like the open-minded journey of pheasant hunting then the catch-and-release style of fox hunting. After this, today’s warm-up riddle demonstrated the importance of defining words by contrasting two different but technically-correct uses of the phrase “African-American”. The majority of the rest of the lecture period was spent discussing a “White Paper”, which is a method of organizing research by giving writers a central place to store their sources and the relevant information therein as well as links and bibliographical citations. A “White Paper” was also proven to be a way of more effectively streamlining the writing process by eliminating needless time spent on brainstorming ideas, which are not useful unless written down or borne out by research. The class was concluded with a review of a sample “White Paper” as well as a selection of sample openings. These sample openings demonstrated that while there are many methods one could use to construct an opening, any well-constructed opening should clearly demonstrate the author’s position as well as provide a concise but clear window into the reasoning behind this position.


  28. cfalover says:

    The fox hunt analogy actually related back to high school research essays. It’s basically research you have already done and know is true but you still have to prove. In college and in life, it is really not at all beneficial. In the riddle we went over today, the main idea is that terms need to be applied in a correct context; especially in our writing. Terms can be taken or looked at sometimes in multiple ways, so making sure it makes sense in the context you are applying it to is important.
    Purposeful summary is what we will be using in this class a lot, especially with our replies like we are doing today. We do this by writing down information from the author, only the important ideas, and use it to our advantage.
    The White Paper technique is used for writing down sources, important info from them, and writing down a couple different thesis ideas along with opening paragraphs. By doing this, you are having the credible sources you need and judging/reacting to those sources (taking minor notes on info from them).
    When writing/looking at sources: dont waste time thinking about your writing; just react and write reactions down or how you can incorporate these thoughts into your essay. Thinking doesn’t happen til you start actually writing.
    Just get all of your ideas down on paper and then go back and organize later. Then after this, just keep revising over and over again.
    For examples for this, we looked at David’s opening pieces for his papers on polio disease in children and how he wrote a couple different theses down and even wrote different openings for them. I think this will be very beneficial in my writing.


  29. comatosefox says:

    If we were to do a research paper about something we already had knowledge of, it would not give you a chance to learn something new. It would become a reminder of what you already know, unless you took that idea and look in a different direction. Don’t do a topic you feel safe with, that a risk to learn and write about something new.

    The riddle is suppose to make you stop for a minute and actually look up who is FROM Africa, skin does not determine where you are from, just like how Charlize Theron is from South Africa.

    The White Paper begins completely blank, you shape your argument by gather your sources and quotes. The paper morphs with your thought process, what sources and quotes should stay, what do you think they mean, what do the mean in context to your argument. Every step is shown on the White paper, not only the process but your own thoughts as well. “We write to found out what we believe.”


  30. toastedflatbread22 says:

    Aspects of a Paper
    Slug: The category of the work (White Paper-Polio)
    Title: The actual name of the paper (My White Paper)
    Warm Ups
    It is important to go out in research with only a vague notion of what you want to find. Looking for the pheasant, as related to the reading on the blog, is useless because it does not give you a challenge and does not open you up to new experiences.
    The riddle today made it seem that there was a simple answer, however, we learned that there are surprising meanings behind words. This relates to writing because it is important to always be clear in what you mean with all of your words because otherwise it may confuse or deceive people.
    A summary is “a condensed version of someone else’s work”. The goal is to eliminate your own bias and present the author’s work. As writers, we should use the material to advance our argument. Only use the most important parts-synthesize your attitudes with those of the author and summarize so that the reader will learn what you believe in relation to the topic.
    The hypothesis starts with a closed case-changes over time, which is perfectly fine and important.
    The White Paper
    The white paper starts blank but becomes messy over time. How do we gather and save information? Personally, I find my sources and copy them into a doc so they are together. Then, I take notes on the most important aspects of the source. The white paper technique forms language around research, rather than just copy pasting links. Academic journals are a great way to make your work credible. “We write to find out what we believe”-Flannery O’Connor
    Sometimes we don’t know how we feel about something until we talk about it-we discover what we believe as we ponder questions and we do this as we write as well.
    The Process to Writing a Paper
    There is almost no point in thinking about a project because it just gives us excuses to procrastinate-not an important step in the process.
    Collecting/reading sources: We should start by collecting sources before a hypothesis has formed because as we read we argue, which forms a hypothesis on its own. Start with a vague notion and read about it until it narrows down-follow threads until you find what you need. Don’t just collect sources, engage with them. Then, collect the links of the sources and title them.
    Write about the sources: Write a purposeful statement (purposeful summary)-this is already writing the paper-it’s describing your sources-you’re writing from the day you find the first source. Write about what you find valid and useful-you may later want to quote the work later, but that’s not necessary for the summary.
    Write a disorganized essay: Organize the material you have written about the sources and start to turn it into a rough draft.
    Collect new sources: After researching a surface level topic, dig deeper and find new sources about this thread. Expand on your more advanced topic.
    Write a first draft that is way too long
    Then, edit and organize into a persuasive essay
    Digging Deeper
    Opening Statement: Start with a hypothesis that just leads you somewhere, but do not care if it changes as you research-because it will. Once you have hypothesis options, try an opening statement. This turns a vague notion into an argument. Then, take a look at the statement and critique it.
    Counterintuitive Opening: After a few tries, do a deeply counterintuitive practice opening. Hit on the shocking, possibly crazy points of your argument. Take notes on setbacks and counterintuitive facts. Draw parallels between similar events and topics


    • davidbdale says:

      Sorry, no:

      It is important to go out in research with only a vague notion of what you want to find. Looking for the pheasant, as related to the reading on the blog, is useless because it does not give you a challenge and does not open you up to new experiences.

      Chasing the fox you already controlled and which you released just for the “sport” of tracking and recapturing it is useless. Finding a pheasant while everyone else is chasing the fox is a triumpth.

      Well, no:

      The hypothesis starts with a closed case-changes over time, which is perfectly fine and important.

      The hypothesis is wide open. It’s an invitation to test a theory. It DOES usually change over time, as new facts help the author refine her position.

      You’ve done some impressive extra observing, Flatbread, but also misfired on some commentaries, which cancel each other out.


  31. The “foxhunt” way of writing a paper is not a proper method to follow. It explains how you should search for your argument and conclusion along the way using data and sources to sway your ideas, instead of having a predetermined conclusion. The riddle explains this even more because you actually had to look up who was from Africa, instead of relying on any preconceived notions. The paper is a page that aids in organization as you collect valuable information and citations that with help with the essay.


  32. venom2929 says:

    One of the first things we talked about in class is the “Finding Pheasant on a Fox Hunt” which basically explained that you should always go out and look even if you do not find anything you are looking for because you can find something that is new and exciting to research and write about. Do not write about something you already know because it is a waste of time.

    The white paper
    This technique helps you form a language and creating bookmarks with the links you have found. While researching and reading start to write down your feeling and thoughts about what you are reading, especially what you feel is important and start to describe it.

    Writing is thinking
    Collect a source, Write about that source, Collect new sources, write about those sources, repeat beyond what is needed, write a first draft that is too long, cut out what doesn’t need to be there.

    Working hypothesis 1
    Eradication is possible and highly desirable even if to accomplish it we need to be slightly unscrupulous.
    Working hypothesis 2
    The world is too fragmented and mistrustful to ever join in a truly global effort, to eradicate a dreaded disease.


  33. littlecow24 says:

    – High school papers are structured for you to chase a conclusion that you already have set in your mind. You want to start writing with no specific conclusion in mind, like going out on a foxhunt and finding a pheasant instead. Start to write with no certain end in mind, but hope for something of a surprise to find you.
    – Using the appropriate terms is important for the reader to fully understand you. As an example, Denzel Washington is a black actor who is fully American and has almost no connection to Africa, so he should not be considered an African-American, just an American. On the other hand, Charlize Theron was born in South Africa and moved to America, making her 100% an African-American; this even allowed her to to enter a scholarship as an African-American, because that’s what she is.
    – A summary is just a brief explanation of something in the form of the original authors work, not
    Having your personal bias come through.
    – A purposeful summary is only using what you as an author think is important and will enhance your argument; a reader will get some idea of the original but will mostly see your personality shine through.
    – When you find a valuable source, write a paragraph about what you take away while engaging with that source.
    – You could be asked a question in which you have never thought about an answer before, but when you start talking about it you figure out in the moment what you believe. The same can be said when writing.
    – Thinking only happens when writing, so, many steps like thinking about the project, brainstorming, thinking about sources, etc. should be completely cut out. Before even making a hypothesis, you can collect and read sources and start forming ideas. The document that you collect and record sources called “The White Paper”; has all the info about the source, and has a purposeful summary that you start to write when reading the source.
    – After all the research, write a disorganized essay that you can use to polish and finalize a more put together essay.
    – Your hypothesis is allowed to change and shift, but starting to throw things out there and having lots of sources is an important start. You can practice ways to open your essay with the different hypotheses you’ve written.
    – When you paraphrase, you are shaping the article to your POV. “This is what I learned”
    – Counterintuitive setbacks, quotes you know you want to use; gather info into sections for a short argument essay.


  34. kilotoon says:

    Class began with a recap on the makeup of our final grade, specifically the allocation of our available points to different assignments, including participation, tests, etc.
    We spoke about ranking candidates and how its sometimes referred to vote up for one and down for another, both up, both down, etc.
    We went through the african american comparison, comparing a black man to a white woman. The riddle indicated that words that seem self explanatory should be examined more carefully, as the lady on the right was actually a south african citizen by birth
    We then spoke about our homework for tonight, which is the 100 word assignment named “White Paper – Polio”.
    We spoke about turning what we hear into new language that we think will be useful to us. We use this to make a draft that will benefit us when we put our arguments together to make a more powerful piece of writing.
    We spoke about how ‘Writing is Thinking’.
    The steps are:
    Collect Sources
    Read Sources
    Write about sources as I read them
    Write a disorganized essay
    Revise for the organization (Repeat what is needed)
    Endlessly Revise (Write a first draft that is too long)
    Edit and organize into a persuasive essay
    Cutting, not writing (last step)
    To take out useless information to improve upon the narrow thesis
    We spoke about polio and what it is and how it exclusively transferred through human hosts
    We spoke about how the world made lots of progress with the elimination of polio
    We spoke about how gruesome smallpox were and that it is gone forever
    We had an Ethics conversation asking everybody if, to rid the world of polio, would it be ethical to trade the eradication of polio for about 250 kids to be paralyzed from vaccination in the United States.
    We ended the day with a conversation about our homework for tonight.


    • davidbdale says:

      In future Notes, be careful to eliminate all this “talked about’ language, Kilotoon. When I post my “How to Take Good Notes Video,” I’ll spend a bit of time on the acceptable alternatives to ever saying “we talked about.”


  35. disneylover2002 says:

    Today in class, we started by talking about what goes into our portfolio. We also discussed the grading scale and how our notes in class will be worth five percent of our grade. Taking notes in class allows us to stay engaged in the discussion, and it will enable us to take what the professor is saying and put it into our own words. We then compared fox hunting to high school writing. In fox hunting, hunters catch a fox that’s been captured already instead of going to explore and find something new. This method is similar to high school writing because the student is writing about a topic that has already been proven and written about multiple times instead of writing about something new and different. Also, we talked about purposeful writing. Purposeful writing is turning other people’s words or ideas into your language and what it means to you, therefore making it into an argument.
    After that, we talked about the white paper. A white paper contains a raw material that will help you with your work. To me, the white paper is my google docs form. In this form, I can copy and paste all my links into it and add as many as I would like. In addition to the links, I also added a little summary of what the link contained and showed that the link is related to my topic. It helps to have a white paper because if you get off track or in a jam, the professor can look into it and point you in the right direction. We then went on to talk about how it is pointless to think or brainstorm about a topic. We also went over the process of writing.


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