Class 06 THU FEB 02
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- First Mandatory Conference Followup
- Zoom Recordings
- Brief “Review”
- Citation Mechanics
- Affiliated Punctuation
Lecture: Theory, Hypothesis, or Fact?
- Essay writing is like the scientific process, designed to test hypotheses with experiments, not prove preconceptions.
- Research is “the targeted search for evidence to test a hypothesis.”
- “Analyze Data and Draw Conclusions” (not “Prove Hypothesis”) is the payoff step.
- “Communicate Results” not “Defend your Original Thinking” is the final mandate and guideline for the Research Position Paper.
Resources for your “Stone Money” Task
By now you have listened to and reflected on the 1-hour NPR broadcast, “The Invention of Money” and come to class ready to contribute to the discussion. We’ll have that discussion this morning.
As much as we take it for granted (it’s the water we swim in), the world’s economy is a fiction as unreal and imaginary as anything Joss Whedon or Neil Gaiman every dreamed up, and the language it speaks, its money, its currencies, are gibberish—totally intangible except as coins and bills, but illusory—just social constructs with numbers attached to help us keep track of how much to tip the Uber driver.
Other resources that will prepare you for the Stone Money assignment are found on the blog at these links:
This post contains lecture material, demonstrations of the “Cows and Chips” technique in action, examples of advice I have given other student authors for enlivening their posts with livestock, and the details of a simple exercise.
This post is a graphic demonstration of an essay that fails in every way to capitalize on the power of illustration, anecdote, and the persuasive appeal of visual, auditory, and other sensory details.
Includes an Exercise to be completed whenever you access this resource.
Task: Stone Money
- Before class THU SEP 22
- MINIMUM: Listen to the one-hour podcast titled “The Invention of Money“
- DUE Before Class TUE SEP 27 (11:59PM MON SEP 26)
- A 1000-word essay will be due on Stone Money.
- Incorporate the lesson of Purposeful Summary
- Use sources provided by your Professor (and supplement with your own)
- Use Informal In-Text Citation and References (APA style)
Preview: The White Paper
- Start an empty post now
- Give it the name White Paper—Username
- Give it some Headings:
- —1. Working Hypothesis 1
- —1a. Working Hypothesis 2
- —2. Five Academic Sourcess
- —3. Topics for Smaller Papers (very preliminary)
- —4. Current State of My Research
Remember to categorize your post
- Put it in the White Paper category and, of course, the category for your own Username.