EDU 290

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Brainstorming similarities and differences...

"Traditional" Academic Essay
Blog Post
  • More formal
  • Claims, evidence
  • No set criteria
  • Conversational
  • 8.5x11 paper
  • Online
  • Pictures
  • Colors
  • Links
  • Third person
  • First person, second person
  • Academically polite argument
  • Personal -- berate, empathize, coddle
  • One week, month
  • Quickly, on your own

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  • Open the Template Paragraph
  • Save a copy -- you and a partner will be using that Google Doc to make two versions (academic essay, blog post)
  • With the "academic essay" version, use RefMe to cite your sources and create a bibliography. It may be helpful to refer to the They Say/I Say Templates as well.
  • With the "blog post" version, use hyperlinks to cite your sources. Think about the way in which you will introduce the source using words and the specific link you want to include.

  • Consider your research process -- what was similar and what was different when researching the academic essay vs the blog post?
  • Consider your writing process -- what was similar and what was different when using citations in the academic essay vs the blog post?
  • How do the mode, media, audience, purpose, and situation affect your research and writing process?

  • Academic paper more formal, reliability, quotes
  • I'm in the habit of writing academic papers -- using the quotes is natural
  • Using "I" in the blog post was difficult
  • It felt uncomfortable... I take more time for my "own" writing
  • RefMe still made it easy to cite sources; much easier than writing by hand
  • Wish I had this earlier!

What does this mean for middle and high school students
  • They get off "easy"
  • Need to teach them about specific websites/databases
  • Allowing them more choice in their topics