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Summer Reading Essay Research Rolling Bib, Using the Book & Media Sources
THE ROLLING BIB • Rolling = on going • Bib= Bibliography: the place you list your sources • Annotation= a method of summarizing the content of a piece which allows the user a better understanding of your source and reminds you of the source content (compare to abstract)
ANNOTATION vs. ABSTRACT • Annotation: evaluates the source and its content • Abstract: quick summary • YOUR ROLLING BIB SHOULD INCLUDE an abstract of the piece. • YOUR RESEARCH SHOULD BE an annotation of the piece.
Just a reminder, but… • YOU CAN NOT USE AN ABSTRACT OR ANNOTATION AS A SOURCE.
Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. New York: Anchor Books, 1995. Print. • SUMMARY: Lamott's book offers honest advice on the nature of a writing life, complete with its insecurities and failures. Taking a humorous approach to the realities of being a writer, the chapters in Lamott's book are wry and anecdotal and offer advice on everything from plot development to jealousy, from perfectionism to struggling with one's own internal critic. In the process, Lamott includes writing exercises designed to be both productive and fun. • EVALUATION: Lamott offers sane advice for those struggling with the anxieties of writing, but her main project seems to be offering the reader a reality check regarding writing, publishing, and struggling with one's own imperfect humanity in the process. Rather than a practical handbook to producing and/or publishing, this text is indispensable because of its honest perspective, its down-to-earth humor, and its encouraging approach. • REFLECTION OF USE: Chapters in this text could easily be included in the curriculum for a writing class. Several of the chapters in Part 1 address the writing process and would serve to generate discussion on students' own drafting and revising processes. Some of the writing exercises would also be appropriate for generating classroom writing exercises. Students should find Lamott's style both engaging and enjoyable.
ABSTRACT EXAMPLE • “Margaret C. Anderson’s Little Review” • Sophia Estante and Lorrie Moore (Mentor), English • This research looks at the work of Margaret C. Anderson, the editor of the Little Review. The review published first works by Sherwood Anderson, James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, and Ezra Pound. This research draws upon mostly primary sources including memoirs, published letters, and a complete collection of the Little Review. Most prior research on Anderson focuses on her connection to the famous writers and personalities that she published and associated with. This focus undermines her role as the dominant creative force behind one of the most influential little magazines published in the 20th Century. This case example shows how little magazine publishing is arguably a literary art.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks • Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of--From publisher description
RESOURCES for a Rolling Bib • EASYBIB.COM • OWL AT PURDUE • NOODLE TOOLS
PROMPT #1: HISTORICAL CONNECTIONS • 1. Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cell are connected to a wide variety of history. In your essay explore the historical connections that this women and her cells made. You will be informing your audience of A MINIMUM OF THREE HISTORICAL CONNECTIONS.
Prompt #2: CHANGE IN SOCIETY • The HeLa cell has changed society. In your essay you will write about the impact of the HeLa cell on our modern day society. What has changed? What do we owe to this cell? Yes, there are scientific impacts, but what other impacts has this cell made? You do not need to focus on just the good; you may include the negative impacts of HeLa. This essay should argue that the HeLa cell has improved society or it should be a compare/ contrast essay showing the positive and negative impacts.
PROMPT #3: INJUSTICE • This book addresses many injustices that occurred to Henrietta, her family and society. In your essay you will examine at least three separate injustices that were presented in the book and show how they are connected. This essay will show the process of each injustice: what sparked it, how and why it happened and how it affected those involved to create the injustice.
PROMPT #4: THE LESSONS • Henrietta's story and the HeLa cell teach us many things. In an essay you will examine the lessons we should carry from this book and her story. You may connect her story to your own life or the lives of those around you, BUT you must thoroughly explain 3 separate lessons presented in the book. Once you have examined the lessons, show their relevance in today's society.
OBJECTIVE • In groups: • Use the afterword to find a quote for each prompt. • Place prompt number on page along with quote which includes: • Tag • Quote • In text citation • Explain what this quote does for your prompt
Media Sources: How to handle them • Taking Notes • Repetitive Content • Direct Quotes or Paraphrases • Giving Credit
Resources • http://www.lacksfamily.net/index.php • http://www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolab/episodes/2010/05/07/segments/150681
MEDIA RESOURCES Author Web site: http://rebeccaskloot.com/ Lacks family Web site: http://www.lacksfamily.com/ Radiolabsegment on the story of Henrietta Lacks and her children, featuring audio footage of Deborah Lacks talking about her mother’s cells, and actual recordings of key scenes from the book: http://www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolab/episodes/2010/05/07/segments/150681 Fresh Air’s Terry Gross interviews the author: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123232331 CBS Sunday Morning piece featuring interviews with the author, members of the Lacks family, and a representative from Johns Hopkins: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6304949n&tag=related;photovideo Tavis Smiley interviews the author: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/archive/201005/20100514_skloot.html “Are We Alone?” public radio segment focusing on the science of HeLa cells: http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Cell_Cell_ Author appearance on The Colbert Report: http://www.colbertnation.com/ thecolbertreportvideos/267542/march162010/rebeccaskloot Slate article about the Law & Order episode based on the book: http://www.slate.com/id/2257189