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Cultural Artifact Peer Review & MLA. WRA 150 2.14.13. Agenda. Overview of the next few weeks Brief overview of MLA Reminder of Peer Review advice ELI Review. Next Week. We won’t be meeting physically for class, instead you will have a 10 minute face-to-face meeting with me

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  • Overview of the next few weeks
  • Brief overview of MLA
  • Reminder of Peer Review advice
  • ELI Review
next week
Next Week
  • We won’t be meeting physically for class, instead you will have a 10 minute face-to-face meeting with me
    • We will talk about:
      • Paper 1
      • Paper 2, how to move forward, questions, etc.
      • Anything else you want
upcoming due dates
Upcoming Due Dates
  • Blog due tonight, persuasion
  • 20% memo due tomorrow (any time)
    • Take this seriously…
what is mla citation
What is MLA Citation?
  • MLA (Modern Language Association)
  • MLA style specifies guidelines for formatting manuscripts and using the English language in writing. MLA style also provides writers with a system for referencing their sources through parenthetical citation in their essays and Works Cited pages.
why use a citation system
Why use a citation system?
  • First, it gives people credit for their work.
  • Second, it give you (the author) credibility. Think Ethos. If you use sources I am more likely to believe your argument.
    • Also can give your paper logos, or help establish a logical argument.
  • Lastly, it helps you avoid plagiarism, or using other people’s work and calling it your own.
what are the basics of mla
What are the basics of MLA?
  • 1” margins around the whole paper
  • Double spaced
  • Indented paragraphs
  • In-text citations
  • Works cited page
  • 12 point Times New Roman Font
    • There are other requirements for MLA but these are the most important ones for this class.
in text citations
In-Text Citations
  • In-text citations are citations that in the middle of your essay (makes sense, right?)
  • You use these whenever you directly quote an author or paraphrase or summarizes another persons words or ideas.
  • They help point the reader to your works citied page, and they generally follow this format: (author page number).
    • For example, if I wrote an article that you were quoting:
      • “Bioshock is an awesome game” (Lauckner 12).
in text citations cont
In-Text Citations cont.
  • It can get more complicated, but here are some more rules:
    • If you mention the authors name in the sentence you need to mention the author. For instance, “John says Bioshock is awesome” (12).
    • If more than three authors you don’t need to list them all. For example (Lauckner et al. 12).
    • If no author is available you give the name of the article, book, or website.
    • For more information about in-text citations see the following link:
works cited page
Works Cited Page
  • The works cited page is a on it’s own page (not a separate file).
  • You should title the works cited page as “Works Cited.”
    • It should be NOT be in larger font, all capitals, or a different font. It should be 12 point Times New Roman.
  • It is double spaced, and there shouldn’t be an extra space between the sources.
  • It is in alphabetic order.
  • There are websites that do it for you, and that are quite good: If you use these sites double check that they are correct.
  • For more information:
so when do i use citations
So when do I use citations?
  • You use citations whenever you quote an author, summarize a section of text, or paraphrase someone’s words
  • A quote is using someone’s words exactly.
  • Summarizing is what you do when you are trying to capture the main idea of large section of text such as a paragraph, chapter, or book.
  • Paraphrasing is when you re-write someone’s words to better fit your writing style.
what is peer review
What is Peer Review?
  • Peer’s reviewing
  • Giving tips on writing
  • Different perspective on writing
  • Collaboration: working together to improve
  • See other people’s papers
what generally happens
What generally happens
  • Most comments focus on grammar & language
    • Peer Review deals with rough drafts, and lots can change.
    • Language & Grammar are worth the least on the rubrics.
  • Many comments were superficial.
    • I am glad that you like parts of your peers papers, but why? Help them do it again.
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  • Mode
    • Genre that piece of writing is composed. Certain genres have features that could effect the writing.
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  • Audience
    • Who is this paper being written to?
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  • Purpose
    • Why is this paper being written?
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  • Situation
    • 1) The situation of the writing
    • 2) The situation of the writer
what to comment on
What to comment on?

Good comments will use MAPS!

what a good comment should do
What a good comment should do
  • A good comment provides context
    • I see that you started the second paragraph by doing “x.”
  • A good comment assesses.
    • I think using an example was a good idea.
  • A good comment offers advice.
    • I think you need to have more context, maybe you should start by introducing the topic first.
put it all together
Put it all together…
  • “In your second paragraph I see that you decided to start it with an example.I think that this is a little confusing. It might be easier for your reading to understand your topic if you introduce the idea first. For example you could say, “Ever since I was a kid I loved baseball.”
    • Step further: You can point to examples in the paper where the writer did the same thing successfully.