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Writing up Research: Day 132 March 21, 2012

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Today students met in the computer lab to begin writing up their research from pink cards into paragraph format in their Google Document. For every fact or quote you use, you must write in parentheses which article the fact came from (use the Nickname).

1. Type in your heading. Here is a list of possible sections (you won’t use all of them, most likely):

Major themes

Background

Publication history

Reception

Awards and nominations

Adaptations

If you’re working in a group, you need to assign who will work on which section.

2. Write a topic sentence for each section. If your section is especially long (you have a lot of pink cards with that category checked), you may write a few different topic sentences to correspond to the different ideas in your section. Here are some topic sentence starters and examples:

Major themes

  • Titleofnovel addresses the themes of ______, ______, and ______.
  • Critics have suggested that Titleofnovel deals with issues of _______ and ________.
  • Titleofnovel is seen as ______________.

Background

  • [Briefly overview in one sentence what your Background notes address.]

Publication history

  • [No topic sentence needed here; just get straight to the facts.]

Reception

  • Titleofnovel has received mostly positive reviews.
  • Titleofnovel has received mostly negative reviews.
  • Titleofnovel has received mixed reviews.
  • Titleofnovel is interpreted by most critics as _________ (if you’re dealing with literary criticism).

Awards and nominations

  • [No topic sentence needed; just get straight to the facts.]

Adaptations

  • Titleofnovel has been adapted into __________ (a film, an audiobook, etc.).

3. Next, you will introduce your research quotes and facts. For example:

  • Nameofreviewer of Nameofjournal suggested that “_______” (Nicknameoncard).
  • Nameofjournal praised Titleofnovel as “_________” (Nicknameoncard).
  • Critics have suggested that ____________ (Nicknameoncard).
  • Nameofjournal added, “___________” (Nicknameoncard).

All of these sentence patterns can also be found here: Literature Reviews

HW: Finish writing your paragraph in GoogleDocs for tomorrow. Here are some good examples if you click the links:

Major themes

Style

Reception

Publication history

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