In preparation for your final synthesis paper, you will write 4 postings as your reading response journals to 4 journal articles and 2 synthesis skill homeworks. Here is the flowchart describing the process of your final synthesis paper:
Process and Schedule of Final Synthesis Paper
Week 6 (09/10) : Journal Article A –> Reading Response Journal A
Week 7 (16/10) : Journal Article B –> Reading Response Journal B
Week 8 (23/10) : Reading Response Journal A + B –> Synthesis Skill Homework AB
Week 9 (30/10) : Journal Article C –> Reading Response Journal C
Week 10 (06/11) : Journal Article D –> Reading Response Journal D
Week 11 (13/11) : Reading Response Journal C + D –> Synthesis Skill Homework CD
Week 12 (20/11): Synthesis Skill Homework AB + CD –> draft of Final Synthesis Paper ABCD
Week 13 (27/11): revision of the draft
Week 14 (04/12): submission of the Final Synthesis Paper
Preparation of the Final Synthesis Paper
Please select four (4) journal articles from 27 articles available in this media fire link. Choose the articles that you think you can connect into one paper. If you think you cannot choose 4 articles that can be connected, you can choose other articles, but one article must be taken from the list of articles that I provide. Also, you have to consult the other articles not in the list to me.
This Week’s Assignment: Reading Response Journal A (500-750 words)
- Pick one article from the four articles that you have selected.
- Write a response to the article. You can respond to a specific ideas, arguments, or parts of the article.
- Post your journal in your blog.
- Here is the grading criteria:
- Do the students respond specifically to the text. These numbers are just examples, (5 – the student responds to specific ideas and main points of the text, 4 – mostly responds to specific ideas but sometimes more general “idea” or “topic of the text only, 3 – the student only responds to a general, vague idea of the topic of the text, 2 – the student does not really respond to the text, mostly based on their own experience, but do not connect it to the text, 1 – not on topic)
- Do the students use textual support from the text. It is less about the quantity of textual support than how the student uses it in their response journal. (5 – the students use multiple quotes or paraphrases of the text to support there ideas. Or they use multiple quotes or paraphrase to show the idea of the text they are discussing. 4. some reference to the article, but not many. Or not as clearly connected to the students discussions. 3. One or two examples or textual support, but not used well. OR many quotes that seem irrelevant to the articles main ideas or the students discussion. 2. No real support from the text or irrelevant phrases. 1. The student does not refer to the text at all, but it is only a personal story.
- Make connections between the text and their own ideas. These ideas could be reactions, arguments for or against the text, questions about the text, personal experience that helps understand the text, etc. They may also make connections between this text and other texts. (5 – Makes clear the connection between the text and their own ideas. 4. Some connection between text and own ideas, but might not be explicit. 3. Vague connections between own ideas and text. 2. Almost no connections. 1. No connections to text.)
- Explain thoughts and reactions to the text. (5 – clearly explain all reactions or thoughts on text. 4 – many clear explanations, but some parts less clear. 3. thoughts and reactions vague or unsupported. 2. Almost no explanation for own thoughts. OR mostly summarizes the text. 1. No explanation for thoughts. OR only a summary of the text).
Deadline of the Reading Response Journal A is Thursday, 10 October 2013, 9 AM.