Week 5: More Research and Report 2

Greetings Class,

Welcome to ENGL 1302 Week 5.

Beneath you will find TWO schedules. The first is for my MWF classes (PW0 and PW4) and the second TTH classes (S36 and WY4).

Report 2 will be due at the end of the week.

We will be working on Report 2, looking at The Craft of Research (TCOR) Ch. 5 and 6, as well as look at Report 3 Assignment sheets.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday Classes

Monday (2/15): Spend day working, in class, on Report 2.

Wednesday (2/17): Look at TCOR Ch. 5. Look over They Say, I Say Ch. 1 again and look at Ch. 2 as well. Begin working on your Introduction paragraphs

Friday (2/19): Assign and go over Report 3 Assignment Sheet, Review and Discuss TCOR Ch. 6. Talk about gathering research and sources for your papers.

Report 2 Due by 11:59 PM on Friday, February 19, 2016 in Blackboard Assignment Forum (in Assignment Submissions link found at bottom of Report 2 Assignment Area on Blackboard.

For Week 6 Read: The Craft of Research (TCOR) Ch. 7 for Monday

 

Tuesday, Thursday Classes

Tuesday (2/16): Look at TCOR Ch. 5. Spend day working, in class, on Report 2.

Thursday: (2/18): Look over They Say, I Say Ch. 1 again and look at Ch. 2 as well. Begin working on your Introduction paragraphs. Assign and go over Report 3 Assignment Sheet, Review and Discuss TCOR Ch. 6. Talk about gathering research and sources for your papers.

Report 2 Due by 11:59 PM on Thursday, February 18, 2016 in Blackboard Assignment Forum (in Assignment Submissions link found at bottom of Report 2 Assignment Area on Blackboard.

For Week 6 Read: The Craft of Research (TCOR) Ch. 7 for Tuesday

 

See you in class.

Dr. Evans

 

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Week 4: Research Questions and Answers

Greetings Class,

Welcome to ENGL 1302 Week 4.

Beneath you will find TWO schedules. The first is for my MWF classes (PW0 and PW4) and the second TTH classes (S36 and WY4).

Grades for Report 1 are now up on Blackboard. Please look at your grade attempt to read any potential comments.

We will be looking at The Craft of Research (TCOR) Ch. 3 and 4, as well as look at Report 2 and Research Paper Assignment sheets.

Finally, for anyone working on Graphic Novels with superheroes, particularly Superman, here is an interesting Article from The Atlantic to consider:

“The Trouble With SupermanFor decades the Man of Steel has failed to find his groove, thanks to a continual misunderstanding of his strengths.”

Monday, Wednesday, Friday Classes

Monday (2/8): Look at Report 2 Assignment sheet on our blog site. We will discuss it. Will look at and go over Ch. 3 from TCOR. We will also spend time on class working on formulating and answering, in rough form, our research question.

Read Ch. 4 of TCOR for Wednesday.

Wednesday (2/10): Continue working on Research question and answer in route to formulating working Thesis Statement. Will use TCOR Ch. 4 and discussion of it to help us in this process. We will also look at the official Research Paper Assignment Sheet.

Friday (2/12): Talk about and review Thesis Statements. Work specifically on refining and honing our working Thesis Statements for our Research Papers.

For Week 5 Read: The Craft of Research (TCOR) Ch. 5 for Monday

 

Tuesday, Thursday Classes

Tuesday (2/9): Look at Report 2 Assignment sheet on our blog site. We will discuss it. Will look at and go over Ch. 3 from TCOR. We will also spend time on class working on formulating and answering, in rough form, our research question.

Read Ch. 4 of TCOR for Thursday.

Thursday: (2/11): Continue working on Research question and answer in route to formulating working Thesis Statement. Will use TCOR Ch. 4 and discussion of it to help us in this process. We will also look at the official Research Paper Assignment Sheet.

Talk about and review Thesis Statements. Work specifically on refining and honing our working Thesis Statements for our Research Papers.

For Week 5 Read: The Craft of Research (TCOR) Ch. 5 for Tuesday

 

See you in class.

Dr. Evans

Approaching an Analysis of Graphic Novels

Analyzing Graphic Novels

At the end of Module 2 I put to my students (you) some questions to help them start analyzing and exploring their graphic novels (basically where Report 1 asks them to begin after they are finished with it). This is part of the path I want you to take in route to finding their research question and then thesis statement.

This is in fact a step we began, or I had them begin, when dealing with McCloud’s Ch. 7 and his Six Steps. McCloud discusses the Six Steps as part of a fluid and layered creative process, I want to emphasize it in its reverse for you: as analysis of the creative process.

My focus is to push you to approach their graphic novels and go deeper, to start at McCloud’s Step 6: Surface, and then dig beneath the surface to get closer the elements within the story and form of the graphic novel itself:

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Next, let’s move out of the abstract by actually applying these layers/steps and questions to a specific example (graphic novel). Let’s go with one no one in the class selected –

Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely

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As I ponder and reflect, I want to think about this: Is there something here that provokes me to find out more about, to ask more questions, to want to make a case for in an argument?

If there is, great, I may be able to adapt this into a research question.

If there is not, it’s not a failure because I have learned and gone into depth with my graphic novel in ways that might benefit my research as I move forward. What I have found I may write more about in my Research Journals as well. Or perhaps what I have found will lend itself to helping me see the Graphic Novel I am reading differently in a way that might lead me to another research question, who knows.

This will be what will lead us to discuss The Craft of Research, starting with Ch. 3 in Module 3 in Week 4

McCloud Ch. 7 and “They Say, I Say”

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POWERPOINT for McCloud Ch.7

 

They Say, I Say Ch. 1

Another thing that I want you to start looking at this week is the They Say, I Say Corner section of our blog. Contained in there is material (uploaded chapter and PowerPoint covering the chapter) that will become incredibly useful going forward in putting together our Research Papers.

Chapter 1 in particular focuses on introduction material by starting off by addressing what others have said.

Look over the material, we will discuss some of it in the future.

 

Week 3: McCloud (More, More) and Module 3

Greetings Class,

Welcome to ENGL 1302 Week 3.

Beneath you will find TWO schedules. The first is for my MWF classes (PW0 and PW4) and the second TTH classes (S36 and WY4).

By no later than Monday (2/1) evening I would like everyone to have posted their graphic novel selection in Graphic Novel Selection Blackboard forum. If you are having difficulty, please speak to me so I can help.

We will be looking at McCloud Ch. 7 and 9

Monday, Wednesday, Friday Classes

Monday (2/1): In-class workday for Report 1. Will reflect on elements from Module 2 and Graphic Novel Selection Forum.

Wednesday (2/3): Look over final elements of Module 2, discuss beginning questions for starting research process on graphic novels. Go over and look at McCloud Ch. 7 in class.

Friday (2/5): Discuss McCloud Ch. 9 in class and start formulating Research Question for Research Paper.

Report 1 Due by 11:59 PM on Friday, February 5, 2016 in Blackboard Assignment Forum (in Assignment Submissions link found at bottom of Report 1 area in Assignments.

For Week 4 Read: Read The Craft of Research (TCOR) Ch. 1-3 for Monday

 

Tuesday, Thursday Classes

Tuesday (2/2): Go over and look at McCloud Ch. 7 in class. In-class workday for Report 1. Will reflect on elements from Module 2 and Graphic Novel Selection Forum.

Thursday: (2/4): Look over final elements of Module 2, discuss beginning questions for starting research process on graphic novels. Discuss McCloud Ch. 9 in class and start formulating Research Question for Research Paper.

Report 1 Due by 11:59 PM on Thursday, February 4, 2016 in Blackboard Assignment Forum (in Assignment Submissions link found at bottom of Report 1 area in Assignments.

For Week 4 Read: Read The Craft of Research (TCOR) Ch. 1-3 for Tuesday

 

See you in class.

Dr. Evans