On this page you will find guides and advice for reading,writing , research, and media analysis.
I will go over these superficially in class, but I encourage you to look them over in detail.
If I suggest certain materials to you directly it is because your writing needs work.
You are advised to pay close attention to these recommendations.

RESEARCH SKILLS:


Evaluating Sources:

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask
Evaluation Criteria
Evaluating Sources
How to Read a Site's Credibility (Examples)
How To Detect Bias In News Media

Reading Skills:

6_reading_myths.doc
Critical Reading Skills.pdf
Reading Analysis Worksheet.pdf

Posing Questions

Asking Better Questions
How to Ask Good Questions

Media Literacy Guides

Duke Film and Video Literacy Guide
Introduction to Media Literacy (Highly recommended)
Introducing Visual Culture: Ways of Looking at All Things Visual


WRITING SKILLS:


Prewriting:

Organizing and pre-writing
Prewriting Strategies
a-guide-to-writing-reading-responses.pdf
Reader Response Guide 1.pdf

Thesis Guides:

http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/thesis-statements/
http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/tips/thesis/
https://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/Thesis.html
http://www.temple.edu/writingctr/support-for-writers/documents/5TipsforWritinganEffectiveThesisStatement.pdf

Thesis tools:

Writing:

[http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets.shtml]
“How to Write a Thesis Statement”: html, pdf
“Paragraphs and Topic Sentences”: html, pdf
“Using Evidence”: html, pdf
“Using Outlines”: html, pdf
“Writing Conclusions”: html, pdf
The link below will take you to the University of Ottawa's Writing Center website. You should read Chapter 6"Building Sentences". This is a very short chapter. Read all six sections very carefully and do the 2 simple review quizzes.

Almost everything about English Composition. (Highly recommended)

Editing:

“Plagiarism: What It Is and How To Avoid It”: html, pdf
“Proofreading for Common Surface Errors”: html, pdf
“Proofreading for Spelling Errors”: html, pdf