Daily Agenda

  • Friday, Feb 8 (A) and Monday, Feb 11 (B)

    Posted by Joshua Bischof on 2/8/2019

    Today was the final work day for the rough outline. At the end of class, we turned in our final rough outline, which is a 25-point grade. 

    A few things I emphasied as we finalized the rough outline today:

    1. The Broad Context part should not mention your specific topic. Rather, you are discussing the context that your topic exists within. For example, if I am doing to discuss teeangers' addiction to their phones, I might use my broad context to talk about how prevalent cell phones are in our lives, to share some statistics about how many people own cell phones and/or how often the average person looks at their cellphone on a given day.
    2. The parts that you fill in can be either (a) a specific note that you found in one of your prelminary sources or (b) just a board category that you will take notes on when we get to the note-taking stage.

    That's about it! If you have any questions or need some help with your rough outline, email me or stop by.

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  • Monday, Feb 5 (A) and Tuesday, Feb 6 (B)

    Posted by Joshua Bischof on 2/5/2019

    Today we began working on our rough outline. The key word there is rough — this is your chance to begin organizing your ideas before we start taking notes in a couple of weeks.

    First, you have a decision to make. On the right, you will see three different rough outline templates. You will choose the one that (a) works best with your topics and (b) best fits the approach that you would like to take.

    Do you want to focus on the effects of your topic? Choose the first template.

    Do you want to explore the causes of your topic? Choose the second.

    Do you want to focus on ways that we can fix this problem? Choose the third. 

    Your primary goal throughout this process is oto read, learn, and discover. The rough outline is secondary — as you read through sources and begin learning more about your topic, use the information that you read to begin filling in the rough outline.

    You must fill in all sections marked with a triangle. The notes you take will be very rough, and that's OK. Be sure to record your sources at the end of the document. Look at my example on the right — that should help you.

    If you have any questions, you know where to find me!

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  • Day 02: Friday, Jan 25 (A) and Monday, Jan 28 (B)

    Posted by Joshua Bischof on 1/28/2019

    Today we began thinking about our research topics. There were quite a few steps to the process — if you don't understand the description below, see me for help.

    You will need several of the documents from the Research Documents section on the right of my website.

    1. Open up the Topics + Lens document. You will select one broad topic, and one lens through which you will examine that topic. For my example — which you can download on the right — I used sports + psychology.

    2. Open up the Research Question Worksheet — you will do all of your work on there. Begin by filling in the top section: your topic, lens, and a really broad, really generic research question.

    3. Using those two key words, you will then do some research online. Your goals are to (a) be open-minded and (b) generate a list of topics within the relam of your broad topic and focus. (See my example.)

    4. To do better research, check out the tips in the Getting More from Google document.

    5. After you have generated a good list, write a focused research question. You will submit that to turnitin.com under the assignment titled Research Question.

    Again, if you need help, stop by!

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  • Day 01: Wed, Jan 23 (A) and Thur, Jan 24 (B)

    Posted by Joshua Bischof on 1/25/2019

    Today was the first day of research! I talked a little bit about the class, then we completed a few preliminary tasks on the computers. If you were absent, here's what you should take care of:

    1. Under Useful Links, click on and complete the first-day survey.
    2. Log in to your Turnitin account. Using the information under Turnitin Information, enroll in my class. Be sure to use the class ID for your period!

    We will begin thinking about topics on Day 2!

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