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1.  What defines a “controversy within a current topic”?

2.  What are three current topics that are important or interesting to you?  Why?  (Write at least 250 words.)

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3.  What makes writing academic?  How does academic writing differ from non-academic, casual writing?  (Write at least 250 words.)

4.  Using What Is Research?, What Is Research Writing?, and The Qualities of a Good Research Question as your guides:

· 4A)  Write a one-sentence research question regarding one of your three topics from question 2.

· 4B)  Use this research question to find sources of information on your topic.  What sources emerge as credible to you?  (Websites, books, TV programs, etc.)

· 4C)  What new knowledge did you acquire about your topic?  (Write at least 250 words.)

5.  Summarize the information found in The Qualities of a Good Research Question.  What is the difference between research and source-based writing?

Pay attention: Questions 2, 3, and 4C require at least 250 words each.  The rest have no word-count requirement.  Again, always post word counts for all answers.

ASSIGNMENT 2

a. Read the article from UNC about editing and proofreading. (Links to an external site.)

b. Watch this video from Urbana Fuls: Why Proofreading Matters  (Links to an external site.)

c. Download and read the PowerPoint about editing, revision, and proofreading.

Then you will write three paragraphs: 1. Paragraph one summarizes the assignment; this describes the main points of the article/videos/powerpoints.2. Paragraph two compares and contrasts how the topic is discussed and explained in the different media formats.

  • How does audience and purpose affect the creation of the video, for example?
  • Look at the fonts and styles used in the powerpoints.
  • Examine the language of the article.
  • Which media did you find most effective and why?

3. Paragraph three is your response: what you learned, how it could influence your writing.