Monday, April 1, 2013

E-portfolio Suggestions

You will be explaining your work during the final interview with another teacher using your entries in your e-portfolio.  The interviewer will also look through your eportfolio without you to give an assessment of your work.

As you know, there should be 4 sections: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking.  For each, you should have already written your introduction including: general approach to skill area (think about how specific reading, writing, listening and speaking skills are important to you as a student and in your career), strengths and weaknesses, and your goals for the class

In each section, you should include 3 entries to demonstrate your work.   For each entry you should do the following:
  • Briefly explain the assignment and the files you have included (2-3 sentences). What was the purpose of the assignment? 
  • Write a reflection on your process and what you learned.  Explain what was did successfully and what you would do next time to improve your work (3-5 sentences)
  • Focus on the specific language, presentation, and research skills that we have been discussing in class.  While you may need to mention the content of your work (for example: housing projects in Red Hook, or African masks), the reviewer will want to see that you have learned skills that you can apply in your other graduate level classes.
  • Include files to show your work.  For your research papers, you should include the drafts with teacher and peer edits and comments.  Scan your papers and upload them as multi-page pdfs. You should include these examples even if you are unhappy the with the results!  Just be sure to explain the problems clearly.  
  • Organize your entries with your strongest work first.  They do not have to be organized chronologically.  For example, you could put your final research paper first if you feel it is you best work.  You should always highlight with improvements you have made, so uploading multiple drafts gives you a way to show what you learned. 
  • Remember that even though you will be explaining your work in an interview, the interview will be very short.  The interviewer will need to understand all of your work without having you present.
Suggested and Required Entries
In most cases you should choose your best work to upload; however, certain assignments must be uploaded.  The following is a list of possible assignments you could upload.  Required uploads are indicated with a '*'.

Personal statement (1st and 2nd draft)
*Mini-research paper (1st, 2nd (scanned with feedback), and final draft)
*Final research paper (1st, 2nd (scanned with feedback), and final draft)

Example research papers
Analyzing a reading (worksheet)
Evaluating source material (worksheet + class discussion)
Your own readings with notes, summaries, and or paraphrasing

In-class TED talks with summary on blog
Halvorson and Kilgallen, notes and connectors
Rachel's English pronunciation
TED pronunciation-  listen, take notes and repeat

Presentation #1: Your work
Presentation #2: Mini-research
*Pres. #3: Research

Please let me know if I've missed something!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Prepositions Exercises

Assignement Due 3/25: Thesis and Bibliography

Thesis statement and annotated bibliography.  Due 3/25

Write a thesis statement for your final research paper.  You may have to change this as you write, but write it the best you can for now.  It should be one sentence and include your topic, point of view, and a general summary of all the information you will focus on in your paper.
Provide the following for three sources of information you will use in your paper:
-Bibliographic entry.  Follow MLA format.
-Summary of the source as a whole in 2-3 complete sentences.  Who is the author?  Why is she/he important?  What is the purpose of the text?  How will it be useful in your writing?

Provide one or more of the following for each source of information:
-Useful quotation(s) with page numbers.
-Paraphrased section(s) with page numbers.
-Summarized section(s) with page numbers.

Type and print this information.  Follow MLA formatting guide (double-space, 12pt font, etc).

Sunday, March 17, 2013

presentation of VerbTense

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Assignment Due 3/18: Additional Readings

Find and read three additional academic readings that you can incorporate into your final research paper.  On Monday, we will work on creating an annotated bibliography for these sources.
Please bring to class:
  • at least one of these sources
  • the bibliographic information for all three (author, title, publisher, date, print or web, etc.)

In the next week and the following week we will be working on summarizing and paraphrasing exercises.  We will also be discussing how to develop and support your thesis statement.

I apologize that we did not have enough time to take a look at the readings that you brought to class last week.  Please let me know if I can be of help in deconstructing your difficult readings!

I hope you all have been able to get at least a little bit of a break!  See you soon~

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Assignment Due 3/4: Difficult Readings

For Monday, please choose a reading that was assigned to you from another class at Pratt to bring to class and share.  This should be something that you consider to be challenging.  We will work on applying strategies for making these types of readings more manageable.

In addition, start thinking about what you would like to do for your final paper.  Will you continue with what you started in your first paper or will you choose a different subject?  If you are going to expand upon your first paper, what information will you be looking for in the coming weeks?  What theories from your field will you be incorporating into your writing?