This week our textbook takes us through the prescriptive expectations for formal, academic writing and source integration. Beyond technically mastering the obligate standards of MLA Formatting, the question emerges, “what do the rules of source formatting tell us about what we value in writing?” Timeliness? Notoriety and Prestige? Collaboration? Evidence? Everything’s an Argument chapters 20 through 22 will help us better answer this question. As satirical relief from these rules, Kyle Stedman will reinforce the most common pitfalls of source integration through humor and learning models that come to represent “how NOT to use sources.” As you craft your CRR this week, think about how these chapters reinforce or challenge your field’s source integration habits (i.e. perhaps you are used to a different citation style like APA, Chicago, or ASA among others) and more broadly, how the ability to integrate sources with integrity cultivate your credibility as a writer.
After Reading the assigned texts, your response should be approached in one of the following ways:
You may want to include key definitions and terms to help you on future projects. Every discussion post must include a question you want the class to address that goes beyond reading comprehension (i.e. we want conversations started not merely yes/no or shallow questions). The expectation is that you engage deeply with the assigned readings and draw explicit connections between your CRR and the readings.