that you have confirmed your issue and determined its importance in
current society, the next step is to examine closely who is talking
and writing about the issue and exactly what they are saying. In your
Annotated Bibliography, you will consider closely the position each
author takes when s/he writes about your issue and think critically
about why s/he has taken that position. To do so, you will need to
consider each writer's past experiences, cultural and social beliefs
and values, predispositions and purposes for writing about your issue.
is important to foreground each of these aspects of a writer's position
because you will begin to see an overlap of writers' positions based
on certain shared experiences, common cultural and social beliefs
and values, similar predispositions and aligned purposes for writing.
Once you find the overlap, you can group certain writers together
under collective approaches in the Issue Analysis (the next part of
short, the goal of the Annotated Bibliography is to become informed
about your issue through research and to begin to critically see how
individual writers' positions fit into the overall conversation going
on about your issue today. Through this process, you will become an
accountable member of the conversation about your issue, and this
will prepare you for the final component of Portfolio 2 (the Issue
The audience for your Annotated Bibliography is our class.
You will need to annotate each source completely by summarizing the
text's main idea and purpose, indicating what the writer's background
and purpose for writing are, and taking note of what values or beliefs
the writer holds. You should also include a brief indication of how
effective, credible or helpful the source is for your research.
final draft of your Annotated Bibliography should include at least
10 out of the 15 sources you examine.
It should also:
list each source consistently in MLA style.
be typed in a legible12-point font (it can be single-spaced).
although there is no set length for this type of bibliography, each
annotation will most likely range from 300-500 words.
The Annotated Bibliography is worth 35% of your grade
for Portfolio 2. It will be graded on a +/- scale. The most effective
Annotated Bibliography will include the necessary amount of sources,
will amply describe each source's purpose and main idea(s) and the
author's values, beliefs, and/or purposes. Each annotation will also
respond briefly to the credibility of the source and will be consistent
in and complete according to MLA style.