Wednesday, October 4th

Day 19 - Wednesday, October 4th

Lesson Objectives

To discuss proper MLA citation format; to prepare students to finish their P2A annotated bibliographies.

Connection to Course Goals

Discussing source evaluation and citation will help emphasize that writers must make choice about the validity and usefulness of source material while still being accountable when citing their sources.

Introduce Today's Class (3 minutes)

Review the Library Session and P2A Assignment Sheet (10 minutes)

Design an activity intended to answer any questions students may have after the library session and clarify the requirements and expectations of the P2A Annotated Bibliography. This may take the form of a WTL, a small group discussion, a whole class Q & A session, or whatever makes most sense to you.

Transition: Develop a transition here.

Discuss Evaluating Sources (10 - 15 minutes)

Use pages 639 - 643 in the PHG to develop a class discussion about evaluating sources. Be sure to cover all the criteria. To make this discussion more interesting or engaging, you might also bring in a sample text (perhaps put it on an overhead) from a reliable and/or unreliable source and ask students to evaluate its effectiveness according to the criteria in the PHG.

Transition: Develop a transition here.

Discuss Using MLA Format for Annotated Bibliographies (15 minutes)

Use this time to also discuss how you would like students to format their P2A Annotated Bibliography. Make sure to discuss the basic guidelines for writing bibliographic citations (see pgs 658-665 in the PHG). If you prefer, you can use this time to show students how to use the Working Bibliography tool in the Writing Studio, which can be a simple way to format and turn in P2A.

Transition: Develop a transition here.

Conference Sign-Up (5-10 minutes)

Conferencing makes for a valuable opportunity to address students' individual writing concerns. Rather than meeting for class next Thursday (October 5th) students will meet with you individually to discuss their work on P2A. Each student should schedule a 10 - 15 minute conference (you may determine the length of each individual conference). Since conferencing can take 4 -5 hours, you may want to spread the meetings out over a few days (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). While we understand that conferences are time consuming, we ask that you only cancel ONE class to conduct them (keep in mind that the time requirement for conferencing matches that of a class session when you consider that you do not have to prepare anything for class or grade extra work during these days).

Bring a sign up sheet to class with designated times outlined. Since students' schedules vary, you should provide at least 24 different meeting times for a class of 19 students. Also, since conferences can run a bit over, be sure to schedule in some catch up time for yourself (especially if you're meeting with several students in a row).

Before passing out the conference sign up sheet, explain:

Once you've reviewed key points for conferencing, pass around the conference sheet and ask students to sign up. Remind them to write down the time they signed up for so they don't forget to come.


  1. Finish collecting articles for your P2A Annotated Bibliography.
  2. Format your P2A Annotated Bibliography according to the specifications we went over in class. Make sure to proofread and edit your work carefully. Bring your P2A Annotated Bibliography with you to your conference.