Work in pairs to explore the handbook for your course.
Find key ways into the book. Find the advice you’ll need as you write this semester.
1. ____ I found the book’s main index. It’s 51 pages long. If I look up “flow” in the index, I see that there’s a more technical term for that word: coherence.
2. ____ I found the main menu. Looking at the main menu, I see that there’s a sample argument paper in section A4-h. I know that I’ll need section MLA-4 to document sources in MLA style. Sections P1 and P2 will help me with commas.
3. ___ I found a list of contents on the back of each tab. I see that section C1 has 4 subsections.
4. If my teacher uses the number-letter codes to respond to my draft, I’ll know that S4-a means I should try to make the point of view consistent in person and number in my paper.
ADVICE & MODELS List section numbers or page numbers for the following:
5. Advice about writing introductions and conclusions: C2-a and C2-c
6. Checklist for thinking through my writing situation: page 5
7. Advice about thesis statements; samples of good thesis statements: C1-c
8. Guidelines for active reading: page 75
9. A writing guide for an analytical essay: pp. 82-83
10. Samples of annotated readings (readings with student notes on them): pp. 72-73, 86
11. Advice about using specific evidence in argument papers: A4-e
12. Help for summarizing & analyzing a text (like an essay in your reader): A1-c, A1-d (also A2-c, A2-d)
13. Examples of multimodal texts: pp, 84, 86, 96
14. Examples of good research questions: pp. 359-361
15. Help with understanding and avoiding plagiarism: R2-c, MLA-2, APA-2, CMS-2
16. An example of how to document an article from a database in MLA style: pp. 432-433
17. Seeking feedback on a draft offers a smart start to revising. These pages show a student draft with peer comments: pp. 32-33.
18. Section A5 gives advice for public speaking.
19. Section G6 covers how to find and fix run-on sentences.
20. Section P4 covers how to find and fix problems with apostrophes.
21. Page 370 includes a chart of information needed for a working bibliography.
22. Page 29 includes a checklist for revising my essay.
23. My instructor wants me to use sources that are scholarly. Page 380 includes a checklist for determining if a source is a scholarly source.
24. This section covers how to integrate sources in APA style: APA-3. APA is the preferred citation style in the academic discipline called: social sciences
25. BONUS: If my class uses LaunchPad (the digital version of the handbook), I would get there using this URL: hackerhandbooks.com/writersref