Annotated Bibliography

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Assignment by Misty Fuller, Bedford New Scholar 2019

 

Length: 750 words per person

Percent towards grade: 10%

Due: Due March 11, in class: Full draft (5%)

Due: March 13, in class: Final submission (5%)

 

Purpose

This assignment requires you to read and effectively communicate what you've read in an organized, useful way. It requires you to be analytical and to summarize. On one hand, analysis will help you evaluate if the source is useful and why or why not. On the other hand, using summary provides you with its own challenges in incorporating the information you’ll need to remember the points of the text. Both sides express how well you understood a text and how well you can express your understanding. Annotated bibliographies may be mandatory for research in future courses or may just be helpful to you in future research.

 

Prompt

You may work together in groups, or you can work individually. If you work in groups, you all get the same grade, whatever the outcome is. If for whatever reason it is “incomplete,” whoever is blamed, the submission is “incomplete.” If the submission is “complete” and you feel that someone didn’t contribute as much as they could, they still get the “complete.” Groups are limited to 3 participants.

 

You, or each person in your group, will choose a topic and research this topic. The works are the bibliography. “Annotation” is basically notes or an explanation or description about ‘X,’ thus it follows that this assignment, Annotated Bibliography, is a bibliography with notes.

 

The Twist

You can do the annotations however you want. Be creative – how can this help YOU, or some other audience you’ve decided on? Consider playing with the organization, the sentence structure…In your reflection you’ll explain how and/or why you made the rhetorical choices you did (remember, we still want to hit that word count).

 

Grade

For a “complete” (10%/10%):

  • 750 words
  • Answer the prompt (which means you want to make sure you’re not just summarizing; you’re analyzing)
  • (Kinda) Appropriate MLA citations (in-text and in a bibliography)
  • A reflection at the end of your essay – consider what you think you did well in the annotations, what you think you can do better next time, and any part of the process of writing you like or could improve upon.
    • You must include consideration of at least 2 rubrics for this assignment
    • The reflection can be included in the word count for your assignment
    • The reflection may be multimodal
  • You’ll notice there’s no solid MLA requirement – what can we do to make the formatting or form more useful?
    • Competition – free skip day! (what’s most creative and useful?)

 

Assessment (rubrics)

Style, Grammar, Rhetorical Situation Rubric

 

Rhetorical Situation Rubric

Annotated Bibliography (If a ‘0’ is earned on this rubric it means the paper did not meet the requirement of answering the prompt and the assignment will be “incomplete”)

 

DescriptionDescriptive RatingNumerical Rating
Every aspect of the AB is exceptional, creative, and useful. It is mostly analytical.Expert5
The audience for the AB is clear and the reasoning in the reflection easily explains the rhetorical choices the authors made. There is a 50/50 split of analysis and summary. The formatting of the AB is exceptionally creative while still being practically useful.Skilled Craftsman4
The audience for the AB is clear and the reasoning in the reflection easily explains the rhetorical choices the authors made. There is a 50/50 split of analysis and summary. The formatting is creative and is somewhat useful.Craftsman3
The audience for the AB is clear and the reasoning in the reflection easily explains the rhetorical choices the authors made. The annotations have some analysis, but are mostly summary.Apprentice Craftsman2
Some information is getting through in the AB, but it’s not quite clear who the audience is. The reflection doesn’t quite make the audience clear. The annotations are only summary.Novice1
Annotated Bibliography is so disorganized that it’s difficult to read. The audience cannot discern one source from another. The total words in the submission are not 750.Unacceptable or Incomplete0

 

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