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Week 05


1 - Quotation and They Say I Say Chapter 03 link via D2L

  • Choosing a relevant passage to quote
  • Framing every quotation (“quotation sandwich” 51)
    • lead-in which introduces the source and indicates why the quotation is being shared
    • quotation
    • discussion and interpretation, which explains and makes clear what you think about the source

Note authors' sense that it is very difficult to over-explain in academic writing! They say that “it is better to risk being overly explicit about what you take a quotation to mean” than the opposite (54). See also How Not to Introduce Quotations on page 55!

2. Group writing activity

Let's review a summary-only paragraph related to a source. We'll then choose a quotation and consider how to edit the paragraph and integrate it, introducing it well and blending the author's words with our own.

link to shared document

3. Practice with your last essay

Sometimes summary is more, sometimes it is less effective than quotation. Choose a passage from your Essay 01. In your Writer's Journal, revise a paragraph by selecting and effectively integrating a quotation from the source that you originally discussed! (If you already quoted something in your first essay, was it an example of “hit and run quotation?” Reconsider how you integrated it; can you revise to blend it more effectively, making sure it speaks to your purpose?)

  • Finish the entry in your Writers Journal which we began in class.
  • Read chapter 4 “Yes, No, OK But … Three Ways to Respond” in They Say I Say
  • Take this poll: link


Subtheme: A majority of students were interested by issues in two, related areas. So we'll do some reading in the next few days about social effects of time spent online, social media, gaming, and remote work. This links with the other popular sub-theme, specifically how our focus/attention, our minds, productivity and even mental health might be impacted by forms of digital work and play. I suppose if I wanted to put this on a bumper sticker, I'd summarize it as “digital wellness.” Of course, this doesn't mean we have to jump on the bandwagon and campaign for destroying cell phones or banning TikTok. There are many possible responses, from the personal, to the legal, to the commercial; and there is still plenty of debate about causes and effects!

As a side note, please know that I'll be interested and encouraging of your taking our readings and discussion in your own direction through your writing. I consider what we read and discuss together as starting points.

Digital Wellness Zotero Bibliography (in progress)

1. Group listening and reading

Vedantam, Shankar, ‘Screaming Into The Void’, Hidden Brain

Zimmerman, Julie Irwin, ‘I Failed the Covington Catholic Test’, The Atlantic, 2019.

2. Writers Journal

What experiences have you had with digital outrage? Have you found yourself jumping on the bandwagon? Have you been on the receiving end? Do you have friends or family whose social-media interactions cross the line for you? Does this seem to have to do with political divisiveness (just being reflected in our online communications) or does online interaction seem to feed it? Are some platforms more involved than others? Is there a positive side to arguing, protesting, shaming and “cancelling” online?

3. Discussion and relation to They Say I Say: Chapter 4 “Yes, No, OK But … Three Ways to Respond”

Agree, Disagree, and (both)


  • See pp 60-61, Disagree and Explain Why
  • See templates, p. 62 - try one
  • Trying not to be afraid of disagreement (63)


  • It's not necessarily easier to simply agree in writing; “it's important to bring something new and fresh to the table, adding something that makes you a valuable participant in the conversation” (63)
  • See templates, p. 64
  • try one


1. InQuitizitive: Documenting Sources MLA Style . D2L link

Note, I will teach you MLA format directly. But if you are in a major that uses APA, you can use that system – just no mixing and matching! (There is an optional InQuizitive tutorial on APA)

2. Listen to or read one additional source from the Zotero bibliography on Digital Wellness and make notes in your Writers Journal for class discussion on Tuesday.

3. Then write a short paragraph in your Writer's Journal in which you agree or disagree with some part of what you read (using the templates from the chapter as a guide).