Writing & Library Research Methods Lesson Plan: Identifying the Conversation

Lesson objective(s): 

Applying Gaipa’s analogy of a conversation to texts we’ve read for class, students will map out some of the positions that scholars are taking

Total estimated time:  30 minutes

Additional outcome(s): More practice working with academic language

Course work or assignment underway:

Unit 2: Students are writing an essay in which they will show how the author of an article invokes others, using Gaipa’s terminology.

Work and/or reading completed before class:

Gaipa’s article

2-3 articles on fans/fan culture (by this point, not all at once—see bibliography)

Sequence of Classroom Activities

Students will use a section in the article we have read most recently in which the author is explicitly responding to several other authors and map out the relationships among those authors.  They can use stick figures or just make a diagram, but either way, they will be creating a visual representation of the conversation.

Students will then be put into groups of three so that they can compare their diagrams and see whether they agree with their classmates about the relationships among authors.

Reflection on the lesson’s success or alternative approaches:

Questions to ask the students afterward:

–Were any authors more difficult to fit in?

–Which ones caused disagreement?

–How can you tell which strategy an author is using?

I will revisit this exercise later in the semester, but I will have students use the sources they plan on using for their research papers.  This will help students to see the connection between the earlier and later parts of the class.

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