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Article Explication

Learning outcome

  • explain the structure of academic arguments in published scholarship (comprehend)

In this assignment, your job is to engage with published literature learning and expand your knowledge of the moves made in academic prose. Here knowledge in action means that you’re gaining a stronger awareness of how to read academic prose so that you can produce it.

Your task

  • find an article in your area that may be useful for your project this term (see create) or for another course’s project. Your job is to go through the essay and for each paragraph (yup, each paragraph) write down in your own words
    • what the paragraph says, which is its content
    • what the paragraph does, which is its role or function in the article (and if the doing is unclear that’s ok)
  • explain the goal of each section including how (or not) the author connected the pieces together
  • write what you believe is the methodology, method, and practice and any questions that may arise (this worksheet may help in some ways)
  • end your document with a section titled “reflection” and tell me what you learned from this assignment. In other words, did it help you to understand the structure of academic research arguments better? what did it show you about things you may want to do yourself? or things that you will avoid? were you convinced of the argument after such a close reading or not?

Email your assignment to me.  Name your file starting with your last name. (e.g., meloncon-explain.docx)

Due Date

January 21, 2021 (anytime today is fine, but we’re gonna talk about them in class so you may wanna get them mostly done before that)

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