APSEM May 7 – Adam Ruins the Internet

Here’s the link to the sources used for “Adam Ruins the Internet.” Use this to answer #3.

APSEM last minute presentation prep – 4/24

Some people asked to see the model IMP one more time. Here it is:


Again, notice how she organizes her presentation, how each claim is backed up by evidence, and how her slides (or headings of slides) leads us from point A (the research question) to point B (the conclusion).

See you at 12 at Clark!

APSEM 4/2/18 – Finish your IWA rough drafts


Sorry I won’t be in class today, though I have a feeling many of you will be happy to use all your time writing without having to listen to me talk at the beginning. If you need the laptop cart opened up, just ask Mrs. Bird.

Remember, you should have your full IWA rough draft done for tomorrow (somewhere between 1,800 to 2,000 words). You should be at/around 1,500 for today already. Do not stress out about a works cited page or proper citation format yet. I’d rather you have your main stuff down and we can worry about MLA stuff later.

If you haven’t shared your google doc with your rough draft on it with me already, that should be the first thing you do after reading this blog post. We’re jumping into the editing/revising process tomorrow, and it’ll be hard to do that if I don’t have anything from you to revise. If you haven’t shared your outline (and the pieces of advice you took from the Turabian book from this day) then tomorrow is also the last day I’ll take those for a grade. At this point we should be way beyond outlining.

For those of you struggling with your introductions, the Turabian book has some more clear info on page 119 to the top of page 126. For those of you struggling with a conclusion, go straight to page 126. Here’s the short version:

  • Restate the main argument/thesis from your intro in a more detailed way than before. Remember, your reader has just read 1,500 words on the topic, so don’t treat them like they’re novices
  • Remind your reader of the significance of your research, or even better, bring up new significances or practical applications/solutions to the issue.
  • What other questions/dilemmas might this raise? Remember, CB wants you to evaluate the good and bad of your solutions/conclusions. No solution/conclusion is perfect – CB wants to see you acknowledge that!
  • Tie it all back to your opening context. Knowing what we know now, what might we expect to see in the future if we were take some first steps towards your conclusion?

Good luck! I’ll be around after school if people want to chat about this.

APSEM 3/26 and 3/27


Here’s what you’ll need to do while I’m gone on Tuesday (and what to have for Thursday).

Read Kate Turabian’s “Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers” – I’ll leave them out for you. Read the following sections, starting on p. 77:

In your Google Doc for your outline, for each section write down at least one piece of advice/takeaway that you can use to help you write your first draft.

By Thursday, you should have your first 800 to 1,000 words of your rough draft in a Google Doc (the same on as your outline, or a different on, whatever’s easier) and sent to me. Use slide #6 in this power point to help you get started.

UPDATED: APSEM note cards and outline 3/23


Here’s the power point from this week on outlines, structure and note cards. Only look at the first five slides: Notecard your evidence

For clarity’s sake: by midnight Sunday you should send me a google docs link to your full outline, marked up with the labels we’ve been using in class (Roman numerals for headings, capital letters for sub-headings, lower case letters for claims, Arabic numerals for evidence). You should come to class on Monday with all of your sources note carded according to the style in the power point. Email me with any questions.