While reading Julius Caesar in your English 10 class, you'll be focusing on the use of rhetorical speaking skills to persuade. You'll then have an opportunity to develop your own persuasive argument and share it with your class in a public speaking opportunity.
The research you conduct in order to support your persuasive argument will be driven by the inquiry process, beginning with an essential question. You'll create an annotated bibliography that, in itself, acts to persuade your audience of your credibility as a speaker. Your teacher will be assessing your entire bibliography as evidence of your research and writing process. At the same time, your library media specialist will be assessing one of your annotations (your choice!) and offering feedback designed to help you master this important aspect conducting effective research, both in school and later in your personal life and career.
Below you'll find tools to help you with this process.
Asking Essential Questions (A Guide)
In real life, questions drive research, an inquiry process. The asking of questions is a crucial part of examining any issue or problem that has no clear cut answer. These questions allow us to focus our research on a variety of points-of-view. That's why the SIRS Pro/Con database is organized around such "essential questions." Use this guide to gain a greater understanding of how the habit of asking questions will ramp up your research skills.
Annotation Tutorial and Template
This tutorial will walk you through the creation of an annotation, including all the necessary components: a summary, an examination of currency, credibility, and relevance to your own research. At the end of your tutorial, you'll be given the opportunity to email your answers to both your teacher and yourself. Your answers will help you quickly construct an annotation.
Need help in determining credibility? This tutorial will walk you through the process of identifying and testing the credibility of experts quoted and sources noted. Use the tutorial to practice OR use it as a template each time you need to determine the credibility of a source. You can email your answers to yourself and use them in developing a statement of credibility.
Library Information and Media Center - Monona Grove High School - Monona, Wisconsin
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