Learning Habits and POP Revision

Start class today with a quick reflection of your approach to the POP research paper thus far. We have talked extensively of the importance of strong learning habits in research during this unit. Use this form to capture how this has gone.

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Revision and editing are two different parts of the writing process. While some editing with inevitably occur during revision, it should not be the focus of this stage. Today you will start by reading your paper aloud, to yourself, to hear the places that need work. Next, you will trade papers with a writing partner and repeat the process with her paper.

Mini-Lesson: Authors Craft in non-fiction

The craft moves you make in other genres of writing can apply here.

  • Figurative language to help bring a detail or example to life.
  • Pacing to reveal details deliberately.
  • Foreshadowing – you can hint at what will occur in a later section of your paper.
  • Shift your tone to add seriousness or levity.
  • Build upon your evidence to reveal your purpose.


Type the first section of your paper with color coding.


—Paraphrasing Mini-Lesson—
We started class by looking at the paraphrasing tips from OWL Purdue University.

6 Steps to Effective Paraphrasing

  1. Reread the original passage until you understand its full meaning.
  2. Set the original aside, and write your paraphrase on a note card.
  3. Jot down a few words below your paraphrase to remind you later how you envision using this material. At the top of the note card, write a key word or phrase to indicate the subject of your paraphrase.
  4. Check your rendition with the original to make sure that your version accurately expresses all the essential information in a new form.
  5. Use quotation marks to identify any unique term or phraseology you have borrowed exactly from the source.
  6. Record the source (including the page) on your note card so that you can credit it easily if you decide to incorporate the material into your paper.

You completed three paraphrasing practice texts with a small group that we then went over. The final two practice texts need to be complete on your own for homework. Please click here for the practice exercise.

—Congo Research—
You worked with your group again to find places with relevant information from the Congo Reading you did last night for homework. You worked to craft notes (paraphrase, quotes, stats, etc.) to put in your research collection (Evernote, spreadsheet, doc).

—Book Club—

You chose to read either Homeless Bird or Chandra’s Secrets. The first book club meeting will be Tuesday. Both book clubs will read to page 47.¬†You will be taking sticky notes on:

  • Character Development (major and minor characters)
    • Relationship of Character
    • Strengths of Character
    • Weaknesses of Character
    • Defining Moments of Character
    • Essential Question(s) for Character
    • Symbol for Character
  • Examples of Exploitation
  • Issues that affect developing countries (like India)

1. Finish the paraphrasing practice and submit this.
2. You should collect 5 notecards (paraphrase, quotes, stats, etc.) in your preferred research organisation method (see google drive for instructions) You need to have at least two sources.
3. Read your Book Club book (Homeless Bird or Chandra’s Secrets). Both groups have agreed to read to pg. 47 of each book by the first book club on Tuesday.