I’ve got something to say about the research drafts.
Ever make a pumpkin pie?
Aside from the pumpkin and that gooey condensed milk stuff, you have to add a bunch of spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice, right?
So imagine that you’re sitting there, making your pie, adding your spices, and you pick up the clove container, and you drop it. It all spills into the mixture.
Despite scooping out as much as you can, how is that pie going to taste?
Clove-y? You betcha.
When I see your research drafts riddled with quotations from your sources, I think of that clove-y pie. And I want to read your essay as much as I want to eat the pie. Not so much.
Sorry – the truth hurts.
So what are you supposed to do?
After all, I’m the one making you use 15 sources for this essay.
It’s all about integration.
Paraphrase. Integrate your research into your essay seamlessly. Cite the information so that the essay isn’t plagiarized, but the simple act of putting the info into your own words gets rid of that clove-y aftertaste.
I’ll be in Chicago over Thanksgiving. If you have an urgent question and need to talk with me, you can call my cell (I’ve updated my staff info on Blackboard), but I’ll be train-traveling from CO to IL on Monday/Tuesday and again Sunday/Monday, so I will not be reachable those days by cell or email.
And don’t call me on Thanksgiving, please.
I’ll be busy enjoying my pumpkin pie.
Happy T-Day, Gang.