Posted by Catherine Trinkle on 12/3/2012
Today is a Writing Day, with an emphasis on paraphrasing. If paraphrasing is still mysterious to you, watch this Brainpop. Login: avonahs Password: avon.
A good way to approach your writing (where to begin), is to create Subheadings in your APA template. You have read a bunch about your topic and should have a decent idea of what your topic is all about. Now brainstorm how to organize your essay and do so by adding subheadings to your APA template. Examples of organize include: chronologically, by point of view or positions, by major events, by cause and effect or problem and solution, by characteristics.
Organization type: Example topics
- chronologically: History of Gangs
- by point of view or positions: Climate Change
- by major events: Steroids in Baseball
- by cause and effect or problem and solution: Changes in Technology
- by characteristics: Black Holes
After you have determined how to organize your paper, it is time to write. Think of it this way: You aren't writing an entire paper on your subject. Instead, you are going to write a chunk/section at a time.
Suggestion: In order to ensure that you are paraphrasing & not plagiarizing, you should select the section that can help you write your chunk, read that sectin, put your article away, and then write on your own. Be sure to cite what you learned from the article and then add your own interpretation/analysis. Use the PowerPoint to help you! Be sure to go through this PowerPoint slowly & carefully. Print this document to help you when you write.