03 Class MON FEB 01

Pheasant on a Foxhunt

Warm Up

Daily Notes Reminder

Class Notes are my technique for taking attendance, evaluating your level of engagement with the classroom, and encouraging you to practice Purposeful Summary of what goes on while we’re together.

Record your Notes as a Reply to the daily Agenda (that is, to this page).

    • If you think I should create a 2-minute “How To” video for Daily Notes, leave me a reminder in your Notes below this page.


Carryover from WED JAN 27


27 Responses to 03 Class MON FEB 01

  1. christianity19 says:

    —Talking about white paper-polio research thesis statements, and how to start writing out research paper.

    —Synthesizing is writing it our thoughts with other parts from the essay that we will talk about in our research paper.

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    • davidbdale says:

      I haven’t had a chance to explain the hazard of “talks about” language yet, Christianity, so I’m glad you reminded me. Your Notes should be filled with claims, declarations, and observations. They should be empty of “talked about” language.

      When you say we talked about thesis statements, you have named a topic, but you haven’t made a claim about it. That wouldn’t work in your essay, and it’s something to avoid in Notes as well, which are the place you get to practice making claims every time we meet as a class.

      NAMED THE TOPIC: We talked about Research Thesis Statements.
      MADE A CLAIM: Instead of starting with a Thesis we intend to prove by finding evidence, we’ll be starting with a Hypothesis (or several hypotheses) and researching to discover what’s true.

      Attendance Noted. Thank you for posting.


  2. We are preparing to write a research paper to test a hypothesis. This isn’t a traditional research paper, and will provoke more thought than a traditional paper. We are supposed to find research to potentially change our minds, rather than prove what we already know.

    -You would have to fold a piece of paper 48 times to reach the moon with the thickness of the paper.

    -We need to write a 100 word intro paragraph to our “white paper”.

    -When summarizing an article, we should focus on what satisfies our specific research needs, and not useless information.

    -The white paper will be worked on throughout the semester, and will be graded as we go on. “We write to find out what we believe.”

    -The thoughts in our heads aren’t actually ideas. We respond to stimulus and impressions, and when we start to compile our thoughts into writing, we create actual ideas. These thoughts need to be organized. “The best writing is like orange juice concentrate”.


    • davidbdale says:

      Very nice, popsicle. These are beautiful little summaries that actually make my ramblings sound comprehensible. Thank you.

      You’re inconsistent with your periods inside quotation marks:
      INCORRECT: “white paper”.
      CORRECT: believe.”
      INCORRECT: concentrate”.

      Very fine work.


  3. thecommoncase says:

    Warm Up
    -We’re gonna work with a hypothesis instead of a pre-made thesis
    -On a foxhunt, they are capturing what they already have
    -It is pointless to write a research paper about something that has already been written about many times
    -Our goal for the class is to think of a question you think you know the answer to and research it then share our answers and ideas that are true
    -terms will need to be defined in a way that will make their use in writing clear (not dictionary definitions)
    White Paper
    -A place where all of our writing is dumped
    -The better we summarize our research material, the more we have started to write our paper
    -Good place to put bibliography for articles you want to look back to
    -Can be graded periodically
    -We write to figure out what we believe, thinking is not coherent
    -Do not waste time thinking about sources you collect, write as you read articles!!
    -you should have so much material in your white paper that cutting and revising will be difficult
    -multiple hypotheses should be written to see which direction you might want to go with your research, and to see what you believe to be true
    -best way to build off of one source is to look at articles in the reference list


  4. johnwick66 says:

    Finding a pheasant on a Foxhunt: The way we tend to write- start off with a certain Idea, go with it then bring it back at the end of the writing. What he wants us to write- Walk into the woods and hope for a surprise, aka start with an idea, then through your research see how your idea might be molded or even changed
    The White paper: Serve as a dump for your research. If u see an article that interests u? copy and paste the bibliographic info and place it into white paper. You could also use it to summarize sections of someone’s paper . Must make sure to rewrite your work – you will get a different grade for the same draft if you don’t change anything about it.


    • davidbdale says:

      Some of this I wouldn’t understand if I hadn’t been in class, JW. You may want to read as you’re taking Notes to ask yourself, “Will this make any sense to me 3 months from now?”

      Here’s an example: “Must make sure to rewrite your work – you will get a different grade for the same draft if you don’t change anything about it.”
      What I think you mean: “Must make sure to add sources and original material to my White Paper routinely. An unimproved White Paper will earn a lower grade the next time it’s graded.”

      Strong enough for full credit this first time.


  5. carsonwentz1186 says:

    Taking new routes in writing is the only way to create something new and interesting to stand out amongst the other articles and pieces in the writing world.
    A white paper is a method to try multiple different things and a place to rewrite different arguments and openings to get it out in the open.
    “Thinking does not occur during reading. It occurs during writing.”
    Make hypothesis absolutely clear in meaning


  6. kobebryant32 says:

    Professor showed us a passage called “Finding Pheasunt on a foxhunt”. It briefly talked about a strategy of writing a paper. I felt as though it was trying to insinuate that us as writers should get out of our shell and be open to new ideas. Welcome new thoughts and become versatile and well-rounded young authors. He also talked about geometric progression. Professor also talked about what goes into the writing process.


    • davidbdale says:

      I’ve cut and pasted a reply from another student’s Notes here, KobeBryant, because it applies to your Notes too.

      I haven’t had a chance to explain the hazard of “talks about” language yet, KB, so I’m glad you reminded me. Your Notes should be filled with claims, declarations, and observations. They should be empty of “talked about” language.

      When you say we talked about geometric progression or what goes into the writing process, you have named two topics, but you haven’t made any claims about them. That wouldn’t work in your essay, and it’s something to avoid in Notes as well, which are the place you get to practice making claims every time we meet as a class.

      NAMED THE TOPIC: We talked about what goes into the writing process.
      MADE A CLAIM: We research to discover what we believe. With any luck, we surprise ourselves, but we certainly want to surprise our readers. We have no idea what we believe until we put our thoughts into words. Writing is thinking.

      Good work.


  7. honeysucklelilac says:

    Finding a Pheasant on a Foxhunt
    – When writing a research paper, you are looking to test a hypothesis, not prove a thesis
    – Words that we use everyday may need to be looked at more closely when presenting an essay
    The White Paper: Why We Still Have Polio
    – Summarize important parts of sources in a meaningful way
    -Can be graded periodically
    -build sources by looking at the reference list of a source you like
    -write multiple hypotheses

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    • davidbdale says:

      This is the essence of good note-taking, HSL. When the lesson plan offers up mostly advice on how to proceed, the best Notes will sound prescriptive, as yours do, a series of instructions, a How-To list.



  8. rowanrat says:

    Went through a step by step process of posting on the blog. Used our Universe assignment as an example

    Different amounts of writing require different forms of writing. For example, a 100 word response allows little to no room for fluff and the words written must count

    We did a riddle to remind us that words that we use all day everyday might require further investigation

    Went through an example of a research paper on My White Paper

    Question- suppose you had a piece of paper where you could fold many times. The physical limit is 8 times before you can’t fold it anymore. But suppose you can fold it as much as you can. The first fold is 2, then 4, etc… how many times would you have to fold the piece of paper before it could reach the moon. It’s about a million miles

    We will take a survey about My White Paper technique

    It’s a bucket where you dump your research

    Copy bibliographic info and put it in the white paper

    Once you read and investigate, you can begin prewriting and summarizing

    The better you do summarizing, the more you’ve started writing your paper

    Process of synthesizing material and communicating it is summarizing

    Always a work in progress. A document that gets bigger throughout the semester and is graded on periodically

    Always go in planning on a rewrite to get the piece better and better

    Grade suffers if you don’t keep up with the progress and continue to rewrite to make your work better

    This is a thinking, rewriting, and revising class. A work in progress

    Write to find out what we believe

    We do not have a thought in our heads

    When thoughts turn into language that’s where you find out what you believe

    Thinking gets you nowhere. Talking makes some sense because you’re making some sort of language

    Thinking doesn’t occur during reading, it occurs during writing

    When you engage in sources that’s when you begin with your hypothesis

    Share what you find surprising, it’ll probably be surprising to somebody else too

    10,000-20,000 words gathered by the time you’re done-a good white paper

    Next step is removing all of the excess information to make a coherent and condensed paper

    It’s in the details where you should think outside of the box


  9. person345 says:

    In class today, we went over how it is important to revise any 1st draft of writing. It must be better than your rough draft. Just like a Foxhunt, writing has the element of surprise. Then, we discussed the post, My White Paper. My White Paper serves as a work in progress where you could submit writing to be revised. Writing is a way to communicate your findings on a certain topic. We write to find out what we believe. Thinking occurs during writing. We looked at examples of hypotheses of essays. It is important to have more than one hypothesis so that you can get a clearer picture of what is true about the topic. Professor, if you could, can you create the how-to video for class notes so that you can communicate what you expect from writing our notes?


  10. justheretopass says:

    We should be writing a research paper on something we don’t know and surprise us rather than writing a topic on something we do know.
    We went over white paper which is essentially where we are going to be putting all of our thoughts down. It will be graded as we go on so grades may change throughout. Having multiple hypotheses is beneficial. To have a good reference list look at the source you’re using and the source they used.

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  11. imgoingswimming says:

    In our warm up we looked at a writing called “finding a pheasant during a foxhunt”. The piece was meant to convey that we should be entering a topic for an idea by trying to learn something and maybe even change our own opinion. In the foxhunt you just get what you have already had originally, but to find a pheasant means that something was actually obtained from the hunt. In class we went over how we need to be open to new ideas while writing our papers. We can’t just try to prove our own opinion correct by looking for information that proves it. The white paper was brought up today and it is where all of our work will be placed. The white paper we see is on the eradication of polio. The paper talks about how the eradication of polio would be unscrupulous but would overall help us globally. What we are supposed to get from this is that we need to consider all sides of the argument by finding sources and going into it with open ideas that we may not know about in order to try to come to our own result. This is why we should write multiple hypotheses. We also learned about how we should have more information that we need and then cut back and squeeze our paper. This is to let the reader unload the information themselves and come to their own conclusions.


    • davidbdale says:

      That about covers the main ideas, Swimming.If it’s a reliable example of your writing style, I’m going to be strongly suggesting you trim your language to its essentials. I’ll probably be a bit of a nag. Maybe a real nag. But we’ll leave that for another time. Today is about your Notes, and they’re good.



  12. icedcoffeeislife says:

    We first went over how to post on the blog and went over what it should look like. then we moved into the warm-up called “finding a pheasant during a foxhound”. We did to start to think about how a person maybe change your own opinion. then we moved on to what the white paper is about. and how we will be using it to write our research papers and how we will have to change it over time. We also talked about what topic we should pick to write our paper about and how to create your hypothesis for the paper. We finished call off class with finding out what the homework was for tonight and tomorrow night.


    • davidbdale says:

      If you’ve been scanning the Replies I’ve left for your classmates, Iced, you may be anticipating what I’ll say next.

      I haven’t had a chance to explain the hazard of “talks about” language yet, IcedCoffee, so I’m glad you reminded me. Your Notes should be filled with claims, declarations, and observations. They should be empty of “talked about” language.

      When you say we talked about “how to post,” or “what a post should look like,” or “how a mind can change,” or “what topic we should pick,” you’re just naming topics, but you haven’t made any claims about them. That wouldn’t work in your essay, and it’s something to avoid in Notes as well, which are the place you get to practice making claims every time we meet as a class.

      NAMED THE TOPIC: We went over how to post.
      MADE A CLAIM: We found the “Write” button in the upper-right corner of the blog, wrote a title, added text, and remembered to place the post into the assignment category and the one for our username before clicking Publish.

      NAMED A TOPIC: Described what a post should look like.
      MADE A CLAIM: We learned that what goes in the “Title” box is just the name for the post. We should also write a legitimate title and center it over the text.

      NAMED A TOPIC: Talked about how a person might change her opinion.
      MADE A CLAIM: The professor is determined that we not start out trying to prove something we think we already know. The point of research is to DISCOVER what we believe and communicate it to our readers.

      NAMED A TOPIC: Described what a White Paper is about.
      MADE A CLAIM: The White Paper is a repository for all our research results, a place to gather all our source material and to take notes about what we’re reading WHILE WE’RE READING IT.

      NAMED A TOPIC: Discussed how we will use the White Paper.
      MADE A CLAIM: The White Paper is a repository for all our research results, test hypotheses, purposeful summaries, practice openings, and bibliographic entries for the sources we consult. It evolves all semester and will be graded four times.

      NAMED A TOPIC: Described how it will change over time.
      MADE A CLAIM: The best White Paper will contain so much of our own original writing by the end of the semester that putting together our final research paper will be a matter of organizing what we’ve already written.

      NAMED A TOPIC: Talked about what topic we should pick.
      MADE A CLAIM: Professor wants us to be able to write about any TOPIC we choose, but he also wants our Hypothesis to be counterintuitive and surprising.

      NAMED A TOPIC: Discussed how to create a hypothesis.
      MADE A CLAIM: He suggested that thinking was a waste of time. Instead, we should start READING sources on our favorite topic until we find something that surprises us, then suggest a theory that we want to investigate.

      NAMED A TOPIC: Found out what the homework would be.
      MADE A CLAIM: We were told to complete the White Paper survey quiz by midnight tonight and our Practice Opening Task by midnight Tuesday.

      You were clearly paying attention, and you mentioned a lot of essential topics, so I don’t want to punish you for not clearly grasping what I’m looking for from good Notes. I hope this makes the process clearer.



  13. Cole Gaskin says:

    -We went over a riddle that shows that having context are is important than their meaning.
    -We talked about how quickly numbers can pile up when spreading fast.
    -Supposed we had a paper that can fold many (times more then 8) How many times would we have to fold it to reach the moon.(48)
    -Take home assignment due tuesday night. An opening paragraph about the possibility of eradicating polio.
    -The white paper technique: A place to dump your stuff. It gets graded periodically. You can use it all semester.
    -No writing has a real grade. It gets worse as time goes on. Thinking about your topic is useless.
    -When you realize how little you know it is helpful to you. Write about your sources as you’re reading them. When you find something that surprises you make that your hypothesis.
    -A good white paper has ten thousand to twenty thousand words.
    -To get everyone vaccinated we have to vaccinate people who don’t wanna be vaccinated.


  14. mrmba1 says:

    We discussed the “Foxhunt” Analogy when writing – “Test a hypothesis, don’t set out to prove it… share what happens to be true.”
    Through the riddle we found that some daily words may have different meanings than originally anticipated, don’t assume that they are immediately understood.
    The importance and basic structure/ grading of the White Paper was also discussed.


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