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Junior Persuasive Research Project: Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography

Instructions on what needs to be included in your annotation:

For each source, you must write a concise annotation about the source. The paragraph (concise annotation) must include:
i.       Summary of the source
ii.      Evaluation of the source (a) evaluate the authority or background of the author, (b) comment on the intended audience
iii.     Reflection of the source (a) compare or contrast this work with another you have cited, and (b) explain how this work illuminates your research topic‚Äč
 
Examples:
 
Gilbert, Pam. “From Voice to Text: Reconsidering Writing and Reading in the English Classroom.” English
          Education 23.4 (1991): 195-211. Print.
          
Gilbert provides some insight into the concept of “voice” in textual interpretation, and points to a need to move away from the search for voice in reading. Her reasons stem from a growing danger of “social and critical illiteracy,” which might be better dealt with through a move toward different textual understandings. Gilbert suggests that theories of language as a social practice can be more useful in teaching. Her ideas seem to disagree with those who believe in a dominant voice in writing, but she presents an interesting perspective.
 
Greene, Stuart. “Mining Texts in Reading to Write.” Journal of Advanced Composition 12.1 (1992): 151-67. Print.
         
This article works from the assumption that reading and writing inform each other, particularly in the matter of rhetorical constructs. Greene introduces the concept of “mining texts” for rhetorical situations when reading with a sense of authorship. Considerations for what can be mined include language, structure, and context, all of which can be useful depending upon the writer’s goals. The article provides some practical methods that compliment Doug Brent’s ideas about reading as invention.
 
Murray, Donald M. Read to Write: A Writing Process Reader. Fort Worth: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1987. Print.
         
Murray’s book deals more specifically with the ways writers read other writers, particularly the ways in which writers read themselves. Read to Write provides a view of drafting and revising, focusing on the way a piece of writing evolves as an author takes the time to read and criticize his or her own work. Moreover, the book spotlights some excellent examples of professional writing and displays each writer’s own comments on their own creations, in effect allowing the student reader to learn (by reading) the art of rereading and rewriting as exemplified by famous authors.