“Scholars’ Scholarship” and “The Scholars Converse”
This activity helps students prepare for the Texts in Conversation by writing a fake TiC through a combination of individual and group work.
Author: Kiersten Jackobsen
Activity Name: “Scholars’ Scholarship” and “The Scholars Converse”
Class: PWR 1
Activity Brief Description: In this activity, students will practice writing a short TiC based on the scholarship of their peers. At the same time, students will try their hand at properly citing sources based on course requirements (MLA, Chicago-Style).
Schedule: Recommended for TIC unit of quarter, after covering TIC goals and proper citation format (Week 5 or thereabouts).
Activity Length: 95 minutes
Activity goals: To demystify the TIC by making a variety of sources immediate, familiar, and centered on a single topic. To make the rules and implementation of citations fun and, hopefully, memorable.
- Object (short film, printed text, etc.) related to course theme. [For this activity from Fall Quarter 2014, I used Polanski’s short film Two Men and a Wardrobe]
- Students and their computers.
- Two Google Docs
- Collaboration Stations
PART 1: WATCH AND NOTE (10 MINUTES) - Watch the short film Two Men and a Wardrobe, dir. Roman Polanski (1958). Take notes.
PART 2: THE SCHOLAR'S SCHOLARSHIP: WRITE SCHOLARLY CONTRIBUTION (25 MINUTES)
- Go to Google Doc
- Choose a name for yourself.
- Choose a title for your scholarly publication (book, article)
- Choose a publisher and year for your scholarship.
- Include this information/fantasy publication at the top of your scholarly contribution. (Example: Greatwhite Shark, “An Aesthetic of Reality: Seal Catching.” What is Seal Catching? Berkeley: University of California Press, 1971. Print.)
- Write a scholarly contribution regarding Two Men and a Wardrobe. Feel free to write in a very scholarly tone.
Small Group Work
PART 3: THE SCHOLARS CONVERSE: WRITE MINI-TIC (40 MINUTES)
- In groups of three, open Google Doc 2 at the collaboration stations.
- Write a mini-TIC in which you include four to five sources from Google Doc 1.
- You must footnote each source.
- You must include sources which agree and disagree.
- Your citations must include at least four of the following:
- direct quotation
- block quotation
- change to quotation
- summary of source
- paraphrase of source
Large group discussion
PART 4: GROUPS OF SCHOLARS PRESENT/READ THEIR MINI-TIC TO THE CLASS (20 MINUTES). As a group, discuss:
- What types of citations are included in this TIC?
- Did the group cite sources properly?
- Did the group focus on transitions between sources?
- Are scholars conversing in this TIC, or are they speaking in isolation?
Additional Notes: This activity was originally published as an Activity of the Week in winter 2015.