Paraphrase: Paraphrasing is a crucial skill. Refer back to the Academic Integrity Certification as you craft your first few posts. Remember that paraphrasing is more than changing a few words or the order of the words from the text. Paraphrasing means that you have taken in the text, ingested it, so to speak. You comprehend it and you explain its meaning to your reader in your own words. It is a challenging skill to learn, but you can do it, and I will help you!
Cite: Citation tells your readers where to look if your comments prompt them to do their own research. It strengthens the credibility of your written work. Citation backs you up, so to speak. It allows you to associate your name with the names of great scholars like Lynda Shaffer. Finally, citation gives credit where credit is due. Cite the required readings at least 3 times, and cite broadly from a broad range, not the same reading 3 times.
Chicago style citation is my preferred method, and you are free to practice Chicago style by using it in your Discussions. However, for the purposes of Discussions, a simplified form of parenthetical citation is all that is required. For example, for Lynda Shaffer, the following would work. (Lynda Shaffer, "Southernization," 15) I am using 15 simply as an example. Insert the appropriate page in place of 15.
The second time you cite Shaffer, you may use the short form: (Shaffer, 10) Another example from this week would be as follows. (Edgerton) You may cite the background and context your professor provides in the weekly Introductions & Checklists as follows. (Professor's Last Name, Week 1)
You may use outside sources in addition to the required readings. (3 citations from more than one required reading are still required.) If you use a website that I have not provided, please add a Works Cited section and a link to your source at the bottom of the post for your readers.
- Lynda Shaffer's article is a 'revisionist' work. Having read this work, define revisionism. Provide examples from "Southernization" to show how her work challenged your view (or the dominant view as you understand it) of human history.
Your Initial Post is expected to be a 300 word prose essay, with a thesis statement and 2-5 paragraphs supporting and explaining the thesis. Remember to base your response on information and analysis from the readings. Cite the information and analysis you provide. Explain what you learned in your own words, and do your best to synthesize the authors' analyses into your own original analysis; do not rely exclusively on quotations from the readings to make your points.
The reading for the topic is attached. The citation style is Chicago style.