Project #65903 - Biblography and How to guide

Your objective: compose a How-To Guide for writing an effective paragraph.


Composing skills practiced: research, analysis, formatting & presentation, synthesis, structure, active learning.


Required Components: a) Annotated Bibliography &  b) How-To Guide


FOR THE SCHOLARS READING: The annotated bibliography only needs to take up a small portion and the writing for them can be Half assed for it is not as important. The how to guide only needs to be 3/4 of a page. This is very easy to do and will only take an hour at most.


Protip: I highly, highly, highly, highly, highly advise that you read through ALL of the instructions before starting. Having a general sense of the project before beginning will help you immensely, both in producing a higher quality document and in helping you use your time more efficiently.


Component A: Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is basically a works cited page that includes… annotations (or “notes”) for each entry. Review this guide for more information.


  1. First, I am requiring you to use THREE sources, two of which I am providing.

    1. Your first source must be this handout on paragraphs from the Writing Center at UNC.

    2. Your second source must be the wikiHow entry “How to Write a Paragraph

    3. Your final source may be of any kind (presentation, book, video, website, etc.) but must be focused on the idea of paragraph development.


  1. Create your annotated bibliography

    1. You must format each source per MLA guidelines. Review the Purdue OWL’s guidelines for citing electronic sources

    2. The first entry needs to be the UNC Writing Center Handout

      1. Underneath this entry, for your annotation, summarize the main points. Ask yourself, what’s the most important and relevant information here for your given writing situation. Write this as a summary, not as a bullet list, and paraphrase the material (no direct quotes).

    3. Your remaining two entries can be in any order you prefer

      1. Underneath each of these entries, you need to write 4 sentences of what this sources adds to your understanding of paragraphs and paragraph development. Stated another way, what new information does this source add that previous sources have not? Or, in what ways does this source nuance or extend information offered by a previous source?

    4. At the bottom of your annotated bibliography, you need to include the keyword “Reflection:” and then provide 3-4 sentences describing your developing understanding of the concept you worked on. What new information/strategies did you glean? How has your understanding changed?

Component B: How-To Guide

A How-To Guide takes a task or process and then analyzes that task/process in order to break it down into its various steps/elements. Then, it presents those steps/elements in a logical and detailed fashion so a reader can then learn to complete the task/process being covered. Review this guide for more information.

  1. Compare, contrast, and synthesize your sources

    1. Even if you found a source that you think is “perfect,” you cannot simply copy and paste that source and call it YOUR How-to Guide. You need to draw from the sources you researched.


  1. Compose/design your How-To Guide for composing/developing an effective paragraph

    1. You need to understand the basic genre conventions/expectations of a How-To Guide

      1. What are the expected elements? What elements are not allowed?

    2. You must use all 3 of your sources when creating your guide.

    3. You cannot directly quote from your sources. Instead paraphrase the relevant information (that means understanding the information enough that you can then explain the information in your own words).

      1. Indicate the source (or sources) after an idea or point with a simple parenthetical citation.

    4. You must include 1 or more examples in your How-To Guide (that’s a pretty standard feature of any basic How-To Guide).

      1. Your example(s) must be drawn from one of your major projects in this course.

    5. You must make use of some stylistic features, such as font, font size, colored font, bold/italicized/underlined, bullets/numbers, positioning of text & use of white space, potential graphics and/or images.

      1. How much is too much or too little? That’s your call!

      2. The choices you make should have a rationale behind them. That is, these choices should be rhetorical. For instance, bolding all important keywords in the guide so that a reader understands these are important.

    6. You do not need to compose your guide in Google Doc. You may prefer to use Word, or Publisher, or Google Draw, or Powerpoint, or Prezi, or Adobe, or some other platform. Just make sure you upload your document to your folder and I have the ability to open it.

    7. At the bottom of your guide, include the keyword “Rhetorical Strategies:” and then write 3-4 sentences telling me your reasoning for using the stylistic features you used.

      1. How did the features (font, color, graphic, etc.)  you employed help you achieve your goal? What was your intended purpose in using a particular feature? Basically, tell me your logic behind your choices.

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 04/09/2015 03:47 am
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