In this move, students learn to identify, describe, and interact with (engage) an intellectual conversation. This conversation need not feature “academic” (scholarly) voices necessarily, but it should feature a complex issue of critical importance. In this move, students synthesize what one or more authors has articulated and make a conversation about the issue visible to their audience. They may begin situating themselves in relationship to a conversation the author or speaker is investigating, but they are not necessarily intervening into it. They may respond to a text or texts (of varying media), and they may situate their own experiences in relationship to that text or those texts, but they aren't offering a theory that explains a pattern, or opening up new areas of inquiry.
Engaging Learning Objectives
Information Literacy Threshold Concepts
- Authority is constructed and contextual
- Scholarship as conversation
Habits of Mind
|Assignment||Writing Goals||Engage Conversation|
|"Frame and Case" Analysis||Utilize a text’s project as a framework to examine an artifact or event||Apply the terms, methods, and/or aims of a text to a new situation|
|Annotated bibliography||Make a conversation visible - understand authority as constructed||Describe each source and its relationship to each other|
|Podcast||Consider affordances of podcasts for a conversation||“Moderating” a panel of authors/sources|
|Response Essay||Understand authority as constructed - engage with texts responsibly - determine a text’s rhetorical situation||Situate oneself in conversation with a particular text|
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