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 more than one author or speaker has articulated and make a conversation about the issue visible to their audience. They may begin situating themselves in that conversation, but they are not necessarily intervening into it. They may respond to a text or texts (of varying media), but they aren’t creating “original” arguments or answers.
Information Literacy Threshold Concepts
- Authority is constructed and contextual
- Scholarship as conversation
Habits of Mind
|Assignment||Writing Goals||Engage Conversation|
|Literature review||Make a conversation visible - understand authority as constructed||Show relationship between several authors|
|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|
|Research map||Trace a common thread - determine a text’s rhetorical situation||Track an academic conversation nonlinearly|
|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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