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The computer and the World Wide Web must be recognized for the new and different slant that they can offer to the assignments in writing classes, including as a method of embodiment for M. Bakhtin's concept of dialogism. While students encounter articles and approaches to controversial issues, many will not attempt to understand or embrace the various opinions present on issues. This may be caused by the topic/stance format of traditional essays and research papers. To shift the focus away from the individualism and stunted knowledge making of such essays, the professor sought to engage students in the conversations surrounding their topics and to show students how they were responders and participants in a larger conversation. Creation of an annotated bibliography Web page allowed students to find sources for their research papers. Students' critiques of the sources forced them to judge the Web sites and printed sources and to compare and contrast them. The form of the assignment was interactive, and students were able to visually see the topic conversations develop as Web sites were created and explored. (EF)

Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Critical Thinking, Freshman Composition, Higher Education, Research Papers (Students), World Wide Web, Writing Assignments, Writing Instruction

Author: Pennell, Mike

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9801&id=ED450393

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