Instructions for turning WR paragraph into TURNITIN
Before the start of next class (Th/F Jan 18/19), submit to TURNITIN a fresh version of the paragraph you emailed during class. (Do not expect my feedback before you submit this fresh version.)
This is a fresh version because you have a chance to re-read and revise it. This may mean changing your idea altogether, refining a current idea, inserting additional examples, proofreading, or some other way of doing fuller justice to your thinking about the film.
Given the “WR email caution” below, be sure to submit your fresh paragraph on the prescribed template, and be VERY sure to acknowledge any sources other than your own knowledge and memory–sources that produce ideas or details that would not otherwise appear in your paragraph.
Between your sending of the email and your submitting a fresh paragraph, some of you may want to check your memory of a movie detail with a classmate. That is fine, but be sure to acknowledge such help where it influences the ideas or details in your fresh paragraph. Be careful, however, to preserve your individual ideas and responses in the process of talking with someone else. Sometimes well-intentioned conversational clarifications start bending your thinking. In other words, it’s one thing to be reminded of a detail, but it’s another to hear someone else’s general idea and find it attractive enough to dissuade you from one of your own original ideas.
16, 17 Jan 18 / WR email caution (premises and conclusion)
Premise 1: Many of us may feel we remember the film less clearly than we would like.
Premise 2: Given the popularity of the film, numerous online sources about it exist.
Premise 3: Some people may feel the need to consult one or more of these online sources.
Premise 4: The “prescribed template” provides writers with a space to acknowledge sources of ideas or details that appear in the writing—sources beyond the writer’s knowledge and memory.
Premise 5: Unacknowledged ideas or details in a piece of public writing constitute plagiarism. This is a fundamental issue of academic integrity.
Conclusion: People who include ideas or details taken from a source other than herself/himself have committed plagiarism, unless they have accurately acknowledged those sources.
CAVEAT: I believe—firmly—you need none of these online sources.