Before you start,
1) Download "TEMPLATE for RR.docx" from Dropbox
You will see it has:
- an outline (I, II, III, A, B, C, etc)
- outlines are notes.
- They should be fast to write and read
- a one sentence summary
- three interesting discussion questions
There are also examples in the Dropbox folder
Look at the marking rubric for RR report. Try to find the features in the template.
2) Get ready
- Rename the file
- Change the information inside the template.
- You will need: name, number, class, code, date, and title
- Follow the date example carefully
- Get the code from your Syllabus
- use title case for your title
3) Read/Listen and take notes.
Focus on important Names/Numbers/Dates/Facts/Reasons/Examples
For a reading
- Skim it
- Read the Title/Subtitles first, if there are any.
- Read the summary/abstract, if there is one.
- Read the whole thing
- if you can, highlight the interesting points
- take rough notes on scrap paper
For a lecture
- Listen several times, and take rough notes on scrap paper.
- Listen to it once, English only.
- Listen to it again, English subtitles.
- If you still can't understand:
- read the transcript (if there is one)
- read the Japanese transcript (if there is one)
- listen to it again in English with no subtitles.
4) Type up your rough notes
Use the template to get proper formatting
- NO lonely points!
- No I without II
- no 1 without 2
- no A without B
Read this: recognise and avoid plagiarism
Now read this: Read this:quote and paraphrase
The short version:
- 99% of your notes should be paraphrased
- This means the notes should use your OWN WORDS, not copy-paste
- An easy way to do this is to first take notes in Japanese, then type them out in English without looking at the original
- Don't quote unless the EXACT words are IMPORTANT (e.g. "I have a dream")
- Don't quote too much, and if you do use quotemarks ("")
Use Note English
Outlines should be FAST to write and FAST to read. Use "Note English":
- No sentences!
- Important information only
- Remove unnecessary words (a, he, on, in, the, is, are)
- e.g. "Two thirds of growth at Pepsi came from better foods" becomes "two thirds growth Pepsi frm better foods"
- Use symbols (==,<,/)
- e.g. "2/3 growth @ Pepsi = better foods."
| = ||is/is same as/leads to|
| # ||number|
| X ||times|
| > ||more than|
| < ||less than|
| n/a ||Not applicable|
| w/o ||without|
| + ||and/plus|
| ~ ||about|
| / ||or|
Take enough notes for a 3-4 minute presentation
Minimum 10 pieces of information. For example:
- 5 points (I, II, III, IV, V) with 2 details each (a,b)
- 2 points (I, II) with 5 details each (a,b,c,d,e)
If you don't have enough to speak for 3-4 minutes
- Read/Watch again, take more notes
- Read/Watch something else on the same topic
5)Write a one sentence summary
See write a summary sentence
6) Write three good discussion questions
Good discussion questions must start THREE DISCUSSIONS about the topic!
- No quiz questions - questions with a "right answer" do not start a good discussion.
- No overlapping questions e.g. "Do you like dogs / Do you want dogs / Do you have dogs"
- No questions with an obvious answer (e.g. *""Have you ever been to Mongolia?")
- Don't ask "Do you know TOPIC" (of course they do - you just explained it
These questions are BANNED (lazy students used them every week):
- "What do you think about this topic"
- "What is your image of TOPIC"
- "How do you feel about TOPIC"
- Instead, be specific - "Do you think TOPIC is SPECIFIC QUESTION"
- No questions that need research to answer e.g. "How can we reduce CO pollution?"
Use clear question patterns
See ask good questions for examples.
7) Add APA citation to summary, and complete the References section
8) Print it and (for RR2,4,6) email it
Print your outline and bring it to class.
In class, we will:
- Practice presentations
- Check RR0 for problems
- Learn how to add a Reference section
- It depends. Read your syllabus
- RR1, RR3, & RR5 are not graded. Do not email me.
- RR2, RR4 and RR6 are graded. Email me the file.