Graphic Novelist on Campus: Bonus Point Opportunity

Freshman College and Art Dept. are hosting Graphic Novelist for both a Workshop on Monday Evening (April 8) and a Lecture on Tuesday (April 9). Please attend.

If you write up a brief summary and response to any of these, bonus points will be applied to your lowest paper grade. I will accept submissions from you in class on Friday, Apr. 12.

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CALA Bash

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This week is CALA Bash here at Claflin University.

I want you to attend events that are taking place. Especially, and this will count towards your attendance for this week, I want you to attend at a minimum TWO events and write me a brief (2 – 4 paragraph summary and response) about what you witness.

  1. Your summary should be a brief description of what happened at the event

  2. Your response should tell me your opinion or feelings or what you learned at the event.

These will be written up and shared with me next week. You may use your journal for this.

On Tuesday, students from one of my classes will be presenting posters in WVM lobby, a speaker who does my avatar work drawings for this blog will be here and talking at 2 PM in ARM and there will be a comic book jam hosted by me in the GTK writing center at 4 PM.

Below is listed a link and flyer for events.

Full List of Events and Details

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Essay 3: Peer Review

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For this essay you want to look closely at the following:

  1. Is there strong thesis statement, one that clearly indicates what you are describing for us and why?

  2. Is there a good and solid definition of superhero or supervillain or otherwise provided to us?

  3. Is there good, strong research provided that helps lay out credible reporting on the topic?

  4. Is there a good use of sources, integrated, cited, and explained?

– Check also for grammar and other proofing errors as well.

– Provide any constructive feedback you may wish to impart.

Dealing with Online Sources in MLA

Since a lot of the information we are getting comes from ONLINE sources I want to look at what it is you need to look for when looking at online sources.

Here is what the OWL at Purdue has:

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There is quite a lot here and for what we look for online we will NOT always find ALL of this. We want to find what we can, and this will depend on the source.

For example, let’s say I look up a definition of “superhero” and want to quote it in my paper.

How do I create a works cited page? How do I then cite it in my text itself.


Let’s start by turning that stuff given to us by the OWL at Purdue and turn it into a fill-in-the blank. For everything I find I will fill it in. For what I don’t find I will mark NA and leave out.

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The definition of a superhero by Merriam Webster dictionary online is where I will look as my source:

______NA______                     Author and/or editor names (if available); last names first.

___”superhero”___             “Article name in quotation marks.”

Merriam-Webster.com   Title of the website, project, or book in italics.

_____NA________      Any version numbers available, including editions (ed.), revisions, posting dates, volumes (vol.), or issue numbers (no.).

Merriam Webster__NA_ Publisher information, including the publisher name and publishing date.

____NA________Take note of any page numbers (p. or pp.) or paragraph numbers (par. or pars.).

____________ URL (without the https://) DOI or permalink.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/superhero

_Accessed on 29 Oct. 2018_Date you accessed the material (Date Accessed)—While not required, it is highly recommended, especially when dealing with pages that change frequently or do not have a visible copyright date.


Now, I take this information and write it out as it should appear in the citation, in the order I have it above, omitting the information I marked “NA”.

Here is what my citation should look like:

“superhero.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam Webster. https://www.merriam-

 webster.com/dictionary/superhero. Accessed on 29 Oct. 2018.

To form the in-text citations I simply take what is on the first line, farthest to the left. In this case it is “superhero.” This, when I summarize, paraphrase, or quote from the source will be placed in parenthesis like so: (“superhero”).