at a Glance
we have accumulated most of our research (Module 3), we are ready to "OW" the
COW . You remember COW?
Module 4 is all about organizing the research (the "O" of the COW) and
then writing the report (the "W" ), including revision based on
feedback from readers.
Objectives. In Module 4, students
(1) plan and outline an argumentative research report;
(2) write a draft report for peer review;
(3) review and offer criticism of other writers' reports;
(4) revise and polish reports:
(5) learn to avoid common mistakes of grammar, punctuation and mechanics of
This module features guest lecturer Elizabeth Gutchess. You will find one or
more of Dr. E's documents in most of the Lessons of this module. Most of them
review the essentials of standard English. Be sure to brush up on the rules of
language through her discussions, and take the recommended exercises to check
In the academic
world, your literacy (ability to write technically correct English) is the sign
that tells whether you're one of us, here in the magical Land of Academicians,
or whether you're one of them. Don't be seen as one of them. They are doomed to
repeat English 101 forever.
paper that we must write is argumentative, but persuasion is not easy, unless we
can use guns, money, sex or other incentives. Using words alone, how can we get
people to "change their minds"?
above: An ancient Greek vase depicts a famous scene from the Iliad in which
smooth-talking Odysseus tries to persuade brawny Achilles (center) to join the
Trojan War. Achilles thinks it over but declines. All things considered, he
would rather live than die, thank you.
module includes Lessons 19 to 24.
Lesson 19: Organize with
Lesson 20: Review your plan
Lesson 21: The story of
Lesson 22: Dr. E's grammar
Lesson 23: The peer review
24: Dr. G's Hit Parade