This week, I learned about paragraph structure. In a paragraph, it is important to have a main idea with some topics branching off of it to support the thesis of your paper. By having main ideas within the main ideas of your paper, the message you are trying to get across is stronger and more persuasive. That way, you have more evidence to back up your thesis.
In addition, from the peer review, my knowledge of writing grew and my feedback improved. I discovered different tactics and nuances to writing that I had never thought of beforehand. Also, I found out that there are multiple angles and strategies to attacking the assigned prompt. This peer review was definitely beneficial to expanding my repertoire of writing techniques. From this experience, I improved my skills as a peer reviewer as well. Beforehand, my comments on others’ papers were usually about grammatical errors. After having the lesson on peer review in class, practicing with short excerpts, and setting ground rules with my group, my ability in peer reviewing grew to examining the draft and thinking on what could strengthen the context and the clarify the ideas that the author is trying to convey.
From the Wikipedia Introduction article, I learned that the topic I choose should not be about people close to me (such as family and friends), a company I am connected to, or advertisement. I also learned that it is important to have reliable references for my article so I should avoid sources analogous to magazines. The article also clarified that editing another page by fixing minor errors like typos counted towards the ten edits needed to include pictures in my article.
For my article, I chose to write about the different aspects to the form of a jump shot. I chose this topic because the jump shot is the part of basketball that most intrigues me. Not everyone has the same shooting motion so it is interesting to see how different everyone's shot is. Five subtopics for my article could be One Motion vs Two Motion Shooting, Elevation, Shot Angle, Release, and the Angle of the Feet.
From Randall McClure's "Googlepedia: Turning Information Behaviors into Research Skills," I learned that it is important to check the credibility of the sources we find online. A good indication of the source credibility is through domain names such as .edu, .gov, etc. Also, I learned that putting quotation marks around the terms that you search on a search engine can help specify what you are searching for and narrow down your results. While finding resources for my Wikipedia article, I plan to follow McClure’s advice and add quotation marks around the search terms that I use. In addition, I will search on Google Scholar to look for any articles that I can use as research for my article.