Academic CommunicationLesson 3Pick up one handout from the front desk. (You will also need the handout Strategy & Checklist)Please sit in pairs. You need exactly one partner.
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Summarizing your PaperAs specified in last weeks homework, for this lesson you need a print-out of the paper you will present for your final exam. If you do not have one with you, think back to a paper you have read recently.Prepare a summary of your paper:answers to 5 questionsplus extra as you wantmust be exactly 5 minutes long!
5-minute summary of Exam PaperSometime during your summary, answer these:What is the research field and research area of this result?Is it experimental, theoretical, simulation, discovery?In one sentence, what is the result?What is new about the result?Why is the result significant? (i.e. Why should we care about the result?)
When presenting your summary, you may point at tables and diagrams in the paper.Your presentation must be exactly 5 minutes long
How can you get good timing?Plan times as you prepare important or complicated things get more timesimple things get less timeTime yourself as you talkKnow if you are going too slowly or too quickly.Have extra material ready if you need to use more timeDecide what you could leave out or how you could say parts in a shorter way if you are running out of time
Checklist Part 2A: Main PointsFrom 1F (pattern of organization) you have the basic points2A: Think more carefullyState the points as best you can in one sentence or phrase each
Checklist Item 2B: Working OutlineStart simpleAdd details as you develop your presentationEventually this will be a detailed planning outline with timing included
Working Outline Top InfoLook at the example on the handout.For homework assignment you must give:TitleAuthor(s) & Affiliation(s)Who did the research? Where was it done?Source: the journal name (or other source, e.g. my lab)the date this research was done or publishedCentral Idea: One sentence as specified in our lesson last week.Pattern of Organization: State the name of the pattern. Explain if needed.
Working Outline: Bottom partCopy points into this template:IntroductionBody
Example:IntroductionBodya. Zircon crystals and uranium-lead datingb. Oxygen isotope ratiosc. Rounded surfacesConclusion
Add some detail to Intro & Conc (Homework: top info plus this level of detail)IntroductionPrevious best modelZircon crystalsBodya. Zircon crystals and uranium-lead datingb. Oxygen isotope ratiosc. Rounded surfacesConclusionReview: Zircons reliably dated to 4.4 byaEarth suitable for life earlier
Checklist 2C: Collect Info, Wording, & Ways to Explain ThingsKeep in mind: you may need extra information to use in answering questions
Find simple explanations of complex stuff in encyclopedias (e.g. on Internet) and middle-school textbooks.
Dont worry if youre not sure where info will fit into your outline
Checklist Section 3A, 3B3A: (Reminder) Update your working outline as you go
3B: Decide on timing for points in your working outlinePlan!More time for important/complexLess time for simple points
Decide Time:[2:15] Introduction[5:30] Bodya. [2:30] Zircon crystals and uranium-lead datingb. [2:00] Oxygen isotope ratiosc. [1:00] Rounded surfaces[1:15] Conclusion
Work on Your Working OutlineDecide on pattern Experiment? Discovery? Problem Solution? Fill in bottom part of Working Outlinemain points in phrases or sentencesDecide on Timing for Introduction sectionEach body pointConclusion section
HomeworkWrite a working outline for your talkEmail it to your teacher. (See course website to get your teachers email address.)Required:Top info: Title, author(s), affiliation(s), source, date of publication, central idea sentence, pattern of organizationAt least the a., b., level for Intro, Body, and Conclusion sections, plus timing for 3 sections For points, you may use phrases or full sentences (your choice)
Homework: top info plus this level of detail in the bottom infoIntroduction [2:15]Previous best modelZircon crystalsBody [5:30]a. Zircon crystals and uranium-lead datingb. Oxygen isotope ratiosc. Rounded surfacesConclusion [1:15]Review: Zircons reliably dated 4.4 byaEarth suitable for life earlier
Your Working Outline must include a good Central Idea sentence!The central idea sentence is part of the Top info for a Working Outlineone good sentence 20-40 words longCheck carefully for spelling and grammar.Choose your words well and you will be able to say this statement of your central idea in your actual exam presentation.