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Walk, Talk, Cook, Eat: A Guide to Using Sources

Haller, Cynthia R.
Series Edition: 
Vol. 2

Teaching students to write well with sources involves much more than teaching them to summarize, paraphrase, quote, and provide documentation. You can use this dialogue, in which a college student seeks writing advice about using sources from an online professor, to help students understand what it means to use sources thoughtfully, appropriately, and rhetorically. Four metaphors help you to articulate how students can work effectively with sources illuminating a different aspect of source-based writing: walking, talking, cooking, and eating. The walking metaphor captures how to find and document sources. The talking metaphor is a reminder that all sources are authored and connected through overlapping knowledge networks.  The metaphor of cooking with sources describes how to analyze source-based assignments and integrate source materials. Finally, the eating metaphor explains the effects of using sources on one’s personal identity.


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