Lesson 10

 The Goal:

In this lesson, you will continue researching and working on your annotated bibliography, and you will do a research interview.

What to Read:

Do’s and Don’t’s of Research Interviews  by Kendell Newman Sadiik


Using “Do’s and Don’t’s of Research Interviews,” analyzing what makes Zach  Galifianakis  is doing right and wrong in this video.

Section A-2 in  A Writer’s Reference  (pp. 78-91)

*The Omnivore’s Dilemma  by Michael Pollan: Chapter 20 (21 pages)

Writing Exercise:

Add ten more sources to your annotated bibliography, for a total of 15. (Submit all 15 sources in one document when you turn this in). This annotated bibliography will also need to include an interview with an expert in the field. This should be someone you are not related to.

The interview should take place either in-person or over-the-phone. Read “Do’s and Don’ts of Research Interviews” for help. Email interviews, while they seem less terrifying, take up more of the interviewee’s time. Also, in-person or over-the-phone interviews allow you to ask follow-up questions. It’s scary, but remember: the person you’re speaking to is a regular person. They don’t mind if you’re a bit clumsy. You can even preface with, “I’m not very adept with this, so bear with me…” (or something similar).

You need not submit your interview separately. It should be cited on your work cited page, and I hope to see it used in your research paper. If you do not have an interview as part of your annotated bibliography, you will receive half credit at the most.



We’ve finished  Omnivore’s Dilemma! Whew. What are your final thoughts and opinions? What did you learn? Think on both a content-level and writing-style/organization-level.

 Submission Checklist:

  • Contribute to the discussion (30 point)
  • Annotated Bibliography (10 more sources, for a total of 15, including an interview) (20 points)