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SSI2-190 A/B: Sources & Adaptations: Getting Started

SSI1 Review of Sources

Go to Padlet. Each table will write three posts on the assigned prompt. Include the type of source in your post.

Critically Reading Sources

Review the article you have been given and answer the following questions. Be prepared to report your findings to the class.

Merrill, Ryan J. 2009. “Star Cross’d Lovers in Song and Verse: An Interdisciplinary Engagement with Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story.” Interdisciplinary Humanities 26 (2): 101–15.

Where is the article published?

What is the author's argument? Underline sentences that best capture the argument. Indicate the page number.  What is the author's conclusion? Underline the relevant sentences. Indicate the page number.

Look at footnotes 1 (p. 101), 2 (p. 101), 4 (p. 102) and 12 (p. 104). How does the author use these sources? For ideas, refer to BEAM graphic on the lower right side of this page.

Review works in the notes on pp. 114-115. Put a P by primary sources and S by three secondary sources.

Starting Points for Research


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Ideas for Essay Topic

BEAM Framework

BEAM is an acronym intended to help you think about the various ways you might use sources when writing a researched argument. Joseph Bizup, an English professor at Boston University, outlined the framework in a 2008 article. The idea has since been refined and adapted by many others.