Wikipedia:Wiki Ed/Wichita State University/Languages and Language Attitudes in USA (Spring 2019)

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Course name
Languages and Language Attitudes in USA
Wichita State University
Mythili Menon
Wikipedia Expert
Shalor (Wiki Ed)
Course dates
2019-01-22 00:00:00 UTC – 2019-05-09 23:59:59 UTC
Approximate number of student editors

In this community-based research seminar, we will examine the social, economic, and educational ramifications of various languages and attitudes to these languages in the USA. Some topics we will cover include, the linguistic intersection of race, gender, and social class; comparisons of standardized and Standard English to other dialects such as African American Vernacular English; and the role of linguistics in the formation of language policy. We will take a hands-on approach and students will be involved in research design and data analysis.

Student Assigned Reviewing
BitterLilyz Southern American English, American English, German dialects, Irish language
Ictsoleb Interactional sociolinguistics, Spanish language in the United States, Category:Spanish-language radio stations in Kansas
Delska 7 Fanspeak, T9 (predictive text)
Portiamontoy Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Lists of endangered languages, Ebonics (word)
NotJimHenson Dulan Site, Dulan (都蘭)
Ewadmangoetsch Francis Williams (poet)


Week 1

Course meetings
Thursday, 24 January 2019
In class - Introduction to the Wikipedia assignment

Welcome to your Wikipedia assignment's course timeline. This page guides you through the steps you'll need to complete for your Wikipedia assignment, with links to training modules and your classmates' work spaces.

Your course has been assigned a Wikipedia Expert. You can reach them through the Get Help button at the top of this page.


Assignment - Get started on Wikipedia

Create an account and join this course page, using the enrollment link your instructor sent you. (Because of Wikipedia's technical restraints, you may receive a message that you cannot create an account. To resolve this, please try again off campus or the next day.)

Assignment - Wikipedia assignment blog

Begin a blog about your experiences. You can use discussion questions to frame your entries, or reflect on the research and writing process. Create at least one blog entry each week during the Wikipedia assignment.


This week, everyone should have a Wikipedia account.

Week 2

Course meetings
Thursday, 31 January 2019
Assignment - Evaluate Wikipedia


Evaluate an article

Week 3

Course meetings
Thursday, 7 February 2019
Assignment - Choose possible topics


Choose a topic

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, page 6

In class - Discussion

What's a content gap?

Week 4

Course meetings
Thursday, 14 February 2019
Assignment - Add to an article


Add a citation

Week 5

Course meetings
Thursday, 21 February 2019
Assignment - Start drafting your contributions

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, pages 7–9

Guide(s) for writing articles in your topic area

Cultural Anthropology

LGBT+ Studies




Women's Studies


Everyone has begun writing their article drafts.

Week 6

Course meetings
Thursday, 28 February 2019
Assignment - Peer review two articles

Guiding framework

In class - Discussion

Thinking about Wikipedia


Every student has finished reviewing their assigned articles, making sure that every article has been reviewed.

Week 7

Course meetings
Thursday, 7 March 2019
Assignment - Respond to your peer review

You probably have some feedback from other students and possibly other Wikipedians. Consider their suggestions, decide whether it makes your work more accurate and complete, and edit your draft to make those changes.


  • Editing Wikipedia, pages 12 and 14
  • Reach out to your Wikipedia Expert if you have any questions.

Week 8

Course meetings
Thursday, 21 March 2019
Assignment - Begin moving your work to Wikipedia

Now that you've improved your draft based on others' feedback, it's time to move your work live - to the "mainspace."

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, page 13

Week 9

Course meetings
Thursday, 28 March 2019
Assignment - Continue improving your article


Add links to your article

Now's the time to revisit your text and refine your work. You may do more research and find missing information; rewrite the lead section to represent all major points; reorganize the text to communicate the information better; or add images and other media.

Week 10

Course meetings
Thursday, 4 April 2019
Assignment - Polish your work

Continue to expand and improve your work, and format your article to match Wikipedia's tone and standards. Remember to contact your Wikipedia Expert at any time if you need further help!

Week 11

Course meetings
Thursday, 11 April 2019
Assignment - Final article

It's the final week to develop your article.

  • Read Editing Wikipedia page 15 to review a final check-list before completing your assignment.
  • Don't forget that you can ask for help from your Wikipedia Expert at any time!
Assignment - Original analytical paper

Write a paper going beyond your Wikipedia article to advance your own ideas, arguments, and original research about your topic.

Week 12

Course meetings
Thursday, 18 April 2019

Everyone should have finished all of the work they'll do on Wikipedia, and be ready for grading.