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Nonfiction & Inquiry

RESEARCH

NOTE: This is a multi-step research project. Consult the CALENDAR.HTML page and your weekly agendas for due dates for each of these "steps" during the duration of this project. We'll take it step-by-step.

This first week, you'll decide on and "propose" a topic and a plan to me. Then, after my "GO," you'll start to collect sources and create an annotated bib. Then comes the actual paper. Then you'll produce a "remix" of your paper into another format (brochure, YouTube video, facebook group/page, etc). Lastly, you will present your remix to your peers.

Again, we'll take all this step-by-step.

Links to the deliverables for this project:

PROPOSAL
ANNOTATED BIB
RESEARCH PAPER
(this page)
REMIXIN' YOUR RESEARCH
PRESENTATIONS

TOPICS

You have choices. For this project, you can continue to work with an essay you've already written for this course. This research paper needs to deal with a social injustice or a real-world implication. You may be able to use whole sections of your previous paper, but other sections may need to be cut as you continue working with the theme you uncovered earlier this semester. You could also propose an entirely new topic for this project. Either way, you are required to turn in a proposal.

NARROWING YOUR TOPIC <-----test your topic!


PROPOSING YOUR TOPIC TO ME:

Email me the 1-page proposal and expect a reply from me withing 24 hours of the due date. I will offer suggestions and possible resources. I may ask you to revise & resubmit before proceding. Within 24 hours, I'll offer you one-on-one guidance for how to best proceed with your project. Use the template linked here:

PROPOSAL TEMPLATE

After a successful proposal, you will next need to gather 10 sources for an annotated bibliography. Then, you'll use at least 6 of these sources in your paper.

You are not required to choose one of your previously written papers for the basis of your research. You could propose a topic in your field of study. I ask your topic hold real-world implications.

After your proposal is approved, you will begin to search for sources to help you with your papers. You will produced an annotated bibliography.

The annotated bib will contain a good portion of your research project. As you complete the bib, you will write up your papers into standard MLA formatting, producing a 6-8 page research paper, with at least 6 cited sources, and using the conventions of MLA. Consult the calendar.html page for dates.

After the paper, you will recreate your message in a more creative form. In a brochure, web page, YouTube video, or in another (audio/)visual manner. Flyers, posters, 3D models will all be acceptable. The "remix" or "re-presentation" needs to stand on it’s own. That is, be complete; not need you to explain it. It should convey the message of your research in a compact and compelling form. Try to visualize what kind of “multi-media” project you might want to try and include your idea in your proposal.

PROJECT SPECS

  1. 1-page proposal memo
  2. 1-annotated bibliography w at least 10 sources & annotations
  3. 1- 6-8 pages of written text, plus Works Cited,  MLA formatted.
  4. 1- freestanding multimedia project (flyer, brochure, iMovie, YouTube Video, etc.)
  5. Peer Presentations

POINTS POSSIBLE

A research project in 5 parts
1) proposal        REQUIRED
2) annotated bibliography   (100)
3) research paper/essay    (100)
4) research / digital remix  (100)
5) presentation                 (100)
            

 

OTHER
STUFF

  1. your topic must be approved by me (via the PROPOSAL)
  2. you will set the specific terms of your project (in your proposal)
  3. your project must have implications to today’s society
  4. you might conduct interviews (do primary research)
  5. you might have specific, first-hand knowledge to include (1st-person is ok). Lived experience is a resource.
  6. You might want to go observe and take field notes.

 

READINGS

I will provide links to resources that I find which might be important to your needs. The other readings during this time, you will generate for yourselves via your research.

OPTIONAL PURCHASE. Go to AMAZON.com or another used book supplier (BigWords is another) and purchase Bruce Ballanger's The Curious Researcher. In this short text, Ballenger lays out a plan for taking 5 weeks to produce a research project. He covers proposals and annotated bibliographies and rough drafts and "writing from the middle" -- For just a few $$$, you can consult this rich text as you proceed with this project.

RESEARCH
PROPOSAL

1-page

single-spaced proposal. It lets me know what you want to learn more about—what you want to research. It lets me help you narrow topics that are too large; it lets me help you find sources. It lets me know that you’re on track for this portion of the class.

 

 

ANNOTATED
BIBLIOGRAPHY

A list of 10 potential resources in your research area.  An annotated bib is like your works cited page, but includes snippets of the actual data (including page numbers) so that you HAVE that info IN HAND as you write your paper. You may or may not use all of these sources in your finished draft.

 

see: BEST BIBS HANDOUT

NEW STUFF
TO LEARN

What’s a “Research Essay?” What’s an argument? What is Rhetoric?

For this paper you might choose an arguable point or issue (at least 2 sides). And, in an argument, in order to build your ethos, you’ll need to address point(s) from the other side of the debate as well. They have some valid points too. You need to ask: Who is my audience? What do I want them to get from my paper? Class discussions boards as well as Google searches will help us to answer these and other questions.

HELPFUL HINTS
TO A BETTER PROJECT

USING ETHOS, PATHOS, & LOGOS
establishing your credibility, speaking from the heart, using logic.

Do a RHETORICAL ANALYSIS

Use Rhetoric!
The Art of Persuasion

Things to Think About
Why does this need to be said?
To whom does it need to be said?
What tone should be used?
What is the best way to arrange the information for the best impact?

How can I make it interesting to my audience?

 
PAPER SPECS


 

A 6-8 PAGE plus references

1" Margins

Double-spaced

MLA or APA citation

Using AT LEAST 6 RELIABLE SOURCES two of which MUST be from academic journals. Use each source several times throughout your papers. Cite them both "in-text" and in a references section (Bibliography or Works Cited) on the last page of the paper.

This paper must be in MLA or APA) with both IN TEXT CITATIONS and a WORKS CITED page.

6+ pages  --plus works cited page(s)
6+ sources --including 2 journal articles
Research Essay or Formal Argument?  (Ballenger 11)
Audience-appropriate
Social issues :: Implications to today's society

 
CITATION SOURCES

MLA: http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/p04_c08_o.html
MLA: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/01/
MLA: great overview with examples on how-to