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Reminder

Please remember, we are not holding class this week.

I will be in my office if you have any questions or concerns you need me to address.

Also, as you are putting together your end of semester portfolios and you find that you are missing any of your graded work, please stop by my office to pick it up.

Assignments

Objective Summary

Evaluative Summary

Critical Analysis

Group Project Review Essay

See you all in class on Monday, May 7th @10:00AM for turn-in and our end of semester movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes!

Feel free to bring whatever you’d like to make yourselves comfortable!

Defending Your Topic

Defending Your Topic

Meet with your group for five minutes and prepare a 3-5 minute pitch which you will deliver to the class.

Your “Pitch” must address the following:

A: a What Question and a Why Question (Ex: What is your problem? Why is it important? What is your solution? Why is this the best solution?)

B: a Who Question and Why Question (Ex: Who does this problem affect? Who is your desired audience? Why target them?)

C: a When Question and a How Question (Ex: When did this become a problem? How did it become a problem? When would you like to implement your solution? How  would you convince people to implement it?)

D: a Where Question and a How Question (Ex: Where are you focusing your attention? How do you do this?)

 

2-3 minutes of group feedback per group

Allow the group to ask the class’ opinion.

 

Annotated Bibliography Example

Annotated Bibliography

Example Entry

What it should look like:

Vowell, Sarah. Assassination Vacation. New York: Simon and Schuster Paperbacks,     2005. Print.

Explores the first three presidential assassinations in American History (Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley) in the style of a travel book. Vowell gives a detailed history of these national events and historic figures as they have been preserved in the American tradition of tourist attractions. While the book is informative, it is hardly a scholarly work; Vowell’s background in journalism and essay writing allows for a relaxed and extremely readable tone. There is no reference list and most of the information is provided through first-hand interviews with experts. It may be useful in exploring the way in which the American public experiences its history, but it is not a good source for any serious academic project.

 

What it is:

Citation (MLA)

Vowell, Sarah. Assassination Vacation. New York: Simon and Schuster Paperbacks,     2005. Print.

 

Summary (brief)

Explores the first three presidential assassinations in American History (Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley) in the style of a travel book. Vowell gives a detailed history of these national events and historic figures as they have been preserved in the American tradition of tourist attractions.

 

Evaluation

While the book is informative, it is hardly a scholarly work; Vowell’s background in journalism and essay writing allows for a relaxed and extremely readable tone. There is no reference list and most of the information is provided through first-hand interviews with experts.

 

Usefulness

It may be useful in exploring the way in which the American public experiences its history, but it is not a good source for any serious academic project.

 

Your Sentences should be clear and to the point.

Your tone should be neutral and maintain a level of academic professionalism.

 

In Class Research Showcase Presentation Prompts

A substantial portion of your final grade in this course comes from your ability to present and communicate arguments and information in various venues and mediums. The”In-Class Research Showcase” allows you the chance to share your work with your classmates and get immediate feedback on your research topics (as well as giving you the chance to earn25 extra credit points for the winners of the showcase), before you write your individual research papers.

 

Presentation Prompt

Showcase Presentation Prompt Word Doc

Showcase Presentation Prompt PDF

Annotated Bibliography Prompt

Annotated Bibliography Prompt Word Doc

Annotated Bibliography Prompt PDF

Research Project Proposal

Your Proposal Must Address:

 

A Problem: Clearly define an issue that concerns you and your group-mates. This issue should be grounded in some sort of research you have done (EX: The STI statistics used in our example).  Address why it is a major concern to you and your group-mates

A Hypothesized Cause of the Problem: Use your own logical reasoning skills, as well as research, to make an educated guess as to why your chosen problem occurs.

Your Proposed Solution: Devise a plan of action that you can take to solve this problem, this will be the basis for your argument in your research presentation and your individual research papers. Explain why this is the best way to address the issue, what other methods have failed and why you think that is, and how yours is different.

You Must Include

                The Names and Contact Info of all Group Members

                A Proposed Schedule of Meetings You Plan on Having

                A Sampling of Research Materials (3-4 sources)

                A Proposed Breakdown of Responsibilities

 

All of this MUST be included in your Project Proposal, which you will turn in at your group conference next week