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In-Class Project Review Essay

Now that you have completed the group portion of your research I ask that you give me your personal review of the project process.

In a 5 paragraph essay (to be completed in class today… you have 50 minutes) I want you to address the following areas:

 

How you felt about your topic

  • your personal interest
  • your interest in your solution
  • how “heard” you felt when your group was discussing decision on topic and solution

How you felt about the research process

  • what kind of information was available
  • was there enough information available and how accessible was the information

How you felt about your group

  • how you worked together
  • how organized you were
  • how you divided the workload
  • did everyone pull their weight

How you felt about the project in general

  • is this a useful project
  • was it fun
  • what did you learn from working in a group
  • how could I change the project in the future to make it better and more useful

 

This Review Essay is worth 50 points and contributes to your overall project grade. Please keep in mind all the standards of essay composition that I set for all your assignments.

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

Lab Activity for Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

In class, on Monday, we discussed “Web Credibility.” We talked about what makes us trust a source, and what are some red flags that tell us a source might not be reliable.

Today, I want you (and a partner if you choose) to put your evaluation skills into practice.

I ask that you:

  • Choose a topic (It can be related to your group project, your personal blog, or anything you’re really interested in)
  • Find FIVE Websites and use the checklist I showed you in class to evaluate whether or not they’re good sources.

Credibility Checklist

After you’ve calculated its credibility number

  • Open a NEW WORD DOCUMENT

For Each Site Include:

  • The Website name and Address
  • The Credibility Number

Write a description of each site’s:

  • Appearance
  • Tone
  • Usefulness
  • and at least FOUR signs that indicates its credibility–or lack thereof.

 

When you have finished this put your name(s) on the doc. print it, and turn it in.

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