Assignments

Class Presentation | Online Documentation Project | Research Paper | Annotated Bibliography | Research Topic Proposal

Guidelines for the Class Presentation
DUE: Thursday May 20th

The class presentation is worth 15% of your total course grade. Presentations will be graded using the rubric included below.

You will be working with one of your classmates on your presentation. Both students will receive the same grade on the project and presentation.

Presentations must be 20 minutes long. At the end of your presentation there will be time for your classmates and professor to ask questions about your project.

Your presentation will present your online documentation project to the class. Your presentation must:

  1. Present and discuss the results of your research on your common theme.
  2. Present and discuss the process of implementing your documentation project.
  3. Demonstrate your documentation project.
  4. Include at least 2 images, audio and/or video.
  5. Cite all of your sources using APA Style.

Both students must deliver the presentation. You may divide up the presenting responsibilities however you wish, but be sure that both partners have roughly the same amount of time to speak.

You must use presentation software to deliver your presentation. Powerpoint is one option; others are Google Docs Presentations (online), Keynote (for Macs), Presi (online). Let me know if there’s another application you’d like to use.

Again, you will demonstrate your project, but you will also use presentation software to present it. For example, don’t just show us the wiki your group built, use Powerpoint to tell us about your research and implementation, then show us your wiki.

Create your References list as the last slide of your presentation, formatted like the References for your paper. For multimedia provide as much information as you can: author (photographer/composer), date, title, source (URL). For guidance when citing audio and video, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/11/.

Suggestions for your presentation:

• You have probably endured enough Powerpoint presentations to realize that sides with large blocks of text are difficult to read and not very engaging. Consider using visuals to illustrate your points (remember that “a picture is worth a thousand words”). Other strategies you may wish to try are using a single word or phrase per slide, or a bulleted list of topics.

• A good place to look for images/multimedia is Creative Commons: http://search.creativecommons.org/ (uncheck the “commercial purposes” box before you search).

• Outlines aren’t just for research papers! An outline can help organize your presentation, too.

• I strongly suggest that you PRACTICE your presentation at least once – you will be much more comfortable during the “real” presentation if you do. I can open the classroom for you to practice in if you’d like, just let me know and we will arrange a time.

In addition to time outside of class, you will have 3 class sessions to work on your project and presentation with your partner:
Tuesday May 4th
Thursday May 6th
Thursday May 13th

I’ll also be available on Tuesday May 18th (when classes now follow a Friday schedule) if your group would like to meet in our classroom to continue working on your project or presentation.

As always, please ask me if you have any questions!

Download the grading rubric for your class presentation (PDF).


Guidelines for the Online Documentation Project
DUE: Thursday May 20th (at the beginning of class!)

The online documentation project is worth 15% of your total course grade. Projects will be graded using the rubric included below.

This is a group project – you will be working with one of your classmates on both the documentation project and the class presentation (presentation guidelines and grading rubric coming soon). Both students will receive the same grade on the project and presentation.

For your project you will:
• Identify common theme in the topics for each of your research papers
• Develop a research question to explore that common theme
• Find a minimum of 2 new and different sources (that you did not use in your annotated bibliography or research paper) on this common theme
• Decide upon a way to present the results of your research on this common theme to the class using an online technology (possibilities include but are not limited to: a wiki, website, blog, presentation software, etc.)
• Present your project and its results using the technology you decide to implement

Your project should have 3 sections:

1. Report on (document!) the results of your research on a common theme in no less than 500 words (approximately 2 double-spaced pages of text).

Your report should include:
• a description of your common theme
• a brief summary of your sources (literature review)
• a brief analysis of your common theme, and conclusions
• at least two illustrations (audio/video are also fine)

2. Report on (document!) the process of deciding upon and implementing the presentation of your project in no less than 500 words (approximately 2 double-spaced pages of text).

Your report should include:
• a description of how you researched presentation options
• your rationale for selecting your presentation method
• a description of the process of implementing your presentation
• suggestions/cautionary tales/recommendations
• at least two illustrations (audio/video are also fine)

3. Cite your sources (including images, audio or video) in APA style

In addition to time outside of class, you will have 3 class sessions to work on this project with your partner:
Thursday April 29th
Thursday May 6th
Thursday May 13th

I’ll also be available on Tuesday May 18th (when classes now follow a Friday schedule) if your group would like to meet in our classroom to continue working on your project or presentation.

As always, please ask me if you have any questions!

Download the grading rubric for your online documentation project (PDF).


Guidelines for the Research Paper
DUE: Tuesday May 4th (at the beginning of class!)

• The research paper is worth 20% of your total course grade. Papers will be graded using the rubric included below.

• You are welcome to: a) print out your annotated bibliography and bring it to me in class, or b) type it up as a word processing document and email it to me.

• Research papers must be 5-8 pages long, not including References (which are required) or illustrations (which are optional).

• In your paper you must use a minimum of 5 different sources, including:
– at least one news source
– at least one scholarly source
– at least one internet source

• In your paper you will:
– Present your research topic and question
– Summarize and synthesize the sources you consulted for information on your topic
– Analyze your sources in light of your research question
– Present your conclusions, findings, or recommendations

(see Badke p. 19)

• Papers must be typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman 12 point font.

• Please format your References according to APA Style (which we will review in class). Additional information about APA Style can be found on the Purdue Online Writing Lab website: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

• I encourage you to submit a rough draft of your paper – I’m happy to read and comment on it. If you’d like to turn in a paper draft please do so by Tuesday April 27th (at the very latest!). You’re welcome to email it to me (and I will email comments back to you).

As always, please ask me if you have any questions!

Download the grading rubric for your research paper (PDF).


Guidelines for the Annotated Bibliography
DUE: Thursday April 15th (at the beginning of class!)

• You are welcome to: a) print out your annotated bibliography and bring it to me in class, or b) type it up as a word processing document and email it to me.

• The annotated bibliography is worth 10% of your total course grade. Bibliographies will be graded using the rubric included below.

• Select a minimum of 5 different sources of information on your topic, including:
– at least one news source
– at least one scholarly source
– at least one internet source
(if you are unsure whether a source you’d like to include meets one of these criteria, please ask me!)

• Begin with the citation for each source, formatted according to APA Style (which we will review in class). Additional specifications for APA Style can be found on the Purdue Online Writing Lab website: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/.

• Underneath each citation, write an annotation for the source. Each annotation must be at least 100 words (though of course it may be longer).

• In your annotation, please summarize the source and provide a brief analysis of how the source relates to your research topic.

• This guide to creating an annotated bibliography from the City Tech Library may be helpful: http://library.citytech.cuny.edu/research/subjectGuides/annotated/ (though note that the guide specifies MLA Style rather than APA Style, which we are using).

I’ll grade your bibliography within a few days after you submit it, so you can use it while writing your research paper.

As always, please ask me if you have any questions!

Download the grading rubric for your annotated bibliography (PDF).


Guidelines for Research Topic Proposal
DUE: Thursday March 25th (at the beginning of class!)

The individual research project for this course is a series of writing assignments that lead up to a 5-8 page research paper: the research topic proposal, annotated bibliography, and the paper itself.

For your research topic proposal (worth 5% of your total course grade):

• Choose a research topic on a subject that is 1) relevant to the course content, and 2) interesting to you.

• Your topic may be something we have already discussed in class, or it may be on a subject we will discuss in the coming weeks.

• In your paper I will ask you to use a variety of different sources on your topic, including at least one news source, at least one internet source, and at least one scholarly source. It’s best if you choose a topic that is discussed in both academic and popular literature (and I can help if you’re not sure).

• Write a proposal discussing what you will cover in your paper on this topic. The proposal must be at least 100 words, though of course it may be longer.

• Please give considerable thought to whether your topic is focused enough to write about in 5-8 pages. We will also spend time in class discussing how to narrow your focus and decide upon a manageable research topic.

• I’ll take a look at your topics and give you feedback within a day or so of 3/25. It’s possible that your topic may need to be further refined, and I can meet with you or discuss over email.

• Your annotated bibliography will be due three weeks later, on April 15th. It’s best if your topic is finalized and approved before Spring Break so you can use the time to find sources for on your topic for the bibliography. (We will also spend time in class discussing how to find sources.)

You are welcome to: a) print out your research proposal and bring it to me in class, b) type it up as a word processing document and email it to me, or c) post it on our blog.

As always, please ask me if you have any questions!

Download the grading rubric for your research proposal (PDF).


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