The last essay of the semester is a RESEARCH assignment where you will pick one of the two essays you have written for this course (Wild Mind or Book of Joy) and develop it with RESEARCH. Yep, that's right, it feels a little like cheating. But, guess what? It's not because YOU already did the work. Now we'll take the learning fun to a whole new level by exploring the subjects you are interested in learning more about and by making connections to the real world. The objective of this research project is for you to learn to gather research from a variety of places and use it to develop and deepen your thinking process in writing. As Goldberg says, go further.
TO DO (please bust out your journal and scribble some notes in it while reading this research project prompt)
TO DO for this discussion:
1.) Pick either your essay #1 on Wild Mind or essay #2 on The Book of Joy to recycle for your research project.
2.) Read over the essay you picked & practice the Talking to the Text OR pointing technique with it. This is where you circle or highlight golden lines or ideas from your writing that stand out to you and write ideas and questions in the margins. See provided image/samples below.
3.) POST a picture of you talking to the text of your essay here in this discussion
4.) Look at classmate's pictures of talking to the text and respond with comments about what you notice. What things did they circle or what questions did they ask? What got you thinking in response to their picture annotation post? What do you find interesting? What would you explore more if that was your essay? Help your friend generate more ideas and meaning together.
Essay Formatting Options
For your recycled research essay, you have options on how to format it. The first is the traditional research essay format. The second is the research essay with headings or sections. Please choose whichever one makes sense to you and go with the flow.
1.) Introduction: An introductory paragraph where you share the problem/topic and discuss it briefly to define or explain it to your reader.
2.) Thesis: a thesis paragraph set up template for your essay
3.) Summaries of research sources: a paragraph summary for EACH of your sources using TSIS verbs and templates for sandwiching quotes (at least two quotes per source).
4.) Conclusion: the result of your findings in a paragraph or two where you discuss the possible solutions and where we can go from here. Please leave us with something to think about and connect back to your so what and who cares.
5.) Works cited: a works cited page with your sources cited properly in MLA format in alphabetical order
Whichever path you choose, I am still looking for the following when I grade it: