The Research Project

The Challenge

Create an original, researched-based series of writings that satisfies the needs of the audience you choose. This is a personally-motivated exploration of ideas, not necessarily a formal academic essay. However, you will demonstrate the accurate use of a variety of sources across a range of genres of writing. In the end, expect to showcase your work either publicly, in direct action, or through our class Exhibition.


Week Of

Researching & PlanningDrafting & WorkshopAssessing works of othersRevising & Publishing
1Feb 241-4   
2Mar 21, 21  
3Mar 9321 
4Mar 164321
5Mar 23 432
6Mar 30  43, 4

The Requirements

  • A four-part series of writings across a single topic and rhetorical purpose, completed across several weeks.
  • A single title for the series; sub-titles for each section.
  • Each section is 4-8 paragraphs long and a different genre of writing.
    • History/ChronicleReflectionIllustrationExpose
      Definition of IssuesExpositionDescriptionFutures/Action
  • Each section has at least three sources.
  • The entire series will have at least six different sources.
    • At least two sources will be non-internet.
    • At least one of the above non-internet sources will be original or primary research 
      • Traditional secondary researchInternet articles, essays, blogs, etc. which all pass the CRAAP test.
        Literary researchStories, poems, songs which enlighten a topic
        Primary researchOriginal articles, letters, official documents, etc.
        Original researchSurveys, Interviews, Experiments
        Non-text researchArtwork, video and film, architecture, etc.
        Transfer researchSources found from other classes.

      The entire series will be “published” for an audience beyond family and classroom!

Workshop Dates

Many Options!

Workshop for:SubmissionsAssessments
Section 1April 22 – 29April 30 – May 5
Section 2March 18 – 22March 23 – April 22
 April 22 – 29April 30 – May 5
Section 3April 18 – 22April 23 – April 29
 April 22 – May 4May 5 – May 12
Section 4April 22 – May 4May 5 – May 12
 May 5 – May 12May 12 – May 17
  *Did you miss a deadline?  It actually shouldn’t matter which workshop you drop your section in, so long as you watch and get feedback from it.  (These dates are built to help those who were working on the series in March, as well.) Please do offer feedback to anyone in any workshop!

Research Series How To

What is an Expose0:15
Draft Overview & Style Ideas3:15
Citing Sources w/ CloudCite9:15
In-Text Citations13:30
Inserting Photos14:45
Headers & Formatting18:45

Research Series How To #2

Futures/Action Genre0:05
Intro Writing & Style Tips4:00
Organizing Sources 8:00
Adding & Citing Photos9:45
Adding & Citing Video12:50

Bambi in Boyland

Chisnell’s 2004 Series

How Sweet It Is: American Original Sin

Student Handouts Folder

For Additional Models and Directions

Written Sections


Written Paragraphs

Creative Approaches

Possible Audiences