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

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
7Apr 13   EXHIBITION

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/Chronicle

      Reflection

      Illustration

      Expose

      Narrative

      Analysis

      Persuasion

      Application

      Definition of Issues

      Exposition

      Description

      Futures/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 will be original or primary research
    • Traditional secondary research

      Internet articles, essays, blogs, etc. which all pass the CRAAP test.

      Literary research

      Stories, poems, songs which enlighten a topic

      Primary research

      Original articles, letters, official documents, etc.

      Original research

      Surveys, Interviews, Experiments

      Non-text research

      Artwork, video and film, architecture, etc.

      Transfer research

      Sources found from other classes.

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

Research Series How To

What is an Expose0:15
Outlines1:00
Sources2:45
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
Outlining1:00
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

Sources

Written Paragraphs

Creative Approaches

Possible Audiences