Research Project Overview
This file contains a brief overview of the required materials and tasks for completion of the research project, worth a major portion of your final grade in this class. Details on each assignment are posted in this module. Remember that it is vital that you turn in each element on time.
1. Research Project: 600 points
a. Thesis/Intro Discussion: 4/13, 100 points
b. Notes and Quotes assignment turned it to the Dropbox: 4/20, 100 points
c. Rough Draft submitted to Turnitin.com: 4/28, 100 points
d. Peer Review via Turnitin.com: 4/30, 100 points
e. Final paper due: 5/5, 100 points
f. Video Presentation Discussion: 5/5, 100 points
This class requires a 6-8 page research paper on a work or works of literature studied during the course of this term. The paper must make an original, arguable claim about the work and support that claim with evidence from the text and outside sources. The paper must use direct quotes and paraphrases followed by appropriate MLA parenthetical citation and a works cited page. The works cited page will be a numbered part of the paper, but it will not count in the pagination for the required length (i.e., your sixth page can’t be the works cited page). You must utilize five sources besides the original text; these sources must be credible literary sources. At least two sources must be peer-reviewed. The research paper must be written in a formal, academic tone.
At GHC, we require this assignment for several reasons, but the reason that I value most is this: it teaches you to ask better questions. A research paper is different than a report. This kind of writing goes beyond the what to explore why and how. The sharpest, most effective people in this world know that sometimes success isn’t about knowing the answer; it’s about asking the right question.
In the research paper process, you will experience frustration, curiosity, aggravation, elation, relief, and hopefully—pride. Perhaps you have written a paper of this length before, but you have not written a paper with this detailed a process. The course guides you through very specific steps as part of the writing and researching exercise with the aim of providing you tools for future, longer papers in other classes.
Each assignment is due on the day listed above. While you are working independently, I will be checking on each of you to see where you are, what needs attention, and where I can best help you achieve your goals. The more prepared you are, the better I can help you be successful in your writing.
As always, I am here to help. Please contact me with any questions or concerns, or if you just want to play with ideas.