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Research Portfolio Project

Thhe research portfolio project (200 points) is the most important assignment of English 1101. The research portfolio project consists of the following steps and elements:


Step 1:  Choose a topic.  Read through The Norton Reader and choose an essay that discusses a topic that you care about and have personal experience with.  Maybe you have already encountered an article this semester that piqued your interest.


Step 2:  Write your Proposal for this Research Project:  This one-two page proposal claims your topic for this project as well as the Norton Reader essay that addresses your chosen topic.  Please include a discussion of why you are interested in the topic, what your preliminary ideas are on the topic, how your ideas intersect with the ideas of the author of the Norton essayand what you hope to find out through your research.


Step 3:  Conduct effective research:  Come up with a list of questions and key words to guide your research.  Locate three additional sources that you feel will be helpful to support your argument.  One of your four sources should reflect the thinking of your opposition.  You must use one book source, one peer-reviewed source, and one additional source that you locate through Galileo; you may not use Internet sources for this project.   Be sure to keep a hard copy of your chosen sources (with important passages highlighted) for your final portfolio.


Step 4:  Write an Annotated Bibliography:  An annotated bibliography takes the place of research cards for this project.  This document is simply an alphabetical listing of MLA citations for each of your chosen sources as well as a paragraph of annotations or notes on each of your four sources.  Your annotations will include a discussion of the credibility of the author or source, how you plan to use the source in your paper, and a listing of quotations that you plan to use in your research paper.


Step 5:  Write the Research Paper:  Your 3-4 page research paper plus Works Cited page will articulate your carefully constructed academic argument, which is supported by your brilliant logic and the support of your credible, outside sources. 


Step 6:  Conference with Ms. Davidson


Step 7:  Finalize the Research Paper and submit to (150 Points)


Step 8:  Write a Reflection Essay:  Your 1 page reflection will discuss the entire project:  what went well, any surprises your encountered, where you ended up, and what you want to do differently next time.


Step 9:  Assemble and Turn in your Research Project Portfolio:


Contents of Portfolio (50 Points)

Section I: 5 Points    

Pre-Writing, Research Questions, and Research Proposal for Topic


Section II: 35 Points

Annotated Bibliography and Copies of All Sources Used in the Paper with quotations and paraphrased sections highlighted

(If you use a book source, just copy the title page and the appropriate sections; otherwise, copy the first page and all appropriate pages)


Section III: 10 Points Reflection Essay



1)  All papers in this assignment should be written carefully using MLA style.  The research paper should be written in 3rd person, but the research proposal and the reflection essay may be written in 1st person.  Do not use 2nd person for any of the writing assignments in this project.

2)  Your work on this project will be submitted in as well as in hard copy format as a portion of a portfolio, and it is due according to the Schedule of Assignments. 

3)   Your final paper introduction should respectfully acknowledge the opposition, per Rogerian strategy, and include a carefully articulated, analytical thesis statement.  This is your paper and your chance to speak up, so your thoughts and words will predominate your essay.  Your position will be carefully constructed primarily of your own thinking (with supporting examples and explanation), but will also include the support of outside experts. 

4)   As always, your well-crafted essay will incorporate aspects of the strategies previously studied in this course (description, exemplification, definition, process analysis, compare-contrast, division-classification), will be carefully and beautifully written, and will comply with the requirements of MLA.  Have fun!


Warning:    Please note that if your paper contains material obtained from the Internet, I will assign your paper a failing grade.  Don’t surf the net on this one.


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