Any topic (writer’s choice)

    Page length: 8-10 pages total*, double-spaced

    (*4-5 pages of new material + 4-5 pages from revised Unit 2 proposal)

    This assignment is a continuation of the work you started in Unit 2. In fact, by the time you begin writing the rough draft of this assignment, you will have completed the research you outlined when responding to questions 1-4 in your Unit 2 proposal. This assignment asks you to make sense of that research by following the two-step process outlined below.

    Step 1: Please respond to the following questions:

    5. What did you discover about your topic after carefully and thoroughly reading the four articles you chose to pursue? In other words, what are your findings? As you respond to this question, you should not only reveal your discoveries, but also suggest (a) whether these discoveries confirmed or subverted your expectations and (b) how they might support or challenge popular or common sense understandings of your topic (as you discussed when completing question #2 of your proposal).   

    6. If you were to use the research you conducted here to develop a larger and more formal project appropriate for your major field of study, (a) what form or genre would your writing take and (b) what method would you use? Would you expand your work to develop a case study?an ethnography?…a comparative analysis?…a theorem?…a literature reviewa lab experiment?…something else entirely? Would your method or approach rely on a series of interviewsempirical data collectionqualitative or quantitative analysis? Please justify your choice of genre and method by briefly explaining their appropriateness within the context of your discipline.

    7. If you pursued this larger, more formal project, how would you structure it in accordance with the conventions of your discipline? Please be as detailed as possible here and explain exactly how you would organize your paper: e.g., After composing my abstract, I would include an introduction that __________________________. Next, in my methods section, I would ________________________________________________________________.

    Hint: If youre unsure about what sort of organizational scheme might be appropriate for your discipline, you might consider consulting other students or a professor in your major.

    Step 2: Please work toward combining the material from your Unit 2 proposal with the material youve generated in response to the questions above.

    To be clear: the goal here is to combine your responses to questions 1-4 and 5-7 into one holistic, unified paper that reads like a single narrative. Your story should begin with why you wanted to conduct research, carry through to your findings, and end with the description of how you would present these findings in a formal paper. In order to complete this assignment successfully, youll need to do more than simply cut and paste material. Id recommend that you reread your proposalincluding my suggestions for revisionand then rework and revise this material so that it flows cohesively as you put the two parts together. 

    Hint: Well be peer-reviewing these papers, but if youd like more extensive feedback than can be offered online, Id suggest making an appointment at the Writing Center and meeting with a tutor in person. Here is the link to the Writing Centers website: 

    could you please work on your 2nd part of the essay? thanks

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