Purpose: To generate a quality piece of researched scholarly writing that informs a wide audience concerning a little-understood matter of significant importance, while critically engaging and comparing texts related to that issue.
· To investigate and share an important issue with a wide audience who is about your knowledge level and reading ability and who may not know much about that topic (fellow high school students, for instance)
· To investigate published texts and their sources to see how other writers use or misuse those sources.
· To critically analyze the texts you cite
· To properly paraphrase and quote published texts in a piece of writing (MLA format)
1. For your starting point, choose a journalistic article on a subject you’re interested in to investigate further. Your primary selection criterion here should be the subject’s interest or usefulness to you, but I would also like for you to choose a subject, or an approach to your subject, that your audience may not already know very much about.
2. Find and read scientific (or other) articles that were sources of that article, along with any other quality sources that you need to consult so that you have a full understanding of the subject.
3. Report your findings in a form and manner commensurate with academic integrity and professionalism. In other words, the final product should have credibility both as to content and to means of presentation—citation conventions, grammar and usage, and so on. You should quote and paraphrase your articles to support your assertions about them or based on them.
1. Engagement. Your work should show that you eagerly pursued the process of the project and that you were authentically trying to investigate your subject.
2. Depth. You should pursue the research for your project for the same purpose a professional writer or academician would: To first gain enough understanding to speak with intelligence and authority, and with reasonable knowledge of where the discussion on this subject now stands, so that you can then contribute to that conversation with intelligence and authority.
3. Execution. Your finished project should adhere to the conventions of usage and style, avoid plagiarism (including accidental plagiarism), and competently apply MLA citation format.