Description of Projects for READ 680
Candidates will begin to explore a topic in their content area through this multi-genre research project. The intent of this project is for candidates to explore, through participation, an alternative to the traditional research paper or report. Candidates will use one place, person, or event in their content area (a math content teacher may wish to focus on a famous mathematician or a social studies person may want to focus on a little known explorer) as the subject of their multi-genre project.
Students will be expected to consult at least 10 varied sources on the topic (i.e., research articles, documentaries, NPR broadcasts, PBS specials, visits to museums, brochures, facts from tour guides, Internet (reliable sources only) and to synthesize the information in a multi-genre report. REMEMBER, the purpose of this project is for you to explore and become an expert on a topic that you are required to teach in the future.
Important things to keep in mind:
THE PRODUCTS FOR THIS PROJECT ARE AT AN ADULT LEVEL, NOT AT A K-12 LEVEL THIS PROJECT IS IN LIEU OF A RESEARCH PAPER SO STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO CREATE EVERYTHING FOR AN ADULT AUDIENCE WITH ADULT PRODUCTS.
Part I: Develop a Research Plan
Answer the following questions as a way to formulate a plan for your research.
1) What is your topic?
2) Describe what you know about your topic.
3) Tell what you want to learn about. What information will you need to learn to become an EXPERT on this topic.
4) Describe the origins of your research. What sparked your interest in the topic? Why do you want to know more about it?
5) List at least a dozen questions you have about your topic.
6) Describe your plan for collecting information about your topic.
7) Provide a preliminary bibliography (or sources you will consult)
Part II: Do Your Research
You must consult at least ten different sources to find information on your topic. DO NOT USE WIKIPEDIA AS A SOURCE. CONSULT MORE THAN ONLINE SOURCES AND FOR THE ONLINE SOURCES YOU USE, YOU MUST BE SURE THAT THEY ARE ACCURATE SOURCES. Your sources can be primary or secondary. You may consult books, articles, credible Internet sites, experts, brochures, etc. I would encourage you to first consult the Internet and resource books before you begin collecting resources. It is also a good idea to keep your list of questions you want to know about this topic (see Part I) and journal where you record facts and ideas you have about your topic as you research it. I will not collect your research notes.
Part III: What you turn in to the Professor
Your Multigenre Project will consist of six parts:
Your project will be submitted electronically in one file:
-A Cover Page
-A Table of contents (label the Group you are using (Ex: Group 1: Editorial)