Researching Consumption Assignment

English 101
Prof. Karapetkova

Research Project and Group Oral Report

Monday, Nov. 3 Library research day
Thursday, Nov. 6 Design personal research plan and think about group structure
Monday, Nov. 10 Library research day
Thursday, Nov. 13 Four research sources due, read and annotated
Monday, Nov. 17 Introduction (with working thesis) and outline due
Thursday, Nov. 20 Draft of research essay due
Monday, Nov. 25 Individual conferences
Monday, Dec. 1 Group presentations
Thursday, Dec. 4 Group presentations
Final research essay due

Assignment overview:
Write a 5-6 page research paper that addresses an issue of consumption/environmental awareness arising from the field research you completed in your consumption logs.

  • Focis one of the areas you kept track of in your consumption log. This will give your essay unity and focus. Choose the area that you found most interesting and that you feel you would enjoy finding out more about.
  • You will come up with a specific focus related to your area and develop a research plan in which you pose questions you’d like to know the answers to. (You can think about some of the questions on the consumption log for starters.)
  • Your essay should contain an engaging and coherent discussion of your findings as well as a detailed critical assessment of your daily living habits over the course of seven days. As you reflect on your findings, you will consider how you can make a more positive impact on the earth, immediately and over the long term.
  • You can relate your personal habits and consumption to national habits and/or the global affects of your behavior.
  • n your conclusion, you should consider the specific changes you foresee in your patterns of consumption and the impact those changes can have.
  • Your essay should include citations from at least 4 different sources. At least two of these sources must be academic sources. The other two can come from general information sources like Newsweek, as well as from the internet (reliable and unbiased websites).


  • Develop a research plan
  • Navigate the Aladin system successfully
  • Conduct research using both print and online sources
  • Evaluate validity and relevance of sources
  • Construct a bibliography correctly, using MLA documentation
  • Develop a coherent outline
  • Distinguish between primary and secondary sources
  • Understand the difference between assertions and evidence
  • Collect and combine information from a variety of sources to support your points
  • Distinguish clearly between your own words and those of your sources
  • Incorporate paraphrases and quotations smoothly and honestly into your writing

Grading Criteria
Content—A passing essay must…
· Have a controlling theme that drives the research presented.
· Present credible, relevant, and fully developed reasons and evidence in support of this theme.
· Include a discussion and assessment of your daily living habits (consumption log) and connect this log to the theme of the essay.
· Include at least 4 secondary sources, at least 2 of which are scholarly.
· Represent the views of authors of secondary sources without distortion.
· Adequately address various viewpoints.
· Include correct parenthetical citations for all sources. Failure to do so may result in a zero on the assignment.
· Contain adequate paraphrases of the secondary sources (i.e., in your own words).
· Quote accurately (word for word).
· Integrate quotations smoothly into the paper.
· Be at least 5 pages long in standard 12 point font.
· Show substantial differences between the first and second draft.
· Utilize a voice and tone appropriate for the audience.
Organization—A passing essay must…
· Have an introduction that adequately introduces the essay.
· Have a conclusion that adequately concludes the essay.
· Be, as a whole, logically organized.
· Make its structure clear to the reader through transitions.
· Contain paragraphs that are logically organized internally.
· Contain paragraphs whose organization is made clear to the reader through transitions.
· Avoid repetition.

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