Sarah's Description Of How Projects Relate
  • Project I required you to think on a theme you found in Junot Diaz’ novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
  • Project II is geared toward getting you to think about all of the steps that it takes to do the academic research and writing you are engaging in for Projects III and IV. It asks you to examine how students do and should do these steps.
  • Project III helps you complete Project IV; it requires you to construct a bibliography of the best sources on a topic you discovered when reading Diaz's novel You will annotate your sources with (a) a summary of the content of each text that you have discovered for your research and (b) your comments on the rhetorical conventions of each source as well how it helps you understand your topic in all its complexity. Project III is more than a step towards Project IV, however, (and is, in fact, worth more than Project IV). Here is your chance to learn about a topic you discovered in Diaz.
  • During your in-class presentations and final exam presentations, you will present your research on Project III.
  • Project IV is asking you t take a stand or position on the topic of interest that you found in Diaz’s novel and that you researched in Project III.
  • For your final exam grade, you will participate in a conference of the type that your professors do in their fields of interest. You will play the various roles—presenter, panelist, facilitator, and so on—that career scholars do in their work.
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