|WRT 205: Reach-Search|
WRT 205-SPRING 2005 | Unit 3-Reach-Search
For Unit Three, you will undertake a sustained reach-search project. The title of the assignment riffs on "research," deliberately urging you to push past common conceptions you hold about research methods and processes. How do you gather information in the interest of forming ways of exploring and engaging with research questions? In the weeks ahead, we will answer this question in a couple of different ways. We will start by coming up with viable research questions, we will revisit methods for conducting research--locating and working with textual sources as well as non-text-based resources, and we will devote a share of class time to the generative dimensions of developing an annotated bibliography and other kinds of research notes toward the essay you will write.
Your essay should seek to make claims, complicate an issue or illustrate a point while achieving a reasonable, responsible balance between contextualizing your work and exploring its limits. Intermediary deadlines for increments of the project can be found at the course schedule.
WRT 205: Grading Cues Essay #3 Reach-Search Essay
 How has the writer integrated sources as a way of introducing complicating factors to the research project?
 How effectively does the writer moderate between the sources, and analytical or reflective writing that seeks to account for what has been researched, what it means, and why it is interesting or important to understand?
 How well does the writer develop specific claims about a particular issue or set of issues related to our considerations of media and network studies?
 How well does the writer make things explicit (e.g., details, not generalizations; claims, not clichés)?
 How well did the writer address surface level matters related to grammar, style, and usage?